Now available: Ohio State’s revised ‘Guide to Assist Disruptive or Distressed Individuals’

Joseph E. Steinmetz, Ohio State’s executive vice president and provost, emailed faculty and staff Sept. 10 with news that the university’s “Guide to Assist Disruptive or Distressed Individuals” has been revised. An online, downloadable version is posted here. Regional campuses’ communications directors will be providing campus-specific numbers and resources to their faculty and staff, he said. He also said additional coaching and training opportunities for effective responses are available from the university, including:

  • At Risk, an online simulation training for helping students in distress. Contact the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching at 614-292-3644.
  • Dealing with Disruptive/Distressed Individuals, a one- to two-hour workshop. Contacts: Officer Anna Stephenson, Department of Public Safety, stephenson.1@dps.ohio-state-edu; Micky Sharma, director, Office of Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service,
  • REACH, a one-hour suicide prevention workshop for students, faculty and staff. Contact Wendy Winger at

“Ensuring a safe environment for students, faculty and visitors to our campuses,” Dr. Steinmetz said, “is one of our highest priorities.”