State law prohibits hazing as a violation of student codes of conduct without requiring districts to adopt hazing policies.
Ohio Revised Code 2903.31 Hazing.
(A) As used in this section, “hazing” means doing any act or coercing 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.
- (1) No person shall recklessly participate in the hazing of another.
- (2) 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.
(C) Whoever violates this section is guilty of hazing, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.