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Students join together to discuss issues about free speech and shared governance
Students deliver list of concerns to administrators

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 2, 2007) -- Less than 100 students joined together at 2 p.m. today to share concerns about free speech and shared governance at Ohio University. Led by Students for a Democratic Society (not a registered student organization), the students met on College Green in an unauthorized area. 

At approximately 2:30 p.m. Ohio University Police Chief Mike Martinsen informed the students that they were in violation of the current policy regarding the use of outdoor spaces on the Athens campus. 

At that time, the group proceeded to Cutler Hall to give its list of concerns to President Roderick McDavis, who was out of town. The students then went to Baker University Center to deliver the list of concerns to Dean of Students Terry Hogan.

The list included concerns about free speech and "unilateral actions taken by the administration," regarding such issues as the strategies to reduce high-risk drinking, the decision to implement a fee for residence hall guests during the Athens Halloween Weekend, and the elimination of four varsity sports. 

After giving the list of concerns to Hogan, who has agreed to pass on the students' concerns to McDavis, members of the group attended and participated in the poster presentations of the 10 Vision OHIO Implementation teams. For more about the poster presentation, please visit www.ohio.edu/outlook/06-07/February/306n-067.cfm.

Hogan has prepared and distributed a brief paper on the university's current approach to free speech and the rationale for it. The paper is available online at the Web site of the Office of the Dean of Students at www.ohio.edu/deanofstudents.

This week, Vice President for Student Affairs Kent Smith asked Student Senate to review and make recommendations on the university's current approach and policy. 

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Media Contact: Media Relations Coordinator Jessica Stark, 740-597-2938 or starkj@ohio.edu

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