The following message was shared with all Ohio State students, faculty and staff on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
In the coming days, the U.S. Supreme Court and other governmental entities are expected to issue decisions and advance policies that will impact our nation and the communities in which we live.
Many of the issues at hand have long been a source of social and political division, and history shows that American democracy has always been a dynamic experiment. During times of disagreement, public universities such as Ohio State play an important role in facilitating dialogue based on our mission, vision and values. Diversity of people and thought are essential elements of understanding and excellence. The university remains fundamentally committed to establishing and advancing shared dialogues – even and especially when we might disagree. As Buckeyes, compassion and care for one another comes first.
The coming decisions will arrive at a time when members of our community are already feeling unsettled. We know the decisions could impact teaching, learning, research and patient care at the university. As such, we will closely review decisions from the Supreme Court as well as potential changes to federal or state law and, if needed, make any adjustments to Ohio State’s services, course offerings or resources to be in compliance with the law. If necessary, modifications will be communicated to those students, faculty and staff impacted. We will also provide the university community with opportunities for dialogue and engagement.
Through it all, we will continue to rely on our shared commitment to research, teaching, scholarship, academic freedom and considerate discourse. Please know that resources include:
- Freedom of expression at Ohio State
- Education for Citizenship Initiative
- Institute for Democratic Engagement and Accountability (IDEA)
- OSU Votes
- Office of Student Life Counseling and Consultation Service
- Employee Assistance Program
Once again, we remember the words of statesman John Glenn, who told our 2009 spring graduating class: "No person lives solely as an island unto himself, particularly in a democracy such as ours." Have a great rest of your summer, and we will share more soon.
Kristina M. Johnson, PhD