The Department of Public Safety is committed to providing a safe
environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. We work
closely with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies
regarding the reporting and investigation of crime, and we have a
mutual aid agreement with the Newark Police Department. The Ohio
State University provides university police officers and
additional resources for the safety of our campuses. We encourage
accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes to the appropriate
You are the first line of defense, the eyes and ears watching out
for the safety of our campus. All of us must take responsibility
for our own safety and assist those around us. See something, say
something! Please consider the following safety tips:
- Register for the Campus Emergency Alert System at myCOTC to
receive the most up-to-date crime information and campus notices.
- Always dial 9-1-1 in emergencies.
- Be aware of your surroundings; report any crimes or
suspicious behavior to Public Safety immediately at 740.366.9237
(please enter this number into your mobile phone).
- Report power outages to maintenance at 740.366.9363 or Public
Safety at 740.366.9237.
- If you feel uncomfortable walking into a secluded area, you
can request a Safety Escort anytime by calling Public Safety at
- Always carry a mobile phone and consider carrying a whistle
or other noise making device that can be used to attract
attention or summon assistance.
- If you do encounter someone presenting harassing/threatening
behavior, immediately go to the nearest occupied campus building
to report the incident or call Public Safety at 740.366.9237.
- Skateboards, roller blades, roller skates, scooters and
roller shoes are prohibited on campus property except for the
bike path. Student offenders will be processed through judicial
proceeding, if necessary, and the Newark Police Department will
be contacted for general public offenders.
- The posted speed limit is 10 mph in all parking lots and 25
mph on University Drive that encircles the campus.
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