Hazing Defense Lawyer

Ohio Hazing Laws as defined in RC § 2903.31


  • 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.


  • No person shall recklessly endanger another.
  • 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.


  • Whoever violates this section is guilty of hazing, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.
53% of college students in clubs, team & organizations experience hazing.

Types of Hazing

Subtle Hazing is behavior that emphasizes a power imbalance. These types of hazing are often accepted as harmless or meaningless. Examples might be; name calling, social isolation, assigning demerits, humiliation, or deprivation.

Harassment Hazing is behavior that causes emotional anguish or physical discomfort to feel like part of the group. Examples might be; verbal abuse, threats, sleep deprivation, sexual simulations, or deprivation of a normal schedule of bodily cleanliness.

Violent Hazing is behavior that has the potential to cause physical and/or emotional or psychological harm. Some examples; coerced or forced alcohol consumption, beating, forced ingestion of vile substances, burning, public nudity, or extreme temperature exposure.


The Criminal Liability of Hazing.

Misdemeanors of the fourth degree require the court to issue a definite jail term of not more than 30 days.

The Civil Liability of Hazing.

People accused of hazing can also be the subject of civil actions in addition to criminal, according to § 2307.44 of the RC. These civil actions may seek financial compensation for damages including mental and physical pain and suffering resulting that result from the hazing.

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