The following was an alert message sent to internationals students at The Ohio State University on June 7, 2021.
Description of Scam
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has been made aware of a spoofing scam involving individuals using an SEVP Response Center (SRC) phone number (703-603-3400) or a Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) office phone number (757-441-6533) to target nonimmigrant students.
Fraudulent callers are claiming to be SEVP representatives and asking students to provide their immigration information, such as their Alien Registration Number or Form I-94, “Arrival/Departure Record,” information, or face deportation. ...
The safety and well-being of our campus and neighboring communities is our top priority, and the university continues to implement a series of recommendations that were made as part of the Task Force on Community Safety and Well-Being .
The Task Force, created in fall 2020, is composed of students, faculty, staff, public safety officials and city and community partners. With a central guiding point that “safety” means different things to different people, the Task Force developed a comprehensive list of 15 recommendations that include a variety of strategies from community outreach and engagement to public...
The Ohio State University’s Community Safety and Well-Being Task Force Outreach and Engagement subcommittee is hosting a student safety dialogue on Thursday, April 22 at 6 p.m. All Ohio State students are invited to join the virtual dialogue to share what safety means to you .
The panel will hear from student participants about how their definitions of safety differ from person to person. Additional discussion will surround safety and policing both on and off-campus, as well as an overview of safety resources available to students. Panelists include:
Dr. James Moore, Vice Provost for Diversity and...
Sexual Assault Awareness Month, led by the Student Life Student Wellness Center , is a university-wide collaboration to raise awareness about sexual violence and educate the Ohio State community on how to prevent it. From March 29 to April 22, a series of 31 events will take place virtually and will focus on empowering the community to prevent violence, support the healing process and advocate for survivors.
On April 13, join OSUPD online as they discuss the following topics:
Personal safety and wellness is not always physical. A person’s mental health is equally as important. In this week’s Safety Spotlight, OSUPD’s Lt. Marjorie Rizalvo will be discussing mental health and the role we all have in keeping each other safe. In addition, you’ll hear about the Crisis Intervention Training that OSUPD officers take to respond to those in need. Watch the video and learn more about resources that are available to help the university community.
More than 540 emergency locks have been installed in classroom pool spaces across The Ohio State University’s Columbus campus. The locks enhance safety for students and faculty in 48 academic buildings.
“These enhancements will help our campus community members secure in place during an emergency,” said Robert Armstrong, Ohio State’s director of Emergency Management and Fire Prevention.
Facilities Operations and Development (FOD), the Registrar’s Office and the Department of Public Safety worked together to plan and implement the approximately $1 million project that kicked off in March 2018 and concluded in March 2021.
The power is there in the palm of your hand. OSUPD’s Detective Cassi Shaffer, one of Ohio State’s certified Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D) instructors, teaches a self-defense technique called “Palm Strike” in this week’s Safety Spotlight. Watch the short video to learn how to use your palm as an additional line of defense during an attack.
Ohio State is a safe place. Located in the middle of a large city, however, crimes do still occur. If you become the victim of a crime, go to a safe place and report it to police by dialing 9-1-1. Take note of the suspect’s direction of travel and clothing. OSUPD’s Lt. Marjorie Rizalvo discusses these tips and more in this week’s brief Safety Spotlight video.
In addition to these steps, the university has once again increased police presence in the off-campus area with a combination of OSUPD and CPD officers. Ohio State and the City of Columbus are partnering to adjust to crime trends by redeploying on-duty patrols and staffing patrols on overtime...
The force of an elbow jab is powerful enough to fend off an attacker and allow you time to run to safety. OSUPD’s Officer Cassi Shaffer, one of Ohio State’s certified Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D) instructors, teaches a self-defense technique called “Front Elbow” in this week’s Safety Spotlight. Watch this short video to learn how to use your elbow as an additional line of defense during an attack.