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O.R.C. 2903.31 Hazing


Hazing is defined as:

"Any act or the coercion of another, including the victim, to do any act of initiation into any student or other organization that causes or creates a substantial risk of causing mental or physical harm to any person. No person can recklessly participate in the hazing of another or no administrator, employee, or faculty member of any primary, secondary, or post-secondary school or of any other educational institution, public or private, shall recklessly permit the hazing of any person."

For this type of crime, it can be anything from making younger students drink copious amounts of alcohol, to dangerous scavenger hunts for eventual initiation into some type of organization. This type of crime is mostly seen in colleges and high schools, specifically in fraternities, sororities, and sports teams.

This crime is punishable by a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

If you have been charged with hazing, reach out to our office for representation.