Oberlin College has been faced with a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed by a local business. Interest in this issue has extended far outside our local community, reaching the national news media and sparking a widespread conversation about student protests, free speech, and the relationships between colleges and their surrounding communities.
With so many voices out there—some more informed than others—we aim to provide clear, factual resources to help these discussions move forward in a constructive way. The information below includes official statements from President Ambar, legal filings, coverage in the media, and key facts about the events and timeline.
Update: read about Oberlin's appeal of the Gibson's Bakery judgment.
Key Facts and Resources
10 Key Facts
What happened, and when? Learn how the events of the case unfolded, from November, 2016 through the filing of the lawsuit.Go to 10 Key Facts
President Ambar and senior staff kept the campus community informed as the legal situation evolved.Read the statements
Selected motions filed on behalf of the college and the dean of students are provided here. These documents outline the college’s legal position.Download the documents
Timeline of Events
See a timeline of events from the initial incident to the filing of the lawsuit.Download the timeline (PDF)