BGSU is hosting National Hazing Prevention Week

Nia Lambdin | Managing Editor

Close to a year after the sentencing of former Bowling Green State University students in the 2021 hazing death of Stone Foltz, the university’s Division of Health and Wellness is hosting a series of events from Sept. 18 to Sept. 24 for National Hazing Prevention Week

Throughout the week, members of the BGSU community will be wearing buttons to encourage others to learn about hazing via the “Ask Me About My Number” event. By asking someone about their “number,” students can learn more about hazing experienced by those whose stories are cataloged in a database created by scholar Hank Nuwer, who tracked hazing deaths to 1838.

Students, faculty and staff are able to participate in Green Dot Training, a program that provides bystander intervention training for high-risk situations on Sept. 20, at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. 

BGSU students can also participate in a gallery walk and visit the “New Member Red Flags” exhibit in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union to learn how to make informed decisions before joining a group, team or organization. 

Students are also invited to a talk on drugs, sexual assault and alcohol abuse with emergency room doctor Dr. Louis Profeta in the BTSU about on Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Interfraternity Council and Theta Chi. 

Kathleen Wiant spoke to BGSU students on Sunday, Sept. 18 about her son, Collin Wiant, who died in 2018 during a hazing incident at Ohio University. Wiant and her family lobbied for the passing of Senate Bill 126 also known as Collin’s Law. 

Hazing can cause irreversible harm to the victim, the victim’s family and the BGSU community. In order to prevent hazing from occurring on campus, BGSU seeks to promote a safe and knowledgeable environment and community through a series of activities and learning opportunities.