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 237 to contact one of our officers. From a public phone, call 366-9237 or 366-9300 for emergencies.
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 Hall, 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.
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.
Crime Bulletins and Reports
Reporting Crime or Other Serious Incidents
*THERE ARE NO CRIME OR HEALTH ALERT BULLETINS AT THIS TIME.*
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
REPORT ANY SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY BY CALLING CAMPUS EXTENSION 300
OR 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.
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 in Warner Hall, room 105. Criminal activity or emergencies (fire or medical) may be reported by dialing 9-1-1 or 300 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 300 in an emergency or 237 in a non-emergency. 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 Hall, 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 (emergency) 740-366-9300 (Non-emergency 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.
For your convenience, we have provided links to the sex offender pages of Sheriff's departments in neighboring counties.
If you are sexually assaulted, consider the following:
Contact the police, Campus Public Safety Office or Student Support Services. Campus personnel will help you communicate with the police.
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.
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.
Contact a support person (friend, family member, faculty or staff member) to help with emotional support, transportation, etc.
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.
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.