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Personal & Property Safety

OSU takes each student’s safety very seriously, and provides blue emergency phones across campus. Community Mentors are on duty from 5:00pm to 8:00am daily during the week and 24 hours a day on weekends and during University holidays and closings.


One of the most important factors in providing a safe environment is personal prevention. Students should lock their room/unit doors at all times, including when at home and when leaving the room, even if it is just to walk down the hall for a minute or two. Always remember to be aware of your surroundings. The University is not responsible for any damage or loss of personal property due to facility failure, severe weather, theft, or other incidents and it is recommended that residents carry personal property insurance.


When the building doors are locked, do not let anyone have access to the building by holding open the door or propping the door open. Many halls offer 24- hour desk services and restricted access communities to provide additional supervision. Student IDs are needed to gain entrance to building doors when they are locked.


Students propping locked doors or allowing access to non-residents of the building are endangering the community. If doors are found unlocked, doors which are locked at the wrong hours, suspicious behavior, maintenance problems, or other safety hazards, residents should notify the desk student staff and/or Residential Life building staff immediately.

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