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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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The Ohio State University Police Division recognized several officers and members of the community with its 2022 Annual Award ceremony on Friday, March 10, 2023.

A Buckeye Alert system test will occur March 27. Students, faculty and staff on all Ohio State campuses will receive a text message that will be clearly identified as a test.

Ohio State News headed door-to-door with Ohio State University Police Division officers, Columbus Police, the university's Office of Student Life Willie J. Young and Sr. Off-Campus and Commuter Student Engagement department for a neighborhood safety walk.