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Ohio University and the City of Athens Compact

The COVID-19 pandemic is a serious worldwide medical crisis, and we recognize it is imperative that we do our part to stop the spread of this deadly disease. Our community is impacted both collectively and individually by the repercussions of this pandemic, which has disrupted lives, livelihoods, educational engagement, and activities. However, as a collective community, we will encourage actions and practices to reduce the disruption caused by COVID-19 and collectively work to secure a healthier future for all in our community.

Ohio University and Athens communities past, present and futures are intertwined. Our interconnectedness is a strength on which we must draw upon in these trying and uncertain times. This strength also allows for our communities to collectively evolve and respond to this fluid and rapidly changing, challenging time. 
This time in our history is a stressful and overwhelming time. We all have a role to play. It is up to each of us to conscientiously do our part. We care about each other, and we care about the community in which we live, work, study and explore. We must employ patience and understanding, knowing that this is a dynamic situation that is evolving because it is the only way to keep our community open. 

In order to work with one another toward mutually beneficial solutions, we recognize our communities must:

  • maintain the health and safety of the Ohio University and Athens communities, which are community efforts;
  • ensure each member of our communities observes heightened health and safety precautions;
  • embrace a culture of care and encourage members of our communities to accept some inconvenience – an essential action in order to keep our community safe, protect our own families and friends, and ensure business continuity; and
  • support one another – as individuals and in community – by actively listening and assisting one another where possible and safe.  

On behalf of our communities, we are committing to working together to ensure accountability, and cooperation in adhering to policies, ordinances, and public-health practices that will keep our community, and every member of it safe, as well as reduce disruption in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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M. Duane Nellis
President, Ohio University


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Steve Patterson
Mayor, City of Athens


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Ohio University and the City of Athens signed the Compact on September 2, 2020.