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Update 3: March 17 Incident

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Members of the The University of Olivet Community:

It has been several days since I have provided an update on the incident that occurred in Ohio on March 17. There have been numerous news reports and countless social media threads over the past week, some reporting accurate information and others more speculative. As I mentioned in our last update, the College is committed to communicating with honesty and integrity about issues and information that is of most interest to our community. For the most part, this has meant only reporting verified information or information confirmed by the law enforcement authorities investigating the incident. Additionally, because this is an ongoing investigation, there may be information that law enforcement authorities cannot share. What I can share with you now is the following:

  1. We are relieved that the member of the Olivet baseball team who was shot received non-life-threatening injuries and was released from the hospital on March 18. We are also thankful that no other individuals from either The University of Olivet or the Muskingum University community were harmed.
  2. The alleged assailant, Franklin Grayson, a 2021 The University of Olivet graduate, remains in custody in a Muskingum County jail. Today, Mr. Grayson was indicted on 14 felonies, including one count of attempted murder with a firearm and four counts of felonious assault with a firearm.
  3. Mr Grayson is being held on a $1-million bail. We understand that, if convicted on all charges, he could spend more than 30 years in prison.
  4. Law enforcement has found no indication of a relationship between Mr. Grayson and the student-athlete, baseball team or any of its coaches or players. Law enforcement also believes this was an isolated incident and that there is no known or ongoing threat to the student-athlete, the The University of Olivet community, or others.
Campus Resources Available to You & Reminders:
  • While the incident took place off campus, it has still impacted the Olivet community and can be upsetting. Please know that counseling and support services are available to you. If you are experiencing ongoing concerns about the incident, do not hesitate to contact the Health and Wellness Center, Mott 212, for assistance. You may also email counseling@uolivet.edu or call 269-749-7745.
  • Your safety is always our priority. This incident also reminds us of the importance of vigilance – keeping our eyes and ears open. If you ever hear or see or read something on social media that causes you to think any member of the The University of Olivet community is being threatened, please immediately call 911 and then contact Campus Safety at 269-749-7911 or safety@uolivet.edu.
  • This is also a good reminder that all students and staff should be enrolled in our Emergency Alert System. If there is ever any threat to campus, we will notify you using our Emergency Alert System. You can update your contact information by clicking “Emergency Alert System” in the quick links menu on the MyOlivet Portal.
  • Remember and review your active shooter training: RUN, HIDE, FIGHT. In “normal” times it can be difficult to take our annual training sessions seriously and to internalize our own personal plans about how we will respond in an emergency. Events like this are a good reminder to stop, refresh ourselves with the basic principles, and create a mental plan of action for the possibility that something could happen. While we just completed the training in October 2022, you may want to revisit the training course for a thorough review Employees click here to access the course: Vector Solutions Employee Training. Students click here to access the course: Vector Solutions – Student Training.
  • Finally, staff are reviewing our College-wide emergency response protocols, making any updates necessary, and we will be holding information and training sessions for our College community. Again, let’s use this incident as a reminder to be as prepared as we can be.

In closing, I am grateful to the entire The University of Olivet and Muskingum University communities for their support. I also offer sincere gratitude to the first responders who quickly came to the injured student-athlete’s aid and swiftly apprehended the alleged assailant.

The horrific event that transpired on March 17 is not the The University of Olivet we know and love. Our founders said, “the future of humanity rests in the hands, hearts and minds of those who will accept responsibility for themselves and others in an increasingly diverse society.” Now more than ever, let us stand together as Olivetians and demonstrate to the world what it means to be Olivet Strong.

Steven M. Corey, Ph.D.
President

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