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To Report an Emergency: dial 9-1-1
General Non-emergency: 614-292-2121
Note: If calling from a campus phone, only dial the last five digits (e.g. 2-2121).


Although public safety is our job, it is the responsibility of everyone at the University. Through programs of education, information, and active police and security presence we endeavor to ensure that students, faculty, and staff are free from safety distractions so that they may learn, teach, and conduct research.

Creative and informative crime prevention, fire prevention, and international travel safety programs, which are available on this site, represent efforts to provide a customer service to meet contemporary needs. We welcome the opportunity to serve as well as receive suggestions from members of the community.

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Mirror Lake Safety Announcement

Student safety is the university’s top priority. To enhance safety at Mirror Lake, and to limit the area to Ohio State students only, wristbands will be required to gain entrance November 24. Ohio State does not encourage students to jump into Mirror Lake. Students who enter Mirror Lake do so at their own risk and may be subject to any number of foreseeable and unforeseeable dangers, risks and serious injuries.

Fences will be installed around the perimeter of Mirror Lake Hollow to assist the Department of Public Safety and staff in enhancing safety for students. Students wearing wristbands will be granted access through two primary entryways (see map). These are designed to prevent non-affiliates from gaining entrance and aid in line management, getting as many students through as efficiently and safely as possible.

Wristbands will be available to currently enrolled students at the Ohio Union Information Center and the RPAC Welcome Center, as follows:

Friday, Nov. 20, 2 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 23, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Even students who are spectating need wristbands. A valid Buck ID is needed to receive a wristband. Additional safety measures, guidelines and information include:

Guidelines and Safety Tips
Frequently Asked Questions

Please note, alcohol increases the chances of hypothermia in cold temperatures and jumping in Mirror Lake is not advised, nor encouraged in any way. As in years past, water safety and emergency medical personnel will be on site. Staff members and safety personnel maintain the right to deny entry or to remove anyone at any time to enhance the safety of others.

Surviving an Active Shooter

It’s scary to think about, but an active shooter can strike any place, at any time. For this reason, The Ohio State University Department of Public Safety, in partnership with the Office of Student Life, has released a video called “Surviving an Active Shooter” to educate our campus community. Your safety is our number one priority so please take a moment to watch.

The Ohio State University Police Chief Paul Denton Announces Retirement

The Ohio State University Police Chief Paul Denton will retire, effective June 30, after 37 years in law enforcement. Denton, who served nine years as OSU police chief, plans to spend more time with his family. Denton became the ninth chief in OSU Police history in 2006 and promptly reorganized the Police Division to focus on a crime analysis and problem-oriented approach to address campus crime issues.

Deputy Chief Craig Stone, who joined OSU Police May 1, will serve as the acting police chief while long-term plans are finalized. Read more:

The Ohio State University Police Division Earns CALEA Accreditation

The Ohio State University Police Division (OSU PD) has earned accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). CALEA accreditation confirms that OSUPD is meeting internationally recognized best practices of law enforcement agency standards. CALEA assessed OSU PD on programs and standards developed specifically for the college/university environment.

Of the approximately 680 law enforcement agencies serving colleges and universities nationwide, only 59 of them are accredited, putting OSU PD among the less than 10 percent of these agencies that have been recognized as meeting internationally recognized standards for law enforcement in the college/university environment.

Please click here for the full media release and contact information.

Campus Public Safety Notices

The Campus Public Safety Notice ("Notice") is provided to give students, faculty and staff timely notification of crimes that may present a threat to the campus community and to heighten safety awareness. In general, criminal suspects are unknown to the victims. However, in the instance of a violent crime occurring between two individuals who know each other, University Police will look at each instance to determine if the suspect poses a continued threat to the campus community and issue a warning where necessary. The Notice also seeks information that may lead to arrest and conviction of the offender when violent crimes against persons or major crimes against property have been reported to the police.

Ohio State University Police are responsible for a Public Safety Notice when a crime is reported to or brought to the attention of the Ohio State University Police, and that crime represents a threat to the safety of members of the campus community. Information for alerts also comes from other law enforcement agencies or other offices. Every attempt will be made to distribute the Notice within 12 hours of the time the incident is reported; however, the release is subject to the availability of accurate facts concerning the incident. Notices are distributed to on-campus offices, residence halls and libraries, off-campus businesses, on- and off-campus postings and the Internet.

To register to receive Public Safety Notices, go to

Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report - Clery Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act report for The Ohio State University has been released. The report is available here Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report or as a PDF download Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report (PDF).

Copies of this annual report may be printed in PDF format from the OSU Department of Public Safety web site or requested from the following offices: University Police, The Department of Public Safety, The Office of Student Life, The Office of Student Judicial Affairs or The Office of Human Resources.