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
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Alert Code: 
The following crime occurred in the campus area
On 10/14/17, at approximately 12:12 p.m., an unknown male entered the Thompson Library and appeared to be following a female student. The female student became uncomfortable by his presence and left the area. The man then left the building. Police believe the unknown male is the same individual reported to have previously committed public indecency in the library.
Information is being shared so community members can take precautions and be alert. A photo of the suspect is below. He is described as a black male, between the ages of 25 and 35, with a black goatee and mustache. Reports indicate he was last seen wearing a white baseball hat, white rimmed sunglasses, a gray t-shirt, black pants and black tennis shoes with white soles.
OSU Police is actively investigating and the community should call 614-292-2121 if the suspect is seen in the campus area.
Victims are never at fault when crimes occur. 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 do not leave valuables unattended and remember to lock your doors and windows. Utilize transportation services, when possible, and take advantage of our additional safety resources, such as the Student Safety Service Safe Ride program:

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)