Today's Update: Monday, April 19

April 19, 2021

Dear Student Life Team, Following the deplorable situation on Chittenden over the weekend, I sent the following message to our Columbus undergraduate students yesterday afternoon: 

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You may have seen on social media or in other news that last night Chittenden Avenue was home to a chaotic and out-of-control crowd. Among other types of destruction, full-size vehicles were damaged to the point of needing to be towed away. Fights broke out. The Columbus Police Division (CPD) has shared that their initial orders to disband went unheeded. 

It is reported that the majority of those in attendance were Ohio State students. 

Seriously, I don’t understand why any of you would engage in this behavior. This wasn’t a party – this was sheer chaos that resulted in damage to property and could have resulted in harm to other people, other Buckeyes. 

I understand that with a student body as large as ours, most of you reading this message were not on Chittenden Avenue last night, and I thank you for that. I also know there are many of you who have spoken out against last night’s behaviors, and I appreciate that, too. If you have information you would like to share, contact Columbus Police at 614-645-4545 and you can send information through the Student Conduct reporting website: studentconduct.osu.edu/complaint

The sad truth remains: there were many Ohio State students engaging in wildly destructive and endangering behavior last night. The university will be working with CPD to identify and address the behaviors of as many students as possible. 

This year the entire university has done everything possible to ensure that students could have a successful, safe and in-person academic year. So, it is beyond comprehension that, one week before the end of classes, last night’s chaos could unfold. Frankly, that it would happen at anytime, is unfathomable. It is my expectation that as we close out this academic year, everyone can remember that we are in the middle of a pandemic, and that behaviors demonstrated last night not only threaten property and the safety of those in attendance, but it can have severe impacts on the health of many others, as well as disrupt our progress in the fight against COVID-19. 

We have to do better. 

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Clearly this weekend was not a Scarlet and Great example of what we should expect from Ohio State students.  

Melissa