Hazing | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


  • Comets don’t haze!

    Capital University celebrates student membership in student organizations, athletic teams, ensembles, and other student groups as this membership enhances the student experience and contributes to positive outcomes for involved students. Capital’s anti-hazing commitment serves to curb hazing in the Capital University campus community, ensure the conduct ends, and provide support to individuals who have been adversely affected by incidents of hazing behaviors.

     The University is committed to ensuring a safe environment free from all forms of hazing. All members of the University community, including students, faculty, staff, volunteers, guests, and visitors, are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. The University takes the position of zero tolerance for hazing.  Zero tolerance means that when an allegation of misconduct is brought to an appropriate administrator’s attention, protective and other remedial measures will be used to reasonably ensure that such conduct ends, is not repeated, and the effects on the individual whose rights have been violated as well as the effects on the community are remedied, including serious sanctions when a responding party is found to have violated University policy.

    Report Hazing

    Duty to Report
    Immediately upon learning of potential hazing, all employees (including students), volunteers, advisors, consultants, and alumni have a duty to report any alleged violation of hazing. Each mandated reporter must report to the university and law enforcement.

    Reporting can be done in multiple ways:

    1. If an active incident is occurring on campus, call Capital University Police department immediately, at 614-236-6666.
    2. If an active incident is occurring off campus, call 9-1-1 immediately.
    3. If after the fact, you can submit a form, which goes directly to Public Safety and the Office of Student Conduct.
    4. If after the fact, email hazing@capital.edu and Public Safety at publicsafety@capital.edu.

    Capital University Anti-Hazing Policy


    Hazing is defined by Ohio law as “doing any act or coercing another, including the victim, to do any act of initiation into any student or other organization or any act to continue or reinstate membership in or affiliation with any student or other organization that causes or creates a substantial risk of causing mental or physical harm to any person, including coercing another to consume alcohol or a drug of abuse.”

    Mandatory Training

    All students must complete anti-hazing training to join any student group, including student organizations, athletic teams, fraternities, sororities, ensembles, etc. The training is offered first during the summer onboarding experience and students will receive follow up communication throughout first semester to complete the training if they do not complete it by the deadline.

    Read the Full Policy (PDF)

    Past Incidents

    In accordance with Ohio Law, Capital University will post the past five years of incidents twice annually, in August and January.


    If you’ve experience hazing or think you may have experienced hazing, reach out for support.

    Center for Health and Wellness

    Residential and Commuter Life & Student Conduct
    Jon Geyer, Director

    Tom Snee, Associate Director

    Office of Student and Community Engagement
    Sophia Wilson, Associate Director

    Tristen Davis, Associate Director

    Associate Provost/Title IX Coordinator
    Deanna Wagner

    Community Support

    HazingPrevention.Org is a national nonprofit dedicated to empowering people to prevent hazing. Our goal is to educate people about the dangers of hazing, advocate for change, and engage the community in strategies to prevent hazing. We are a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

    StopHazing’s mission is to promote safe and inclusive school, campus, and organizational environments through research, resource sharing, and the development of data-driven strategies for hazing prevention and the promotion of positive group climates.