Kent State University president calls for tougher state hazing legislation

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KENT, Ohio (WJW) — Following the tragic death of a Bowling Green State University student who was pledging with a fraternity, Ohio university presidents met to discuss hazing on campuses across the state.

Kent State University President Todd Diacon spoke to the media Tuesday to talk about that meeting, which also involved Gov. Mike DeWine.

The governor is reportedly calling for Ohio to become a hazing-free state, and legislation is being proposed to make consequences more serious for those involved in hazing, making it a felony in some cases. Diacon said the university presidents are unanimous in supporting this bill.

“We think it would be an important addition to what we can do to curb this behavior,” Diacon said.

Similar legislation, House Bill 310 — which was referred to as “Collin’s Law: The Ohio Anti-Bullying and Hazing Act” — stalled in the Ohio Senate last year.

Diacon said it’s been about four or five years since there was a hazing incident reported on Kent State’s campus.

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