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.

Public Safety Notice For: 
Campus Area, Academic Area
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Alert Code: 
The following crime occurred in the campus area

On 3/2/16, a female student reported an assault which took place Tuesday (3/1/16) between 11:15 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. The female student reported being confronted by an unknown, male suspect while walking back to her residence facility. The incident occurred near Woodruff Avenue between Schoenbaum Hall, Gerlach Hall and Norton House. The suspect grabbed the female student by the arm and pushed her against a wall before grabbing her by the throat. He also made several verbal advances. The female student fought back, hitting and kicking the suspect prior to running away to safety.

The suspect is believed to be a white male, with medium build and brown hair, standing between 5' 6" and 5' 8" tall. He was wearing a long sleeve shirt, possibly black in color and his voice was described as slightly raspy and sort of deep. Anyone with information is encouraged to call OSU Police at 614-292-2121.

Becoming the victim of a crime is no one’s fault, however, we remind you to 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. Please utilize transportation services, when possible, and take advantage of our additional safety resources, such as the Student Safety Service Safe Rides:

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)