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Ohio Anti-Hazing Summit

Tuesday, Aug. 2
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bowen-Thompson Student Union
Bowling Green State University

Committed to eradicating hazing of all forms, Bowling Green State University will lead the first-ever Ohio Anti-Hazing Summit on Tuesday, Aug. 2, in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

The event will welcome K-12 and college professionals from around the state, including practitioners for fraternities, sororities, student groups and clubs, athletic coaches, volunteers, advisors and university conduct staff. This free summit will focus on prevention education, innovative resources, best practices and strategies to eliminate hazing that has plagued college campuses and K-12 school systems nationwide.

Registration for the Ohio Anti-Hazing Summit is now closed.



9-9:30 a.m. | Registration/Breakfast

Bowen-Thompson Student Union | Lenhart Grand Ballroom

Registration opens at 9 a.m. and a continental breakfast will be provided. Participants are encouraged to spend this time networking and reconnecting with colleagues who are coming together to focus on anti-hazing efforts

9:35 a.m. | Welcome

Rodney K. Rogers, Ph.D. 

Bowling Green State University

Bowen-Thompson Student Union | Lenhart Grand Ballroom

President Rodney K. Rogers will welcome participants to the first-ever Ohio Anti-Hazing Summit, where leaders from across the state will continue their work to eradicate hazing.

Randy Gardner

Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education

Bowen-Thompson Student Union | Lenhart Grand Ballroom

Chancellor Randy Gardner was a key advocate in the passage of Collin’s Law. He leads the Ohio Department of Higher Education and works closely with the state’s college and university presidents on their anti-hazing efforts. The Chancellor’s closing comments will focus on the state’s comprehensive commitment to support its educational institutions to eradicate hazing, along with the partnership and work that reaches beyond higher education.

10-10:45 a.m. | Senate Bill 126 (Collin’s Law) Overview

Jessica Galanos

Higher Education Attorney and Consultant
Bricker & Eckler LLP

Bowen-Thompson Student Union | Lenhart Grand Ballroom

In 2021, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed Collin’s Law (SB 126), which enacted several changes intended to end hazing and any cultural issues that allow hazing to persist in the state. Higher education institutions are continuing to lead compliance work through Senate Bill 126’s requirement. Attorney Jessica Galanos of Bricker & Eckler will break down Collin’s Law and provide insight into its updates, requirements, trends and impact on the future.

11-11:45 a.m. | Breakout Sessions

Rooms throughout Bowen-Thompson Student Union

Mandatory Reporter : Understanding your personal and peer responsibility

Bowen-Thompson Student Union | Room 314

Jessica Galanos

Higher Education Attorney and Consultant
Bricker & Eckler LLP

Ben Batey

Chief Health and Wellness Officer and Hazing Prevention Coordinator
Bowling Green State University

Collin’s Law (SB 126) has expanded the scope of mandatory reporting in Ohio. Learn about who is now a mandatory reporter and their responsibilities to the community and to the public. Jessica Galanos and Ben Batey, BGSU Chief Health and Wellness Officer and Hazing Prevention Coordinator, will expand on strategies to engage, communicate, educate and support mandatory reporting in colleges, schools and communities.

External Report: Publicly communicating violations of anti-hazing policy

Bowen-Thompson Student Union | Room 315

Kerry Soller

Project Manager, Campus Safety and Sexual Violence Prevention
Ohio Department of Higher Education

Alex Zernechel

Associate Director of Student Involvement & Fraternity and Sorority Life
University of Toledo

The Ohio Department of Higher Education, in coordination with representatives from colleges and universities around the state, provides guidance on how to structure an external report to help educate and inform students and their families about any hazing activity on college campuses. Kerry Soller, ODHE Campus Safety and Sexual Violence Prevention Project Manager, along with Alex Zernechel, associate director of Student Involvement & Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Toledo, will share more about the tools, templates, resources and questions institutions should consider when implementing their own external report.

Fraternity and Sorority Hazing Through a Cultural Lens

Bowen-Thompson Student Union | Room 308

Hunter Hartwig

Associate Director of Sorority and Fraternity Life
The Ohio State University

Hazing presents itself differently in various student groups. Hunter Hartwig, Associate Director of Sorority and Fraternity Life at The Ohio State University, will expand on hazing’s impact across cultures, considering the role identity plays in these behaviors. Hartwig will also discuss how hazing behaviors emerge in Black Greek Lettered Organizations and culturally based organizations.

Conduct Sanctioning: Holding one another accountable

Bowen-Thompson Student Union | Room 316

Kelly Smith

Director, Student Conduct
The Ohio State University

Taylor Tackett

Assistant Dean, Director of Community Standards and Student Responsibility
Ohio University

As the state of Ohio works to eradicate hazing from their educational institutions, conduct/disciplinary officers are working diligently to hold students and groups accountable. The presenters will discuss promising practices regarding sanctioning guidelines and educational and restorative philosophies to address hazing behaviors.

Noon to 1:30 p.m. | Lunch/Keynote Address

Elizabeth Allan, Ph.D.

Professor of higher education at the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development
University of Maine College of Education and Human Development

Bowen-Thompson Student Union Ballroom  | Lenhart Grand Ballroom

Researcher and StopHazing Principal Dr. Elizabeth Allan will deliver the keynote address, which conveys the realities of hazing, why it’s an issue, the far-reaching impacts and how to combat it comprehensively with a research-based approach. Allan’s address will cover blending the research and data with practical strategies participants can take with them.

1:30-1:45 p.m. | Break

1:45 p.m.- 2:45 p.m. | Participant Round Tables

Peer-to-peer discussion on best practices, concerns and next steps regarding the materials discussed:

  • Fraternity and Sorority Life | Bowen-Thompson Student Union | Room 308
  • University Legal Counsel | Bowen-Thompson Student Union | Room 310
  • Campus Activities and Students Engagement | Bowen-Thompson Student Union | Room 314
  • Student Conduct | Bowen-Thompson Student Union | Room 315
  • Higher Education Senior Level Staff Members | Bowen-Thompson Student Union | Room 316
  • Ballroom
    1. Athletics
    2. K-12 educators and administrators
    3. Health and wellness
    4. Title IX and Compliance
    5. Insurance and Risk Management
    6. Media and Communications

3:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.  | Space for Leaders to Create Change with Elizabeth Allan

Elizabeth Allan, Ph.D.

Professor of higher education at the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development
University of Maine College of Education and Human Development

Meredith Stewart, M.Ed.

Program & Outreach Coordinator

Bowen-Thompson Student Union | Lenhart Grand Ballroom

Recognizing the guiding principle that it requires a commitment from each of us to eradicate hazing, join our keynote speaker to explore group experiences through self-reflection to engage leaders to create space to cultivate more inclusive, connected and healthy group environments. This featured lecture focuses on a comprehensive approach to support participants in their work beyond the Ohio Anti-Hazing Summit. Allan will focus on connections between leaders, groups, group behavior and the opportunities to foster educational change that builds a greater sense of belonging and safety.

4:30 p.m. | Summit Closing

Ben Batey, MPH, RN

Chief Health and Wellness Officer and Hazing Prevention Coordinator
Bowling Green State University

Bowen-Thompson Student Union | Lenhart Grand Ballroom


Keynote Speaker

elizabeth allanElizabeth Allan, Ph.D. 

Professor of higher education at the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development
University of Maine College of Education and Human Development

Elizabeth Allan is professor of higher education at the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development. Her research focus on campus cultures and climates includes studies on classroom teaching, campus diversity, equity, as well as student hazing and its prevention. She is the author of two books, co-editor of a third, and has authored or co-authored more than 40 research-based articles and book chapters.

Allan’s application of critical and poststructural discourse perspectives to policy is the focus of numerous publications including her 2003 article in the Harvard Educational Review which was awarded the Outstanding Publication Award by the American Educational Research Association’s Division J. Her scholarship has also appeared in the The Journal of Higher Education, The Review of Higher Education, Innovative Higher Education, and The International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health.

Allan was the Principal Investigator for the National Study of Student Hazing and is currently directing the national Hazing Prevention Consortium – a research-to-practice initiative designed to contribute to an evidence base for hazing prevention. She has presented research about hazing for the U.S. Senate HELP Committee (July, 2016) and at national conferences, institutes, and workshops. Dr. Allan’s comments and research have informed hundreds of news articles about hazing for numerous outlets including the Associated Press, The Chronicle of Higher Education,The New York Times, USA Today, National Public Radio, PBS, CNN, CBS, and others.

Rodney RogersRodney K. Rogers, Ph.D. '81, assumed the role as the 12th president of Bowling Green State University on Feb. 23, 2018, proceeding his interim appointment on Jan. 1, 2018. Prior to being named president, Rogers had served BGSU as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs since 2012 and, before that, as dean of the Allen W. and Carol M. Schmidthorst College of Business since 2006. He is the first alumnus to serve as president of Bowling Green State University, which currently has more than 18,300 students and 2,300 faculty and staff on its two campuses.

As president, Rogers continues to lead a transformation of Bowling Green State University. He has worked with faculty, staff and institutional stakeholders to launch two university-wide strategic plans, including Forward., a redefining approach launched in the midst of a global pandemic, to ensure BGSU embraces its role as a 21st-century public university for the public good.

Rogers received a Bachelor of Music from Ohio Northern University and has an MBA from Bowling Green State University. After he practiced as a CPA for more than 10 years, Rogers completed his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University. Rogers resides in Bowling Green with his wife, Dr. Sandra Earle, university advocate of Bowling Green State University. They have two sons, Isaac ’21 and Spencer Rogers. 

Ben BateyBen Batey, MPH, RN, joined BGSU in July 2020 in the inaugural position of Chief Health Officer, created in part as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously, Batey worked at the Wood County Health Department for 10 years, where he served as health commissioner since 2014. He also held several leadership positions including CEO of the Wood County Community Health Center, director of nursing and infectious disease, emergency preparedness coordinator and epidemiologist. Prior to the health department, he was a registered nurse for Mercy St. Anne Hospital and Mercy Home Care. He holds a Master of Public Health degree from Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health (Bowling Green State University/University of Toledo) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mercy College of Ohio.


Jessica GalanosJessica Galanos
Higher Education Attorney and Consultant
Bricker & Eckler LLP

Jessica is a former university administrator and litigator with experience in the areas of student affairs, student conduct, regulatory compliance and employment law. She regularly advises higher education clients on a variety of legal issues, drawing from her own experience working at a large public university and defending universities as a litigator in both the private and public sectors.

Jessica works with colleges and universities to comply with anti-hazing, Title VII, Title IX, the Clery Act and various other federal and state regulations. She routinely conducts impartial investigations, reviews policies and procedures and advises higher education clients on how to avoid and navigate complex litigation matters. Jessica also has experience training administrators, staff and attorneys on how to address sexual misconduct matters.

Prior to joining Bricker & Eckler, Jessica served as an Assistant Director and Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Illinois State University, as an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Attorney General for the State of Illinois and as the Legislative Assistant Inspector General for the Office of Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor. Jessica has also represented clients in a variety of litigation matters while working at a private law firm in Springfield, Illinois.

Alex ZernechelAlex Zernechel serves as the Associate Director for Student Involvement and Fraternity & Sorority Life at the University of Toledo where he has worked since 2017. He holds a bachelors degree in History from Albright College, in Reading Pennsylvania and a masters degree in Higher Education – Student Affairs from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. 


Kelly SmithKelly Smith (she/her) has been the director of Student Conduct at the Ohio State University since 2012 after serving as an assistant director for several years. Kelly came to Ohio State after earning her MA in Higher Education from Ohio University. Before switching careers to work in higher education, Kelly practiced law at the Columbus office of Jones Day. She earned her JD from Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law. Kelly was drawn to Student Conduct work from a strong belief that we can learn more from our mistakes than our victories. The Student Conduct team at Ohio State is committed to creating equitable and inclusive accountability and conflict resolution processes for students that are rooted in the university’s shared values


Kerry SollerKerry Soller is the project manager for campus safety and sexual violence prevention at the Ohio Department of Higher Education. She is primarily charged with the execution and implementation of the Changing Campus Culture initiative (www.ohiohighered.org/ccc) which is Ohio’s state-funded, comprehensive effort to end sexual violence on college and university campuses. Kerry has led this effort since the initiative launched in 2015. In August 2021, Kerry was tasked with facilitating the work groups charged with developing the Statewide Educational Plan for Preventing Hazing.  

Prior to her work with the Department of Higher Education, Kerry served as a student development professional for more than 14 years in a variety of diverse capacities, including residence life, fraternity/sorority life, orientation, student activities, leadership, student government, and student conduct.  During this time, she worked at a variety of different institutions including large 4-year public universities to small 4-year private universities.  

She has her master degree in student affairs administration from Indiana University, and her bachelor degrees from the University of Nebraska –Kearney. She is an active alumna of Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity and served on AOII’s National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) delegation for over 10 years as an area advisor. She continues to serve as a member of the NPC Judicial Appeals Committee.

Kerry lives in Bexley, OH with her family.  

Meredith StewartMeredith Stewart, M.Ed., is the Program & Outreach Coordinator for StopHazing. In this role she works to support StopHazing’s mission by cultivating partnerships with professional organizations, scholars, practitioners, policy advocates, and others committed to violence prevention. She also works to expand StopHazing’s data-driven resources and trainings for hazing prevention; assist with policy-related initiatives, and support activities of the Hazing Prevention Consortium (HPC), a signature research-to-practice project led by StopHazing. Meredith completed her B.S. degree in Secondary Education from the University of Maine, and later also completed her M.Ed. in Student Development in Higher Education from the University of Maine. During her graduate studies she interned for StopHazing as a Research Assistant and upon graduation transitioned to a full-time role.

Hunter HartwigHunter Hartwig serves as the Associate Director of Sorority and Fraternity Life and leads the Council Advising Team at The Ohio State University. Hunter is from Katy, TX and joined Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at LSU in the fall of 2004. Prior to his work in student affairs, Hunter worked at a small advertising agency as a media buyer and later taught high school math before attending UT Austin for his master’s degree in Higher Education. At UT Austin, Hunter worked both as a graduate assistant and full time staff member in Sorority and Fraternity Life advising students across all councils. Hunter has worked with Ohio State SFL since the summer of 2016. Hunter is an avid college football fan (Geaux Tigers!) and enjoys spending time with his husband and their two dogs.


taylor tackettTaylor Tackett (he/him) has served as assistant dean of students and director of community standards at Ohio University since early 2019. Prior to becoming a Bobcat, Taylor served in different capacities in student conduct, housing and residence life, new student and family programs, and crisis response and CARE. Taylor completed his undergraduate work at Tiffin University and his graduate work at Tiffin University, Boise State University, and Ohio University. Taylor is currently completing his dissertation around the diffusion of innovation through the Academy.

Taylor fundamentally believes in the power of repairing harm and rebuilding trust within our campus communities. Centered on proactive engagement and empowerment, our restorative practice seeks to assist learners and their support networks in recognizing individual and collective impact by investing in our shared purpose together. Feel free to connect with Taylor by emailing him at ttackett@ohio.edu.


Chancellor Randy GardnerChancellor Randy Gardner was appointed by Governor Mike DeWine as the 10th Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education in January 2019. As Chancellor, he oversees the state’s two-year and four-year colleges and universities and Ohio Technical Centers. In addition, the Chancellor provides policy guidance to the Governor and the Ohio General Assembly and carries out state higher education policy.

During the first year of the DeWine Administration, Chancellor Gardner made more than 100 college and university visits to 74 different campuses, an ambitious schedule meeting with university leaders, faculty, and students throughout Ohio.

Before becoming Chancellor, Gardner served a combined total of 33 years in the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives. A well-respected leader, Gardner served in seven different elected leadership positions, including Senate President Pro Tem, House Speaker Pro Tem, and Senate Majority Leader during his final term in the Senate. He also served as chairman of both the House and Senate Higher Education committees.

In the General Assembly, his work ethic was exemplified by his 100% voting record over 33 years. His 10,433 consecutive roll call votes on bills, amendments, and resolutions earned him the nickname “the Cal Ripken of the state legislature.”

Gardner received his bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in political science, both from Bowling Green State University. Prior to his career in public service, he worked as a realtor and high school history and government teacher.

Gardner and his wife, Sandy, reside in Bowling Green and are the parents of three children — Brooks, Christina, and Austin.

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Updated: 08/01/2022 10:24AM