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Ohio State News Alert: Buckeye Paws program expanded to all students, faculty and staff

Plus, safety tips to use ahead of spring break

The Ohio State University is expanding a mental health dog therapy program, President Kristina M. Johnson said today in a new Health, Safety and Well-being Update video.

Since March 2020, Buckeye Paws has made mental health resources more accessible at the Wexner Medical Center and across the health sciences community. Volunteers and their trained canine companions bring comfort and emotional support directly to employees who wish to interact with the dogs.

“These are stressful times, and now all Buckeye students, faculty and staff can request a visit from Ohio State-affiliated volunteers and their trained canine companions,” Johnson said in the video.

You can visit the Buckeye Paws website for more information and to request a visit.

A well-deserved spring break begins next week, said Johnson, who urged students to take safety steps before leaving to help protect their homes. This includes taking valuable items, including IDs and credit cards, and using devices such as window and door alarms, which are available for free at the Ohio Union.

Johnson also encouraged students, faculty and staff who are traveling to pick up at-home antigen COVID-19 tests before they leave. These tests should be taken in the 48 hours before returning to campus, and positive test results should be reported to the university at go.osu.edu/SelfReportTest.

Tests are available at Jesse Owens North, the Ohio Union and Younkin Success Center.

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