Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Safety Tips

The safety of campus community members is Ohio State’s highest priority.  Students, staff, faculty and guests are reminded to consider the following tips to contribute to the safety of our community:

  • Use the buddy system while socializing - when you go out with friends, agree to keep an eye on one another and to go home together.
  • When in a residence hall, do not to allow unknown persons to enter without showing an ID (e.g. "tailgating".)
  • Students and others are encouraged to immediately report anyone who has not followed security protocol when entering a residence hall to notify hall staff or call OSU PD.
  • Don't prop doors open or let people in who you don't know.
  • Lock all doors and windows, regardless of where you live.
  • If you see someone who may need assistance, always reach out for help.
  • To protect yourself, do not leave drinks unattended and be wary of accepting drinks from people you do not know well. To be even more careful, make sure that you open and pour your own drink, and don't share drinks with others.
  • If a friend starts to exhibit symptoms of drug ingestion, seek medical help immediately. Signs to look for include: dizziness and/or nausea, memory loss, breathing or motion difficulties and acting disproportionately intoxicated relative to the amount of alcohol consumed.
  • If you see something suspicious, call University Police (614-292-2121) or (off-campus) Columbus Police (614-645-4545). Always dial 9-1-1 in an emergency.



Dave Isaacs