Shively Court will be closing permanently due to the low enrollment forecast for the Fall Semester.

The decision to shut down the dining hall was made before the COVID-19 pandemic started, Carly Leatherwood, an Ohio University spokesperson, said.

Ohio University will continue to reassess the dining court’s need moving forward, Leatherwood said.

The students who worked at the dining hall were told to look at Nelson Court and the District on West Green for other employment opportunities, according to an email from Laura Rodgers, the current Shively Hiring Coordinator.

The transfer process for employees is easy, Rodgers said in the email.

Culinary Services employs over 2,100 students in all dining courts, campus markets, catering and cafes. Student employees start out making between $8.70 and $9.55 per hour at jobs within Culinary Services.

OU posted on LinkedIn over a month ago opening applications for an executive director for Culinary Services within the Division of Student Affairs.

Culinary Services has a budget of over $39 million for the 2020 fiscal year.

In the summer of 2018, Shively Court had $1.8 million of renovations that were funded by Culinary Services, according to a previous Post report.

Jim Sabin, a university spokesperson, previously said it was a “front-of-house” refresh.

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