Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Statement on violence in Charlottesville, VA

August 24, 2017

On Friday, August 11, 2017 and Saturday, August 12, 2017, several White supremacist hate groups gathered on the campus of the University of Virginia and elsewhere in Charlottesville, purportedly to protest the removal of a Confederate general’s statue. The weekend was marked with violent clashes between various hate groups and anti-racism groups. As staff at The Ohio State University’s Student Life Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS), we recognize that hatred, bigotry, and the perpetration of racial and bias-motivated violence are harmful to everyone’s mental and physical health, including those who espouse it and those who are hurt by it.

We understand these events result in difficult feelings, conversations and interactions.  CCS embraces diversity and social justice by affirming multiple identities, responding to oppression in all forms.  We strive to provide a safe and affirming environment for all students.

CCS is available to all students who have been impacted by these tragedies.  If support is needed, please contact CCS at 614-292-5766, and after-hours press option 2 for immediate assistance to talk to a therapist.   You may also view all of our services and resources at: ccs.osu.edu.  Additional online resources are available at:

Building resilience to manage indirect exposure to terror:
http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/terror-exposure.aspx

Discrimination: What it is, and how to cope:
http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/discrimination.aspx

During this time, we encourage you to recognize your own needs as well as extend support to others.  It is important for us to stay connected and do what we can to take care of one another.