Physical Wellness

Table of Contents

Expand and Reform Consent Training Programs

The Problem

In 2019 Safety Report, Ohio State University indicated 118 reports of rape, 43 reports of fondling, 46 reports of domestic violence, 64 reports of dating violence, and 91 reports of stalking on Columbus Campus. While these numbers indicate student trust in reporting systems, the number of incidents is unacceptable. There are gaps in sexual education, consent training and easily accessible support for survivors. Ohio State students are not as well equipped with comprehensive consent education, especially those students in regional campuses where consent education is not always required. OSU’s current consent education is unclear and neglects non-heteronormative relationships. This is harmful and dangerous because if students are not clear about consent, there is a higher potential for sexual misconduct to occur. By specifically defining what is and is not consent to all students at every OSU campus, we are clearly stating the type of behavior that is and is not allowed at OSU and thereby protecting the students’ wellbeing.

Our Plan

Maddie and Sri are dedicated to ensuring the safety of all students, regardless of the circumstance. They will work with the Student Wellness Center and Office of Institutional Equity to:

The Impact

Students will feel empowered to stop an assault before it happens and survivors will have better access to the resources they deserve.

Expand Support For Survivors

The Problem

Survivors of sexual assault are impacted far longer than the instance of assault, and can experience depression, flashbacks, and other symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is unacceptable to allow these survivors to handle this trauma without adequate support and accommodations. Each experience and healing process is unique, but a standard of support should be established regardless of the situation.

Our Plan

Maddie and Sri are dedicated to ensuring the safety of all students, regardless of the circumstance. They will work with the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) and other relevant offices to:

The Impact

Survivors will not have to recover and heal in isolation, but rather with a strong support network.

Combat Menstrual Product Inequities

The Problem

Many students face period poverty and barriers towards proper reproductive health and menstrual hygiene. A national study by PERIOD and Thinx revealed that 1 in 5 students in the U.S. have reported missing class due to lack of access to menstrual products. Another recent study from George Mason University found that an estimated 10% of menstruating college students experience lack of access to period products. People who experience period poverty have reported using unhygienic methods of maintaining their periods, which can lead to dangerous infections like toxic shock syndrome. This is a matter of basic student safety and the university must push to provide the required sanitation products for all identities.

Our Plan

Maddie and Sri will work relevant departments and student organizations to:

The Impact

Students of all identities will receive access to menstrual products, improving menstrual hygiene and reducing the risk of developing health complications.

Improve the Quality of Regional Campus Health Resources

The Problem

Regional campuses are currently not afforded the same access to health resources as the Columbus campus. Ohio State’s regional campuses do not have student health centers like the Wilce, creating health disparities between campuses. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, testing availability and regulations were limited beyond the Columbus campus. This created an unsafe and uncomfortable situation for many students, staff, and faculty.

Our Plan

Maddie and Sri will work with administrators and regional campus student advocacy bodies to push for changes that:

The Impact

All Ohio State campuses will prioritize the health and safety of their students, staff, and faculty.

Increase Options and Information Transparency in Dining Services

The Problem

Many students eat solely from their campus dining plans, yet there are many barriers to students with specific dietary needs. For students that have food allergies or restrictions, an unknown or mislabeled ingredient could lead to a variety of issues. Students with specific diets pay close attention to nutritional values, yet information regarding the food’s vitamin content in university dining halls is extremely limited. Although not every dietary restriction is life threatening, the sheer anxiety students undergo while ordering food from campus is unnecessary and avoidable.

Our Plan

Maddie and Sri will work closely with the Senior Director of Dining Services, Zia Ahmed, in order to:

The Impact

Students with varying dietary restrictions will be able to dine safely with us in confidence.

Reevaluating Campus Safety: Infrastructure

The Problem

Students do not feel safe travelling to campus from their residences, especially after nightfall. Because this area is not within OSU’s jurisdiction there are limited statistics available, so the extent of the problem is unknown. Dark walkways are the main complaint from most students, as there are not enough lights, and the many lights that are in place need to be repaired. Empirical evidence suggests that increased presence of outdoor lighting noticeably deters crime. In the case that a crime does occur, the university should be the first contact in terms of information gathering, healing and damage control. The Buckeye Alert system is an extremely trusted source for spreading prevalent safety information, but there is an extreme lack of clarity regarding what constitutes an alert. Common responses from the Department of Public Safety cite the low frequency of alerts as an effort to help students remain calm, yet anxiety-inducing chatter will occur regardless. After the initial anxieties related to a crime subside, students are still left to figure out how they will recover, which could mean anything from therapy to replacing an expensive electronic. There are resources held within Student Legal Services and Student Advocacy Services, but they are often unknown to the student body, and therefore inaccessible.

Our Plan

Maddie and Sri will work with the University District Safety Committee, Department of Public Safety, and other departments at the university to advocate for policies and practices that:

The Impact

Students walking to and from campus at night will feel more comfortable and have better access to crime-prevention resources.

Expand Campus Accessibility Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

The Problem

Across the university, disabled students are met with unnecessary burdens that can greatly impact university experiences. Walking areas that are not paved properly and updated with ADA signage pose an unacceptable safety risk for students with disabilities. Many doors, especially within buildings, also do not have button-operated automatic doors. Additionally, recreation facilities cannot commit to having adaptive equipment available unless requested two weeks in advance. The standard of treatment that our disabled students is unacceptable, and actively excluding people in both academic and social situations.

Our Plan

Maddie and Sri improve the physical accessibility of campus by working with the university to:

The Impact

Increasing the physical accessibility of campus for students, staff, faculty, and visitors will make Ohio State a more inclusive campus that is safer for everyone.

Increase Family Housing Accessibility

The Problem

Family Housing accessibility is currently something that OSU is straying away from. However, alternative housing for faculty and students who require more affordable housing close to campus, classrooms and the resources campus provides is essential. This university has long afforded opportunities to non-traditional students, and the slow removal of familial resources has been quite devastating.

Our Plan

Maddie and Sri will ensure accessibility in family housing at the university by working with administrators to:

The Impact

All faculty and students, regardless of their familial situation, will have the opportunity to capture an education while caring for their families.

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