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Collin’s Law signed to prevent hazing tragedies

By: - July 6, 2021 12:10 pm

Gov. Mike DeWine prepares to sign Collin’s Law, a law expanding penalties in Ohio for hazing. Behind DeWine are the parents of OU student Collin Wiant and BGSU student Stone Foltz, both of whom died in incidents of hazing.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed anti-hazing legislation into law on Tuesday, setting into motion what university leaders and parents of hazing victims call a change in culture.

Collin’s Law was signed as parents of Ohio University student Collin Wiant and Bowling Green State University student Stone Foltz looked on, marking a significant achievement in preventing other parents from feeling the loss they feel from the death of their children as a result of hazing.

“Collin’s Law is a step in the right direction, but we are not done, and we will continue to fight,” Foltz’s mother, Shari said.

The law, which expands criminal penalties and accountability for hazing on college campuses and elsewhere, will go into effect in 90 days.

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Susan Tebben
Susan Tebben

Susan Tebben is an award-winning journalist with a decade of experience covering Ohio news, including courts and crime, Appalachian social issues, government, education, diversity and culture. She has worked for The Newark Advocate, The Glasgow Daily Times, The Athens Messenger, and WOUB Public Media. She has also had work featured on National Public Radio.

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