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Ohio State News Alert: Transportation safety resources, mental health resources detailed

Recommendations from Commission on Student Mental Health and Well-Being shared

The Ohio State University President Kristina M. Johnson today shared several health, safety and well-being updates – including CABS On-Demand, which takes the benefits of the university’s free CABS bus service and expands them to a wider part of the Columbus campus.

Available to students, faculty and staff, the service provides on-demand transportation between areas of campus west of the Olentangy River and three bus stops around our academic core: Recreation and Physical Activity Center, Baker Systems Engineering and Watts Hall. CABS On-Demand daily service runs from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Overnight service operates from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. with expanded service to all campus buildings. Community members can download the TripShot app for scheduling and real-time tracking.

“I encourage everyone to use this service, which is a nice alternative to Lyft for students whose travel begins and ends on campus,” Johnson said in her new video.

She also highlighted recommendations made by the university’s Commission on Student Mental Health and Well-Being, which conducted a comprehensive analysis of students’ current and evolving mental health needs and recommended five areas for improvement and innovation. Johnson thanked Senior Vice President for Student Life Melissa Shivers and Chief Wellness Officer and College of Nursing Dean Bernadette Melnyk for co-chairing the commission of students, faculty and staff – and leading the implementation work, which is underway.

Finally, Johnson urged those who are eligible to enter the Buckeye Booster Drawing. The first 100 winners of $100 gift cards will be announced this week – with seven more drawings to occur through early April. Students, faculty and staff are eligible to sign up for the drawing as soon as they receive their booster shot.

“More than 13,000 of you have entered the drawing so far – an exceptional response,” she said. “Let’s keep it up, Buckeyes.”

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