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OU implements mandatory hazing prevention training

Ohio University announced Tuesday all students, faculty and staff are required to participate in online hazing training by Oct. 7. 

The course will cover why hazing is illegal, what OU students, staff and faculty can do to prevent hazing on campus and detailed information about what hazing is, according to a university news release. 

Student Senate Advisor Patricia McSteen spoke about the modules at Senate’s last body meeting Sept. 23 and its relation to Collin’s Law, according to a previous Post report. 

Anti-hazing legislation Collin’s Law, otherwise known as Ohio Senate Bill 126, was signed into law July 6 and will go into effect at the beginning of October. 

Collin’s Law is named after Collin Wiant, an OU student who died of hazing-related asphyxiation in November 2018 at the unofficial Sigma Pi annex house. Hazing education is a provision included in the language of Senate Bill 126.  

The online training features quizzes within each module that are required for students to move on and complete the training. 

“Ohio University does not tolerate hazing,” OU President Hugh Sherman said in the release. “This required training will provide critical information and resources to help our community understand that every member of our University community is responsible for the prevention of hazing.” 


Molly Wilson

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