With the start of the fall season, the days are getting darker much earlier. This week, university public safety officials are reminding students of some of the tools available to students to help keep them safe.
The Rave Guardian app allows students, faculty and staff to select friends or family as a virtual guardian to follow them via GPS tracking, using a destination-based timer. It’s a way to keep a virtual eye on loved ones as they travel.
Public safety officials at The Ohio State University are reminding students of some of the services available to make them safer on and off campus.
For a little more than a year, Ohio State has offered Lyft Ride Smart to eligible students to make a trip in the campus area safer after hours. The service offers discounted rides, inside the university-designated service area , from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Kristina M. Johnson, president of The Ohio State University, announced today the establishment of a task force to review safety issues on campus and in neighborhoods near the university -- and to identify, implement and advocate for additional approaches that address violence, crime, and high-risk activities and behaviors.
The University Task Force on Community Safety and Well-Being will deliver its initial report prior to the Thanksgiving holiday next month. The task force will continue its work throughout the year and will remain a standing task force of the university.
"We don't need anyone's permission to defend ourselves," Det. Cassandra Shaffer, R.A.D. instructor, told the news outlet. "This class helps women flip that switch when necessary to defend themselves in various situations in life."
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.
“Education in the classroom, and in life, is core to the college experience,” said The Ohio State University Police Division Chief Kimberly Spears-McNatt. “Our police officers have a uniquely tailored approach that focuses on both safety and education.”
Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) teaches realistic self-defense tactics and techniques to women. Our fall 2019 classes will be held each Tuesday between October 15 through November 12 at the Lawrence Tower ballroom from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Participants must attend all dates listed per session. Registration opens on Monday, September 23 and remains open until the class is full. The program, offered by The Ohio State University Police Division, is free for all females in the community.
According to Columbus Police records, nearly 200 residential burglaries were reported in the last year in off-campus areas populated by students. Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services is contributing to the safety and well-being of Ohio State students who commute to campus by providing door and window alarms and light timers.
Ohio State has won awards of all kinds for its academic achievements and athletic accomplishments. In August, it added an Emmy to the list.
Ohio State’s Department of Public Safety and WOSU Public Media won a regional Emmy for their work on “Surviving an Active Aggressor,” which was produced in 2018.
The video was submitted to the Emmys Short Format Program category, which is just one of 100 categories to which WOSU could have submitted it. It competed against other videos submitted from the Ohio Valley Chapter, including those from Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and West...