Inter-University Council of Ohio Expresses Strong Support for Senator Kunze Anti-Hazing Legislation

[Columbus]: Bruce Johnson, president of the Inter-University Council of Ohio (IUC), issued the following statement today regarding the introduction of anti-hazing legislation in the Ohio Senate as sponsored by Senators Stephanie Kunze and Theresa Gavarone.

“On behalf of Ohio’s public universities, we appreciate the opportunity to continue working with Senators Kunze and Gavarone, as sponsors of this anti-hazing legislation, and with Kathleen Wiant, the mother of Collin – for whom this law is named, and Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn.  All are passionate champions of this reform.  Their dedication and drive cannot be understated.

To express our support, all fourteen of Ohio’s public university presidents have signed a letter which accompanies this statement and has been sent to the Governor, Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, and President of the Ohio Senate.  This letter pledges our commitment to supporting the legislation as a proponent and to changing the culture on campus through training, transparency, and reporting.

We thank the sponsors and members of the General Assembly for taking up this legislation and are confident that, working together, we will make a difference, things will change, and hazing will stop.”

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 The Inter-University Council is a voluntary educational association of Ohio’s public universities.

Media Contact:

Bruce Johnson, President & CEO

Inter-University Council of Ohio