What is Hazing?

Hazing is defined by the State of Ohio in the Ohio Revised Code 2903.31 as: “any act or coercing another, including the victim, to do any act of initiation into any student or other organization or any act to continue or reinstate membership in or affiliation with any student or other organization that causes or creates a substantial risk of causing mental or physical harm to any person, including coercing another to consume alcohol or a drug of abuse, as defined in section 3719.011 of the Revised Code.”

A Violation of Community Standards

Terra State Community College strives to create a safe environment for all members of our learning community. Participating in hazing is a violation of college policy as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. Hazing in defined in Article C, Number 9, of the Student Code of Conduct as “an act, which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a group or organization.”

However, Hazing is Not Just a Violation of Community Standards

Hazing isn’t just a violation of college policy but also a violation of the Law as outlined in the Ohio Revised Code 2903.31 (Hazing) and 2903.311 (Reckless Failure to Immediately Report Knowledge of Hazing). This means that as a student, faculty member, administrator, alumni, or other member of the college community, if you are aware of an incident of hazing, you must report that incident or you risk violating the law.

Terra State Anti-Hazing Policy