Statement from President Johnson

The following statement was issued by Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson on Monday, October 12, 2020.


On behalf of the Ohio State community, we extend our deepest sympathy to Chase Meola’s family, friends and loved ones during this extremely difficult time. This is a heartbreaking tragedy. As we saw last night at a candlelight vigil for Chase, this is a time for us to come together and support each other. 

As the investigation into this tragic crime progresses, we will continue to assist law enforcement in any way possible. Students in need of support are encouraged to access counseling services by calling 614-292-5766. Faculty and staff who need support are encouraged to call the Employee Assistance Program at 800-678-6265.