Office of Public Safety

Office of Public Safety

​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​Campus securityFrom 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 in this brochure or 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."​

The Public Safety Department 

​​​ ​​Conta​ct S​e​curity​​​​
Emergency Cancellation Number
(740) 755-7193​

Office Information
Warner Hall 105
(740) 366-9237
Email: Campus​ S​ecurity​​ ​
​The Public Safety Department provides this information as part of Newark Campus' commitment to campus safety and security and in compliance with the Title II Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act, 1990.

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.

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.

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.​
Public saftey staff

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 Security Car 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.

​​​Newark campus Emergency Contact Information​
Security Services - 6-9237​
Emergency - Police/Fi​​re/Medical - 911(98-911)
State  Highway Patrol ​- 740-587-0786
Licking County Sheriff - 740-349-6400
Poison Control Center - 800-682-4221
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.​

Emergency Pro​ced​ures​

​​​Power OutageTornado WarningFlood and Water Damage
ExplosionsBuilding EvacuationFire
Chemical SpillBomb Threats & Suspicious Objects ​Bomb Threat Data Card
Campus Crisis/Media ContactCrime PreventionEntire Emergency Procedure Manual

Newark Campus 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 OSU-N 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. O​nce​ 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 possib​​le. 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

Drug & Alcohol Abuse

Policy for a Drug-​Free Sc​hool and​ Campus

​​​Campus Safety an​d Security​ Resources

Security Programs, Crim​e Bull​eti​ns, and Sex​ual Assault​