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Crime brief: Rape reported in South Campus residence hall

October 31, 2014
Rape A female staff member reported a rape in a South Campus residence hall. The incident occurred Oct. 17 at about 4:30 p.m., but wasn’t reported until the evening of Oct. 22. Ohio State Police Captain Eric Whiteside said the investigation is ongoing and he couldn’t provide any more information. He said a public safety notice wasn’t issued because the police “have very limited information … and that was factored into the decision.” Whiteside later referred The Lantern to University Police’s timely warning policy. Public safety notices are issued when crimes occur that are considered to be a concern or a continuing threat to the OSU community. There have been… Read more

High Street sees an uptick in homeless population around campus

October 30, 2014
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Every day on his way to class, Alex Castrey walks by rows of Greek houses, stores on High Street and homeless people. But lately, he’s noticed something different on his route. “I think there’s been an increase, definitely,” Castrey, a second-year in finance, said of the homeless people he passes each day. Castrey isn’t the only one to take notice of this rise in the off-campus homeless population. It’s a difference officers on the Columbus Division of Police force have reported to their commander, too. Columbus Police Commander Christopher Bowling said that since the spring, many of his officers have told him about more and more homeless individuals establishing roots… Read more

Security officials try to keep goal post celebrations a thing of the past

October 26, 2014
It was a big game and University of Mississippi fans jumped onto the field to celebrate. But they didn’t stop there. After beating No. 3 University of Alabama on Oct. 4, 23-17, fans successfully tore the Ole Miss goal posts down and carried them around campus as part of a celebration. It’s something that’s been done throughout college football’s history, but it’s also a scene security officials at Ohio State try to prevent. After OSU games, officers form triangle-shaped barriers around the goal posts to keep fans off and out of harm’s way. “The safety of fans is our highest priority,” said University Police Chief Paul Denton. “Consequently, our objective… Read more

Ohio State doesn’t have restrictions on dorm guests, despite recent sexual assaults

October 23, 2014
Recent reported sexual assaults in Ohio State residence halls have promoted some students to question if the university should enforce some type of guest policy to track who comes and goes. Other schools, like the University of Cincinnati, keep track of dorm guests, which others say might be a little much. Still, a spokesman from the Office of Student Life was mum on whether OSU has plans on enforcing a residence hall guest policy. There have been two reported residence hall rapes so far this semester, at least one of which involved a woman bringing the attacker back to her dorm. The first incident occurred in a South Campus residence… Read more

Crime brief: 14 alcohol-related incidents reported before Ohio State football game

October 23, 2014
There were 12 reports of open container and two reports of offenses involving underage persons on Saturday afternoon. The incidents were reported in the parking lots of Ohio Stadium, at the French Field House and in the parking lot of St. John Arena and Buckeye Lot. The incidents took place from approximately 12:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., which is when Ohio State’s homecoming game against Rutgers started.  Tailgaters are not permitted to have open containers of alcohol by state and city laws. A 19-year-old man was also arrested Saturday at 5:40 p.m. near the Journalism Building and charged with prohibited acts, offenses involving underage persons and criminal damaging/endangering.  There was… Read more

Ohio State student tackled on field faces $100 fine, counseling

October 17, 2014
About 5 seconds. That’s roughly the time Ohio State student Anthony Wunder spent sprinting down the Ohio Stadium field in the middle of an OSU football game, but that’s all the time it took to land him a court-ordered fine and months of required counseling. Wunder, a fourth-year in mechanical engineering, appeared in Franklin County Municipal Court on Thursday morning on one count of criminal trespassing, a fourth-degree misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of 30 days in jail and a $250 fine. He pleaded guilty to the charge. “He’s taken responsibility for his actions,” said Mark C. Collins, the attorney representing Wunder. “He made the poor choice to go out… Read more

Man caught living in Baker Systems Engineering

October 17, 2014
University Police Chief Paul Denton said a man was living in an Ohio State building, and he also said there have been multiple unrelated criminal trespassing arrests in the past few months. A 28-year-old man named Demarco Armstead wasn’t supposed to be in any OSU buildings after previous warnings, but he was arrested on campus on Oct. 4 for criminal trespassing after he was caught on camera entering Baker Systems Engineering. Michael Zazon, the IT manager for the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering — located in Baker — said he was involved in setting up the camera. He decided to set up the hidden camera after students and faculty working… Read more

Masturbation, public indecency incidents reported off campus

October 16, 2014
The knock on the basement window couldn’t have come at a worse time. It was past midnight and Lauren Tepe and her roommates had just finished watching “American Horror Story” in the basement of their off-campus house, Tepe recalled. “We have a big window in our basement and we hear this knock,” said Tepe, a third-year in psychology. “We were like, ‘What was that?’” At first, Tepe said it looked like someone was waving at the girls from behind a closed window. But when the girls got closer, Tepe said they realized it was a man masturbating while staring into their room. “I was just scared and confused and creeped… Read more

Ohio State policies have similarities to ‘yes means yes’ sexual consent law

October 16, 2014
“The adequacy of every state’s response to sexual assault is being called into question,” said one lawyer on what he believes will be a rippling effect of California’s recent adoption of the “yes means yes” law. It focuses on the importance of affirmative consent, rather than the absence of a no, during sexual activities. Although the state of Ohio has not adopted the “yes means yes” law that California did in late September, Ohio State has similar affirmative consent language woven through its Code of Student Conduct and Student Wellness Center’s resources. These policies, however, do not hold the legal weight that a state law does. The Code of Student… Read more

Required crime reports vary in detail by university

October 13, 2014
While all colleges are required to release annual reports detailing certain crimes that were reported on-campus, not all reports are the same. Federal law dictates which crimes must be included, but some Big Ten universities go beyond that. Indiana University, for example, breaks nonforcible sex offenses into categories of statutory rape and incest, beyond the forcible sexual assault offenses. Penn State University has specifics on embezzlement, forgery, fraud and prostitution. Rutgers University’s report includes statistics on fondling and serving alcohol to people under the age of 21. Not all of those additional categories are technically part of the school’s Clery data, but they are notably included in the same documents.… Read more