The following message was shared with Ohio State students, faculty and staff on Thursday, May 5, 2022.

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Our community has suffered a tragic loss with the death of one of our students earlier today. Another student is currently hospitalized in critical condition. A third student has, thankfully, been released from the hospital. 

We are grieving and extend our deepest sympathies to the students’ family and friends. Out of respect for them during this extremely difficult time, we are not sharing further personal information. 

Earlier today, the Office of Student Life sent a message to all students that I strongly urge everyone in our community to read. It is critical for everyone’s safety to be aware of the possibility of contaminated drugs in our community. 

Students in need of emotional support should not hesitate to reach out to the Office of Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service. Support resources for faculty and staff are available through the Employee Assistance Program

Again, our hearts ache for our fellow Buckeyes and their loved ones. Please be safe and continue to care for one another. 

Sincerely yours,

Kristina M. Johnson, PhD