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
Date: 
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Alert Code: 
2020-05
The following crime occurred in the campus area

On Thursday (8/20/2020), at 10:51 a.m., The Ohio State University was one of multiple universities across the country to receive a non-specific bomb threat. A caller indicated to an Ohio State Department of Public Safety dispatcher that three mail bombs may have been placed on campus. No additional information was given.

The Ohio State University Department of Public Safety does not believe this is a credible threat. Out of an abundance of caution, the OSU Police bomb-detection K9 unit conducted an immediate sweep, including mail receiving areas on or near campus. Nothing suspicious was found at Ohio State or other campuses. Our public safety team is working closely to investigate with other federal and local law enforcement agencies in other jurisdictions that received similar threats.

As always, if you see something suspicious, say something: report known details to OSUPD at 614-292-2121.


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 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)