Health & Safety

Columbus, OH
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2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Generally, walk in groups. You'll always hear horror stories of mugging, rape, etc. around campus at night

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I'm a female and I feel safe walking to the dorm after dark.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The main concern for me is at times there can be a lot of non-student on campus causing problems.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are emergency poles within sight at any point on campus, and the crime rates on campus are extremely low. I wouldn't go off campus alone at night. The health center is very convenient and welcoming to students.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Don't walk alone at night! The police do have a presence but there are so many non students around most social gatherings you are never going to know everyone.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 25th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 473rd
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1314th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Gilburt L. Chiang
Marietta, Ga.
Electrical engineering
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As with many areas, the off-campus spots are those most prone to problems, and generally speaking, students report few problems on campus throughout the year. A great benefit to being an OSU student is the courtesy shuttle that takes students back to the residence halls. Another valuable tool is the blue-light call-box, which can be used to notify campus police in case of emergency. These call-boxes are scattered all over campus, and students say that security will respond quickly to such calls. Due to a number of reported rapes, and the massive lack of self-control (especially during Ohio State vs. Michigan State games), security has been increased around campus. OSU has gotten a bad rap from the media over the past few years, and with good reason-people overturning cars and burning furniture in the streets is a pretty big safety risk. While this behavior certainly isn't normal, it has occurred in the past. The biggest riot threat is in the spring, during an annual block party on Chittenden called "Chitfest," which now results in campus practically turning into a police state. If you don't want to run into law enforcement during these times, don't leave your house-period.

The bottom line regarding safety at OSU and Columbus is learning which areas to stay away from-especially during the night-and making intelligent decisions. Given its history, it's no surprise that OSU students are only beginning to feel really safe; hopefully, however, the University will continue to improve the current environment, and more secure feelings can take root.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 5
  • Arson: 8
  • Burglary: 197
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 6
  • Sex Offenses: 32
  • Vehicle Theft: 21
Security Office
OSU Department of Public Safety
901 Woody Hayes Drive.
911 (emergencies), (614) 292-2121 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Bicycle safety
  • Buckeye Alert System
  • Emergency phones
  • Escort Service
  • Eyes on Safety Webcams
  • Fingerprinting/ID card services
  • Franklin County sex offenders information
  • RAD (Rape Agression Defense)
  • Silent Witness
Health Center
Wilce Student Health Center
1875 Milikin Road
(614) 292-4321
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Health Services
  • Advice/appointments
  • Allergy shots
  • Dental
  • Health information services
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory services
  • Men's services
  • Nutrition therapy
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy/sports medicine
  • Primary care
  • Psychological services
  • Radiology
  • Women's services
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • The OSU Escort Service provides safe transportation around and near campus seven days a week, from early evening until 3:30 a.m.
  • The Student Health Center offers free anonymous HIV testing for all students.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 165 responses

  • 18% Theft/robberies
  • 18% Criminal activity near campus
  • 12% Walking alone
  • 8% Excessive drinking
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 5% None
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 4% Gang violence
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 165 responses

  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 4% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 12% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 22% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 62% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 166 responses

  • 2% We have campus police?
  • 7% Not very visible.
  • 12% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 60% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 19% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 164 responses

  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 24% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 52% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 23% Extremely safe and secure on campus.


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