Safety Updates

There is nothing President Johnson takes more seriously than the safety of the Ohio State community. View the latest updates and learn about the university's holistic approach to enhancing security on and around campus below.

The Ohio State University President Kristina M. Johnson shared her first safety update of the new semester, urging students to take a close look at the resources available on and off campus – and continuing to encourage COVID-19 vaccine booster shots.

“We’ve communicated quite a bit in the recent weeks about our efforts to remain vigilant in protecting ourselves and others from COVID-19. With the Omicron variant surging in Ohio, we are encouraging all eligible students, faculty and staff to get their booster and sign up immediately,” Johnson said in a new video.

Information about vaccines as well as updates on return-to-campus activities such as testing and mask availability continue to be available on the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website.

With returning and new students on campus this semester, Johnson also provided information on steps the university has taken to enhance safety resources since last fall. These resources include: free personal safety devices, window and door alarms available through the Office of Student Life; expanded patrols and the university’s Buckeye Block Watch; significantly more lighting and cameras in high-trafficked areas off campus; and an online safety course offering ways to enhance personal safety through scenario-based exercises. A full list is on the Department of Public Safety website.

Additionally, the university works to keep students informed through Buckeye Alerts, Public Safety Notices and Neighborhood Safety Notices, Ohio State News Alerts and more.

Finally, Johnson thanked students in the College of Education and Human Ecology for their recent research-based work to better understand crime in the community.

Read more about the students’ projects on Ohio State News.

“The results of these projects were presented to Ohio State leaders in December, and we are working to incorporate their findings into how we address our safety efforts moving forward,” she said.

Read more about this safety update at Ohio State News.

More Safety Updates from President Johnson

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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Ohio State News Alerts provide timely information on matters related to students, faculty and staff at the university. All Buckeyes receive updates at their university email address, and parents, families and community members are encouraged to sign up to receive alerts via text message.