Anti-Hazing Policy

Ashland University defines hazing as:

Doing, requiring or encouraging any act or behavior (regardless of the participant’s willingness or reluctance) that is associated with initiation into or continued affiliation with any student organization or other group which causes or creates a substantial risk of physical or mental harm or humiliation to any person.

Ohio Revised Code, section 2903.31 includes the following about hazing:

  1. As used in this section, "hazing" means doing any act or coercing another, including the victim, to do any act of initiation into any student or other organization that causes or creates a substantial risk of causing mental or physical harm to any person.
  2. (A) No person shall recklessly participate in the hazing of another.  (B) No administrator, employee, or faculty member of any primary, secondary, or post-secondary school or of any other educational institution, public or private, shall recklessly permit the hazing of any person.
  3. Whoever violates this section is guilty of hazing, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.

Hazing is a violation of university policy and state law. Hazing is therefore strictly prohibited on the Ashland University campus and off campus when off-campus activities involve university students. All alleged hazing incidents will be processed through the campus conduct system and reported to civil authorities. The university reserves the right to process incidents that occur outside of university property and when classes are not in session. It is a violation of university policy to have knowledge of a hazing incident and fail to report it. All suspected instances of hazing should be reported to Safety Services at 419-207-5555.

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