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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signs Collin’s Law, designed to prevent hazing tragedies




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.

This story was republished from the Ohio Capital Journal under a Creative Commons license.

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