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Your safety is our top priority. Ohio State’s Department of Public Safety offers many resources. Please browse the below to find tips and procedures for staying safe in various circumstances.

Trying to report a crime? Call 614-292-2121 or visit How to Report a Crime.

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Safety Enhancements Overview

The safety of the Ohio State community is the university’s highest priority. President Kristina M. Johnson in October 2020 announced 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 has initiated implementation of all 15 of the task force’s recommendations. In September 2021, Dr. Johnson announced an additional $2 million a year over the next decade to enhance safety and security on and around campus, bringing the total campus public safety budget to $35 million annually. The university remains fully committed to refining and broadening its approach to addressing crime. Read more about safety enhancements and how the university has communicated about safety issues since October 2020:

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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 The Ohio State University Police Division welcomes its newest K9, Ty, officers continue weekly training with their four-legged partners. The four K9s that make up OSUPD's K9 unit are all trained in explosives and patrol.

Ohio State’s Columbus campus has cancelled classes just 19 times since 1978, as the threshold for a class cancellation on a college campus is far higher than that of K-12.