Ohio University

Crisis Communication

An important aspect of UCM's mission is to collaborate in the process of making the Athens Campus community aware of emergencies that may affect the safety of OHIO students, faculty, and staff. UCM team members serve as delegates to the University’s Critical Incident Response Team to aid in communication efforts during a crisis or a severe interruption in business operations.

UCM plays an important role in disseminating emergency announcement notifications through a variety of means, including real-time updates to the Alert page during a crisis, emergency text and e-mail messaging, and postings to the official Ohio University social media channels on Twitter and Facebook. Emergency messaging also may be posted to the University’s homepage.

A copy of Ohio University's official Crisis Communication Plan is available online.  

If you witness an emergency situation on the Athens Campus, contact the Ohio University Police Department at 740.593.1911.

UCM is also available to aid units, schools, and colleges in times of reputation crisis by strategizing communication plans to ensure accurate, informative messages are delivered to stakeholders and media outlets in an effective and timely manner. For more information about how UCM can help support your unit, school, or college through a reputation crisis, contact Carly Leatherwood, senior director of communication services, at leatherc@ohio.edu.