The safety of our campus community is always our top priority. Out of an abundance of caution and with the university’s focus on safety at top of mind, Mirror Lake has been temporarily drained. The lake will be refilled at a later date.
Mirror Lake is not intended or approved for recreational use of any kind or at any time. In 2015, Undergraduate Student Government approved a resolution calling for the end of the “Mirror Lake Jump.” This week’s draining supports the university’s compelling commitment to end the Mirror Lake jump.
ABC6 interviewed OSUPD Chief Kimberly Spears-McNatt about game day safety in advance of this weekend's highly anticipated matchup of No. 2 Ohio State and No. 8 Penn State. Kickoff is set for Saturday at noon at Ohio Stadium.
As the outlet reported, three national television networks will be on campus this Saturday all at the same time for their pregame shows. Athletic Director, Gene Smith said it's a first.
"First time in history you have Fox The Big Noon Kickoff, ESPN and BTN here as well," Smith said.
The Lantern recently profiled The Ohio State University Department of Public Safety's survellience and 9-1-1 call center. According to the outlet, more than 3,000 cameras monitor the communities of all five Ohio State campuses, and the footage does not go unwatched.
Behind the scenes, alarm and video monitors within Ohio State’s Department of Public Safety use cameras located across campus to keep an eye on the community at all times, the newspaper said.
Mohamad Hirsi, an alarm and video monitor, said that catching bike thieves is a big part of the job, but there are...
The Lantern wrote about a new Franklin County program called CitizenAID which will allow 6,000 safety kits to be distributed among 15 counties in central Ohio starting in December. The safety kits will be provided in central Ohio — and at Ohio State — in order for citizens to be able to help first responders in an emergency situation.
“Our police train countless hours to be prepared for emergency situations. We are supportive of the Franklin County CitizenAID safety kit initiative and any additional resources to enhance overall safety,” Hedman said.
As the holiday season approaches, the likelihood of scams increases. Take extra precautions and be leery of phone calls, emails or other communications that seem strange. International students can also be the target of scams. Scams can happen at any time and to anyone. We ask all students, faculty and staff to report suspicious behavior to OSUPD by calling 614-292-2121.
Be sure to follow these tips to avoid common scams.
If it sounds to good to be true, it is.
NEVER give your SSN, passwords or pin numbers to an incoming call.
Community members are encouraged to donate a new, unwrapped toy as part of The Ohio State University’s Department of Public Safety Toys for Tots. University public safety staff will be accepting donations on Friday, December 6, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. in front of Blankenship Hall. Items will be distributed to kids throughout Central Ohio via the United States Marines Toys for Tots program.
Donations also can be dropped off 24/7 prior to Friday, December 6, at Blankenship Hall.
We are sharing the below information on behalf of the Columbus Division of Police for a crime that occurred in the off-campus area.
Columbus Police is actively investigating an aggravated robbery that began in the immediate off-campus area on Saturday afternoon. The victim is not affiliated with Ohio State. CPD's full media advisory is pictured (right) and the incident summary is listed below.
Incident Summary: The victim was walking in the alley in the rear of 135 E. Norwich Street when a silver mini-van approached him from behind. The passenger exited...
Safety is the university’s top priority and Facilities Operations and Development (FOD), CampusParc, Transportation & Traffic Management (TTM) and the Department of Public Safety work together to offer services during the winter months to keep you safe. As snow and ice start to collect, FOD teams are dispatched to treat campus roadways and sidewalks. They remain on campus throughout the day and night treating and plowing as needed. CampusParc crews will also be on campus treating parking lots and garages, with garage rooftops remaining open, when possible. Learn more on the CampusParc website .
According to a recent article by The Lantern, over the past five years at Ohio State 36 percent of all on-campus accidents involving pedestrians and vehicles occured along Woodruff Avenue.
Share the Road is an educational university initiative to promote traffic safety for all traffic types. The initiative emphasizes that all pedestrians and vehicle operators share the responsibility of safety when traveling on and around campus, and each semester, the university holds an educational event and places signs around campus to promote traffic safety.
Dan Hedman, a university spokesperson, said the university advises everyone to share the road...