Effective Thursday (1/14), Lyft Ride Smart at Ohio State is expanding its hours of operation, offering eligible students four additional hours to utilize discounted rides. Service now runs from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. inside the university designated service area . These changes support recommendations from the Community Safety and Well-Being Task Force .
For students new to the program, each month 10,000 discounted rides will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis with the average cost expected to be $1 to $2. Once the monthly allotment of 10,000 discounted rides is...
November 2020 marks a special milestone for Officer Tom Schneider, celebrating his 20-year anniversary with The Ohio State University Police Division. With two decades of law enforcement under his belt, he was in search of a new challenge. After weighing his options, he decided to enroll in the OSUPD bike training program.
“This gave me an opportunity to do something exciting and new,” Officer Schneider said. “I wanted to test myself and see a different part of policing.”
OSUPD’s bike training program has been around for decades, with approximately 30 officers currently trained to ride bikes.
The safety of the campus community is The Ohio State University’s top priority. Buckeye Alerts are one important tool to enhance the safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors.
The alerts, issued by the Department of Public Safety, let community members know when it has been determined that they need to take immediate action to remain safe.
“Buckeye Alerts are one of many tools in our safety tool kit,” said Monica Moll, director of public safety. “They are a critical part of Ohio State’s commitment to the safety of students, faculty and staff.”
Students are responding to an offer from The Ohio State University to increase their home security in the campus area.
The Office of Student Life’s Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services supports off-campus students with free safety devices, including window and door alarms and light timers. An email reminder to students this weekend garnered more than 500 requests for the service.
On Thursday, October 15, President Kristina M. Johnson announced the establishment of the University Task Force on Community Safety and Well-Being to review safety issues on campus and in neighborhoods near the university. As university, law enforcement and community leaders come together to enhance the safety and well-being of our campus community, the university wants to remind students, faculty and staff of safety guidance and available resources.
With the start of the fall season, the days are getting darker much earlier. This week, university public safety officials are reminding students of some of the tools available to students to help keep them safe.
The Rave Guardian app allows students, faculty and staff to select friends or family as a virtual guardian to follow them via GPS tracking, using a destination-based timer. It’s a way to keep a virtual eye on loved ones as they travel.
Public safety officials at The Ohio State University are reminding students of some of the services available to make them safer on and off campus.
For a little more than a year, Ohio State has offered Lyft Ride Smart to eligible students to make a trip in the campus area safer after hours. The service offers discounted rides, inside the university-designated service area , from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Kristina M. Johnson, president of The Ohio State University, announced today the establishment of 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 Task Force on Community Safety and Well-Being will deliver its initial report prior to the Thanksgiving holiday next month. The task force will continue its work throughout the year and will remain a standing task force of the university.
"We don't need anyone's permission to defend ourselves," Det. Cassandra Shaffer, R.A.D. instructor, told the news outlet. "This class helps women flip that switch when necessary to defend themselves in various situations in life."
As the holiday season approaches, the likelihood of scams increases. Take extra precautions and be leery of phone calls, emails or other communications that seem strange. International students can also be the target of scams. Scams can happen at any time and to anyone. We ask all students, faculty and staff to report suspicious behavior to OSUPD by calling 614-292-2121.
Be sure to follow these tips to avoid common scams.
If it sounds to good to be true, it is.
NEVER give your SSN, passwords or pin numbers to an incoming call.