Hazing Prevention and Education

Anti-Hazing Policy

From a legal perspective, hazing is a crime. From the University’s perspective, hazing is a violation of Policy and antithetical to the ideals and values of our learning community related to belonging and personal growth.

Hazing Violations Report

In addition to University policy, state law requires universities to report violations of the University’s policies prohibiting hazing for the last five years.


Amnesty may be extended on a case-by-case basis for minor violations of the Code of Student Conduct when seeking or obtaining medical assistance for self or others, as well as when reporting alleged incidents that endanger persons or property.

Request a Presentation

Hazing can cause irreparable harm to victims, victims’ families and the University community. Request a presentation for your group or organization to learn more about hazing prevention.

As a community, we can all play a role in creating a safe space and healthy environment for one another. Each member of our BGSU community, including our students, faculty, staff, parents and families, must work together to eradicate hazing. With the passage of Collin’s Law, there are elevated criminal sanctions for hazing activity and mandates reporting to law enforcement.

Ways to Report

  • Report to law enforcement: Call 911 or 419-372-2346.
  • Report to the 24/7 hazing reporting line: Call 419-372-HAZE (4293).
  • Report through See it. Hear it. Report it.
  • Report in person to the Office of the Dean of Students: 303 University Hall
  • Report to Human Resources: Call 419-372-8421.
  • Report to Parent and Family Connections: Call 419-372-0438 or email families@bgsu.edu.

What is Hazing?

Hazing means doing any of the following, or pressuring, causing, forcing, soliciting, or coercing any person to do any of the following for the purposes of initiating, admitting, or affiliating an individual into or with a student group or student organization; continuing, enhancing or reinstating an individual’s membership or status in a student group or student organization; or perpetuating or furthering a tradition or ritual of a student group or student organization:

  • Engage in any conduct prohibited by federal and/or state and/or municipal criminal law, regardless of whether an arrest is made, or criminal charges are brought; 
  • Take into their body any food, liquid (including alcohol), drug, or other substance that subjects the person to a substantial risk of mental or physical harm; and /or 
  • Cause or create a substantial risk of causing mental or physical harm to another and/or engage in any act or omission that contributes to the death of another.

Updated: 01/17/2024 02:50PM