DeWine signs Ohio law to toughen hazing penalties

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 126 into law Tuesday morning.

Collin’s Law increases criminal penalties for hazing, including forced consumption of alcohol or a drug.

The law also widens the scope of who can be punished for hazing.

In a press conference Tuesday morning, DeWine says it was passed unanimously by both Ohio Senate and House of Representatives.

The bill is named for Collin Wiant.

Collin Wiant

The 18-year-old Ohio University Sigma Pi pledge died in November of 2018 when Wiant’s family says fraternity members forced him to ingest nitrous oxide.

Wiant’s parents were there for the bill signing Tuesday.

Joining them were the parents of Stone Foltz.

Seven young men are charged in connection with his death at Bowling Green University.

Foltz, a 20-year-old from Delaware, Ohio, was a sophomore who died in March of 2021 after an event with the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

The Lucas County coroner ruled Foltz’s cause of death was fatal ethanol intoxication that occurred during a college fraternity hazing ritual.

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