Tagged: Safety

Be Prepared for Winter Weather

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 snow and ice start to collect, FOD teams are dispatched to treat campus roadways and sidewalks. They remain on campus throughout the day and night treating and plowing as needed. CampusParc crews will also be on campus treating parking lots and garages, with garage rooftops remaining open, when possible.

Meet OSUPD's Newest K9

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. Watch as they sweep the seventh floor of the Blackwell Hotel during a training exercise. 

In the News: When does weather warrant canceling in-person classes?

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. When considering whether to cancel in-person classes due to severe weather, information is gathered, and a recommendation is brought forward by the executive vice president and provost. Ohio State’s Emergency Management and Fire Prevention director, Robert Armstrong, works with units throughout the university to assess road conditions, scheduled events, weather impacts, and more.

Buckeye Alert System Test

A Buckeye Alert system test will occur January 19. Students, faculty and staff on all Ohio State campuses will receive a text message that will be clearly identified as a test. Due to new texting requirements by cellular carriers, “Urgent Buckeye Alert” will now appear in the text to indicate the urgent nature of the message. If a Buckeye Alert is issued, information will also be posted at emergency.osu.edu.

In the News: OSUPD hosts 4th Annual Drive-Through Toys for Tots Donation Event

As reported by The Lantern, Ohio State's Department of Public Safety hosted its 4th annual Toys for Tots drive-through event to collect donations curbside on December 8, 2022. 

Secure Your Home Before You Travel

Have a safe and happy holiday season. If you travel, or are away from your campus or off-campus residence this holiday season, please take steps to keep your valuables secure. Lock doors and windows and consider using safety light timers. Record serial numbers of devices, or just take valuables with you.

If items are missing when you return, report it to police. Call University Police (on-campus) at 614-292-2121 or off-campus Columbus Police at 614-645-4545.

In the News: OSUPD and USG Give Away Bike Locks

To combat a national rise in auto theft, The Ohio State University (OSUPD) is teaming up with the Undergraduate Student Government (USG). As reported by 10TV, OSUPD donated 200 steering wheel locks to USG. The organization is now handing them out to students and prioritizing Kia and Hyundai owners.

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OSUPD Hosts Community Police Academy

OSUPD continues to host its fall Community Police Academy for students, faculty and staff.

The free class shows community members what it’s like to protect and serve, while learning how to react to emergency situations. It also fosters community engagement and feedback for officers.

OSUPD Hosts Empowerment and Self-Defense Training

OSUPD hosted an empowerment and self-defense training for nearly 20 graduate students from the Student Occupational Therapy Association.  

The two-hour training taught participants how to use their voices and throw a punch, emphasizing awareness, prevention, risk reduction and the basics of hands-on defense.

If you're interested in scheduling a training, email AP-osupd-selfdefense@osu.edu.

OSUPD Hosts Mock Crime Scene

Caution tape and evidence tags made a mock scenario come to life for Ohio State journalism students. OSUPD hosted The Lantern class reporters for a mock crime scene to simulate breaking news. Students were tasked with gathering information, confirming facts and writing on deadline. University Police host students each semester to support Ohio State’s academic mission. Watch how the day unfolded outside Blankenship Hall.

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