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The Ohio State University Department of Public Safety

Contact OSU Police

To Report an Emergency: dial 9-1-1
General Non-emergency: 614-292-2121
Note: If calling from a campus phone, only dial the last five digits (e.g. 2-2121).


Although public safety is our job, it is the responsibility of everyone at the University. Through programs of education, information, and active police and security presence we endeavor to ensure that students, faculty, and staff are free from safety distractions so that they may learn, teach, and conduct research.

Creative and informative crime prevention, fire prevention, and international travel safety programs, which are available on this site, represent efforts to provide a customer service to meet contemporary needs. We welcome the opportunity to serve as well as receive suggestions from members of the community.

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Stay Warm, Stay Safe this Winter

The university strongly urges all faculty, staff and students to take proactive measures to protect themselves in the cold and snow. Extremely low temperatures and wind chill can cause frostbite or hypothermia. Utilize these tips to stay safe:

  • Wear several layers of clothing
  • Invest in a pair of winter boots with traction
  • Slow down and use caution when walking as sidewalks may be slick
  • Be alert while driving, biking or walking through campus
  • Share the Road and look out for your fellow Buckeyes
  • Utilize CABS bus service when traveling across campus (see schedule)

  • Additional weather-related driving tips are available from the Ohio Department of Public Safety and
    the Office of Student Life offers cold weather tips for students living on or near campus.

    The Ohio State University Police Division Earns CALEA Accreditation

    The Ohio State University Police Division (OSU PD) has earned accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). CALEA accreditation confirms that OSUPD is meeting internationally recognized best practices of law enforcement agency standards. CALEA assessed OSU PD on programs and standards developed specifically for the college/university environment.

    Of the approximately 680 law enforcement agencies serving colleges and universities nationwide, only 59 of them are accredited, putting OSU PD among the less than 10 percent of these agencies that have been recognized as meeting internationally recognized standards for law enforcement in the college/university environment.

    Please click here for the full media release and contact information.

    Campus Public Safety Notices

    The Campus Public Safety Notice ("Notice") is provided to give students, faculty and staff timely notification of crimes that may present a threat to the campus community and to heighten safety awareness. In general, criminal suspects are unknown to the victims. However, in the instance of a violent crime occurring between two individuals who know each other, University Police will look at each instance to determine if the suspect poses a continued threat to the campus community and issue a warning where necessary. The Notice also seeks information that may lead to arrest and conviction of the offender when violent crimes against persons or major crimes against property have been reported to the police.

    Ohio State University Police are responsible for a Public Safety Notice when a crime is reported to or brought to the attention of the Ohio State University Police, and that crime represents a threat to the safety of members of the campus community. Information for alerts also comes from other law enforcement agencies or other offices. Every attempt will be made to distribute the Notice within 12 hours of the time the incident is reported; however, the release is subject to the availability of accurate facts concerning the incident. Notices are distributed to on-campus offices, residence halls and libraries, off-campus businesses, on- and off-campus postings and the Internet.

    To register to receive Public Safety Notices, go to

    Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report - Clery Act

    The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act report for The Ohio State University has been released. The report is available here Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report or as a PDF download Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report (PDF).

    Copies of this annual report may be printed in PDF format from the OSU Department of Public Safety web site or requested from the following offices: University Police, The Department of Public Safety, The Office of Student Life, The Office of Student Judicial Affairs or The Office of Human Resources.