Key Issues

The Office of Marketing and Communications supports the university's response to important issues in our academic, staff and student communities. Contact our Public Affairs team for more information on these and other key issues.

Ohio State is navigating COVID-19 together.

Link: https://safeandhealthy.osu.edu/

The safety of the Ohio State community is the university’s highest priority. Ohio State is concerned about crime on and off campus and is taking multiple measures to keep students, faculty and staff safe. University administrators meet with students and parents regularly to discuss safety, and the university welcomes their ongoing participation in this important conversation. Ohio State has worked with the Columbus Division of Police to increase the presence of police, has increased security personnel and added lighting and security cameras off campus. Additionally, on Sept. 24, 2021, President Johnson announced an additional $2 million a year over the next decade to enhance safety and security on and around campus, bringing the annual campus public safety budget to more than $35 million. The university remains fully committed to refining and broadening its approach to addressing crime.

Link: https://dps.osu.edu/resources

Ohio State offers a wide range of evidence-based intervention strategies and resources

If you or someone you know is an imminent danger to themselves or someone else, go to the nearest ER or call 911. If you are thinking of harming yourself or if you are worried about someone else and need advice about what to do, call the suicide prevention lifeline at 614-221-5445 or 800-273-8255 (TALK) or reach the Crisis Text Line by texting 4HOPE to 741741.

As Buckeyes, we derive great strength from bringing together people from different backgrounds and learning from their experiences. As a land-grant institution, The Ohio State University takes seriously its role in promoting and supporting public discourse. We are steadfastly committed to protecting the First Amendment right to free speech and expression on our campuses. Encouraging individuals to share their varying thoughts and perspectives enriches the university environment and can allow community members to experience new ideas.

Link: https://freedomofexpression.osu.edu/

 

We want all members of the Buckeye community to have the information and support they need to fully understand and take action against hazing, which is defined as “doing, requiring, or encouraging any act, whether or not the act is voluntarily agreed upon, in conjunction with initiation, continued membership, or participation in any group, that causes or creates a substantial risk of causing mental or physical harm or humiliation.”

Link: https://news.osu.edu/what-buckeyes-need-to-know-about-the-new-ohio-anti-hazing-law/

 

In the fall of 2021, the Office of Marketing and Communications led the development of Ohio State News Alerts — an email and text information system to provide timely updates to the university community. Faculty, staff and students can set their preferences to receive these messages via text, email or both. These updates contain information about safety, health, traffic and more. Family, friends and loved ones can also sign up for Ohio State News Alerts.