As part of its commitment to promoting a safe and healthy campus environment for the Mount Carmel College of Nursing community and cultivating a culture that fosters respect for the dignity and rights of all its members, MCCN does not tolerate hazing activities by any members of the College community.

View MCCN’s Full Hazing Policy
View Ohio’s Anti-Hazing Law

What is Hazing?

As set forth in Ohio Revised Code section 2903.31, as amended as “Collin’s Law” in 2021, “hazing” means 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, as defined in section 3719.011 of the Ohio Revised Code.

This definition includes, but is not limited to:

  • Actions that violate Federal, State, or Local criminal law.
  • Consume any food, liquid, alcoholic liquid, drug or other substance which subjects the student to a risk of emotional or physical harm.
  • Endure brutality of a physical nature, including whipping, beating, branding, calisthenics or exposure to the elements.
  • Endure brutality of a mental nature, including actively adversely affecting the mental health or dignity of the individual, sleep deprivation, exclusion from social contact or conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment.
  • Endure brutality of a sexual nature.
  • Endure any other activity that creates a reasonable likelihood of bodily injury to the student.

It shall not be a defense to a charge of hazing that the student consented to the conduct in question.

Reporting Hazing

Mount Carmel College of Nursing fosters a culture where reporting is encouraged by all members of the College community. Retaliation for reporting is prohibited following the College’s policy on Retaliation as found in the Catalog-Handbook Student Code of Conduct. Individuals may report hazing by contacting any of the following:

Office of Compliance and Safety

Mount Carmel Safety & Security

  • 614-896-1489 (Columbus)
  • 740-687-8124 (Lancaster)

Online (including anonymous reports)

Human Resources – Amanda McCullouch, Chief Human Resources Officer- College of Nursing

In the event of an emergency, please contact Mount Carmel Safety and Security at 614-234-2341 or Fairfield Medical Center Police at 740-687-8124

Identifying Acts of Hazing

Key indicators: the activity is degrading and/or demeaning, there is risk of injury or question of safety, alcohol or drugs are present, cryptic language is used to describe an event, activity, or interaction, active members are unwilling to participate in the same activity with new members, active and new members are unwilling to discuss the activity with advisers, faculty, family members, headquarters or prospective members, members justifying actions as “tradition” in an attempt to convince others that it is an acceptable event, changes in behavior such as oversleeping, constant exhaustion or an inability to focus, a drop in GPA.

Duty to Report

Immediately upon learning of potential hazing, any employee with a duty to report violations of this policy who received a complaint of hazing or who observes or learns of conduct that is reasonably believed to be in violation of this policy is required to report the alleged conduct to the Director of Compliance and Safety.

Employees with a duty to report violations of this policy include all faculty (including clinical faculty and adjuncts), staff, and administrators within Mount Carmel College of Nursing.

In addition to the duty to report hazing to Director of Compliance and Safety as identified in the prior paragraph, in some circumstances there is also a duty to report allegations of criminal conduct to law enforcement.

Collin’s Law – Required Public Reports

The College will publish periodic public reports of all violations of its anti-hazing policy in compliance with the state of Ohio’s Collin’s Law. These reports will be publicly at this website.

These reports will be posted beginning in January 2023. school year, and updated each semester in January and August of each year. The reports will include the past 5 years of reported hazing related incidents.

Prevention, Education, and Training

All Mount Carmel College of Nursing students colleagues are required to participate in annual educational training on hazing awareness, prevention, intervention, and elements of our policy. This training is housed on the Mount Carmel Health System internal training platform for colleagues and the College’s online learning platform for students. For access to the training, please contact the Director of Compliance and Safety.

National Resources

To learn more about hazing prevention, identifying hazing behaviors, and activities you can do with your organization, please check out the resources below.

MCCN’s Hazing Compliance Contact

For questions regarding MCCN’s hazing training, education, prevention, and reporting, please contact:

Mitch Joseph-Kemplin
Director, Compliance and Safety
mjoseph-kemplin@mccn.edu
614-234-2341

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