The following message was shared with all Ohio State students, faculty and staff on Tuesday, February 14, 2023.
Dear Students, faculty and staff:
Ohio State joins our Big Ten community and so many others in grieving for the lives lost at Michigan State University Monday evening in a senseless act of violence. The thought of this happening so close to home and in familiar spaces is frightening and deeply disturbing. Just as we are here to support our Big Ten family, we are here to support one another. Reach out if you need help and take care of one another.
Our Shared Values call us to put people at the center of all that we do through care and compassion. Events around the country and world — from natural disasters to senseless violence — have impacted many of our students, faculty and staff as well as their families and loved ones. We strive to be a supportive learning community for all of our students, faculty and staff, and I encourage everyone to offer flexibility for those who may request accommodations. As is always the case, those who need assistance or emotional support should reach out to the Office of Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service. Students can also access the support and resources provided by the Student Wellness Center, the Student Advocacy Center, the Center for Belonging and Social Change and the Office of International Affairs. Faculty or staff in need of assistance can contact Ohio State’s Employee Assistance Program.
Kristina M. Johnson, PhD