Student Services

Hazing Prevention

All acts of Hazing are prohibited at NEOMED.

The University strives to promote a safe environment in which its students can participate in experiences and activities without compromising their mental and physical health, well-being, dignity, and personal rights.

Students are entitled to be treated with consideration, respect, and professionalism at all times, including when engaging in the activities of a Student Organization, as defined in this policy. To that end, the University has zero tolerance for acts of hazing that may occur related to the admission, initiation, pledging, joining, or continued membership in any Student Organization.

Ohio Anti-Hazing Laws

Ohio is one of 44 states that have an anti-hazing law. Individuals involved in hazing may be held criminally or civilly liable. Information pertaining to hazing laws in the state of Ohio can be found in the Ohio Revised Code sections 2903.31, Ohio Senate Bill 126 (“Collin’s Law”) and 2307.44. Find more about these laws at:

NEOMED’s Anti-Hazing Policy

  • “Hazing” refers to engaging in or coercing, pressuring, or soliciting another to engage in any act of initiation, or act required in order to maintain membership, that causes or creates a substantial risk of physical or mental harm to any person. Refer to the Anti-Hazing Policy for examples of hazing.
  • Read NEOMED’s anti-hazing policy

NEOMED’s History of Reported Hazing Events

How to Report a Hazing Incident

  • Report a hazing incident
  • More forms for students, including CARE Team referrals and inappropriate behavior forms
  • In addition, reports of hazing allegations can be referred to Office of Student Services and the Senior Executive Director, Academic Affairs and Student Services at semerick@neomed.edu, 330.325.6759.
  • The Senior Executive Director will work to ensure your privacy as per your request as NEOMED investigates the allegations and will work with the reporting individual to ensure their safety

Resources and Training

  • All NEOMED students, student organization advisors, coaches, and volunteers that directly interact with students are required to complete the Anti-Hazing Training via “Get Inclusive.” Access to this training is available to students in CANVAS in the first year NavigateNEOMED course and to advisors via CampusGroups. Students and advisors who do not complete the training are not permitted to participate in student organizations and cannot access CampusGroups until training is completed.
  • Get Inclusive Training Module information
  • Ohio Higher Education announcement about anti-hazing planning

HAZING INCIDENTS CONTACT INFORMATION

Reports of hazing allegations can be referred to Office of Student Services and the Senior Executive Director, Academic Affairs and Student Services at semerick@neomed.edu, 330.325.6759.

CONTACT

Office of Student Services
Phone: 330.325.6735
Email: studentaffairs@neomed.edu

OFFICE OF STUDENT Services

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