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Bicycle Registration

The Ohio State University, the City of Columbus, and the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) have teamed up to expand the campus Bug Your Bike bicycle registration program city-wide. The City of Columbus Bug Your Bike program, which includes bicycle registration and a radio frequency identification device (RFID) for bicycles, is free. A registered bicycle that is lost or stolen is more likely to be found and returned. Registration can be completed online at or during select cycling / special events on campus. Image for Bug Your Bike

Reducing the Risk

Reducing the Risk is a new initiative by University Security Services, University Police and the Treasurer to locate, inventory, and document the many items of historic, artistic and financial value which are part of vast University collections. Documenting the piece, entering information into a data base, and providing a permanent photographic record will help reduce the risk of loss from theft, misplacement, deterioration or destruction. For a descriptive folder or additional information call Wexner Security Office at 292-7677.

Student Safety Escort Service

  • Phone: 292-3322
  • Provides service seeven days a week
  • Fall/spring quarter hours: 7:30pm-3:00am
  • Winter Quarter hours: 6:30pm - 3:00am
  • Summer Quarter hours: 8:30pm-3:00am
Service area includes The Ohio State University campus and the adjacent off campus community. Services include van and walking escorts for students, faculty, staff and visitors of the University within the designated area. Student employees also assist University Police and the community as 'eyes and ears' for the prevention and detection of crime.

Dogs on Campus

Dogs of all shapes and sizes are brought to campus on a daily basis. Dogs can and often do present problems to other campus community persons. The University has a rule that requires that dogs on campus must be leashed. We would also ask that you clean up after your pet should the need arise and use the required leash.

R.A.D. Courses

Sponsored by the University Police Division, and open to all Female Students, Faculty, and Staff!
  • Costs: Free
  • Program Description: RAD is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. It is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. It is not a martial arts program. All instructors are experienced police officers certified by RAD Systems. Safety and survival in today's world requires a definite course of action. RAD provides effective options by teaching women to take an active role in their own self-defense and psychological well being.
  • Program Times & Dates: Contact Don Cornwell at 292-2121 or email

All female students, faculty, and staff are welcome!

Emergency Procedures

Make sure your office has a copy of the Emergency Procedures Outline available from University Police or Wexner Security Services. This is a handy telephone listing to keep available in your office or at the reception desk and provides details on power outages, tornados, fire, bomb threats and other valuable reference information. It's free! For more information, contact Univesity Security Services at 292-7677.