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Events for National Hazing Prevention Week

National Hazing Prevention Week is held Sept. 25 – Sept. 29, 2023.
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Students gather outside Stone Foltz memorial, 2021.

Cookies and Consent 

Join BGSU’s Wellness Connection at the Social House on Sept. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to decorate cookies and learn about the essential concepts of consent, such as how one cannot consent to hazing, what consent is and how it works. 

Consent is an idea important in every situation and oftentimes bad situations occur when consent is not given. It is crucial to learn how asking for consent can affect a situation and what to do in a situation that lacks it. 

Hazing is not the only issue linked with consent: sexual assault, excessive drinking and drug abuse are also major problems that root in troubles with consent. 

Take action to learn more about consent and how it could improve serious problems around campus and around the world.

 

Never Leave Anyone Behind

Shari and Cory Foltz founded the iamstonefoltz Foundation in honor of their son, Stone Foltz, who tragically passed away from alcohol poisoning on March 7, 2021, three days after attending a fraternity hazing ritual. 

The Foltz family will share Stone’s story to raise awareness about the hazards of hazing and the deadly effects of alcohol poisoning in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union on Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. 

The foundation’s primary mission is to eradicate hazing through talking to parents and students on the hazards of hazing. They also provide “Alcohol 101” training on the effects of alcohol poisoning.

For those wishing to donate money or their time through volunteer opportunities for the foundation, visit iamstonefoltz.com 

Hazing in Academics 

On Sept. 29 in the BTSU from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a Hazing in Academics event where the Union Tables will hold information on what to look for and what to do if you or a friend experience academic hazing. 

Overall changes in behavior and communication could be tell-tale signs of hazing. Warning signs to look out for include a disheveled appearance, lack of appetite, skipping class, declining grades and unusual posts on social media. 

Any unusual new habits could be a sign of hazing, so it’s important for students to be aware and look out for themselves and others. According to the Hazing Prevention Network, a 2017 research study showed as many as 22% of Americans indicate they have been hazed.

Furthermore, at least 47% of students come to college having experienced hazing, further highlighting the need for effective hazing prevention education.

Know the Signs hazing exhibit 

Students can take part in the Gallery Walk and New Member Red Flags exhibit, which highlights the importance of knowing early warning signs of hazing and the values of a group before joining. 

The exhibit aims to give potential members the opportunity to make informed decisions before joining a group.

The event takes place on Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

For students that cannot attend the exhibit,  there is an online option provided by the Hazing Prevention Network. 

The Hazing Prevention Network has published stories of various hazing victims available to be viewed online. 

Those stories can be found here: https://hazingpreventionnetwork.org/stories/

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