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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I would say that Ohio State does take caution whine comes to sexual assaults and dangers around campus. The school alerts the students through texts and email because they want to make sure the students are aware and safe.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: OSU has these blue phones all across campus so if theres ever an emergency you can just press the button and help will be on the way. They also have cars that will drive you home 2 mile radius of campus, and they have a wonderful alert system to notify students of potential threats.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Most crime happens along High Street or on the outskirts of OSU campus. Whenever I walk across campus alone at night I feel slightly unsafe and book it to my room. After most game days, there's usually sexual assaults on campus. But, OSU safety sends out campus wide assault reports 3 DAYS after the assaults took place which is pretty ridiculous. Problems are rarely addressed on these issues. Also we're one of the very few well-known and highly respected universities without a Women's Health center which is extremely disappointing.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: While there are crimes and sexual assaults on campus, the authorities and security measures taken by the university do limit those experiences.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Alerts are sent straight to our phones once someone has talked to campus police. There are student safety vehicles everywhere, and can pick you up whenever need be.


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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 241 responses

  • 18% Criminal activity near campus
  • 18% Theft/robberies
  • 13% Walking alone
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 7% Excessive drinking
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 5% None
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Gang violence
  • 3% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 163 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 238 responses

  • 18% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 61% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 11% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 9% Not very visible.
  • 1% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 298 responses

  • 22% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 52% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 24% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.


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