Buckeye Alert and Police Information
If your cell phone number is in the Student Information System through BuckeyeLink (for students), or through PeopleSoft for faculty/staff, you should automatically be registered for Buckeye Alert messages. If you are NOT receiving these messages and need to add your cell phone number, refer to the instructions at the bottom of the Department of Public Safety's Alert Notices page.
Guests who would like to receive Buckeye Alerts while on campus can text OSUGuest to 67283 to be added to the system for 1 day. To be added for 2 days, text OSUGuest2.
For an overview of what Buckeye Alert is, and what kind of messages you can expect to see, refer to the Buckeye Alert Fact Sheet [pdf].
If you need to contact University Police in a non-emergency situation while you are on the Columbus campus, call 614-292-2121
If you need to contact Columbus Police in a non-emergency situation, call 614-645-4545
In an emergency situation, always dial 9-1-1.
For general information on assisting distressed individuals, here's OAA’s Guide to Assist Disruptive or Distressed Individuals. Below are some brief notes about English-department-specific support, from Undergraduate Program Manager Katie Stanutz.
- The Department of English is here to support you: in Undergraduate Studies, we’ve formed an English Support Team to help instructors navigate difficult scenarios. The team is currently comprised of Karen Winstead (Director of Undergraduate Studies), MaryKatherine Ramsey (Academic Advisor), Jameson Gower (Academic Advisor) and Katie Stanutz (Undergraduate Program Manager). If you have a question about how to deal with a disruptive or distressed student and/or want that student on our radar for support, please email Katie Stanutz (.3) and the team will get back to you as soon as possible.
- We hope that you do not experience disruptive student behavior, but if you do, please let the team know. Please hold on to all communication (emails, etc.) with disruptive students and document any other disruptive behaviors by writing a factual, detailed account of what occurred. Also, if you plan to report a student to Student Conduct, etc., please let the team know since we can check in to see if there have been other issues (and we can help with the process).
- The Counseling and Consultation Center has resources for students to support their mental health, and they are doing remote consultations with students.
- The Student Advocacy Center is a resource for students to help with financial issues, health/personal crises, university-related issues, and other matters. To request assistance, students can complete this form.
- OAA also created a PDF version of their Guide to Assist Disruptive or Distressed Individuals
Share the Road -- Ohio State is an educational initiative to promote safe behaviors when traveling around campus.
Additionally, FOD provides information on construction projects and impacts, to help you plan your trip to and around campus, whatever transportation you're using.
An Automated external defibrillator (AED) can be found on the west end of the 1st floor of Denney Hall, outside of ASC Advising. An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia, and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm. For more information, please view the Powerheart G3 Plus user demo.
- The Department of Public safety offers a video outlining how to respond to an Active Aggressor Situation
- Lyft Ride Smart at Ohio State offers eligible students discounted rides, inside the university service area, from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.
- You can download the Rave Guardian app from the App Store or Google Play.The Rave Guardian app connects with your Ohio State name.#, and it allows you to select friends or family to follow you as a virtual guardian via GPS tracking, using a destination-based timer.
- The Department of Public Safety has collected a list of emergency procedures, detailing what to do in a number of emergency situations.
- Denney Hall Building Emergency Action Plan [pdf]
- The Department of Public Safety also offers a list of general safety tips.