University of Northwestern Ohio

UNOH Anti-Hazing Prevention & Awareness Policy

Policy Statement

The University of Northwestern Ohio is dedicated to promoting a safe, healthy, respectful campus environment for its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The University will not tolerate hazing activities by any individuals, groups, teams, or recognized student organizations. The University of Northwestern Ohio may enforce this policy through internal disciplinary procedures, external prosecution of alleged offenders, or both. Individuals who participate in acts of hazing will be held accountable under this policy and the Student Code of Conduct. This policy complies with Collin’s Law: Collin’s Law: The Ohio Anti-Hazing Act.

Definition

“Hazing” is defined as doing 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 to reinstate membership in or affiliation with a 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 Senate Bill 126.

“Hazing” includes, but is not limited to:

  • forced consumption of food, alcohol, or other substances;
  • threats of harm;
  • actual physical harm (e.g., paddling, whipping, beating, branding), or other forced physical activities that would adversely affect the health or safety of the student;
  • or any activity that would subject the student to extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation, exclusion from social contact, or any other forced conduct that would be demeaning or result in extreme embarrassment.

“Coercion” is defined as using unreasonable pressure to persuade someone to do something, possibly by force or threat. It can be coercive if someone uses unreasonable pressure to persuade another person to engage in an activity, continue an activity, or go beyond a certain point in an activity.

It is not a defense that the consent of the victim to participate was obtained, that the conduct or activity was not part of an official University organizational event or was not otherwise sanctioned or approved by the University organization, or that the conduct or activity was not done as a condition of membership to a University organization. Hazing is a violation of this Policy regardless of whether the conduct occurs on-campus or off-campus. Hazing does not include customary athletic events or other similar contests or competitions or activities or conduct that furthers a legal and legitimate objective.

Sanctions

Hazing poses substantial risks to the safety and well-being of individual students and the University community. Any act of hazing constitutes a violation of the Student Code of Conduct regardless of whether the conduct occurs on-campus or off-campus. Every violation of the Student Code of Conduct will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Any of the sanctions or interventions may be imposed at the discretion of the Disciplinary Review Board. Those individuals who are found responsible for hazing may be subjected to one or more of the following sanctions.

  • Permanent Probation
  • Residence Expulsion
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion

A penalty imposed by the University is in addition to a penalty imposed for violation of section 2903.31 of the Revised Code, the criminal laws of this state, or other rules or policies to which the violator may be subject.

Reporting

To make a report of hazing, or to determine whether a proposed activity constitutes or will constitute hazing, contact the Safety Services Office at 419-998-3167. It is the policy of the University of Northwestern Ohio that any person, including trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, students, members of direct support organizations, vendors, guests, and volunteers, having knowledge of or receiving information regarding any activity which may constitute hazing or a violation of this regulation must contact the UNOH Safety Services Office at 419-998-3167. A report may also be made online. Serious or substantiated complaints may be forwarded directly to Geri Morris, Executive Director of Human Resources, at 419-998-3106, or Chandra Braun, Human Resources Officer, at 419-998-8827. Both offices are located in the Administration (1000) Building. You may contact the HR office in person, by telephone, or through email.

Retaliation

It shall be expressly prohibited for any person, including trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, students, members of direct support organizations, vendors, guests, and volunteers, to retaliate against a person because that person has been a victim of hazing, reported hazing, refused to participate in hazing, assisted in the investigation of hazing, or participated in the prosecution of any alleged hazing.

Any person who has experienced retaliation for reporting any activity which may constitute hazing or a violation of this Policy shall have the right to file a retaliation complaint with the Safety Services Office, which can be reached by telephone at 419-998-3167, or with the Human Resources Office, which can be reached by telephone at 419-998-3106 or 419-998-8827.

Enforcement

The University Safety Services Office shall coordinate the investigation of all hazing allegations. When appropriate, other college offices may handle certain aspects of the college response.

Additionally, the University will assess the need for interim measures (e.g. suspension of current group activities). Every effort will be taken to complete the investigation promptly. The hazing allegation will be investigated and resolved in keeping with the Student Code of Conduct process. At the point when a formal conduct charge is made against an organization, the national or oversight organization, if any, shall be notified. Criminal investigations resulting from a report to law enforcement will be handled by the appropriate law enforcement agency. The University may charge an individual or a group with a violation of this Hazing Policy via the Student Code of Conduct and/or other college rules, regulations, or policies. Falsifying, distorting, intentionally omitting, or misrepresenting information is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct.

Sanctions applied to organizations and/or individuals will be imposed in accordance with the severity of the violation and will be determined by the Disciplinary Review Board.

Training and Education

The University of Northwestern Ohio will provide students with training and education regarding hazing, which includes hazing awareness, prevention, intervention, and the anti-hazing policy. The training can be done in person or online. The training will be offered to all students at least once during the student orientation process

All students seeking membership in a student organization at UNOH must complete the anti-hazing training provided by the University. Failure to complete the training will result in the student being denied the ability to join any student organization until the hazing education has been completed.

The University will provide employees and volunteers with hazing training and education that includes hazing awareness, prevention, intervention, and the anti-hazing policy. The student organization will be responsible for conducting training for any volunteer who has contact with students.

Distribution

The University will post the anti-hazing policy on its website, within the Student Handbook, as well as provide a copy of the Policy to each organization within the University. Information regarding the Policy will be posted throughout the University in form of flyers.

Amnesty Policy

The health and safety of every student at the University of Northwestern Ohio (the University or UNOH) is of utmost importance and encourages the reporting of Student Code of Conduct, Title IX, and hazing violations and crimes. UNOH recognizes that students who have been drinking and/or using drugs (whether such use is voluntary or involuntary) at the time that violence, including but not limited to, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual assault, or hazing occurs may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct. The University strongly encourages students to report incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual assault, or hazing to institutional officials even if the conduct occurs off campus.

A bystander or a reporting individual acting in good faith that discloses any incident of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual assault, or hazing to UNOH officials or law enforcement will not be subject to the University’s Student Code of Conduct action for violations of alcohol and/or drug use policies occurring at or near the time of the commission of said domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual assault, or hazing. Please note that amnesty applies only to the personal use of alcohol or drugs and does not extend to other potential violations of the Student Code of Conduct that may have been committed, even if the student may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time the alleged violations were committed.