Public Safety Notice - Columbus

Dear Ohio State Community Member:

You are receiving this notice because a hate crime has occurred that is considered to be of a concern and/or a continuing threat to the campus community.

The purpose of this message is to heighten your safety awareness by providing community members with information necessary to take appropriate precautions, enable you to take actions to help increase your safety, and to aid in the prevention of similar crimes.

Public Safety Notice For: 
Campus Area, Off Campus
Friday, April 6, 2012
Alert Code: 
The following crime occurred in the campus area

The Clery Act defines a hate crime as a criminal offense committed against a person or property which is motivated in whole or part by the offender's bias. On April 5, 2012 University Police were notified of a criminal act (case 12-1391 Graffitism) that occurred at the Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center. Painted on an outside wall was a written phrase that was racially motivated. On April 6, 2012 University Police became aware of an additional hate crime that involved racial and religious slurs spray painted on a mural on the outside of a building. This second crime occurred in a student residential area (off campus) located at 12th. Ave. and N.4th. Street in the City of Columbus.

Anyone with information concerning this crime should contact either the University Police, 614-292-2121 or Columbus Police, 614-645-4545. You may also report information anonymously to the Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS or the University Crime Stoppers Tips line at 614-247-TIPS.

For information about safety on Ohio State's campus visit the following links:

For information about crime off campus, review the Columbus Police website at Helpful links are listed as: Crime Information, Crime Prevention, Offense Reports, and Media Releases.

This Public Safety Notice is issued in compliance with the "Timely Warning" provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998. 34 CFR 668.46(e)