Much of the information on this page is provided in the interest of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Higher Education Act (HEA).

Campus Security Reports

Campus Fire Safety Report

Fire Log



University Police

University police officers are designated by statute as law enforcement officers for the University. They are empowered to use investigative authority on reasonable suspicion of crime, to search and arrest as authorized by law, and to use reasonable and necessary force to enforce the law and protect property. University police enforce laws regulating underage drinking, use of controlled substances, weapons and perform other duties requiring police assistance. They initiate police incident reports, investigate traffic crashes and assist in response to fires and medical emergencies. University police officers must take an oath of office before a judge of the Common Pleas Court and meet all certifications and requirements set forth by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Council. The OSU Police station at Wooster is located at the corner of Williams Dr and Fergussen in the Rice House. Staffing includes a full time OSU Assistant chief, sergeant, and three officers plus four part-time officers. Personnel are trained in First Aid, CPR, AED and three officers are certified Emergency Medical Technicians. The University police are the primary responsible law enforcement agency for University owned and operated properties and provide daily patrols and twenty-four hour on call service. In addition, a close cooperation has been developed with the Wooster Post of the State Highway Patrol, The Wayne County Sheriff and the City of Wooster Police. Dispatching is provided by The Ohio State University Department of Public Safety in Columbus , Ohio.

Personal Responsibility

While an attempt is made to provide the most secure surroundings possible without impeding the academic and research mission of the campus, all employees, students, and visitors must take some responsibility for their own personal safety. Although campus safety is enhanced through lighting, police patrols, and awareness programs, crime does occur. University police publishes crime statistics so that students, faculty, staff and visitors will be aware of the potential for crime. We subscribe to the philosophy that publicizing crime and public safety information will help make the campus safer.

Reporting Crime

Prompt, accurate reporting of crimes or suspicious incidents is encouraged. Crimes or suspicious activity can be reported directly to the University police. The police can be called direct by phone, 330-287-0111. Emergencies can be reported by dialing 9-1-1 twenty four hours a day.

Security Awareness and Crime Prevention Programs

The University police department is a member of the Ohio Crime Prevention Association and they are active in crime prevention, Neighborhood Watch, UV/ID and liaison activities. Presentations are provided on Rape Awareness and Education, Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Driving While Under the Influence, Personal Safety, Crisis Intervention, Student Orientations, Parent Orientations, Employee Orientations, Security Surveys, and other public safety related information. In addition to the services provided by University police, other campus and community agencies are actively involved in crime prevention and safety related service and are listed in Campus Resources.

Campus Resources

  • Student Success Services, 128 Skou Hall
  • Health Services, 103 Skou Hall
  • Environmental Health and Safety, (Police Station) Simon Rice House
  • Institutional Services, 211 Halterman Hall

Community resources

  • Ohio State Highway Patrol
    1786 Dover Road, Wooster
  • Counseling Center of Wayne & Holmes County
    2285 Benden Ave., Wooster
  • Wayne County Sheriff’s Office
    201 W. North St., Wooster
  • Wooster City Police Department
    201 W. North St., Wooster
  • Every Woman’s House,
    104 Spink St., Wooster
  • STEPS (Alcohol & Drug Counseling)
    104 Spink St. Wooster

Timely Warning Policy

A campus crime alert is provided to give students, faculty and staff timely notification of crimes that may present a threat to the campus community and to heighten safety awareness. The alert also seeks information that may lead to arrest and conviction of the offender when violent crimes against persons or major crimes against property have been reported to the police. The Ohio State University at Wooster will prepare a campus crime alert when a crime is reported to or brought to the attention of the Ohio State University Police Department and that crime represents a threat to the safety of members of the campus community. Every attempt will be made to distribute the alert within 12 hours of the time the incident is reported, however, the release is subject to the availability of accurate facts concerning the incident. Alerts are distributed via e-mail to on-campus offices, residence halls and libraries as well as printed postings in common areas, campus newsletters, and on the police web page.

Emergency Notification System (Buckeye Alert)


The Ohio State University is continually working to ensure that its students, faculty, staff, and visitors are in the safest environment possible.

The Ohio State University has created a text message alert system for the public to stay informed of potential emergencies.

Emergency personnel are continually planning for an emergency response. By signing up for the emergency notification system, you are becoming involved in the planning process. The text message emergency notification system will allow phone lines to remain open for first responders and 9-1-1 callers. The emergency personnel will know that the public is informed and can focus on the situation.

Text message warnings will allow you to learn of emergency situations as soon as possible no matter where you are located. All you need is to have your cell phone.

In order to make sure the system is working properly in the event of an emergency, the system will be tested once or twice a year. During a test, subscribers will receive a test message. Besides the testing, you will only receive messages in the event of an emergency. You will not receive advertising or non-emergency messages.

The Ohio State University will maintain your information with the utmost security. We will not sell your information and will only use it for emergency notification.

If an emergency situation should occur, text messages will be sent out with information of the situation and instructions to help protect you.

This system will only be activated in the event of a true emergency. It will be activated if a situation occurs or is imminent that has the potential of placing the safety and security of the entire campus community at risk. This will not be used as an early warning system for potentially severe weather or for notification of campus events. It will only be used when public safety and campus officials have determined that the campus community must take immediate action to remain safe and secure.

There is no cost to sign up for the text message service. Although there may be costs involved with receiving text messages depending on the service plan you have with your wireless provider. Please check your wireless plan to determine whether or not you will be charged for text message services. The Ohio State University is not responsible for any costs involved with your cellular service plan or cellular provider.

Buckeye Alert is available for the following campuses:

  • OSU-Columbus
  • OSU-Lima /RSC
  • OSU-Mansfield /NCSC
  • OSU-Marion /MTC
  • OSU-Newark /COTC
  • OSU-Wooster /ATI /OARDC

Buckeye Alert Information
How to register for Buckeye Alert

Timely Warning Procedure

Whenever a report of a violent crime against a person or a particularly threatening crime against property on campus that represents an ongoing danger to the safety of students, faculty and staff is received, the Ohio State University Police at Wooster will prepare a campus crime alert. Alerts will be dated and provide details of the crime, a description of the suspect if known, information on who to contact about the investigation, and often crime prevention tips. Crime alerts will be widely distributed throughout campus, provided to campus media, posted on the Wooster Campus Police website, when possible, and e-mailed as quickly as possible to select university offices. If the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office or City of Wooster Police issues a news release about an off-campus crime that represents an ongoing threat to the safety of students, faculty, and staff, the university will assist in publicizing the crime on campus.

Information included in campus crime alerts:

  1. A succinct statement of the incident.
  2. Possible connection to previous incidents, if applicable.
  3. Physical description of the suspect.
  4. Composite drawing of the suspect, if available.
  5. Date and time the bulletin was released.
  6. Other relevant and important information.

Local Sexual Offender Registry

Local Sexual Offender Registry

Sexual Offenses

Sexual assaults, including date/acquaintance rape, are a very serious concern of the University Police. Sexual assault survivors are encouraged to contact the police, hospital, campus counselor, or Every Woman’s House to get assistance.

It is the policy of the OSU Police to provide the following to survivors of sexual offenses:

  • We will not release your name to the public or to the press during the course of the criminal investigation, without your consent.
  • Our officers will not prejudge you, and you will not be blamed for what occurred.
  • We will treat you and your particular case with courtesy, sensitivity, dignity, understanding, and professionalism.
  • If you feel more comfortable talking with a female or male officer, we will do our best to accommodate your request.
  • We will assist you in arranging for any hospital treatment or other medical needs, including transportation to a local hospital with a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner.
  • We will assist you in privately contacting counseling, advocates, and other available resources.
  • We will fully investigate your case and will help you to achieve the best outcome. This may involve the arrest and full prosecution of the person responsible. You will be kept up-to-date on the progress of the investigation and/or prosecution.
  • We will continue to be available for you to answer questions, explain the processes involved (prosecutor, courts, campus judicial, etc.) and to be a listening ear if you wish.
  • We will consider your case seriously regardless of your or any suspect’s race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or Vietnam era veteran status.

Judicial Process

Upon the completion of an investigation of a sexual offense reported to the University Police, several things could happen. First, our case would be submitted to the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review. If the proper elements and evidence are present, the Prosecutor may pursue criminal charges against the suspect. At this point, the case would then proceed as any other criminal complaint before the court. The survivor may be required to testify, but will have support available through Every Woman’s House, Victim’s Assistance, and the continued support of the police department. In the event there is not enough evidence to proceed with a criminal case, or the survivor does not want to pursue a criminal case, other action may be taken. If the suspect is a student, he or she may be charged with a violation of the Code of Student Conduct and be subject to a campus Judicial Hearing. If a student is found in violation of the Code of Student Conduct, one or more sanctions could apply which could lead to the suspension or dismissal from The Ohio State University. The University may also immediately suspend a student who constitutes a clear danger to the University community or creates a substantial risk of injury to any person. For further information on campus judicial action, and the rights of the students involved, please visit the Student Affairs Office. If the alleged offender is not a student, further civil action may be available to the survivor or the University. It should also be noted, that criminal prosecution and University judicial action may be jointly or separately taken against a student. This does not present double jeopardy.

Residence Life

The Office of Residence Life provides on-campus housing for 185 students at the ATI Residence Hall and approximately 350 at Applewood Student Apartment Village. Residential Assistants live on each of the three floors at the Hall and four RA’s and the Director live in the Village. For personal safety, residents are advised to adhere to the rules and regulations of the Residence Hall Guide Book which promote safety of residents while living on campus. Exterior Hall entrances are locked 24 hours a day and are accessible by residents’ BuckID cards. Key control for the Residence Hall and Village is maintained through their office. Student staff are trained by various faculty and staff, including a session with the University police. Residence Hall staff provide floor meetings and other programs which address many issues including safety, security, drugs and alcohol, human dignity, and other important topics which lead towards a more harmonious and safe living environment. For additional information check out the ATI Housing Office at 1901 Apple Orchard Dr., Wooster Ohio

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention

The federal Drug Free Schools and Community Act requires schools, colleges, and universities receiving federal financial assistance to implement and enforce drug and alcohol prevention programs for students and employees. All The Ohio State University Rules and Regulations apply to the Wooster campus. OSU rules and Code of Student Conduct prohibits the illegal use, production, manufacture, sale, distribution and/or possession of alcohol, drugs, or controlled substances. The Substance Management Awareness and Resource Team (SMART), a group of faculty, staff, and students which provides information, presentations, education, resources, and other drug and alcohol awareness activities serves as an advisory committee to the ATI Director. For more information on SMART, contact Nancy Brooker in Student Success Services or Dr. Phyllis Forbes, Assistant Director of ATI. Counseling and treatment is also available from STEPS, a local community supported organization. STEPS also provides chemical awareness programming specifically for the campus.

University Drug Free Policy

University Drug Free Policy

Off-Campus Safety

University police can only offer services within the jurisdiction of the campus and its operations, however there are exceptions and some other programs in place. Since several ATI students live off campus, campus crime prevention information and programming is useful and applicable in most areas. University police also cooperate and assist local agencies in matters concerning students and University personnel involved in incidents off campus. The OSU Code of Student Conduct also applies to off-campus activities under certain criteria.

Crime Statistics

Police Incident Log

Emergency Phone Locations

  • One on West Side of police station at the corner of Ferguson and Williams Drives
  • Green Drive near the arboretum parking lot closest to Selby drive
  • 2122 Williams Rd (in front of Research Operations building)
  • At the corner of Williams Rd and Pounden Rd
  • On Wilson Rd at the north side of Fisher Auditorium
  • On Station Dr between LPCAT and the Credit Union
  • Apple Orchard Dr near the base of the water tower
  • Garrison Circle east at the east end of Halterman Hall
  • There is one located on the West side of the Food and Animal Health (FAHRP) at 1323 Fergusen Drive

Wooster Campus Map

Wooster Campus Map

Important Phone Numbers