Effective Thursday (1/14), Lyft Ride Smart at Ohio State is expanding its hours of operation, offering eligible students four additional hours to utilize discounted rides. Service now runs from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. inside the university designated service area . These changes support recommendations from the Community Safety and Well-Being Task Force .
For students new to the program, each month 10,000 discounted rides will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis with the average cost expected to be $1 to $2. Once the monthly allotment of 10,000 discounted rides is...
We are sharing the below information on behalf of the Columbus Division of Police for a crime that occurred in the off-campus area.
On 1/14/2021, at approximately 10 p.m., Columbus Police responded to an off-campus robbery report. An Ohio State female student was with a group of friends at N. 4th Street and E. 14th Avenue when three unknown juveniles approached and asked for money. When the student reached into her purse to offer them money, one suspect pepper sprayed her and then struck her in the face. The suspects attempted to steal the student’s purse, but were...
The Ohio State University released today its Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports , showing an increase in present-day crime reporting on or near the Columbus campus. Today’s release, which includes statistics from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2019, complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.
The report comes after Ohio State’s Community Safety and Well-Being Task Force released its recommendations to improve communication, engagement and support of residents on campus and in the near-campus neighborhoods.
The Ohio State University Police Division Lt. Brandon Yankanin recently submitted an open letter as part of the Alumni Magazine's "From Our Home ... And Yours" series. Yankanin recounts how coronavirus has impacted life on campus through the eyes of a police officer. Below is a snippet and the full letter is available in the Alumni Magazine's winter edition .
Yankanin said: "I feel bad that students’ college experiences are marred by the pandemic. They’re missing out on a lot. But everyone is coping as well as they can, and faculty, staff and students have been good...
Ohio State’s Department of Public Safety has released a new video to highlight safety resources available to the campus community. Everyone can learn how to Survive an Active Aggressor and gain access to a free virtual guardian app. Students can discover ridesharing discounts and where to obtain free window and door alarms. Please take a moment to watch and help make safety a top priority for all Buckeyes.
SAFETY RESOURCES Video of OSU Public Safety Resources
All campuses of The Ohio State University are under a winter weather advisory beginning at noon on Monday.
According to the National Weather Service, the heavy rainfall that began overnight will change over to snow this morning. The Lima, Columbus and Mansfield campuses will see snowfall first.
Snowfall on Monday will result in little to no accumulation due to the warm surface temperatures. Monday afternoon and evening, snow will begin to accumulate and will continue through the day on Tuesday, finally tapering off Wednesday morning or early afternoon.
The task force, established by President Kristina M. Johnson following the tragic death of Ohio State student Chase Meola, focused on recommendations to improve communication, engagement and support of residents on campus and in the near-campus neighborhoods.
November 2020 marks a special milestone for Officer Tom Schneider, celebrating his 20-year anniversary with The Ohio State University Police Division. With two decades of law enforcement under his belt, he was in search of a new challenge. After weighing his options, he decided to enroll in the OSUPD bike training program.
“This gave me an opportunity to do something exciting and new,” Officer Schneider said. “I wanted to test myself and see a different part of policing.”
OSUPD’s bike training program has been around for decades, with approximately 30 officers currently trained to ride bikes.
The Ohio State University Police Division (OSUPD) received its third accreditation award from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The national honor was announced in August.
OSUPD is one of approximately 80 university agencies in the country to meet CALEA’s best practices of law enforcement standards.
“As a university agency, we have a uniquely tailored approach focusing on both safety and education,” said OSUPD's Chief Kimberly Spears-McNatt. “CALEA accreditation reconfirms our commitment to following best practices and working to achieve the highest standards in law enforcement.”
OSUPD first earned CALEA accreditation in 2013. Applying...
The safety of the campus community is The Ohio State University’s top priority. Buckeye Alerts are one important tool to enhance the safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors.
The alerts, issued by the Department of Public Safety, let community members know when it has been determined that they need to take immediate action to remain safe.
“Buckeye Alerts are one of many tools in our safety tool kit,” said Monica Moll, director of public safety. “They are a critical part of Ohio State’s commitment to the safety of students, faculty and staff.”