Residence Hall Incident Updates
Update: April 1
Ohio University has been working closely with student leaders to identify strong actions we can take to help combat racism and create a more inclusive community.
In this video, President Hugh Sherman and Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Gigi Secuban announce initial actions that will be implemented immediately as we continue to work on solutions that will move us forward as a University community.
Update: 3:30 p.m. March 25
Ohio University students have organized a Black Student Town Hall Meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, March 28 in Morton Hall, Room 235. During the march and protest on Wednesday, organizers asked fellow students to bring ideas for specific changes they would like to see at Ohio University to the Town Hall event.
Update on Recent Investigations
The following update on investigations was shared from Ohio University Police Lt. Tim Ryan on March 24, 2022.
We are deeply concerned about four (4) recent incidents and their detrimental impact on our community, especially our communities of color. We are committed to thoroughly and aggressively investigating these offenses and are sharing this statement to update our community on our progress.
Update: 12:30 p.m. March 24
Students have planned a march and protest for 3:30 p.m. March 24 beginning at Peden Stadium to voice concerns in response to the weekend’s events.
As a public university, we fully support and encourage free speech and expression. Peaceable protests and assemblies that allow students and others to voice concerns about issues impacting our campus are entirely welcome. We have ratified that perspective in our University policy: Statement of Commitment to Free Expression.
Ohio University is Committed to Make Respect Visible
The following message was shared from President Hugh Sherman with the Ohio University community on March 23, 2022.
To the Ohio University Community,
I acknowledge recent incidents that occurred on our Athens campus over the weekend have deeply hurt members of our University community. You have rightly called us to transparency about what happened and to an active and thorough response. With that in mind, I am writing to share details about the events and what we will do in the coming hours and days.
Our community will not tolerate a culture that threatens, physically or emotionally, any group or individual on our campus. These types of incidents set us back from our educational mission and our efforts to build and support a diverse University community.
What We Know
OUPD and our Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility were notified about two incidents that happened in residence halls over the weekend. At this time, it does not appear that those events were in any way connected.