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Ohio University's Cutler Hall on the first day of the semester.

Pandemic Deepens Ohio University’s Budget Crisis

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University expects to lose about $20 million in revenue because so many students are choosing not to return to campus this semester. This is just one piece of a projected budget deficit of $32.2 million for the current fiscal year, forcing the university to again dip into its reserves to… Read More

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Ohio University Football Game Against Buffalo Canceled Due To COVID-19

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ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — The undefeated Buffalo Bulls have clinched the Mid-American Conference East Division football title without playing another down. The Mid-American Conference announced its game at Ohio on Saturday was canceled and declared a no contest because the Bobcats’ roster was depleted as a result of players testing positive for COVID-19. Buffalo was… Read More

Ohio University's class gateway at College Green, photographed on May 2, 2019

Ohio University’s Budget Crisis Rooted In Economics Of Higher Education

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Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories examining the budget crisis that has left Ohio University looking to cut millions of dollars in expenses. As the region’s largest employer, the decisions it makes can have a profound effect on the local economy. The stories look at the specific issues facing Ohio… Read More

Ohio University's Alumni Gateway on March 10, 2020

Ohio University Leaders Struggled To Forecast Depth Of Budget Crisis

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Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories that will examine the budget crisis that has left Ohio University looking to cut millions of dollars in expenses. As the region’s largest employer, the decisions it makes can have a profound effect on the local economy. The stories will look at the specific… Read More

Long-Term Care Facility In Athens Co. Sees Sudden Spike in COVID-19 Cases

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A long-term care facility in Athens County that had no coronavirus cases on Friday reported 19 cases on Monday. This development was reported to the Athens City Council Monday evening by Jack Pepper, administrator of the Athens City-County Health Department. Pepper said that COVID-19 cases in Athens County, which have been… Read More

A sign inside one of Ohio University's academic buildings encouraging students to fill seats from the back of the room

Ohio University Quarantines Entire Dorm Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

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ATHENS, Ohio  (WOUB) —  Ohio University has placed an entire dorm under quarantine to prevent the spread of COVID-19. According to the university’s announcement, the quarantine was directed by the Athens City-County Health Department after 20% of the students living in Boyd Hall tested positive. Because of Ohio University’s limited reopening, fewer than 100 students… Read More

Ohio University's class gateway at College Green, photographed on May 2, 2019

Ohio University Launches Webpage Listing Executive Compensation

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University launched a new webpage Friday that posts the compensation, including bonuses, paid to senior executives. Until Friday, the only way for the public to get this information from the university was through a public records act request. The university has been taking some heat over executive compensation following the… Read More

Ohio University's Cutler Hall on the first day of the semester.

OU Executive’s Bonus Raises Questions About Transparency

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — One thing the payment of a $100,000 bonus to an Ohio University senior executive a few months ago has made clear is that this can be done in private. No public vote was taken, and no other public disclosure was required. Had the university’s board of trustees signed off on the… Read More

Ohio University's class gateway at College Green, photographed on May 2, 2019

Ohio University Inviting Thousands Of Students Back To Campus

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University announced Tuesday it is inviting 7,200 students to come to campus in a few weeks to finish out the fall semester. The decision to significantly increase the student presence on campus represents Phase 2 of the university’s graduated approach toward reopening given concerns about the coronavirus. Phase 2 begins… Read More

Ohio University's Cutler Hall on the first day of the semester.

College Towns Feel Financial Impact Of Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (OVR) — The first day of classes at Ohio University is subdued this year. A few students walk across the Athens, Ohio, campus wearing masks. A group sits, socially distanced, on blankets on the green. The university opted to bring back roughly 2,000 students to campus for the first weeks of the semester due… Read More

Two More Defendants Plead Guilty In Hazing Death

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The last of the former Ohio University students involved in the death of a fraternity pledge have plead guilty. Collin Wiant died on November 12, 2018 during what is being considered a hazing incident for the Sigma Pi fraternity. Nine men were charged in connection with Wiant’s death. According to a… Read More

OU Athletes BLM Protest: “Racism Is Also A Big Pandemic”

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — As the pandemic enters its fifth month, anti-racial protests resist dying out in Athens. A group of about thirty student athletes from Ohio University summoned a ‘Peaceful Protest at the Courthouse‘ for Saturday, August 8 at noon. “We’re here today to show support with our Black teammates and other athletes,”  says… Read More

A sign inside one of Ohio University's academic buildings encouraging students to fill seats from the back of the room

OHIO Community Has Mixed Reaction To Phased Return; University Assures It Has Safe Plans In Place

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Members of the Ohio University community have mixed reactions to the university’s announcement that students will return to the Athens campus this fall in phases, as the university assures it has plans in place to keep everyone safe.  On Friday, University President M. Duane Nellis released some details about the new… Read More

Ohio University Reopens Voluntary Separation or Retirement Program

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University has reopened a voluntary separation or retirement program (VSRP) for eligible faculty, executive vice president and provost Elizabeth Sayrs said in an email Wednesday. When the university offered this same program earlier in spring semester, 74 faculty members agreed to leave. Sayrs said several faculty members have since contacted… Read More

Eight Ohio University Student-Athletes Test Positive For COVID-19

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Eight Ohio University student-athletes have tested positive for COVID-19, the university announced Tuesday. These students have been asked to return to their permanent residences to isolate and follow health guidelines. The Athens City-County Health Department is working to notify potentially exposed individuals who had interactions with these students before the positive… Read More

Attendees at a rally on East State Street display their signs Saturday, June 27, 2020.

Dozens Rally On State Street After Most Recent Job Cuts At Ohio University

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — In the wake of another round of job cuts at Ohio University, more than 50 people stood on East State Street to support those whose positions were cut and express dissatisfaction with administrators’ decisions. This was the fourth major rally since May 1 announcement that 140 AFSCME union worker jobs had… Read More

Union workers protest the layoff of 110 custodial workers at Ohio University.

Uncertainty, Frustration Remain For Union Workers In Absence Of Contract With University

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Local union leaders say they are still working with Ohio University to agree on a new contract and address wrongful termination grievances, though the process is taking longer than they had hoped.   John Johnson, Athens regional director for AFSCME Region 8, said the union and the university had a labor management… Read More

Former Ohio University president Vernon R. Alden, who died June 22, 2020 at the age of 97.

Watch: Fond Memories With Ohio University’s Former President Alden

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Vernon R. Alden, the 15th president of Ohio University, died Monday at the age of 97 from complications of pneumonia.  He was living in Boston. Alden, for whom the main university library is named, was president of OHIO from 1962-1969. He and his administration expanded research and academic programs, established the… Read More

Union workers protest the layoffs of 140 Ohio University employees amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Union Workers Again Protest OU Layoffs During Coronavirus Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Union workers at Ohio University and supporters took to the streets in Uptown Athens to again protest layoffs of 140 people during the coronavirus pandemic. Almost 100 protesters gathered Wednesday afternoon wearing American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1699 shirts, face masks and carrying signs. “Chop from the… Read More

Workers Protest OU’s 140 Layoffs Amidst the Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Union workers are continuing to protest, what they say is, unfair and disrespectful treatment by Ohio University. On Saturday morning, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1699 and their supporters held signs along East State Street urging drivers to honk in support. Organizers say at least 110 people… Read More

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Quick Look: Ohio University Faculty Given One Year Notice, Furlough Tiers Detailed

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Friday’s 5:41 p.m. email from Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis outlined what hundreds, by that time, knew – there had been another round of job cuts. Nellis wrote that 94 administrators lost their jobs and, as of now, 53 instructors received official notice that they would be released from the… Read More