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While primarily oriented toward Main Campus, many of the back-to-school reminders and notices shared with faculty and students this week apply to all student and campuses of Ohio’s flagship state university, including The Ohio State University at Mansfield.
The start of the 2022-23 academic year is just days away. Whether you are a returning Buckeye or new to our campuses, Ohio State is your community – one dedicated to creating positive impacts in the world through teaching, learning, research and service.
You will receive a number of communications from the university in the coming days and weeks with more details about these and other items. Below are a few important updates and reminders to help ensure a successful start to the semester, including:
Please take a moment to review the information below. As a reminder, the first day of classes is Tuesday, August 23. Other important dates are available on the academic calendar.
Public universities like ours play a vital role in facilitating discussion – no matter how difficult the subjects might be or how passionately we may disagree. Ohio State is committed to establishing and advancing shared dialogues, and the university has a number of resources available to help facilitate civil discourse. These include:
On August 29, the inaugural Education for Citizenship address will welcome new Ohio State students and the university community to the academic year and ask all to reflect on the importance of civil discourse and our Shared Values in a diverse world. The address will be delivered by Dr. Winston Thompson, associate professor in the College of Education and Human Ecology and coordinator of COMPAS: Conversations on Morality, Politics and Society in the Center for Ethics and Human Values. The event is at 7 p.m. in Mershon Auditorium. Tickets are recommended and are available for free.
The safety of the Ohio State community is the university’s top priority. Ohio State works 24/7 to enhance safety on our campuses, and you can help by taking individual and collective action to promote a safer community. We offer a variety of resources, including:
Additionally, the university has brought back and expanded its joint patrol program to include three Ohio State University Police Division officers patrolling the University District while paired up with CPD officers. This program is part of a comprehensive approach that includes improved lighting, additional surveillance cameras and license plate readers, and non-police security that patrol seven nights a week to bring university resources into the areas where many students live. See full resources on the Department of Public Safety website.
Mental health and well-being
Ohio State is committed to a culture of care and well-being for students, faculty and staff.
The Office of Student Life Counseling and Consultation Service provides culturally sensitive individual and group mental health services, workshops and outreach programming to undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Additionally, the Wellness section at the bottom of the Ohio State app serves as an on-the-go tool to support student mental health and well-being on campus. Ohio State’s Employee Assistance Program recently introduced an enhanced member portal, online tools, well-being resources and work-life services available to eligible employees, their dependents, household members, parents and parents-in-law.
In the coming days, the Office of Student Life will launch a peer-to-peer campaign that includes educational programs, as well as a central online hub for all mental health resources that the university offers based on distress level. These enhancements come out of the continuing implementation work of the university’s Commission on Student Mental Health and Well-Being.
Public health resources (COVID-19 and monkeypox)
Below is information about COVID-19 for members of the Ohio State community:
Monkeypox is a viral disease that is circulating worldwide and in Ohio. Monkeypox primarily spreads through close, personal contact between people, including sex and other activities that include skin-to-skin contact. It also can be spread by respiratory secretions during kissing and other prolonged, face-to-face contact, or through indirect contact (such as towels that have been used by someone with monkeypox).
All members of the university community are encouraged to learn about symptoms, how to protect yourself and what to do if you are exposed to monkeypox from the CDC and other health authorities. See the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website for additional information.
Drug and alcohol misuse prevention education
Ohio State is instituting a new educational requirement for all first-year and transfer undergraduate students targeting drug, tobacco and alcohol misuse.
The program will be used on all Ohio State campuses beginning this semester, and students can access the modules through BuckeyeLearn. While incoming and transfer undergraduate students must complete the educational modules this fall to register for classes in the spring semester, all students, faculty and staff are encouraged to complete the class.
Buckeye business reminders for students
Buckeye Link can help you take care of Buckeye business, including how to verify your course schedule and important dates and deadlines about financial aid, fee payment as well as adding and dropping courses. Please read all important email reminders and go to buckeyelink.osu.edu for updates, how-tos, and to log in to My Buckeye Link to complete To-Do List items.