Health, Safety and Well-being Updates

President Johnson is committed to helping all Buckeyes thrive. View the latest updates and learn about the university’s holistic approach to enhancing the health, safety and well-being of Ohio State’s campus communities.

Campus community asked to share the road


With the start of a new academic year underway, The Ohio State University is encouraging the university community to pay attention and travel safely.

Whether you drive, walk, bike or ride a scooter to class or work, do it safely. Students, faculty, staff and visitors share the road and the responsibility.

Commuters are asked to look out for fellow Buckeyes and avoid distractions. Remove earbuds and look up from your phone. Be mindful around construction zones and obey signage.

Pedestrians should use marked crosswalks and sidewalks and wait for the cross sign at signalized intersections.

Motorists should keep an eye out for pedestrians, cyclists and scooter riders. Do not text and drive.

Bicycles and scooters should be ridden in the road, not on sidewalks. If you’re cycling or scooting, park in designated areas to ensure accessible pathways. Never block sidewalks, curb ramps or disability access.

Scooter Safety Tips:

  • Wear a helmet.
  • Maintain a 3-foot minimum distance from pedestrians.
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
  • Watch the road for uneven surfaces and debris.
  • Be wary of puddles and leaves that may hide potholes.
  • Dress to be seen, use lights and reflective clothing / gear at night.
  • Share the Road and never ride against traffic.
  • Eliminate distractions. Do NOT text while riding!

Read more on Ohio State News.

More Health, Safety and Well-being Updates

Since launching the Community Crime Map in spring 2022, the university continues to refine this customized tool. New this fall, the map is pre-programmed to show reports from the most recent 7-day period rather than 30 days for crimes occurring within a one-mile radius. The preset map now also shows more crime categories.

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Safety is top of mind as we begin another academic year. Ohio State is committed to supporting a safe and inclusive campus and offers many safety tools and resources.

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With the start of the 2022-23 academic year just days away, Buckeyes will receive a number of communications from the university with updates and reminders to help ensure a successful start to the semester.

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As the new academic year begins, there are a number of steps students can take to keep themselves and their fellow Buckeyes healthy.

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Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson offered kudos to upcoming graduates and safety suggestions to returning students in her latest Health, Safety and Well-Being Update video.

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In the latest Health, Safety and Well-Being Update video, Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson discussed student support available as the end of the spring semester approaches and provided additional information on safety resources.

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In her regular update on health, safety and well-being, President Johnson shared information about resources to support students during finals week and progress on security enhancements across campus.

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In this Health, Safety and Well-being Update, President Johnson shared news that a new Ohio State Off-Campus Housing Network will launch in fall 2022 and encouraged university community members to learn more about the partnership between the Ohio State University Division of Police and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity to provide diversity training to campus police officers.

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In this update, President Johnson helped unveil a new video spotlighting the enhanced Buckeye Block Watch program and encouraged all Buckeyes to enjoy the upcoming Spring Game safely and respectfully.

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In her regular update on health, safety and well-being, President Johnson encouraged Buckeyes to use available university resources and highlighted opportunities for community engagement.

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In her latest update, President Johnson encouraged members of the Ohio State community to take advantage of features within the university's new Community Crime Map to stay aware of major crimes in the off-campus area. 

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In her latest update, Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson shared safety tips ahead of spring break and announced that the Buckeye Paws program has been expanded to all students, faculty and staff.

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The Ohio State University is making numerous safety upgrades to parking garages, including surveillance cameras and license-plate readers, to continue enhancing safety on and near campus.

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Today, President Johnson shared the results of an independent external review of the university's expanded approach to off-campus safety.

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Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson shared that police are investigating recent crimes on and off campus and that further safety enhancements to existing tools and resources are being expedited.

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President Johnson shared information about CABS On-Demand, which takes the benefits of the university’s free CABS bus service and expands them to a wider part of the Columbus campus. She also encouraged all eligible Buckeyes to sign up for the Buckeye Booster Drawing.

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Ohio State has a number of resources available to support the physical and mental health of students and the larger Buckeye community, President Johnson reiterated in her latest health, safety and well-being update.

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President Johnson reiterated the university's continued commitment to a holistic approach to safety based on collaboration and input from university members and community partners.

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President Johnson shared news that the university will install permanent lighting in the off-campus area, replacing mobile lighting put up at the start of fall semester. The enhanced lighting is part of Ohio State's broader suite of safety and health enhancements.

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In her first safety update of the new semester, President Johnson urged students to take a close look at resources available on and off campus, and continued to encourage Buckeyes to get their COVID-19 vaccine booster shot.

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As autumn semester comes to a close, President Johnson congratulates graduates and encourages all Buckeyes to take advantage of safety resources offered by the university.

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With classes winding down and final exams around the corner, there are several steps students can take to prepare for winter break.

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Ohio State is committed to incorporating input from members of the Buckeye community into ongoing efforts to enhance safety on and off campus.

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As Ohio State prepares to take on That Team Up North in one of college football's greatest rivalries, Buckeyes are encouraged to celebrate the team responsibly, be a good neighbor and use CABS and Lyft Ride Smart to get home safely.

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Watch for the bright orange jackets of our new civilian safety partners, introduce yourself and get to know the many ways they work to share resources and information while reporting suspicious activity.

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Safety is a community-wide issue that continues to require a holistic approach. All Buckeyes should take advantage of university resources to stay informed and engaged as we work to enhance security on and around our campus.

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To promote a safe and welcoming University District, civilian patrols from the Buckeye Block Watch program will offer resources and information, report suspicious activity and build relationships with residents in off-campus areas.

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Thank you to everyone responsibly cheering on the Buckeyes this year. As the football season continues, please respectfully enjoy game day, look out for one another and take advantage of university safety resources.

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From the relaunched Community Police Academy and the popular Rape Aggression Defense program to online self-defense lessons and tips, the university offers a wide range of safety learning opportunities.

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Discounted rides through Lyft Ride Smart are now available starting at 7 p.m. instead of 9 p.m. This expansion is in addition to enhanced safety resources already in place, such as additional lighting, cameras and Community Crime Patrol personnel.

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The university continues to monitor where crimes occur and deploy resources to enhance safety. We’re strengthening partnerships, using data analytics and exploring new technology as we work to enhance safety for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

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The safety of students and the entire Buckeye community is Ohio State's top priority. The university will take additional steps to help keep our community safe and informed.

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Building on Ohio State's commitment to safety, the university is investing an additional $2 million a year over the next decade to enhance safety and security on and around campus. Funding will support a number of measures.

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The well-being of our Buckeye community members remains our highest priority. The university is taking multiple measures in our approach to keeping our students, faculty and staff safe.

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