COLUMBUS – State Rep. Diane Grendell (R-Chesterland) today announced the Ohio House of Representatives has approved Collin’s Law, a major anti-hazing bill that will better protect students at Ohio’s colleges and universities
“I am proud to support legislation that will increase awareness and help eliminate hazing in Ohio’s institutions of higher education,” said Grendell, who cosponsored the bill. “Campuses should always serve as a safe environment for our students to learn and grow, and Collin’s Law will make a positive difference in doing so.”
The legislation is called “Collin’s Law: The Ohio Anti-Hazing Act,” in memory of Collin Wiant, an Ohio University student who died in 2018.
The bill increases penalties for hazing and creates new prohibitions against permitting or participating in hazing. Officials would be required to report hazing.
The legislation also calls for more training, reporting and transparency to help prevent hazing.
Under the bill, the State Chancellor of Higher Education is tasked with creating statewide plan for preventing hazing, including a model anti-hazing policy and anti-hazing education and training. Colleges and universities will be required to adopt an anti-hazing policy, report hazing incidents and provide student and faculty training.
The bill, Senate Bill 126, now goes to the Ohio Senate for final approval.