Hazing is defined by Ashland University 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 or other organization/group that causes or creates a substantial risk of physical or mental harm or humiliation to any person.
Hazing is a violation of University policy (Level I) and state law. Hazing is therefore strictly prohibited on the campus of Ashland University and off campus when involving university students. All alleged hazing incidents will be processed through the campus conduct system as well as 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 (Level I) 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.
Ohio Revised Code, section 2903.31 defines hazing as:
(A) 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.
(B)(1) No person shall recklessly participate in the hazing of another.
(2) 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.
(C) Whoever violates this section is guilty of hazing, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.