Safety Resources

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].

Buckeye Alert notices are also posted on the Buckeye Alert webpage, OSU Emergency Management's Twitter account @OSU_EMFP, and OSU Emergency Management's Facebook Page

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.

Other Resources

For information on Title IX and Title IX resources, visit the Title IX Office website, and see our Title IX information on the EngSource Advocacy page.

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.

  • 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 Beth Hewitt (Director of Undergraduate Studies), Jameson Gower (Senior Academic Advisor) and Rachael Speck (Academic Advisor). 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 Beth Hewitt (.33) and Jameson Gower (.11) 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
  • For additional information, see the PDF embedded below:

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.

Ohio State is partnering with the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County by placing NaloxBoxes on the Columbus campus and Wexner Medical Center to expand access to emergency response tools. 

NaloxBoxes contain two doses of naloxone nasal spray, medication that rapidly reverses opioid overdose, and instructions for use. Similar to automated external defibrillators (AED), the boxes allow bystanders to help save lives. 

See below for NaloxBox location information, use instructions and FAQs. 

More Info

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