The new Ohio law will elevate hazing violations to second-degree misdemeanors, and hazing that causes serious harm to someone will be upgraded to a third-degree felony punishable by prison time. In addition, college campuses are expected to provide anti-hazing training and online hazing violation reporting information.
In the Wiant case, seven fraternity members pleaded guilty.
Stone Foltz died in March after another alleged fraternity hazing at Bowling Green State University strengthened the case for stiffer hazing penalties. Seven members of that organization have pleaded not guilty.
Wiant and Foltz’s parents will attend the bill signing with Ohio Governor DeWine, as well as a number of other university presidents.
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