Racist Incidents Occur on the Campus of Ohio University in Athens

Two racists incidents occurred on the campus of Ohio University in Athens. In one incident, a trash bag was left outside a resident doorway with a sign that included racial slurs. Also, a student athlete urinated on the dormitory room door of a Black student damaging some of the contents of the room. The incidents are not thought to be related.

Hugh Sherman, president of Ohio University said in a statement that “our community will only be at its best when we can visibly respect one another. Please know that I stand with those who stand against hate. I am committed to working to build a culture anchored in respect.”

Ohio University enrolls more than 19,000 undergraduate students at its main campus in Athens. African Americans make up 6 percent of the undergraduate student body.


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