The Ohio State University at Newark

Public Safety

From The Director

The vision of the Newark Campus Public Safety Department is to provide a safe and secure campus that demonstrates openness, trust, honesty and integrity and respects differences in ideas, cultures, and lifestyles. These same qualities will be reflected in the Department's leadership, personnel, programs and services, and its image, both on and off campus. The Newark Campus is committed to providing a safe environment for students, faculty, staff, and guests of the Campus.

We continually evaluate existing programs and look for new ways to maintain and improve campus security. While we attempt to provide the most secure surroundings possible, all students, employees and visitors must take responsibility for their own personal safety when visiting the campus. The vast majority of crimes committed on our property are crimes against property, not people. Often, the thief simply walks off with unsecured property. Don't leave personal items unattended. We need your cooperation and assistance to accomplish this task. As a first step, take the time to examine the information on this web page. Review the information carefully and take advantage of the many safety programs offered by the campus.

As a campus, we will do our best to provide you with a safe learning and living environment; however we need your help. Let's work together to make the Newark Campus "Safe for All."

Emergency Procedures

Power Outage
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Flood and Water Damage
Medical Emergencies
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Bomb Threats & Suspicious Objects
Bomb Threat Data Card
Campus Crisis/Media ContactEntire Emergency Manual

About Campus Security

The Public Safety Department provides this information as part of Newark Campus' commitment to campus safety and security and in compliance with newark/uploads/MPR-ssc/PublicSafety.jpgthe Title II Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act, 1990.

The mission of Newark Campus' Public Safety Department is to ensure a safe and secure, and orderly campus for students, faculty, staff and visitors at The Newark Campus, thereby contributing toward a positive learning environment.The vision of the Newark Campus Public Safety Department is a safe and secure campus that demonstrates openness, trust, honest and integrity and respects differences in ideas, people and lifestyles. These same qualities will be reflected in the Public Safety Department's leadership, personnel, programs and services, and its image, both on and off campus.

Public Safety recognizes and supports, in action and in spirit, the mission of The Newark Campus. We continually strive to improve the quality of service the campus community receives. We actively investigate problems and incidents and search for positive solutions that will support a sense of security throughout the campus.

The campus security officers support and get assistance for individuals who have been victims of crime. Officers also secure buildings and property, and monitor the activity of all individuals.

The Public Safety Office works closely with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies regarding the reporting and investigation of crime Students, faculty and staff must respond to reasonable requests of security officers in the exercise of their duties to provide a safe and secure campus. Failure to be cooperative may result in campus disciplinary action.

Reporting to the Office of Facilities Planning and Operations of the Newark Campus, the department is staffed by 4 full-time officers, and 1 part-time officer who have full security authority. In addition to full-time security officers, Public Safety employs a modest student security staff that provides services for the University community. The members of this unit do not have statutory arrest powers, but work to assist with security matters. The department provides key and ID issue for faculty and students, security, regulates parking and traffic, campus escort service, and motor vehicle services.

Officers patrol the campus 24 hours each day using marked security cars, golf cart, and foot patrols. All security officers are unarmed and receive training in the use of force. Our officers do not have arrest powers. However, when a situation warrants they can be in touch with the Newark Police, Ohio State Police or Sheriff's Dept. within minutes.

University security works in conjunction with Newark Police Department through a mutual aid agreement. Newark Campus security cooperates with all local security authorities, state authorities and federal authorities in the exercise of its responsibilities. It is the policy of Public Safety to encourage accurate and prompt reporting of all crime to security.

The Office of Student Support Services is responsible for on-campus student disciplinary proceedings. Newark Campus security and the Office of Student Support Services work collaboratively to resolve incidents of student misconduct that violate University policy and procedures.

Newark Campus Public Safety investigates incidents of a criminal nature with assistance provided from Newark Police Department, Licking County Sheriff's Department, Ohio State Patrol, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Newark Campus maintains an open campus environment and encourages the community to participate in activities that are open to the public. However, the University reserves the rights to restrict unauthorized persons from its grounds when appropriate.

Contact Information

Campus Security Contact Information

Emergency Cancellation Number

(740) 366-9216

Security Office Information

Warner Center 105

(740) 366-9237


Newark Campus Emergency Contact Information

Security Services - 6-9237

Emergency - Police/Fire/Medical - 911(98-911)

State Highway Patrol - 740-587-0786

Licking County Sheriff - 740-349-6400

Poison Control Center - 800-682-4221

Active Shooter Response

The threat of an active shooter on College Campuses is an eventuality most Public Safety Departments would rather not contemplate. The Public Safety Department at Ohio State Newark and COTC have practiced cooperation with the Newark Police Department, Licking County Sheriff’s Office, The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Licking County Emergency Management, Newark Division of Fire and rescue, and the Department of Homeland Security. The plan involves what our response will be in the event of an active shooter, but what should you do in the event you hear gunfire on campus?

At the beginning of the incident, you need to consider if you will flee your classroom or chose to hide from the active shooter. Always know the quickest route of exit from your building and should you decide to run from the building, do it without hesitation. Once you have made a successful evacuation of the building continue to flee the area until you have arrived at a point as far from your building as possible. If you decide to hide from the shooter, consider your ability to lock yourself into your classroom. Think about what your response will be if the shooter finds you. Are you going to submit or resist the shooter? How will you resist? Should you decide to hide please contact Public Safety at extension 6-9237 from the telephone in your room and report the incident and the decision you have made to remain in your classroom. For fire safety reasons you should always know the quickest route out of your classroom. It is recommended that you know at least two routes of escape and this is especially a good idea in the event of an active shooter. Your route of escape could be blocked by the shooter. It is very important to report any suspicious activity on campus to Public Safety. Be aware of your surroundings. Above all, do not panic be confident that help is on the way

Crime Bulletins, Clery and Fire Reports

Reporting Crime or Other Serious Incidents


Crime has no respect for individuals. It flourishes in communities, which are inattentive or apathetic in their approach to crime. Every member of the university community has a responsibility to contribute to the well being of the community. No single group or organization can possibly prevent crime on behalf of all. Therefore, it is incumbent on each of us to participate in crime prevention efforts. This can be accomplished by being aware of our surroundings, by reporting criminal or suspicious activity and getting involved n University sponsored crime prevention programs. Crime prevention, to be fully effective, requires active participation, cooperation and the development of partnerships within the University community. Crime prevention begins with you. By working together, we can help to ensure a safe and secure environment.

Additional Crime Documents

Crime Definitions

Clery Report Annual Crime Statistics

Fire Report

Crime Bulletins

Reporting Crime or Other Serious Incidents


Crime has no respect for individuals. It flourishes in communities, which are inattentive or apathetic in their approach to crime. Every member of the university community has a responsibility to contribute to the well being of the community. No single group or organization can possibly prevent crime on behalf of all. Therefore, it is incumbent on each of us to participate in crime prevention efforts. This can be accomplished by being aware of our surroundings, by reporting criminal or suspicious activity and getting involved n University sponsored crime prevention programs. Crime prevention, to be fully effective, requires active participation, cooperation and the development of partnerships within the University community. Crime prevention begins with you. By working together, we can help to ensure a safe and secure environment.

Additional Crime Documents* - Crime Definitions - Clery Report Annual Crime Statistics



Newark Police @ 911

The following guidelines may assist you when reporting information to security:

  • When describing suspects, notice age, race, sex, height, weight and clothing.
  • Compare your own weight and height to that of the suspect.
  • Notice unique characteristics--scars, eyes, jewelry, walk, speech or anything else that would help identify the suspect.
  • When describing a suspicious vehicle, try to notice the license plate numbers, make, model, color, noticeable damage, decals, and the direction of travel.

The Public Safety staff is accessible 24 hours a day to receive information or provide officer assistance. The department is located Warner, room 105. Criminal activity or emergencies (fire or medical) may be reported by dialing 9-1-1 from any university phone. There are currently 13 emergency phones located throughout campus that can be used to report fires, medical, criminal, or suspicious incidents. These phones are located on each level of Founders Hall near the elevator, in the Hopewell Mall, Hopewell South, LeFevre Hall, the Reese Center and Adena Hall.

Any criminal activity-taking place off campus, in the City of Newark, can be reported 24 hours each day to Newark Police Department. Dialing 911 from any off-campus phone will put you in contact with a dispatcher. Incidents that occur outside of Newark City limits, in Licking County, can be reported to the Licking County Sheriff's Department.

Newark Campus Public Safety seeks and shares information with local law enforcement agencies on a regular basis. This cooperative working relationship makes it easier for us to monitor and record information concerning criminal activity occurring off campus involving students and student organizations affiliated with the University.

By campus phone, individuals wanting to talk to Security should dial 6-9237. Off-campus emergency assistance from police or fire may be contacted by dialing 98-911 from any campus phone or simply 911 from a public pay phone.

The Public Safety Office is located in Warner, Room 105.

Everyone is encouraged to report violations of the law and campus regulations to the Campus Public Safety Office. Moreover, if a suspicious individual is observed, or an area is left unsecured or in an unsafe condition, this should be reported to Security.

Instances of harassment are normally handled by either the Director of Student Support Services when a student is alleged to be responsible or by the Manager of Human Resources (working with a supervisor) if a staff or faculty member is alleged to be responsible.

It is important that people who believe they have been harassed, or a victim of discrimination, or a crime, feel free to discuss it with an advisor, counselor, Student Support Services staff member or ombudsperson. These people can help give a student support and explore options for reporting and getting personal help.

Student organizations, while on official campus functions, should report instances of crime to the local police and Campus Public Safety Department as soon as practical.

Disseminating Information on Dangerous Crime

We encourage everyone to take responsibility for the safety and security of themselves and others. We promote the crime prevention message through campus programs and literature distribution. We believe that publicizing crime and campus safety information helps make this campus safer. We make timely warning reports to the campus community of health issue or serious crimes, such as murder, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, and rape. These serious crimes are reported to the campus community using "Health Alert" and "Crime Alert" posters, the World Wide Web, the campus newsletter, local news media and/or other mailings. "Crime Alert" posters can be found posted on bulletin boards and entryways to campus buildings.

Policies for Reporting Crimes/Preparing Annual Reports/ Confidential Reporting

All persons are strongly encouraged to report crime to the police. Crimes occurring on campus should be reported to the Newark Campus Public Safety Department 740-366-9237. Crimes occurring off campus in Newark should be reported to the City of Newark Police (emergency)911 (non-emergency)740-349-6709.

Under Ohio law, persons who have knowledge of a felony (a victim of or witness to the crime ) are required to report the crime to the police (Ohio Revised Code §2921.22). Failure to report a crime may itself be a crime. You can also report incidences or crime to our public safety officers.


Ohio's public records law (Ohio Revised Code §149.43) does not permit the university to promise confidentiality to those who report crimes to anyone except counselors at the Student Counseling Services or, under certain circumstances, to a physician or nurse. Some off-campus reports may also be legally confidential - e.g. Reports to clergy or health care professionals.

Reports that are confidential by law will not be reported to the university for inclusion in the annual crime statistics report. Because of the requirements of public records laws, and counselor, medical professional and clerical confidentiality, the Newark Campus does not have a policy that permits confidential reporting of crimes to these individuals for inclusion in the annual crime statistics report.

Crimes that are reported to the following individuals or offices will be included in the annual crime statistics report:

Newark Campus Public Safety
Licking County Sheriff's Office
Advisors to Student Organizations
Newark Police Department
Ohio Highway Patrol
Coaches of Athletic Teams

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Sexual Assault

Sexual Offenders are required to notify the Sheriff of the County in which they will reside in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code, Section 2950.04. For a complete listing of offenders in Licking County please click here.

For your convenience, we have provided links to the sex offender pages of Sheriff's departments in neighboring counties.

Franklin CountyKnox CountyCoshocton County
Fairfield CountyMuskingum CountyDelaware County

If you are sexually assaulted, consider the following:

  1. Contact the police, Campus Public Safety Office or Student Support Services. Campus personnel will help you communicate with the police.
  2. Contact a 24-hour assistance hotline in Newark, 800-544-1601 or 345-4357; Coshocton and Zanesville areas, 800-656-HOPE; Mount Vernon, 392-2828; and in Columbus, 267-7020.
  3. Get medical attention. Note: Do not shower or douche. Bring in clothes to the examination. This will help assure that evidence needed for prosecution is not destroyed.
  4. Contact a support person (friend, family member, faculty or staff member) to help with emotional support, transportation, etc.
  5. Emotional help is available through the Campus Personal Counselor (366-9464) and Family Health Center (in Newark, 800-544-1601). Additional agencies are listed in a Community Services brochure available at Student Support Services.
  6. Finally, upon request of the victim of an alleged sex offense, classes and/or campus living situations may be changed if campus officials can reasonably accommodate them.

These are the types of offenses that often go unreported. The bottom line is, if you are not sure whether or not to report a sexual offense or a crime has been committed, contact the Director of Student Support Services, Chief Safety Officer, a Campus Security Officer, or Site Coordinators for Mt. Vernon and Coshocton campuses. They will help you find out. They can contact the proper authorities and provide options to you. Just remember, unwanted touching, unprovoked verbal or non-verbal gestures regarding sex, race, ethnic origin, etc., will not be tolerated and are subject to the student judicial system, employee disciplinary procedures, or the criminal laws of Ohio.

Security Awareness and Crime Prevention Programs

Crime Prevention is a matter of personal responsibility!

The Campus Safety Escort Service

One campus crime prevention service available to students is the Newark Campus Safety Escort Program. At some point you may have some uneasiness when walking alone. This program can help reduce your anxiety. One of the campus security officers will be glad to accompany you and ensure that you are protected to your destination on campus. Arrangements can be made in advance or on the spot. From a campus phone, dial 6-9237 to contact one of our officers. From a public phone, call 366-9237.

The Campus Safety Escort Service serves all of Newark Campus students, faculty, and staff. Our goal is to offer an alternative to walking alone after dark. However, the service is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We believe that safety is found in numbers, and should be available to all members of the Newark Campus community. Therefore, Newark Campus security personnel are pleased to escort any individual anywhere on campus property.

Background Checks/Fingerprinting Services

These services are available to OSU-N and COTC students (or perspective COTC students applying for specific academic programs). Background checks cost $20.00. Individual requesting these services must stop by Fees & Deposits, pay the $20.00 and return to the Public Safety office with the receipt and a valid driver's license or state ID. Background checks are conducted between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 740-366-9237 for more information.

Why is the Campus Safety Escort Service a Safe Alternative to Walking Alone?

All Public Safety Department officers wear red uniform shirts with shields and carry identification badges. They are worn at all times so that you can easily identify our staff. Each escort will also carry a 2-way UHF radio to maintain contact with law enforcement dispatchers and other important agencies.

In order for your escort to easily identify you and document our activity, we respectfully request that you provide our friendly escort dispatcher with the following information when you call concerning an escort:

  • First and last name, current location, and phone number that you can be reached at, desired destination, brief personal description for easy identification, desired pick-up time.
  • We then will provide you with an estimated time of arrival for your escort.

If you have any questions, contact Public Safety at (740) 366-9237.

Engraving Personnel Property

Students and staff wishing to mark property such as calculators, laptops, cameras, etc., may utilize an electric engraver available at the Public Safety office in Warner, room 105 or call extension 6-9237 or (740) 366-9237 for additional information.


Lockers may be rented from the Athletic Department during the year for individuals to secure their belongings. Other lockers, located at various places on campus, are available through the Learning Assistance Center, with priority is given to disabled students. Contact the Athletic Dept. at extension 6-9245 or (740) 366-9245 OR the Learning Assistance Center at extension 6-9246 or (740) 366-9246

Safety on Campus

Due to increased safety concerns on campus, skateboards, roller blades, roller skates, scooters, and roller shoes are prohibited on campus property. That means, these activities are prohibited anywhere on campus except the bike path. We have a significant handicapped population with limited mobility on campus. The safety of our students and staff, plus the liability associated with these activities are our main concern. Violators of this policy will be handled accordingly. Student offenders will be processed through judicial proceeding, if necessary, and the Newark PD will be contacted for general public offenders. No additional signage is planned. So, help get the word out and make Newark Campus safe for all.

Personal Services

Various organizations sponsor programs relating to rape and rape prevention, drug use and discrimination. Notices will be posted by Campus Security and other campus offices regarding crime awareness and prevention. The Student Support Services, personal counselors, or the campus ministry is always available to lend a supportive ear whenever you need someone to talk with. The OASIS Program provides pamphlets and information regarding rape education and prevention, safety tips and personal security. During each quarter, open forums are scheduled for the above items to make all students aware of their availability. In addition, each subject matter will be submitted to the Newark Campus: This Week for quarterly publication.

Drug and Alcohol Prevention