As set forth in Ohio Revised Code section 2903.31, as amended as “Collin’s Law” in 2021, “hazing” means 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 or reinstate membership in or affiliation with any 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 Ohio Revised Code.
This definition includes, but is not limited to:
- Actions that violate Federal, State, or Local criminal law.
- Consume any food, liquid, alcoholic liquid, drug or other substance which subjects the student to a risk of emotional or physical harm.
- Endure brutality of a physical nature, including whipping, beating, branding, calisthenics or exposure to the elements.
- Endure brutality of a mental nature, including actively adversely affecting the mental health or dignity of the individual, sleep deprivation, exclusion from social contact or conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment.
- Endure brutality of a sexual nature.
- Endure any other activity that creates a reasonable likelihood of bodily injury to the student.
It shall not be a defense to a charge of hazing that the student consented to the conduct in question.
Mount Carmel College of Nursing fosters a culture where reporting is encouraged by all members of the College community. Retaliation for reporting is prohibited following the College’s policy on Retaliation as found in the Catalog-Handbook Student Code of Conduct. Individuals may report hazing by contacting any of the following:
- Office of Compliance and Safety
- Mount Carmel Safety & Security
- 614-896-1489 (Columbus)
- 740-687-8124 (Lancaster)
- Online (including anonymous reports)
- Human Resources – Amanda McCullouch, Chief Human Resources Officer- College of Nursing
- In the event of an emergency, please contact Mount Carmel Safety and Security at 614-234-2341 or
Fairfield Medical Center Police at 740-687-8124
Identifying Acts of Hazing
Key indicators: the activity is degrading and/or demeaning, there is risk of injury or question of safety, alcohol or drugs are present, cryptic language is used to describe an event, activity, or interaction, active members are unwilling to participate in the same activity with new members, active and new members are unwilling to discuss the activity with advisers, faculty, family members, headquarters or prospective members, members justifying actions as “tradition” in an attempt to convince others that it is an acceptable event, changes in behavior such as oversleeping, constant exhaustion or an inability to focus, a drop in GPA.
Training and Education
Mount Carmel College of Nursing will provide annually at least one program on hazing prevention education to all students. Faculty, and staff within the College. This training will also be provided to all volunteers that may have direct student contact. The education may be provided in person, electronically, or both. The College will maintain a record of individuals who have completed the program, and no student may join an officially recognized organization without completing the training. It is the responsibility of the organization/group to ensure that the new member has completed all training requirements. This annual training is an educational requirement for all employees.