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Safety Tips


Ohio University Zanesville places a high priority on the safety of its students, employees, and guests.  The Zanesville Campus Public Safety Department strives to maintain an excellent safety record and employs security measures to ensure that all persons enjoy their time while on the campus. 

Personal Safety and Responsibility
Although uniformed officers patrol the campus, it is crucial that the campus community take responsibility for its safety as well.  90% of campus crimes are crimes of opportunity.  You reduce your chances of being a crime victim by reducing the opportunity.  By watching out for yourself and others, we can all contribute to a safe campus environment.  Take an active role in your own safety and the security of the campus community.  Whether you are a student or an employee, learn to be observant and aware of your surroundings.


Report any suspicious activity or behavior to the Public Safety Department at extension 1111 or 740-683-3584.  If you witness a crime, do not hesitate to call the department immediately or dial 911 for emergency services.  If you can safety do so, make notes of the incident, a description of the individual(s), or vehicle(s) involved.  Do not assume someone else has reported the incident.

Protection of Personal Property
Students and employees are urged to take simple, common sense precautions for their own safety and the security of their belongings.

Students are encouraged to keep their belongings with them at all times and employees are encouraged to keep their offices locked when leaving for an extended period of time.  Do not leave valuables unattended in buildings or offices. 

Vehicles should always be locked and valuables secured out of plain-view (i.e., GPS units, laptops, textbooks, wallets, purses, briefcases, cash money, cell phones, and other electronic devices). 


Walking Around Campus 
While the department wants you to enjoy your time exploring the beautiful campus, it is important that you take a few seconds to familiarize yourself of the layout of the campus to ensure your own personal safety. Survey the campus while classes are in session and after dark so you are aware the academic buildings, walkways, facilities, and parking lots are adequately secured.

Here are some suggestions for enhancing personal safety:

  • Avoid working or studying alone in a building late at night.
  • Always plan the safest route to your destination.
  • Avoid taking alley ways or "shortcuts" through isolated areas.
  • Stay in well-lit areas, walk at midpoint between curbs and buildings away from alleys and bushes.
  • Walk with someone whenever possible (buddy system).
  • Share your class schedule with parents and trusted friends so they know where you are and when you should return home.
  • If you are being followed, go to the nearest office and request someone to call the Public Safety Department for assistance.  Try to provide a description of the person following you.
  • Stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you.
  • Walk with a confident stride and keep your head up while being observant.
  • If a purse or wallet is snatched, do not fight back.  Surrender it rather than risk personal injury and report the incident immediately.
  • Keep your keys separate from your purse or book bag in case someone takes it.
  • Do not mark your key chains with your name, address, or license plate number.  Lost keys can lead to further thefts or other criminal offenses. 
  • If a motorist stops and asks for directions, keep your distance from the vehicle.
  • Do not hesitate to contact the Public Safety Department with any safety or security concern.

Workplace Safety
Here are some suggestions for enhancing personal safety in the office, classroom, or laboratory:
  • When working late at night or during the early morning hours, make sure the door is locked. 
  • Keep valuables in a locked cabinet or drawer. Never leave them on or underneath a desk. 
  • Never prop doors open (especially fire doors) even for a short period of time. 
  • Do not hold a locked door open for a stranger(s) after normal business hours. 
  • Read and become familiar with all Campus Safety Procedures and the Quick Reference Guide.