10TV reported on Friday that Ohio State is adding news locks to pool classrooms. To date, 400 locks have been installed with approximately 50 remaining.
“It does give them another layer of security,” director of Emergency Management Robery Armstrong told 10TV. If there is an active shooter on-campus, students and instructors now have the ability to lock the door to barricade it to keep themselves safe inside the classroom.
In the wake of the Dayton tragedy , The Lantern published an artice on active aggressor preparedness.
The Ohio State University spokesperson Dan Hedman told the outlet that the safety of Ohio State students is the university’s No. 1 priority, and several safety measures are employed in case of an active shooter on campus.
“The Ohio State University Police Division’s (OSUPD) officers undergo active shooter training on an annual basis, and our Special Response Team receives additional training for various emergency situations. We continually assess our practices and protocols to ensure we are following best practices,” Hedman said....
A Buckeye Alert system test will occur on Tuesday, August 27. Students, faculty and staff will receive a text message that will be clearly identified as a test. If a Buckeye Alert is issued, information will also be posted at emergency.osu.edu . The system also sends severe weather alerts to the entire university community for tornado warnings. Read more about alert notices .
One of The Ohio State University's best safety resources received regional honors this week. The university's Surviving an Active Aggressor video ( watch ), produced in 2018, won an Ohio Valley Chapter Emmy award in the category of Short Format Program - Informational.
The award was one of six received by WOSU Public Media who produced the 9-minute educational video. OSUPD Officer Cassi Shaffer was among the award recipients for her role as the narrator. Fellow team members receiving the award included WOSU's Ben Bays, Diana Bergemann, Ryan Hitchcock and Gary Orr along with Ohio State Administration...
Students at The Ohio State University Columbus campus have a new late-night travel option. Lyft Ride Smart at Ohio State will launch August 1, and provides discounted rides between the hours of 9 p.m. and 3 a.m.
"This new service offering is a direct result of our work with the Undergraduate Student Government and adds a transportation option our students have been requesting for years," said Beth Snoke, director of Transportation and Traffic Management.
Lyft Ride Smart replaces the university's previous Safe Ride program after user demand outgrew service capacity.
A Buckeye Alert system test will occur on Thursday (5/16). Students, faculty and staff on all Ohio State campuses will receive a text message that will be clearly identified as a test. If a Buckeye Alert is issued, information will also be posted at emergency.osu.edu . The system also sends severe weather alerts to the entire university community for tornado warnings. More information about alert notices is available here .
Following up on a recent feature by A&P Communications ( watch video ), The Lantern sat down with Ohio State dispatch supervisor Johnna Sells.
As the newspaper reported, w hile police officers and firefighters are often on the frontlines of an emergency, it’s 911 dispatchers who serve as the first point of contact when a person on campus is in trouble. And the role Sells serves at Ohio State reaches far beyond answering a call.
“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t feel like I’m making a difference in the community,” she said....
In a dataset of University Police responses from Aug. 6, 2018, to Dec. 20, 2018, obtained by The Lantern , 17,671 dispatch entries of all police calls were analyzed, finding that University Police took an average of 3 minutes and 34 seconds to arrive on scene after being dispatched.
The outlet interviewed Captain David Rose who said 3 1/2 minutes is about what the police have found when analyzing the data themselves.
“That’s pretty consistent with what we’ve seen as well,” Rose said, who noted the police aim for around 4 minutes. “Four minutes or...