Messages to the Buckeye Community

September 2, 2017

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Our university derives great strength from bringing together outstanding individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Inclusive excellence enriches our pursuit, discovery and sharing of knowledge.

Today, the Department of Homeland Security issued a memorandum with significant implications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Our DACA students arrived in this country as children and have grown up working to make real the American Dream. They have overcome barriers, often against the odds, were admitted to our competitive institution and contribute greatly to our success.

I want to restate that we support our DACA students unequivocally, are committed to their success and will work diligently to gather and respond to their concerns. We also support those programs established to help them achieve their goals, and we are advocating strongly with our elected officials, homeland security and colleagues across higher education for a just resolution.

This afternoon we sent a letter to Ohio’s congressional delegation urging them to take swift action to find a bipartisan solution that will, at a minimum, codify the existing DACA policy into law. “Education for Citizenship” is our motto, regardless of nation of origin. We stand proudly with all Buckeyes.

Sincerely,

Michael V. Drake, MD
President

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A message to the Buckeye community: Moving forward together

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:

We pride ourselves on being an inclusive, welcoming and ultimately safe place for people and ideas from all corners of our society and all around the world. It is, in fact, the collective sum of our experiences and backgrounds that makes us so strong.

Over these past few days, we have heard deeply disturbing reports of verbal assaults on students and others at a wide range of institutions, from middle schools to universities across the country, including our own campus. We protect First Amendment rights actively, but we do not under any circumstances tolerate intimidation or threats to students, faculty, staff or visitors to our campus. If you are subjected to or witness any such acts, please notify The Ohio State University Department of Public Safety at 614-292-2121 (9-1-1 in an emergency) or the Office of Student Life at 614-688-5664.

Our strength and resiliency derive from our ability to adapt to changes in the fabric of society, organize and align our behaviors and work together to make a better world. Times of great stress challenge our skill set. Let us rise to that challenge. Let us resolve to do our best to move forward to a brighter tomorrow. Let us resolve to do this together.

Sincerely,

Michael V. Drake, MD 
President

Bruce A. McPheron, PhD 
Executive Vice President and Provost

Sheldon Retchin, MD
Executive Vice President of Health Sciences and CEO, Wexner Medical Center

Javaune Adams-Gaston
Senior Vice President, Student Life

Timothy Gerber
Professor of Music and Secretary, University Senate

Ben Givens
Associate Professor of Psychology and Chair, Faculty Council

Thomas D. Hatch
Chair, University Staff Advisory Committee

Gerard Basalla
President, Undergraduate Student Government

David Bowers
President, Council of Graduate Students

David Gorenz
President, Inter-Professional Council