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Safety Information

Buckeye Alert System

The Ohio State University has created a text message alert system for the public to stay informed of potential emergencies. To sign up, visit the Buckeye Alert System web site.

Annual Crime Report

The required Annual Security Report is available at the University Public Safety site. Annual crime statistics may also be located at that site.

Theft Prevention

The most frequent of campus crimes is theft. Student Life Risk and Emergency Management has a program to mark your valuables with invisible ink. The UV/ID project is supported by various offices with materials available upon request from residence hall RAs, Off-Campus Student Services, Community Crime Patrol at 248 E. 11th Ave., and University Security and Protective Services and Fire Prevention as well as Dispatch with the University Police Division in Blankenship Hall, 901 Woody Hayes Drive. Marking your property will help to establish ownership as well as promote recovery if an item is lost or stolen.

Bicycle Safety

On campus conflict between pedestrians, bicycles and motor vehicles is a concern for everyone. With increasing frequency these conflicts result in crashes causing injury and property damage to persons and vehicles involved. Safety is the responsibility of us all.

In Ohio, bicycles are required to follow the rules of the road the same as cars. One-way streets, stop signs, riding on the right side of the road, and yielding to pedestrians are some of the requirements for bicycle operators. University traffic rules also require that bicycles not be ridden on sidewalks even when a short cut across the Oval is desired.

Your cooperation in making this a safe environment for bicycle riders, pedestrians and cars is appreciated.

Bicycle Safety Tip

Bug Your Bike

The Ohio State University, the City of Columbus, and the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) have teamed up to expand the campus Bug Your Bike bicycle registration program city-wide. The City of Columbus Bug Your Bike program, which includes bicycle registration and a radio frequency identification device (RFID) for bicycles, is free. A registered bicycle that is lost or stolen is more likely to be found and returned. To register your bicycle online or for more details, visit

Fire Kills!

Candles, smoking and overloaded outlets have no place in a residence hall room or off campus apartment. Don't try and fight a fire; sound the alarm and exit the building.

Fire Safety Information

Party Smart

Personal Safety Tips

  • Lock your door, even if just going down the hall.
  • Do not leave messages on your door about where you are going or when you will return.
  • Keep ground level windows closed or use a safety lock.
  • Do not leave tempting valuables visible inside your parked car.
  • Record serial numbers and descriptions of valuable property.
  • Do not put your address or attach your BuckID to your key ring.
  • Walk in groups of three or more at night, use the USG Lifeline Response Enterprise App or sign up for Lyft Ride Smart.
  • Always lock your car.
  • Use well lighted pathways at night.

ID Theft

  • Protect your BuckID - it is your residence hall key, your "check book," your identity! Don't lose it or loan it.
  • Keep anything with your personal information on it stored somewhere safe and out of sight.
  • Shred mail before you throw it away.
  • Review your credit card and bank statements each month with care.
  • When you receive a new credit or debit card, cut up the old one.
  • File or shred credit card receipts with your card number on them.
  • Take only the ID you need when going out.
  • Report lost or stolen credit cards immediately.
  • Use computer passwords that aren't easy to guess. Mix numbers and letters.
  • If you are a victim of ID theft: 1. Call police, credit card companies and financial institutions, (3) close any account that has been tampered with.