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  • Public SAfety

    The Ohio Dominican University Public Safety Department is a professional force of security officers. The primary function of the Public Safety Department is to protect the people and property of Ohio Dominican University.

    Public Safety Information 

    Available 24/7

    Security officers are on duty 24 hours each day, 7 days a week, and can be reached by phoning Public Safety at (614) 251-4700

    To report a crime in progress or emergency please dial 911.  

    Personnel within the department consist of a full-time director, one associate director, one assistant director and thirteen security officers. While the security office itself is open only during regular business hours, security officers are on duty 24 hours each day, 7 days a week

    About Us

    The Ohio Dominican University Security Department is not a commissioned law enforcement agency, nor do personnel within the department have arrest authority. Rather, the department is designed to help keep the likelihood of criminal activity to a minimum and to keep the campus community aware of any safety/security issues.

    The Public Safety officers have the authority to ask persons for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business at Ohio Dominican University. Public Safety officers have the authority to issue parking tickets that are billed to financial accounts of students, faculty and staff. Criminal incidents are referred to the local police who have jurisdiction on campus.

    The Public Safety office maintains a highly professional working relationship with the Columbus Police Department as well as other local, state and federal agencies. The Public Safety Department does not have any Memoranda of Understandings with any agency.


    The Public Safety staff is trained in the areas of safety, security, and law enforcement. Public Safety staff members have as their goal a crime-free, comfortable setting on campus, and are available to assist the ODU community in a variety of safety and security-related areas including:

    • CPR/first aid
    • Safety escorts
    • Battery jumper service 
    • Assistance with contacting a vehicle unlocking service 
    • Vehicle registration/parking permits
    • Crime prevention information
    • Incident reporting
    • Lost and found 
    • Other general assistance to our campus community.

    The Ohio Dominican University Public Safety Department, like all campus safety departments, depends greatly on the cooperation and support from the university community. We ask you for this support during your attendance at Ohio Dominican University.

    All crime victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately report crimes to the Department of Public Safety and the appropriate police agency.

    Prompt reporting will assure timely warning notices on campus and timely disclosure of crime statistics. We also invite your suggestions for improving our services. Please feel free to call us or stop by the office anytime you are in need of assistance, emergency or otherwise, or if you have any questions or suggestions.

    Contact Us

    Public Safety  (614) 251-4700
    Student Development  (614) 251-4595
    Wellness Center  (614) 251-4709 
    Residence Life  (614) 251-4718
    Columbus Police       (614) 645-4545
    Suicide Prevention  (614) 221-5445 
    Poison Control   1 (800) 222-1222 
    Impact Student Life Assistance 24/7 Hotline   1 (888) 475-2669