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Students discuss civic responsibility during forum

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 16, 2005) -- Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis, students and some community members discussed approaches to ensure that Ohio University students living off-campus are good neighbors and act responsibly during a community meeting Thursday at Christ the King University Parish Center.

Students led much of the discussion, which centered on the need for students to take responsibility in promoting civic responsibility in the neighborhoods.

Many of the students who attended the meeting live off-campus and others are student leaders on campus. Athens Mayor Ric Abel was also in attendance.

President McDavis noted that the meeting is the first step in a process to identify ways to further improve relations between students and permanent residents of the neighborhoods and to curb the irresponsible actions of some students that unfairly taint the value of an Ohio University education.

"As we approach this weekend, I want to express my concern that safe and responsible decisions are made by our students," McDavis said. "I want you to have fun, but the university will not condone irresponsible and unlawful actions by its students."

"A true friend looks out for others and warns them before they get into trouble," McDavis said. "I want to stress the importance of civic responsibility and having a good time without making a poor decision that can haunt you for years to come."

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