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 06/23/18, at approximately 1:38 a.m., a sexual assault was reported to The Ohio State University Police Division. A female student reported that around 12:30 a.m. she was walking along Neil Avenue near the 9th Ave Garage when she was approached by an unknown male. The suspect displayed a gun and told her to come with him. He then forced the female student to walk off-campus where he used a knife to threaten her prior to committing sexual assault outside a nearby residence. The suspect then fled in an unknown direction.
The suspect is described as a white male, short with a slim build and short buzzed hair. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a white t-shirt featuring the Michael Jordan Jumpman graphic on the front.
OSU Police is actively investigating and the community should report any known details by calling 614-292-2121. The Department of Public Safety will have increased patrols in the area.
As a reminder, sexual assault is any sexual activity that occurs in the absence of consent. Responsibility lies with the perpetrator, not the survivor. No one deserves, asks for, or provokes sexual assault. Sexual assault occurs in all communities and people of all genders can be survivors. Additional resources are available at: http://titleix.osu.edu/sidebar-resources/response/resources.html
Crimes are never the fault of the survivor. 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. Lock your doors and windows. As a reminder, Ohio State’s Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services offers free window and door alarms and light timers: https://offcampus.osu.edu/
Please utilize transportation services, when possible, and take advantage of our additional safety resources, such as the Student Safety Service Safe Ride program: https://dps.osu.edu/safe-ride
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)