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 5/22/17, shortly after 2 a.m., The Ohio State University Department of Public Safety received information from the Columbus Division of Police about a threat of violence for Ohio State’s campus. Law enforcement has determined it not to be a credible threat.
The suspects made a number of unsubstantiated threats including a statement that they would “shoot up campus” and indicated bombs were placed in duffel bags with one located at the main entrance of a library. University Police immediately responded and located an unidentified bag in the area of Ohio State’s 18th Avenue Library.
Out of an abundance of caution, the library was evacuated while law enforcement investigated the unidentified bag. The bag was cleared and information about the police activity was shared with the community via social media. All other campus libraries were closed overnight. However, police searched those areas as a precaution. Nothing was found, it was determined not to be a credible threat.
University Police will remain visible throughout campus. The safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors is our number one priority. As always, we encourage the community to report any suspicious behavior to OSU Police by calling 614-292-2121, or by dialing 9-1-1 in emergencies.
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)