Office of Student Life

Student Wellness Center

Buckeye Peer Access Line

Need to Talk? Call a Buckeye PAL!

The Peer Access Line is a new initiative within Student Life that aims to provide accessible peer-to-peer support that promotes and enhances student development and well-being.

The Student Life Student Wellness Center is seeking students who are interested in volunteering 3-4 hours per week to answer non-emergency, incoming calls, serving as a support system for their peers and referring them to appropriate resources.

Benefits of being a Buckeye PAL:

  • Gain extensive training and knowledge on wellness related issues facing the college student population
  • Connect with professional staff and become involved with campus-wide committees focusing on health, wellness and safety
  • Join a diverse team dedicated to providing support and resources to their peers
  • Develop and apply strong interpersonal communication skills

Buckeye PALs must:

  • Be a current undergraduate, graduate or professional student at The Ohio State University
  • Have the ability to communicate effectively over the phone and in writing
  • Be responsible, dependable, and have the ability to apply sound judgement and remain calm, even in stressful situations
  • Have the ability to maintain strict confidentiality and adhere to all other rules, guidelines and ethical standards
  • Refrain from providing advice or sharing personal information, experiences, opinions or values
  • Have the ability to practice active listening  
  • Have respect and support for diversity of people with appreciation for the complexity of human dilemmas
  • Have a genuine desire to help others but also a recognition of the limits of one’s abilities to support others


  • Volunteer 3-4 hours a week, including evenings and weekends
  • Attend mandatory trainings
  • Attend staff meetings and one-on-ones with supervisor

All interested volunteers need to complete our application by Wednesday, July 31.  We will review applications on a rolling basis.  Please email with any questions.