Clery Act

Clery Act

The Ohio State University's Department of Public Safety encourages students, faculty, staff and visitors to educate themselves about the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and the resources available. 

About The Ohio State University’s  Annual Security Report

The university prepares the Annual Security and Annual Safety Report (Annual Security Report) to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act.

  • The Annual Security Report includes statistics for the prior three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by The Ohio State University, including Wexner Medical Center facilities; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.
  • The Annual Fire Safety Report contains statistics related to fires that occurred in on-campus student housing facilities for the prior three years, descriptions of fire safety systems in on-campus student housing facilities, and policies and other information related to fires and fire prevention.
  • The report includes crime statistics from University Police and other university offices and departments and local law enforcement agencies, including but not limited to the Office of Student Life and the Columbus Division of Police.
  • No formal police report is required for a crime to be included in the statistics. Every effort is taken to ensure that everyone required to report does so and that statistics are as accurate and complete as possible. Information included in the annual report is reviewed for accuracy, completeness and readability.
  • The university is required by law to send this report to all faculty, staff and students before October 1 each year.

Public Safety Notice (Timely Warning) Policy

Timely Warnings, called "Public Safety Notices," are provided to heighten safety awareness by giving students, faculty and staff notification of crimes that occur on campus property, non-campus property, or on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from campus and are considered by Ohio State to present a serious or continuing threat to students and employees.

Hate Crime Alerts are a subset of Public Safety Notices. A Hate Crime Alert will be issued when a hate- or bias-related incident that presents a serious or continuing threat to students and employees occurs on campus property, non-campus property, or on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from campus. Hate Crime Alerts also may be issued when the University Police determines issuance is appropriate to heighten safety awareness after a hate- or bias-related incident or series of incident occurs.

Ohio State's University Police are responsible for preparing a Public Safety Notice when a crime is reported to or brought to the attention of the University Police and that crime represents a continuing threat to the safety of students and employees. Information for alerts also may come from other law enforcement agencies or other offices. While every attempt will be made to distribute the alert as soon as possible after an incident or series of incidents is reported, the release will occur after a determination is made that the crime(s) represents a continuing threat to students and employees and is subject to the availability of accurate facts concerning the incident(s).

Information about criminal incidents is reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine whether those incidents represent a serious or continuing threat to students and employees. Incidents will be reviewed based on the nature of the crime, the facts of the case and the information known to the University Police . The University Police may, within its discretion, consult with appropriate individuals or offices to determine whether an incident represents a serious or continuing threat or to determine the appropriate content of a Public Safety Notice.

Criminal suspects are often unknown to the victims, but in the instance of a violent crime occurring between two individuals who know each other, University Police will look at each instance to determine if the suspect poses a continued threat to the campus community and issue a warning when necessary.

Public Safety Notices also seek information that may lead to arrest and conviction of the offender when violent crimes against people or major crimes against property have been reported to the police and may contain crime prevention tips and safety information.

The University Police makes every effort to properly classify a criminal incident when issuing a Public Safety Notice, but upon further analysis and investigation, it may be determined that incidents for which Public Safety Notices are issued do not fall within the definitions of reportable crimes included in this report and therefore, some incidents for which Public Safety Notices are issued may not be included in the crime statistics provided by this report.

Public Safety Notice Procedure

Ohio State University Police Division will prepare a Public Safety Notice when a report is received of a violent crime against a person or a particularly threatening crime against property that represents a continuing threat to the safety of students, faculty and staff. Notices may be issued for such crimes that occur on campus property, non-campus property, or on public property immediately adjacent to an accessible from campus. Public Safety Notices are sequentially numbered, beginning January 1 of each year, and provide details of the crime, a description of the suspect if known, information on whom to contact about the investigation, and often, crime prevention tips.

Information included in Public Safety Notices:

  1. A succinct statement of the incident.
  2. Possible connection to previous incidents, if applicable.
  3. Physical description of the suspect, if available.
  4. Photo or composite drawing of the suspect, if available.
  5. Date and time the bulletin was released.
  6. Other relevant and important information about the crime(s).
  7. Actions taken by Public Safety officials in response to the crime(s).
  8. Information on Crime Prevention, personal safety or other community safety resources.

Ohio State's University Police may not include some known information in a Public Safety Notice if providing that information could risk compromising law enforcement efforts. Additionally, Public Safety Notices may be updated if new or more accurate information becomes available to the University Police.

Public Safety Notices are distributed by e-mails sent to all osu.edu e-mail addresses, which are accessible and available to all students, faculty, and staff. These e-mails are drafted by the University Police and are distributed by the Ohio State Department of Public Safety. In some circumstances, the University Police may distribute flyers to appropriate university departments to be posted in affected areas of campus. While several local media outlets receive Public Safety Notices through the subscription service discussed below, the University Police also may contact the media directly to distribute information about criminal incidents in some situations.

Public Safety Notices may be viewed at dps.osu.edu/psn. In addition to the e-mails sent to all students, staff, the University Police offers a free service that sends an e-mail update to any e-mail address when a Public Safety Notice is issued. Please visit dps.osu.edu/psn to subscribe to this service.

Please note that Public Safety Notices are a separate and distinct process from the emergency notification text messaging alerts provided by the Buckeye Alert system. For information about Buckeye Alert text messaging alerts, please visit dps.osu.edu/alert-notices.

About the Daily Crime Log

In accordance with the 1998 Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, an electronic version of the Daily Crime Log is posted on our website (https://dps.osu.edu/daily-crime-log).  The Daily Crime Log includes the date and time the crime was reported, the date and time the crime occurred, the location of the crime, the nature of the crime, and the disposition of the complaint, if known.

A hard copy of the Daily Crime Log is available, upon request, during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.), in the University Police Records Unit, 901 Woody Hayes Drive, Columbus OH 43210.

International Travel Safety

A travel safety initiative for individuals who travel as part of the Office of International Affairs Education Abroad program provides information regarding safety and security concerns.

Visit Office of International Affairs Education Abroad