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 RECOMMENDATIONS

SAFETY 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

RecommendationAction TakenStatus
Safety Education & CommunicationLaunched Safety Spotlight video series featuring self-defense tactics and resources.Completed (Spring 2021)
Safety Education & CommunicationLaunched new, comprehensive safety resources webpage.Completed (Spring 2021)
Enhance Existing Cultural Diversity Training for OSUPD

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.”

Ongoing
Community Ambassador ProgramExpanded service boundaries and staffing. In the process of hiring additional student community ambassadors.Ongoing
Off-Campus Safety ClassDetermined an online training will be pursued and curriculum is being developed.Ongoing
Off-Campus Living WorkshopsPlanning for fall semester 2021 with the goal to increase awareness and attendance. Soliciting feedback from parents and families in order to keep all Buckeyes informed about the transition off-campus.Ongoing

Enhanced Security Measures

RecommendationAction TakenStatus
Community Crime PatrolReengaged with Community Crime Patrol for off-campus security foot patrols.Completed
(Fall 2020)
Lyft Ride Smart at Ohio StateExpanded discounted ridesharing hours from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. (formerly 3 a.m.)Completed
(Fall 2020)
Lighting Repairs Off-CampusImmediate lighting repairs along with a lighting survey for longer-term enhancements.Completed
(Fall 2020-Spring 2021)
Off-Campus Surveillance CoverageExpanded surveillance coverage in the off-campus neighborhoods with the addition of four cameras in Fall 2020 and two during Spring 2021. Three additional locations have been identified with the goal to have those installed by the end of May. Completed
(Fall 2020-Spring 2021)
Increased Police Patrols
(Short-term)
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.Completed (Spring 2021)
Increased Police Patrols
(Long-term)

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
Off-Campus Housing Excellence Program (OCHEP)Exploring potential partnerships with smart security systems that would then be available to student tenants and their landlords.Ongoing

Outreach and Engagement

RecommendationAction TakenStatus
Student Safety SurveyIssued 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 are currently being analyzed with data likely available during Summer 2021.Ongoing
OSUPD Community Programming and InitiativesStudent 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.Ongoing
University District Organization (UDO) Social Service OutreachAdding resources to the University District, such as a social worker, to provide additional outreach and support for the homeless population.Ongoing
Partnerships with Grass Roots and Community OrganizationsTo advance greater safety and wellness, efforts are underway to provide an 8-week summer “Pathways to Progress” program for youth (16-18 years old).Ongoing
Off-Campus Housing Excellence Program (OCHEP)Exploring potential partnerships with smart security systems that would then be available to student tenants and their landlords.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

Email

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

Cama.1@osu.edu

Department Manager,

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

Dan Hedman

Hedman.11@osu.edu

Director A&P Communications

Molly Hegarty

Hegarty.14@osu.edu

Managing Director

OSU Student Legal Services

Sheri Tandon

sherritandon@hotmail.com

Parent Representative

Bill Phillips

Phillips.77@osu.edu

Chief Relationship Office, OCIO

Alyce Obee

Obee.6@osu.edu

Senior Relationship Manager, OCIO

Kate Gomez

Gomez.274@osu.edu

Student Representative

Joanna Shaul

Shaul.1@osu.edu

Lieutenant, University Law Enforcement Officer, University Police

Zaida Jenkins

Jenkins.1176@osu.edu

Representative from Undergraduate Student Government

Tom Knox

Knox.105@osu.edu

Assistant Director, University Communications

Claire Halffield

Halffield.1@osu.edu

Representative from Inter-Professional Council

Nicole Holman

Holman.126@osu.edu

Assistant Director, A&P Communications

Dennis Jeffrey

djeffrey@columbuspolice.org

Commander-Patrol Operations Zone 4

Columbus Division of Police, The City of Columbus

Rachel DeMooy

DeMooy.2@osu.edu

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

Enhanced Security Measures Implementation Team

Name

Email

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

djeffrey@columbuspolice.org

Commander-Patrol Operations Zone 4

Columbus Division of Police, The City of Columbus

Doug Huffner

Hugffner.7@osu.edu

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

Nick Messenger

messenger.37@osu.edu

Representative from the Council of Graduate Students

Bill Phillips

Phillips.77@osu.edu

Chief Relationship Office, OCIO

Alyce Obee

Obee.6@osu.edu

Senior Relationship Manager, OCIO

Stacey Renker

Renker.5@osu.edu

Director of Risk and Emergency Management, Office of Student Life

Dilna Cama

Cama.1@osu.edu

Department Manager,

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

Rachel DeMooy

DeMooy.2@osu.edu

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

Aparna Dial

Dial.15@osu.edu

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

Deputy Chief Tracy Hahn

Hahn.5@osu.edu

Deputy Chief of Police, University Police Department

Shea Daley

Daley.144@osu.edu

Representative from Inter-Professional Council

Nicole Holman

Holman.126@osu.edu

Assistant Director, A&P Communications

Aaron McKee

McKee.616@osu.edu

Representative from Undergraduate Student Government

Outreach and Engagement Implementation Team

Name

Email

Area 

Trudy Bartley (Co-Chair)

Bartley.80@osu.edu

 

Associate Vice President

Local and Community Relations

OSU Government Affairs

Matt Hansen (Co-Chair)

matt@universitydistrict.org

 

Executive Director

University District Organization

Jennifer Beard

beard.140@osu.edu

Assistant Dean

OSU College of Public Health

Natassja Boham

Boham.8@osu.edu

Representative from Inter-Professional Council

Tom Gregoire

Gregoire.5@osu.edu

Dean - OSU College of Social Work

Grace Johnson

Johnson.136@osu.edu

Chief of Staff

OSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Ray Jones

Jones.3639@osu.edu

Expert-in Residence

Corporate Engagement Office, Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship

Craig Stone

castone@columbus.gov

Deputy Public Safety Director

Columbus Division of Police

Bill Phillips

Phillips.77@osu.edu

Chief Relationship Office, OCIO

Alyce Obee

Obee.6@osu.edu

Senior Relationship Manager, OCIO

Kimberly Spears-McNatt 

spears-mcnatt.1@osu.edu

Chief of Police, University Police

Nicole Holman

Holman.126@osu.edu

Assistant Director, A&P Communications

Erin Prosser

Prosser.20@osu.edu

Director of Community Relations, PARE

Nicole Nieto

Nieto.12@osu.edu

Assistant Vice Provost, Academic Affairs

James Jackson

Jackson.511@osu.edu

Communications & Marketing Manager, Administration and Planning Services

Na’Tyra Green

Green.1381@osu.edu

Associate Editor, Executive Communications

Grant Ames

gmames@columbus.gov

Legislative Assistant for Columbus City Councilman Mitchell Brown

Keith Troy

jbrewton@newsalemcares.com

Pastor, New Salem Baptist Church

Adam Troy

aktroy06@gmail.com

Commercial Real Estate and Economic Development

Kacy Bullard

Bullard.16@osu.edu

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

Autumn Glover

Autumn.Glover@ousmc.edu

Government Affairs and Community Relations / President, PACT — Wexner Medical Center

Katherine Cull

khcull@columbus.gov

Neighborhood Liaison with the City of Columbus

Doreen Uhas Sauer

doreencolumbus@icloud.com

Education and Outreach Coordinator, Columbus Landmarks

DaVonti” Haynes

Haynes.242@osu.edu

Graduate Research Associate, Student Life

Sandra Lopez

srlopez@columbus.gov

Legislative Advisor, Community Engagement Columbus City Council

Tracy Stuck

Stuck.9@osu.edu

Prog Dir Comm Partnership & Innovation, Student Life

 


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.