Safety and Security
The Ohio State University Police Division
Stg. Tony Swygart
Members of the Ohio State Lima faculty, staff, students and visitors are encouraged to be aware of their surroundings and to be responsible for their personal safety. Although we try to ensure the safety of the campus population by making sure grounds are well lit and patrolled, crime does occur. We publish crime statistics so that students, faculty, staff and our visitors will be aware of the potential for crime. We subscribe to the philosophy that publicizing crime and campus safety information will only help make the campus safer.
The campus encourages prompt, accurate reporting of crimes or suspicious incidents.
For Emergencies, dial 9-1-1
(9-9-1-1 from campus phone system)
For non-emergencies, call Ohio State Police at
(419) 995-8410 or Rhodes State Security at (419) 995-8499
All pay phones are equipped to reach the countywide 9-1-1 emergency system which connects you to all law enforcement agencies, emergency medical services and fire departments. Six call boxes are distributed throughout campus for emergency contact of security.
Crime Prevention Programs
Safety is a concern everywhere in society, and the Lima Campus is no exception. There are many ways to promote security and avoid unsafe situations. An understanding of basic safety principles, a little caution and lots of common sense are your best protection.
Ohio State Lima and Rhodes State College are committed to providing a safe environment for students, faculty, staff and other members and visitors of the campus community. Trees and shrubs are well maintained and trimmed back away from buildings and walkways. The parking lots and sidewalks are well lit for your comfort.
Crime prevention and awareness information is available for personal safety, wellness and other topics in the Student Activities Office, Galvin Hall, Room 066; Ohio State Police, Galvin Hall, Room 134; and Campus Security, Tech Lab, Room 140.
Notice to Campus Community
On July 1, 1997, a new law went into effect concerning Sex Offender Registration and Notification. Under that law, convicted sex offenders must register for a period of time with their local county sheriffs. Sex offenders are classified as 1) sexually oriented offenders, 2) habitual sex offenders, and 3) sexual predators. The local sheriff’s office is required to notify various entities at Ohio State Lima when a sexual predator or a habitual sex offender, who the court determines is subject to community notification, moves into a specific geographical location. The Ohio State Police Office (Galvin 134) and Campus Security (Tech Lab 140) maintain a binder of currently registered sex offenders living in the immediate area. You can contact the Allen County Sheriff’s office directly at (419) 227-3535.
- 2016 Annual Safety and Security Report
- 2015 Annual Safety and Security Report
- 2014 Annual Safety and Security Report
- 2013 Annual Safety and Security Report
- 2012 Annual Safety and Security Report
- 2011 Federal Department of Education Campus Safety and Security Survey
- 2011 Incident Report by Month
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention
The Ohio State University at Lima prohibits the illegal use, production, manufacture, sale, distribution and/or possession of alcohol, drugs or controlled substances on campus. In addition, the misuse of substances which present physical or psychological hazards to individuals is prohibited. Penalties for violations of these regulations are set forth in the Code of Student Conduct, which is available at studentconduct.osu.edu.
Tobacco Free Policy
Ohio State has adopted a tobacco free policy that supports a healthy environment for all members of the Buckeye Nation. Effective January 1, 2014, the use of all types of tobacco products is prohibited in all university buildings and on all university-owned properties, including parking lots, garages, and all outside areas. This policy applies to cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, snuff and electronic cigarettes. Compliant signage has been posted at all entryways on campus and in University vehicles. All individuals are encouraged to respect the healthy campus environment. The full policy is available at tobaccofree.osu.edu.
Campus Buildings and Grounds
Most campus academic facilities are open from 7 a.m. until the last evening class lets out. The campus technical training centers and computer labs maintain standard hours of operation. These areas are monitored by lab assistants with posted hours for daily and weekend usage.
The physical facilities director is responsible for maintenance of buildings and grounds. Campus lighting and general conditions are constantly being evaluated regarding safety.
In accordance with Ohio Revised Code 2923.126[B]5, the carrying of concealed weapons is prohibited on University property.
Protect yourself when walking
Avoid walking alone at night unless absolutely necessary
Make use of the Student Escort Service when walking on campus after dark
Call 911 to report suspicious persons or activity in or around your neighborhood
Avoid shortcuts and dark, isolated areas
Walk purposefully, know where you are going and project a no-nonsense image
Avoid potentially dangerous situations
If you feel threatened, cross the street, locate an emergency phone or enter a store or place of business even if you have just left it
Have your door keys ready. Carry them in your pockets, not buried in your purse
If you carry pepper spray, be familiar with how it works and have it available in case you need it
Scan the area and interior when approaching your car
Protect your property
Don’t leave valuables and electronics in view in your car
Keep your vehicle locked
Don’t leave purses and electronics unattended in campus common areas
Don’t carry large sums of cash
Document serial numbers of electronics
Important phone numbers
Student Escort Service, a vehicle jump start
or lock out........................ (419) 995-8499
......................................... (419) 995-8410
Found property................ (419) 995-8499
Ohio State Police............. (419) 995-8410
Campus Security............. (419) 995-8499
Allen Co. Sheriff.............. (419) 227-3535
Bath Fire/EMS................. (419) 221-1221
Ohio Highway Patrol........ (419) 228-7072
To get an Ohio State Lima parking permit, go to the Admissions Office in the Student Services Center.