Public Safety Notice - Columbus
Dear Ohio State Community Member:
You are receiving this notice because a 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.
This notice does not mean there has been an increase in crime or that any specific crime pattern exists.
On 11/29/14 at 9 p.m. a female Ohio State student contacted OSU Police to report a sexual assault that occurred between the hours of 12:45 p.m. and 1:55 p.m. at Independence Hall. The female survivor met the two white male suspects earlier in the day at a High Street bar. The first suspect is described to be short, standing between 5 feet, 5 inches and 5 feet, 8 inches. He wore glasses and a red sweatshirt and has spiked hair that is shorter on the sides. The second suspect is described as 'heavy' or overweight with short red hair and acne scars on his face. He was wearing a red shirt and jeans. The investigation is open and ongoing.
Sexual assault is any sexual activity that occurs in the absence of consent and can include sexual activity with someone whose judgment is impaired by alcohol/drugs, whether ingested voluntarily or unknowingly. Responsibility lies with the perpetrator, not the survivor. No one deserves, asks for, or provokes sexual assault. Most perpetrators assault someone they know. Sexual assault occurs in all communities and people of all genders can be survivors. Additional resources are available at: http://advocacy.osu.edu/sexual-violence/get-help/.
As always, you can increase your overall safety by being cautious and looking out for one another; being aware of your surroundings and looking assertive; walking with a trusted friend or co-worker, when possible; if a situation makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, choose an alternative; utilizing campus transportation and safety resources.
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:
- The Ohio State University Department of Public Safety http://dps.osu.edu
- Lyft Ride Smart at Ohio State https://ttm.osu.edu/ride-smart
- Safety Tips http://dps.osu.edu/safety-tips
- Police Division Daily Crime Log http://dps.osu.edu/daily-crime-log
- Public Safety Notices http://dps.osu.edu/psn
For information about crime off campus, review the Columbus Police website at https://www.columbus.gov/police. 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)