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As Ohio State begins its academic year, the first Ohio State News Alert of the season shared information about mental health and other student issues. It included the following:
Mental health and well-being
Ohio State is committed to a culture of care and well-being for students, faculty and staff. The university offers a variety of services and tools to meet the needs of the campus community.
The Office of Student Life Counseling and Consultation Service provides individual and group mental health services, psychoeducational prevention and outreach programming to enrolled undergraduate, graduate and professional students.
Mental Well-Being for Students is a 45-minute module that provides students with essential skills and information to navigate the stressors and emotional challenges associated with college life. Students will learn ways to practice self-care, recognize when they or their peers are in distress and take action to find additional support.
The Ohio State Employee Assistance Program has a member portal, online tools, well-being resources and work-life services that are available to eligible Ohio State employees, their dependents, household members, parents and parents-in-law.
Ohio State also offers myStrength, a digital program for emotional health to help with life’s evolving challenges. From learning activities and guided meditations to skill-building courses, myStrength offers personalized support to build a healthier mind.
All first-year and transfer undergraduate students are required to complete online training about drug, tobacco and alcohol misuse. Incoming and transfer undergraduate students must complete the educational modules this fall to register for classes in the spring semester, and all students, faculty and staff are encouraged to complete the modules.
Buck-I-CARE About Consent is assigned to the BuckeyeLink checklist for all incoming first-year and transfer students. Buck-I-CARE works to ensure Ohio State students understand sexual misconduct and consent and that they have the tools necessary to prevent sexual misconduct or find support and resources if necessary.
Collin’s Law is Ohio’s Anti-Hazing Act, which requires all students to complete anti-hazing education prior to participation in any organization recognized by or operating under the sanction of Ohio State, including athletic teams, sports clubs, student organizations and other student groups. This 25-minute module, offered in BuckeyeLearn and assigned to each student’s BuckeyeLink checklist, educates members of the university community on how to recognize and report hazing and intervene when hazing is occurring. In addition, the training module outlines criminal penalties for hazing, requirements to report hazing to law enforcement and campus resources that support anti-hazing efforts.
The modules can be accessed through BuckeyeLearn.
Buckeye business reminders for students
Buckeye Link can help students take care of Buckeye business, including paying tuition and fees, managing financial aid, updating personal information and much more. Please read all email reminders and go to buckeyelink.osu.edu for important dates, updates, how-tos, and to log in to My Buckeye Link. Get answers in-person or online 24/7 with chat.osu.edu and help.osu.edu.
Throughout the year, Ohio State News Alerts will be sent when there is a timely update for students, faculty and staff. These updates will inform the community about timely university news priorities, including safety tips, health resources, timely traffic information and more. These are separate and distinct from Buckeye Alerts, which are sent by our Department of Public Safety when the campus community needs to take immediate action to remain safe. Students, faculty and staff will receive Ohio State News Alerts to their university email address and can visit the preference center to manage text message preferences.