At the beginning of each school year, all incoming students sign a pledge affirming the following:
“As a member of the Rhodes community, I pledge to respect my fellow students, faculty, staff and their property. I will treat others as I would be treated and their property as I would my own.”
“As a member of the Rhodes community, I pledge to help create a community where diversity is valued and welcomed. To this end I will not engage in, nor will I tolerate, harassment or discrimination based on race, gender, color, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and national or ethnic origin.
Ohio University is committed to promoting an atmosphere where understanding
and acceptance of cultural and ethnic differences are ensured.
President Roderick J. McDavis underscored
the University’s ongoing commitment
to promoting diversity by citing
its importance in his 2004 inaugural
address. A climate that represents and
embraces different cultures enhances
Ohio University’s ability to provide all
of its students with the experiences
necessary to successfully compete and
achieve in an increasingly diverse and
complex society. There is no better way
to learn about the world than to create
an environment where students of
diverse backgrounds—and indeed, students
from all over the world—study,
live, learn, and socialize together.
Ohio University is bound morally, emotionally,
and intellectually to pursue
the realization of a vision of real community.
As a result, it is committed to
for all people and is
pledged to take direct and affirmative
action to achieve that goal. In upholding
its commitment, Ohio University will
not accept racism, sexism, homophobia,
bigotry, or other forms of violations of
human rights. Such actions are inconsistent
with, and detrimental to, the values
that we hold essential as an institution
of higher learning. All students,
faculty, and staff of Ohio University
are expected to uphold the University’s
commitment to a just and diverse community
and to take a leadership role in
ensuring an atmosphere of equality.