Ohio University Student Union Petition for Administrative Accountability

This petition is addressed to all members of the Ohio University Board of Trustees, the Ohio University Foundation, and Ohio University President Roderick McDavis:

    A line has been crossed. Those responsible must be held accountable.

    The official leaders of Ohio University - top administrators and trustees - have repeatedly shown their disdain for anyone who tries to hold them accountable for irresponsible, unethical, and unfair actions. This spring, the Board of Trustees attempted to purchase a $1.2 million presidential mansion from a local millionaire and former Alumni Association Board member, John Wharton. When more than a thousand students, staff members, faculty members and members of the general public expressed outrage over this irresponsible decision, the university leadership all but ignored the criticism until the New York Times published an article about the story. Now, e-mails have been released in which trustees of the Ohio University Foundation harshly disparage those same students, staff, and faculty members. Trustee Steven Schoonover dismissed concerned members of the Ohio University community as "loudmouths." Worse, Schoonover suggested that the university leadership should "play the race card" to frame concerned students and faculty members as racists in order to discredit our criticism of the administration's unethical actions. His rhetoric appears to be endorsed by at least two other trustees -- Charles Beck and Ray Schilderink -- and possibly others. For more information, please see the following article from The Athens News: http://www.athensnews.com/news/local/major-ou-donor-suggested-in-email-pulling-the-race-card/article_78a0a1c0-274e-11e5-987f-d33f3cffc5d2.html#.VaBdF0YDLko.facebook We believe these emails provide a small glimpse into the ways in which the out-of-touch and unaccountable leadership views Ohio University's students, staff, and faculty members who make up the vast majority of the institution. This behavior is completely unacceptable, even if it is predictable. The Ohio University Student Union is petitioning to the Ohio University Board of Trustees, the Ohio University Foundation, and President Roderick McDavis to fulfill the following appeals as minimum conditions for restoring basic trust between the leadership and the rest of the Ohio University community.
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