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Test Anxiety Help

Watch this video to learn the causes of test anxiety and and strategies that can help. PowerPoint slides and transcript are available for download at go.osu.edu/testanxiety.


Disability Access Resources

Accessibility Help Line (BuckeyeLink / My Student Center)

The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) has a dedicated phone number so you can get assistance with questions, concerns or issues involving use of assistive technologies with BuckeyeLink/My Student Center application.

  • Phone: 614-292-5000 

ADA Coordinator's Office (ADA)

This office collaborates with university offices, government agencies and advocacy groups to ensure university compliance with state and federal mandates. It is a referral point for disability-related information, services and resources. The office serves as a clearinghouse for disability-related complaints and develops disability-related initiatives.

CampusParc

University policy requires any student, faculty member or staff member with a temporary or permanent mobility impairment to obtain and use a CampusParc disability parking permit rather than using the state placard.

Deaf/Hard of Hearing/ASL Resources

Digital Accessibility Center

The Digital Accessibility Center (DAC) develops resources, provides consultation and education, offers web site analysis services and engages with the university community in order help reinforce MWAS and assist web developers and online content authors in creating highly accessible content and building universal usability into their web resources.

Facilities Operations and Development (FOD) Construction Updates

FOD maintains a blog with updates on campus construction projects. Students with mobility issues are encouraged to use this blog to stay aware of environmental barriers that may be created during construction.

Housing (On-Campus)

Student Life Housing Adminstration staff works to accommodate the needs of students. Students who need special assignment consideration and/or have a service dog or emotional support animal are strongly encouraged to contact the Director of Housing Administration, Toni Greenslade-Smith to discuss housing options.

Student Life Residence Life staff works to support students within the residence hall communities during their time living with us.  Those with inquiries about event programming, roommate concerns, student organization involvement or other in-hall concerns should contact the Residence Hall Director of their assigned residence hall/apartment community.  

 Library Assistance

The Ohio State University Library (OSUL) system can assist you when it comes to retrieving electronic and/or photocopying materials from the library.

Nisonger Center

The Nisonger Center provides assistance to people with disabilities, families, service providers and organizations to promote inclusion in education, health, employment and community settings. Nisonger Center offers two programs for students on the Autism Spectrum: Aspirations Ohio and ACE.

Office of International Affairs (OIA) - Studying Abroad

Just as cultures differ from country to country, so do perceptions of disability and reasonable accommodations. In collaboration with SLDS, OIA seeks to enable all students to pursue an international experience. If you anticipate or experience barriers based on your disability (including mental health, chronic or temporary medical conditions), please inform the Office of International Affairs or your program coordinator to privately discuss options. 

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD)

OOD is the state's agency that provides vocational rehabilitation services to help people with disabilities become employed and independent. Direct vocational rehabilitation is provided by two of its agencies: Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR) and the Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI). BVR assists people with disabilities by providing vocational rehabilitation and other services. BSVI provides vocational rehabilitation and other services to Ohioans who are blind or have low vision.

In addition, Ohio College2Careers, a partnership between The Ohio State University and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, aims for students with disabilities to have the support they need to complete their degree and/or credential, earn higher wages, and meet the demands of tomorrow’s labor market. Here at The Ohio State University, Kari Grafton is the Ohio College2Careers Counselor. 

Paratransit Services

Ohio State provides campus transportation services for students with disabilities. This service transports passengers door-to-door, both on and off campus within established University proximity boundaries.

Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic

The Clinic offers an extensive range of services for preschoolers, school-age children and adults with disorders of hearing, articulation, language, voice or fluency who receive assessment and intervention from our experienced staff of audiologists and speech-language pathologists.

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Mental/Physical Health Resources

Buckeye Peer Access Line

The Buckeye Peer Access Line (PAL) is a non-emergency talk line that provides a space for students to engage in brief phone conversations in order to gain support and learn about campus resources. Student volunteers are available to provide peer-to-peer assistance that promotes and enhances student development and wellbeing.  The line operates from 8am to midnight while classes are in session.

Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS)

This office provides counseling and limited psychiatric services to currently enrolled undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Students can also participate in workshops and various support groups dealing with a wide range of mental health topics. Call for dates and times of activities or individual appointments.

CCS also offers an online Community Provider Database as a resource to search for private mental health care providers in the communities surrounding The Ohio State University campuses.

Couple and Family Therapy Clinic

The clinic serves individuals, couples and families of the university and greater Columbus communities. The office is open for both day and evening appointments Monday through Thursday, with day time appointments on Fridays.

Psychological Services Center

The Psychological Services Center (PSC) provides psychological treatment to students. All of the services offered at the PSC are free of any charges. Currently, we offer individual cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety and stress, mood disorders, behavioral medicine issues, personality disorders and other related problems.

Recreational Sports

Rec Sports encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services. To facilitate opportunities for people with and without disabilities to engage in leisure pursuits together, Student Life Rec Sports provides inclusion support services to students at no extra cost. To ensure an accommodation, please notify the office at least two weeks in advance of your request. 

Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO) Campus Advocacy

SARNCO's campus advocacy coordinators offers confidential support for survivors of sexual violence for The Ohio State University community (students, staff, faculty, and visitors). Services include: confidential reporting, safety planning, crisis response, information about options, and referrals to other local resources. SARNCO advocates do not provide counseling, legal services, legal advice, or case management - but can connect you to options for those services.

Student Health Services

The Wilce Student Health Center, Student Life Student Health Services (SLSHS), at The Ohio State University is a Joint Commission accredited outpatient facility providing a variety of health care services to the student population. All students enrolled at the Ohio State University are eligible to use SLSHS, regardless of health insurance coverage.

Student Wellness Center

The Student Wellness Center serves as a resource for information on various health issues, provides programs and services to individuals and groups, and contributes to the development of a more healthy and caring campus community. The Student Wellness Center complements and supports the academic mission of the university by assisting students in obtaining optimal levels of health, growth and well-being. The Student Wellness Center promotes the 9 dimensions of wellness including: Emotional, Career, Social, Spiritual, Physical, Financial, Intellectual, Aesthetic and Environmental.

Suicide Prevention Program

The Ohio State University Suicide Prevention Program (OSUSPP) aims to educate all members of our campus community about suicide prevention. They are dedicated to promoting a culture of caring among our staff, faculty, and students. They provide suicide prevention training (REACH), resources, education, and student involvement opportunities. 

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Tutoring/Academic Services

Dennis Learning Center

The mission of the Dennis Learning Center is to provide students of all backgrounds with strategies for college success that will enable them to enter, excel in, and complete programs of postsecondary education.  The DLC serves as a resource for students in need of learning assistance in a number of areas, including motivation, academic stress, procrastination, study skills, time management, test-taking strategies, learning from text, note taking and self-regulation strategies. Individual academic coaching appointments are available.

General Chemistry Learning Resource Center

The Learning Resource Center is available for assistance in General Chemistry courses. The Help Room usually staffed with 5 teaching assistants, for assistance with Chemistry courses 1110, 1210, 1220 and 1250.

Economics Learning Center

The Economics Learning Center (ELC) provides FREE peer tutoring by Undergraduate Student Tutors in Economics 2001, 2002, 4001, & 4002 (and other courses as available).

Math Advising Office

The Department of Mathematics maintains an Advising Office that provides assistance in placement, retesting and general difficulties and concerns related to math courses. Math study strategies are also provided.

Mathematics and Statistics Learning Center (MSLC)

The MSLC offers free tutoring for almost all courses below Math 1254. Refer to the web site for courses, hours and room locations.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) Tutoring and Study Skills

The Tutoring and Study Skills Program provides free supplemental programs and services to support the academic success of ODI Scholars enrolled at The Ohio State University, Columbus Campus. The office focuses on advanced study skills development and tutorial services and promotes independence in student learning. 

Physics Department - Tutoring

The Department of Physics offers free tutoring. Hours and tutor availability posted in the tutor room each term.

SpringForward

The SpringForward program provides academic success support for first-year students whose first semester didn’t go exactly as they planned and may need some help bouncing back.

Writing Center

The Writing Center offers free one-on-one tutorial assistance to students who need help with any aspect of the writing process. Other online resources and individual appointments are available. Call for more information or to schedule a tutorial appointment.

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General Campus Resources

Career Counseling and Support Services

By providing individual/group career services and programming to promote academic, personal and occupational success of students by assisting them in career decision making and career development. Call for dates and times of activities or individual appointments with a counselor.

Disability Studies (Academic Program)

Disability Studies examines the nature, meaning and consequences of disability in global culture from an integrated social, political and cultural model. The program is designed to provide a context of understanding the meaning and experience of difference in society by requiring students to examine how disability intersects gender, race, class, age and sexuality. The program includes an Undergraduate Minor, a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization and a Graduate Student Association.

Military and Veterans Services / VetSuccess on Campus

Military and Veteran Services provivdes affirmative action assistance to covered veterans; provide employee relations support to all faculty and staff veterans; provide enrollment certification for student veterans participating in the GI Bill program; to serve as a focal point for all campus activities; and to foster a positive campus and community atmosphere. 

Vet Success on Campus is formed by a partnership between The Ohio State University and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and serves all Veteran students, Active Duty and Dependents attending Ohio State. Through a full time VetSuccess On Campus Counselor, all eligible students can access VA services such as guidance and support for education benefits, assistance in understanding readjustment difficulties and their impact on school, and referrals to readjustment counseling. VetSuccess On Campus also offers assistance with applying for other VA benefits, career exploration and job placement.

Multicultural Center (MCC)

The Student Life Multicultural Center provides programming and services to African American, American Indian, Hispanic, Asian American and LGBT+ students through an Intercultural model. The MCC offers a wide range of programming and advocacy activities for all members of the Ohio State community. Call for information on events, services and opportunities to serve.

Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services

This office provides programs and services to meet the needs of The Ohio State University’s off-campus and commuter students and to address the needs of persons wishing to live and engage as a resident of the University community. 

Student Activities

Student Activities creates transformational involvement and leadership opportunities with over 1,300 student organizations, immersive service trips, campus events and initiatives to serve locally.

Student Advocacy Center

This office provides assistance for students navigating Ohio State’s structure, helping to resolve issues they encounter while at the university. They will answer your questions, direct you to the appropriate departments and people, and help you to become familiar with university rules, policies and procedures. 

Student Conduct

The primary focus of this office is to promote university community standards through the administration of The Ohio State University Code of Student Conduct. It also serves as an information source on student discipline, judicial hearings, appeals, grievance procedures and academic misconduct issues.

Student Financial Aid

If you have questions about financial aid in general, financial aid status or how your financial aid will be affected if you drop a class, this is the office to contact. Throughout the semester, you can see a counselor from the Financial Aid office who can assist you in answering these and more questions. You can also see your Disability Services Access Specialist for a direct contact with a counselor in the Financial Aid office.

Student Legal Services

Student Legal Services at The Ohio State University (SLS) is a non-profit law office employing legal professionals to provide advice, representation, education and resources to eligible Ohio State students regarding a wide range of legal issues, including criminal misdemeanors, traffic offenses, landlord-tenant, consumer and credit matters, dissolutions, simple wills and power of attorney, notary and much more.

Title IX Coordinator (in the Office of Institutional Equity) 

This office coordinates the university’s compliance with Title IX. The office serves as the point of contact for claims of discrimination based on sex, gender identity, or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity. Sex discrimination includes sexual violence.

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Scholarships

Each spring, we reach out to eligible students inviting them to apply to the following scholarships.

Scholarship Name Criteria Amount
Anna Sborowitz Scholarship
  • Ohio State student with mobility impairment with severe limitations in movement or use of one or more of their extremities. 
  • Recipient must demonstrate financial need and satisfactory progress in their academic studies.
  • Student must be enrolled full-time or be a part-time student with seven or more hours of course work showing substantial progress toward a degree at The Ohio State University.
  • Students may use the scholarship to support tuition, room, board, special equipment, and miscellaneous expenses such as books and supplies.
Varies
Charles W. Medick Scholarship Eligible students must have a visual disability. Varies
Ohio Lions Foundation/Helen Keller Scholarship Eligible students must be residents of the state of Ohio and must have a visual disability. Preference will be given to those students who are legally blind. $3000
Shell Oil Company Scholarship for STEM Majors with Disabilities

To qualify, students must be in one of the following majors:

    • College of Arts & Sciences
      • Earth Sciences – Geology
    • Fisher College of Business
      • Masters of Human Resource Management program
      • Undergraduate, Human Resources program
    • College of Engineering
      • Chemical Engineering
      • Computer Science Engineering
      • Civil Engineering
      • Mechanical Engineering
      • Materials Science Engineering
      • Electrical & Computer Engineering
$500
William and Francis Junk Scholarship Eligible students must be a resident at Creative Living and have a mobility disability. Varies
Buckeye Braille Scholarship and Support Fund This fund’s goal is to promote the use of Braille on campus. The fund provides scholarships to students with disabilities. Expenditures may be used for tuition, housing, textbooks or other educational expenses, or to purchase assistive technology devices. Varies

Other External Scholarships

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Voter Registration

Ohio State provides several opportunities for all students to complete voter registration forms.

OSU Votes

OSU Votes is a non-partisan committee headed by Pay It Forward at The Ohio Union dedicated to registering, educating, and motivating students to vote. There are 13 students who were selected to be a part of this committee. Per the university motto of "Education for Citizenship," OSU Votes will help students not only register to vote, but learn about the voting process, the candidates and issues, and most importantly how to be a civically engaged student at The Ohio State University.

Voter Registration at Disability Services

Disability Services is a designated voter registration site; voter registration forms and other information about voting are available from your Access Specialist. The forms are also available in the front reception area.

  • Any resident of Franklin County in Columbus, Ohio, can register to vote using the forms found at Disability Services.
  • For Ohio residents outside of the Franklin county area, you can vote via an absentee ballot. Your Access Specialist has information on how you can contact your particular Board of Elections.
  • If you are from another state, you must obtain an absentee ballot from your home county and state.
  • The national voter registration form is also available so that any student from any state can register to vote at Disability Services. This form must be sent back to your home state for voter registration purposes.

For students who are already registered voters, you must submit a new form if you have changed your name or address since the last time you voted or if you have not voted in any election in the last four years.

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