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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. Ohio State is taking multiple measures to keep students, faculty and staff safe both on and off campus. University administrators meet with students and parents regularly to discuss safety, and the university welcomes their ongoing participation in this important conversation. Ohio State has increased the presence of police on campus by hiring and training additional Ohio State University Police Division officers – and worked with the Columbus Division of Police to increase patrols off campus. Safety enhancements include hiring nine Ohio State University Police Department officers since 2022, installing more than 60 license plate readers on campus and in the surrounding area and adding dozens of permanent LED light fixtures off-campus.

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A Buckeye Alert system test will occur April 15. Students, faculty and staff on all Ohio State campuses will receive a text message that will be clearly identified as a test. 

The Columbus and regional campuses of The Ohio State University are under the threat of severe weather, including hail, high winds and tornadoes, this afternoon and eveni

The Ohio State University Police Division (OSUPD) Deputy Chief Eric Whiteside graduated as a member of the 289th session of the FBI National Academy. The graduation took place at the National Academy in Quantico, Virginia on March 15.