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huber57

Columbus, Ohio (via Tunkhannock, PA)

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Comment 21 Aug 2018

I guess my question is: Where were students to report claims of sexual and gender-based harassment, violence and other forms of discrimination and harassment? I can't believe that there was no outlet for this before. Perhaps the police are best suited to investigate allegations of violence. If there was a place to do that before, why not bolster that place? Did this new office take the old one's place? Or are there now two places because no one ever likes to shut down an office (this is how bureaucracies bloat). Were they scattered across the university and now they are consolidated to provide more consistent care and counseling? the article doesn't say.

I guess I have a few questions.

However, while they have consolidated where to report, that same care hasn't been taken with where to seek other help. From the OSU press release:

Additionally, students can access confidential counseling on campus through the Office of Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service and Student Health Services, offering medical confidentiality and support. Confidential advocacy services are also available in the community 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO). Faculty and staff can access confidential resources through Ohio State’s Employee Assistance Program and SARNCO. The Wexner Medical Center’s STAR Program also provides on-campus confidential advocacy and counseling in addition to the services currently available through the medical center’s Emergency Department and the Mount Carmel Crime and Trauma Assistance Program.

I count seven different organizations there.