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Roderick J. McDavis

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President reminds OHIO of mandate to report child abuse


On Tuesday, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis sent an email to the entire University reminding them of the mandate to report child abuse.


Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

The devastating allegations of abuse in university settings that have come forward in recent weeks serve as tragic reminders that we must adhere to legal and ethical requirements in all professional and personal actions, and in accordance with university policy, and state and federal laws. Adherence with the law extends beyond our individual actions. Ohio law (Ohio Revised Code § 2921.22) requires every person who knows that a felony has been or is being committed, to report it to law enforcement.  It is a criminal offense to knowingly fail to make the report. If you suspect or have knowledge of criminal activity occurring on University property or involving University personnel or students, call the Ohio University Police Department at 740-593-9111(in an emergency, please dial 911 immediately).

Ohio law (Ohio Revised Code § 2151.421) further requires teachers, school administrators, speech pathologists, psychologists, doctors and others to report suspected child abuse or neglect  Suspected child abuse or neglect may be reported to Athens County Children's Services at 740-592-3061 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1-877-477-0772 after hours, on weekends, and holidays. Suspected child abuse or neglect also may be reported directly to the police. We share a great responsibility to protect children, and we must do everything we can to prevent and/or immediately report any abuse of a child.

Ohio University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, or military veteran status in its employment practices or in the provision of educational programs and services. The Office for Institutional Equity serves as Ohio University's civil rights compliance/affirmative action office, fulfilling the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights requirement for post-secondary institutions to provide a means for students, employees and guests to bring concerns or complaints of discrimination or sexual misconduct (including harassment and sexual violence), and to have a fair procedure for resolution. Laura Myers, executive director of the Office for Institutional Equity, also serves as Ohio University's Title IX coordinator, handling inquiries regarding the university's non-discrimination policies, receiving complaints and monitoring compliance with state and federal non-discrimination laws and regulations. Her contact information is as follows:

Laura L. Myers, J.D., M.A., executive director
Office for Institutional Equity and Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
Title IX Coordinator, ADA/504 Coordinator
101 Crewson House, Athens, Ohio 45701
Telephone: 740-593-9132
Email: equity@ohio.edu

For more information, please visit www.ohio.edu/equity. For information regarding sexual harassment and prevention, please visit www.ohio.edu/harassment/.

Cordially,

Roderick J. McDavis
President