Welcome Back: A Message from the Department of Public Safety

The Ohio State University Department of Public Safety welcomes you back for another academic year. A few things have changed over the summer as part of our continual effort to enhance safety.

You may notice a more visible presence from our University Police since we’ve reinitiated bike patrols in an effort to more effectively navigate all areas of campus. If you see one of our officers, please take a moment to chat as we’re committed to continue building relationships with the community we serve.

We remind everyone to be aware of their surroundings and practice safe habits, especially at night. The Department of Public Safety, in partnership with other law enforcement agencies, works hard to prevent and deter crime, but incidents do still occur. If you see something, say something: report suspicious behavior on campus to University Police at 614-292-2121 or off-campus to Columbus Police 614-645-4545. And, of course, always dial 911 in an emergency.

The Buckeye Alert System has integrated new technology to enhance the timely sharing of safety information. Buckeye Alerts, often sent via text message, are issued when it is determined that the campus community needs to take immediate action to remain safe. As a result, if a Buckeye Alert text message is issued, there is a chance it may contain general information such as: "Buckeye Alert! Emergency on Columbus campus: More info soon. Be observant/take action as needed."

In this instance, a second Buckeye Alert is likely to follow containing additional details like the incident location or the specific type of emergency. Your safety remains our top priority, and we encourage you to ensure you are signed up for, or learn more about, Buckeye Alerts and Public Safety Notice emails on our website: https://dps.osu.edu/alert-notices

Please utilize transportation services such as the CABS bus service and our Student Safety Service Safe Ride program, which operates from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Our Student Safety Service officers provide free rides, by appointment, and can be contacted by calling 614-292-3322. In addition, off-campus students can visit Student Life’s Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services office in the Ohio Union to obtain free window and door alarms and safety light timers.

Our number one goal is the safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors, and we look forward to continuing our service to the campus community.