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About the Presidential Policy Advisory Group

On October 30, President Nellis and Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Descutner announced the Presidential Policy Advisory Group, which is charged with reviewing public feedback collected related to the interim University policies on Freedom of Expression and Use of Outdoor Space.

The Advisory Group is comprised of representatives from a broad range of University constituencies, including all five senates, Deans, Chairs and Directors, Ohio University Police Department, Legal Affairs and Event Services. The Advisory Group has been asked to review the history and culture of activism, expression, and free speech at Ohio University and incorporate legal and safety standards needed to uphold free speech and expression on the University’s campuses.

In addition to evaluating comments, this group will also map a pathway forward in keeping with our commitment to shared governance. The individuals who will serve Ohio University on this advisory group represent the breadth of discussion needed on this important matter. Having them all at the table where a consensus will be reached based on the balancing of multiple viewpoints will result in a more robust policy to carry us forward that is a proper representation of the values of the entire Ohio University community.

The group will be charged with developing a guiding set of principles on which a revision of the policies will be based and identifying elements that should be incorporated into the revised version of the policy.


Membership of the Presidential Advisory Group includes:

  • Scott Titsworth
    Dean representative and advisory group convener
  • Landen Lama
    President, Student Senate
  • Maria Modayil
    President, Graduate Student Senate
  • Jacqueline Wolf
    designee for Chair, Faculty Senate
  • Jessica Wingett
    Chair, Administrative Senate
  • Sharon Romina
    Chair, Classified Senate
  • Katherine Jellison
    Chair/Director representative
  • Grant Garber
    Legal Affairs representative
  • Andrew Powers
    Chief of Police
  • Dusty Kilgour
    Executive Director of Baker Center
  • Carly Leatherwood
    University Communications and Marketing, ex-officio

Presidential Policy Advisory Group Meetings

Click a meeting to view the notes from that meeting.

  1. November 14, 2017
  2. December 15, 2017
  3. January 3, 2018
  4. January 25, 2018
  5. February 8, 2018
  6. February 22, 2018