Community Safety and Well-being

 

Task Force on Community Safety and Well-Being

CHARGE

The original University Task Force on Community Safety and Well-Being charge was to facilitate a comprehensive analysis of the challenges, opportunities, successes and potential gaps related to the safety of our Ohio State community members. The task force analyzed on-campus and University District crime statistics and current crime prevention and education resources. The group’s recommendations include improving communication, engagement and support of residents on campus and in the near-campus neighborhoods. Recommendations focus on resources that are most important to tangibly improving safety, sense of belonging and community confidence among those engaging in the area. The task force was challenged to identify tactics that help to minimize violence, crime and high-risk activities and behaviors. The group’s approach was anchored in principles that reinforce partnership, well-being, community-building and outcomes-based results.

Following a comprehensive review, the task force published the below recommendations on November 18, 2020 in conjunction with a presentation to Ohio State's Board of Trustees.

Task Force REcommendationsSAFETY NEWS

 

 

Co-Chairs of Task Force

Jay Kasey
Senior Vice President
Office of Administration and Planning

 

Melissa Shivers
Vice President
Office of Student Life

Task Force Members

Trudy Bartley
Associate Vice President
Local and Community Relations
Office of Government Affairs


Jennifer Beard
Assistant Dean
College of Public Health


JR Blackburn
Chief of Staff
Office of the President

 

Natassja (Tassj) Boham
Inter-Professional Council Representative

 

Mitchell Brown
City Council Member
The City of Columbus

 

Noah Burton
Student Representative

 

Dilna Cama
Department Manager
Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services, Office of Student Life

 

Chris Davey
Interim Vice President
University Communications
 

Jessica Eveland
Secretary to the Board
Board of Trustees

 

Anne Garcia
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Office of Legal Affairs

 

Kate Gomez
Student Representative

 

Tom Gregoire 
Dean 
College of Social Work

 

Matt Hansen
Executive Director
University District Organization
University Community Business Association
University District SID

 

Molly Hegarty
Managing Director
Office of Student Legal Services

 

Roaya Higazi
Student Body President
Undergraduate Student Government

 

Douglas Huffner
Senior Director and Chief Risk Officer 
Office of Financial Services / Business & Finance

 

Dennis Jeffrey
Commander-Patrol Operations Zone 4
Columbus Division of Police, 
The City of Columbus

 

Grace Johnson
Chief of Staff
Office of Diversity and Inclusion

 

Nicholas Messenger
Council of Graduate Students

 

Monica Moll
Director
Department of Public Safety

 

Aaron Moore
Task Force Coordinator
Office of Administration and Planning

 

Stephen Quaye
Associate Professor
Department of Educational Studies

 

Kate Pishotti
Deputy Chief of Staff
Mayor’s Office
The City of Columbus

 

Craig Stone
Deputy Public Safety Director
The City of Columbus

 

Sherri Tandon
Parent Representative

 

Adrian Ward
Student Representative

 

Willie Young
Senior Director
Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services, Office of Student Life

 


TASK FORCE IMPLEMENTATION PROGRESS

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SAFETY AWARENESS AND EDUCATION

Communication and programming to enhance safety and embrace diversity and inclusion.

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ENHANCED SECURITY MEASURES

Expanded surveillance, improved lighting and increased police and security patrols.

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 OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT

Social services and community partnerships along with police outreach to marginalized groups.

Safety Awareness and Education

Recommendations

Rationale

Action(s) Taken Status

Develop a comprehensive, layered educational campaign of all safety resources.

  • Connect students with education and resources so they are more informed about crime prevention, bystander intervention and how to access resources
  • Consider the impact of alcohol on crime and promote harm reduction and prevention efforts 

Completed
(Spring 2021)

Expand and enhance the Community Ambassador program.
  • Increased engagement and targeted communication with University District students/residents. 
  • Variety of communication methods will be critical to not only disseminate information but to also learn from students (what they are experiencing, what they want/need, etc.). 
  • Expanded service boundaries and staffing.
  • In the process of hiring additional student community ambassadors for autumn 2021.

Ongoing

Create and launch a safety class targeted for community members living off-campus.

  • Empower students to gain knowledge about how to promote personal safety
  • A new Stay Safe, Buckeyes online safety class to help students enhance their own safety on and off-campus. The one-hour, video-based module is hosted in BuckeyeLearn and covers topics such as crime prevention, crime reporting, when and how the university sends safety notifications and more. 

Completed (Fall 2021)

Increase access and attendance in the off-campus living workshops

  • Prepare students and their families for the transition from on-campus living to off-campus living
  • Solicited feedback from parents and families to keep all Buckeyes informed about the transition off-campus.
  • Piloting a revamped workshop with 10 STEP cohorts and to be rolled out to students living in residence halls during the autumn semester
  • Recording a student virtual workshop to be accessible 24/7
  • Working with Parent and Family Relations to offer live and recorded parents/family workshops
Ongoing
Enhance the existing cultural diversity and implicit bias training in OSUPD
  • Training topics over the past several years have included implicit bias, bias-based profiling, crisis intervention (has de-escalation components), but a more comprehensive approach would advance these efforts
  • Enhanced cultural diversity training for OSUPD. University Police supervisors graduated from a 6-week online leadership course from the National Center for Civil and Human Rights called, “Promoting and Protecting Civil and Human Rights.”
  • Partnering with the Kirwan Institute to develop and implement annual training programs with the first set to begin autumn 2021

Completed (Summer 2021)


Ongoing

 

Enchanced Security Measures

Recommendations RationaleAction(s) Taken Status

Reintroduce an unarmed security presence to provide community-based crime prevention in the University District.

  • Increase awareness of crime prevention, build relationships with members of the community, reallocate policing resources to situations where their expertise is most needed, deter crime and increase sense of safety

Completed (Fall 2020)

 

Evaluate lighting and landscape in the off-campus neighborhoods in partnership with the City of Columbus.
  • Security-enhancing work and upgrades aim to increase safety; public safety scorecard will keep community up to date on progress
  • Immediate lighting repairs along with a lighting survey to inform longer-term enhancements.
  • Monthly surveillance and reporting of streetlight concerns to the City of Columbus by the Community Crime Patrol 
  • Added mobile lights (Aug. 27, 2021) along highly traveled off-camus pathways.
  • Working with property owners to encourage and maintain exterior lighting and landscape to promote safety in the community 

Completed (Fall 2020)

Ongoing

Ongoing

Ongoing

Extend the hours and promotion of the Lyft Ride Smart program.

  • Provide access to safe transportation at all hours when other services such as CABS and COTA are not available

Completed (Fall 2020)

Expand and enhance the Off-Campus Housing Excellence Program (OCHEP).

  • Engage local landlords in meaningful way to educate them on safety as well as provide students with resources on which landlords are partnering with university on safety
  • Ensure access and appropriate use of security devices
  • Exploring potential partnerships with smart security systems that would then be available to student tenants and their landlords.
Ongoing

Expand surveillance coverage in the off-campus neighborhoods.

  • Enable CPD and OSU DPS to access camera view in the surrounding areas when they become aware of a safety concern  
  • Expanded surveillance coverage in the off-campus neighborhoods with the addition of four cameras in Fall 2020 and five during Spring 2021.

Completed (Spring 2021)

Increase the staffing of OSUPD to allow for more joint coverage and OSUPD patrol coverage of university property East of High.
  • Allows for an OSU police officer to be available as a liaison to help students in the off-campus neighborhoods
  • Increased police presence in the off-campus area with a combination of OSUPD and CPD officers. Ohio State and the City of Columbus adjusted to crime trends by redeploying on-duty patrols and staffing patrols on overtime to add to the police presence in the University District.
  • OSUPD continues to recruit, hire and train sworn police officers to fill vacancies and retirements. The goal to expand OSUPD coverage, through joint patrol east of High Street, is longer-term and anticipated for FY23.

Ongoing

 

 

 

Ongoing

 

 

 

 

 

Outreach and Engagement Efforts

RecommendationsRationaleActions TakenStatus

Conduct a campus-wide safety survey for students.

  • To better understand perception of safety as well as student awareness of safety resources
  • Issued a student safety survey in Spring 2021 to gauge the overall perception of safety both on and off campus as well as awareness of Ohio State’s resources and programs.
  • Results have been analyzed and are in the roll-out process.

Completed (Spring 2021)

Ongoing

 

 

Add resources to the University District Organization (UDO) to develop and offer social service outreach.

  • Provide dedicated outreach to properly connect the homeless to resources and support

Completed (Summer 2021)

Develop and strengthen OSU partnerships with grass roots and community organizations to advance greater safety and wellness.

  • Reinforce relationships between Ohio State and community organizations to address chronic stressors within the campus community thereby increasing safety and wellness. 
  • To advance greater safety and wellness, Student Life provided event space and support for an 8-week summer “Pathways to Progress” program for 100 youth (16-18 years old).
  • University District Organization and University Area Commission are launching the "Be/well" initiative to engage community members and groups in gathering feedback about community safety and well-being, and how they want to see community cultivated.
  • Pre-semester messaging about resources and how to support students is being distributed to local businesses, property owners, etc.

Completed (Summer 2021)

Ongoing

Work with the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) to expand on OSU PD’s existing community policing programs and initiatives, with a special focus on outreach and in5teractions with marginalized groups.
  • Improve the relationship between the police and the communities they serve
  • Increase positive and safe interactions aimed to build trust and reduce fear with all communities
  • Student Safety Dialogue was held on Thursday, April 22. Students had the opportunity to share what safety means to them to a panel of university and external representatives, including OSUPD, CPD, Student Life and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Community outreach and engagement opportunities were offered to programs and student organizations over the summer (i.e., Office of Diversity and Inclusion early arrival, Young Scholars Program, Redefining Athletic Standards, etc.) with future engagement planned an expected throughout the year.
Ongoing

 


IMPLEMENTATION TEAM MEMBERS

Following the development and approval of the recommendations put forth by the Task Force, three implementation teams were formed to analyze and create implementation plans for each of the recommendations:

  1. Safety Awareness and Education
  2. Enhanced Security Measures
  3. Outreach and Engagement Efforts

These teams are supported by executive sponsors from across the university.

Implementation Team Executive Sponsors

The executive sponsors of the Community Safety and Well-Being Task Force are:

Jay Kasey
Senior Vice President for Administration and Planning

Mike Papadakis, MBA
Senior Vice President and CFO, Treasurer

Paul Patton
Senior Advisor to the President, Office of the President

Melissa Shivers, PhD
Vice President for the Office of Student Life

Safety and Education Implementation Team

Name

Area 

Dr. Stephen Quaye (Co-Chair)

quaye.13@osu.edu

Associate Professor

Higher Education and Student Affairs

Department of Educational Studies

Blake Marble (Co-Chair)

marble.11@osu.edu

Director of Student Life Student Wellness Center 

Dilna Cama

Department Manager,

Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services. Office of Student Life

Dan Hedman

Director A&P Communications

Molly Hegarty

Managing Director

OSU Student Legal Services

Sheri Tandon

Parent Representative

Bill Phillips

Chief Relationship Office, OCIO

Kate Gomez

Student Representative

Joanna Shaul

Lieutenant, University Law Enforcement Officer, University Police

Zaida Jenkins

Representative from Undergraduate Student Government

Tom Knox

Assistant Director, University Communications

Claire Halffield

Representative from Inter-Professional Council

Nicole Holman

Assistant Director, A&P Communications

Dennis Jeffrey

Commander-Patrol Operations Zone 4

Columbus Division of Police, The City of Columbus

Rachel DeMooy

Program Manager, Off-Campus Commuter Student Services, Office of Student Life

Enhanced Security Measures Implementation Team

Name

Area 

Director Monica Moll (Co-Chair)

moll.43@osu.edu

Director, Department of Public Safety

Aaron Moore (Co-Chair)

moore.2542@osu.edu

Program Coordinator, A&P Administration

Dennis Jeffrey

Commander-Patrol Operations Zone 4

Columbus Division of Police, The City of Columbus

Doug Huffner

Senior Director & Chief Risk Officer, Office of Financial Services / Business & Finance

Nick Messenger

Representative from the Council of Graduate Students

Bill Phillips

Chief Relationship Office, OCIO

Stacey Renker

Director of Risk and Emergency Management, Office of Student Life

Dilna Cama

Department Manager,

Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services. Office of Student Life

Rachel DeMooy

Program Manager, Off-Campus Commuter Student Services, Office of Student Life

Aparna Dial

Senior Director of Sustainability and Strategic Services, Facilities Operations and Development

Deputy Chief Tracy Hahn

Deputy Chief of Police, University Police Department

Shea Daley

Representative from Inter-Professional Council

Nicole Holman

Assistant Director, A&P Communications

Aaron McKee

Representative from Undergraduate Student Government

Outreach and Engagement Implementation Team

Trudy Bartley (Co-Chair)

bartley.80@osu.edu

Associate Vice President

Local and Community Relations

OSU Government Affairs

Matt Hansen (Co-Chair)

hansen.175@osu.edu

Senior Campus Planner

Planning Architecture and Real Estate

Jennifer Beard

Assistant Dean

OSU College of Public Health

Natassja Boham

Representative from Inter-Professional Council

Tom Gregoire

Dean - OSU College of Social Work

Grace Johnson

Chief of Staff

OSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Craig Stone

Deputy Public Safety Director

Columbus Division of Police

Bill Phillips

Chief Relationship Office, OCIO

Kimberly Spears-McNatt 

Chief of Police, University Police

Nicole Nieto

Assistant Vice Provost, Academic Affairs

Na’Tyra Green

Associate Editor, Executive Communications

Grant Ames

Legislative Assistant for Columbus City Councilman Mitchell Brown

Keith Troy

Pastor, New Salem Baptist Church

Adam Troy

Commercial Real Estate and Economic Development

Kacy Bullard

Director of Advocacy, Office of Government Affairs and The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Katherine Cull

Neighborhood Liaison with the City of Columbus

Doreen Uhas Sauer

Education and Outreach Coordinator, Columbus Landmarks

DaVonti Haynes

Graduate Research Associate, Student Life

Sandra Lopez

Legislative Advisor, Community Engagement Columbus City Council

Tracy Stuck

Prog Dir Comm Partnership & Innovation, Student Life

Anna StewartAssistant Director of Field Education, College of Social Work

 


SAFETY RESOURCES

Search “Rave Guardian” inside  the Ohio State app.

RAVE GUARDIAN

Download the app by searching “Rave Guardian” inside the Ohio State app.

 
Lyft Ride Smart at Ohio State offers eligible students discounted rides, inside the university-designated service area, from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.

LYFT RIDE SMART AT OHIO STATE

Lyft Ride Smart at Ohio State offers students discounted rides, inside the university-designated service area, from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.

SAFETY NOTICES Ohio State’s Department of Public Safety uses a variety of methods to communicate with the campus community.

SAFETY NOTICES

Ohio State’s Department of Public Safety uses a variety of methods to communicate with the campus community. 

Home SAFETY Remember to lock your windows and doors and pick up complimentary safety alarms and timers from the Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services office located in the Ohio Union.

HOME SAFETY

Remember to lock your windows and doors and pick up complimentary safety alarms and timers from the Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services office located in the Ohio Union. 

Add OSUPD to your contacts.

ADD OSUPD TO YOUR CONTACTS

Add our non-emergency number 614-292-2121 to your contacts and always
dial 9-1-1 in case of emergencies.