Safety Bulletin

  • Crime happens. Even on the safest campus. Capital University takes safety seriously. And we believe that keeping yourself informed about possible safety issues on or near campus is one of the best things you can do to help keep yourself safe. That's why we created the Campus Safety Bulletin. Anytime something happens on or near campus that we think is cause for concern, we'll post it here. We hope this information, as well as our safety tips, helps you make safe choices and helps keep Capital safe for everyone.

    Anyone with information warranting the timely warning of a crime should report the situation to Public Safety at (614) 236-6666.


    Crime Alerts

    Date: April 15, 2015 at 3:20 pm
    Location: 13-S Columbus State Community College parking lot located at the corner of Spring St. and Grant Ave.
    Incident: Gross Sexual Imposition (forcible fondling)

    Columbus State Community College Police are investigating a sexual imposition that occurred in a Columbus State Community College parking lot at the corner of Spring Street and Grant Avenue, near Capital University Law School.

    A female student from the Columbus College of Art and Design was heading to class when she was inappropriately touched by a male described as black, late 20s, thin and wearing a red shirt and knit cap. After the incident, the suspect left the scene in an unknown direction. If you have any information please call the Columbus State Police Department at (614) 287-2525. If you have information about any other campus safety matter, please contact Public Safety at 614-236-6666 for the Bexley campus or Capital Law School Security at (614) 236-6161 for our Law School campus. 

    As always, please remain alert of your surroundings, and travel in pairs. Alert law enforcement or campus personnel to suspicious and criminal activity.

    Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at approx. 2:30 pm
    Location: Bexley Plaza at Sheridan and Livingston
    Incident: Reported Armed Robbery and Shooting

    Columbus Police are searching for two suspects in an armed robbery and shooting reported at approximately 2:30 pm Wednesday, April 15, near Subway Restaurant at Bexley Plaza Shopping Center, in the 2100 block of E. Livingston Avenue. One person was critically injured and taken to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center. No Capital University students or employees are believed to be involved. Police described the suspects as two black males who were last seen heading east on Livingston Avenue in a vehicle. No other information is available at this time. The investigation continues, so please use caution. If you have any information please contact either the Columbus Police at (614) 645-4545 or Capital's Public Safety Department at 614-236-6666.

    The safety and health of our university community is our highest priority. Crime happens even on the safest campuses. There are steps you can take to help keep yourself safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. Find personal safety tips and more important information in Keeping Yourself Safe 

    Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at 1:15 am
    Location: Main Street and Parkview Avenue, in Bexley
    Incident: Reported Armed Robbery

    Bexley Police are investigating a reported armed robbery that took place at an ATM in front of the Rusty Bucket near Capital University's Bexley campus.

    According to police, the victim reported he was robbed by two men at the ATM in front of Rusty Bucket, located at 2158 E. Main Street in Bexley. One suspect carried a small gun and used it to hit the victim across the face before fleeing in a gold Honda with a dent on the front passenger side, police said. The vehicle headed west on Main Street and north on Nelson Road, away from Capital.

    According to police, the victim described the first suspect as a black male, 30 to 40 years old, with short hair and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, black hat and jeans, and answering to the name Man. The other suspect was described as a black male, 20 to 30 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall with short, tight hair, wearing a gray T-shirt and jeans, and answering to the name D.

    No one was seriously injured, and no Capital students are believed to be involved. 

     Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at 11:13 am
    Location: Mound Street near The Capital Center, Bexley Campus
    Incident: Reported Armed Robbery

    Capital University Police are investigating the reported armed robbery of four students near The Capital Center, located at the corner of Pleasant Ridge Avenue and Mound Street on the Bexley campus.

    The initial call to police came in as a reported fight at 11:13 am Tuesday, February 24. Police are now investigating the incident as an armed robbery. According to police, four students had just left a campus residence hall on their way to The Capital Center when they were approached by two males. One male reportedly punched a student, and the other suspect showed a handgun. The suspects took the students' wallets, ran and fled campus in a black car.

    Suspects are described as African American males between 5 foot 10 and 6 foot 1 wearing dark clothing described as a gray sweatshirt, dark green bandana and a knit cap. No additional information is available at this time. The investigation continues, though police gave the "all clear" at 11:49 am.

    The suspects were not located. Please continue to use caution and be aware of your surroundings.

    If you have any information regarding this or any other campus safety matter, please contact Capital University Police at 614-236-6666. You also will find resources and tips on how to keep yourself safe on our Campus safety webpage at


     Date: Friday, February 20, 2015
    Location: Capital University, Bexley Campus
    Incident: Voyeurism Investigation

    Capital University’s Public Safety department, in collaboration with other area law enforcement agencies, is investigating incidents in which a male student used a mobile phone to secretly take photographs of other male students in University bathrooms. The suspect has been identified, suspended and removed from the University. If you have information that may be relevant to the investigation, or any other campus safety matter, please contact Public Safety at 614-236-6666.

    Capital is committed to creating and maintaining an educational environment free from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct. Sexual exploitation, defined as taking non-consensual, unjust or abusive sexual advantage of another, is specifically prohibited. Examples include, but are not limited to, non-consensual photographing, videotaping or audiotaping of sexual and other private activities, and engaging in non-consensual voyeurism. These acts have a real impact on the lives of victims. They not only violate a person’s feelings of trust and safety, but they can also substantially interfere with a student’s education.

    The University offers a variety of resources for students concerned about sexual misconduct:

    • Center for Health and Wellness (614-236-6114) 
    • Dean of Students (614-236-6367) 
    • Public Safety (614-236-6666) 

    These offices can be contacted for information on sexual misconduct, to provide support to victims, or to report incidents of misconduct. The University prohibits retaliation against individuals who file a complaint of sexual misconduct, act as a witness, or participate in a sexual misconduct proceedings.

    Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at 1:47 am
    Location: Capital University Residence Hall
    Incident: Reported Abduction

    Update (5:20 pm)
    As the investigation continues, police have ruled out a charge of abduction. The evidence does not support that the alleged victim was forced from the residence hall, into the car or off campus. No charges have been filed at this time.

    Update (11:29 am)
    Bexley Police have arrested the four individuals, and they have been banned from Capital's campus. Their identities are not yet available. If you have any information regarding this matter, please call Bexley Police at 614-239-8881. If you have information regarding other campus safety matters, please call Capital Police at 614-236-6666. Remember these safety tips and resources for keeping yourself safe.

    Original post (10:30 am)
    Capital University is cooperating with Bexley Police in an ongoing investigation regarding a reported abduction. At approximately 10:30 am Tuesday, January 27, Bexley Police detained for questioning several Capital students as persons of interest. They remain with police, but no arrests have been made at this time.

    According to police, the victim, a male non-Capital student, reported he was taken from a Capital University residence hall early Tuesday morning by four male students, forced into a nearby black two-door car and later released. No additional information is being released at this time, but this bulletin post will be updated as the investigation continues. No CapAlert was issued because it was a contained incident.

    Bexley Police are investigating an assault reported near the intersection of Drexel and Fair avenues in the area of Capital's Bexley campus. According to police, a male was approached by three male juveniles who reportedly punched him in the face twice before fleeing east on Fair Avenue. The suspects may have fled in a silver Dodge or Chrysler sedan. According to police, the victim described the suspects as juvenile black males, one who wore a blue hooded sweatshirt and black sweatpants and another who wore a gray sweatshirt and black sweatpants. No arrests have been made, and the suspects are believed to have left the area. The incident remains under investigation. No Capital students are believed to be involved. If you have any information regarding this or any other crime, please call Public Safety at 614-236-6666.   

    Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at approximately 8:17 pm
    Location: Drexel and Fair Avenues in Bexley
    Incident: Reported Assault 

    Date: Thursday, November 20, just after 8:45 pm
    Location: Various locations along Main Street between Kroger and Christ Lutheran Church
    Incident: Reported Aggravated Robbery 


    Police have arrested a juvenile on a charge of aggravated robbery following a report of armed robbery at Kroger on Main Street at approximately 8:45 pm Thursday, November 20.

    According to police the juvenile robbed a mother and her daughter at Kroger. The mother chased the suspect, who reportedly was armed and wearing a ski mask, across Main Street and past the bridge over Alum Creek to the parking lot near Capital Commons.

    Columbus police responded and were assisted in the search by Capital police. The suspect was spotted at the bus stop on Main Street, near the woods by Capital Commons, and then again running east along Main Street. He eventually was apprehended on the sidewalk outside of Christ Lutheran Church. 

    Police recovered the weapon at the bus stop, where the suspected had been spotted. According to police the weapon turned out to be an Airsoft air gun. Neither the victims nor the suspect are connected to Capital.

    Date: Friday, October 17, at approximately 1 am  
    Location: Residence Hall on Capital University's Bexley Campus
    Incident: Reported Sexual Assault 

     Capital University and Bexley police responded to a report of sexual assault at approximately 1 am Friday, October 17. According to police, a student reported the assault to a residence hall area director, who notified Capital Police. The incident took place in a residence hall on Capital's campus. Police located and detained a suspect shortly thereafter, alleviating any immediate threat to the health and safety of the campus community. Both individuals are Capital students. The investigation is ongoing. No arrest has been made at this time. 

    If you have information about this or other campus safety issues, please contact Capital police at 614-236-6666.

    Date: Friday, October 3, 2014, at approximately 7:34 pm
    Location: Incident reported at Capital University Law School, 303 E. Broad St. 
    Incident: Reported Attempted Sexual Assault  

    Columbus Police are investigating a report of an attempted sexual assault from Friday, October 3. According to the report, a woman approached the security station at the law school parking lot and reported an attempted rape to law school security and the Special Improvement District security officers. Columbus Police also responded and are investigating. The reporting victim is not a Capital student or employee. It is unclear at this time where the incident occurred. The investigation continues and the University will provide additional information as it becomes available. 

    Date: Friday, August 29, 2014, at approximately 11:15 pm
    Location: 900 block of Euclaire Ave., in Bexley
    Incident: Reported Armed robbery

    Bexley police are searching the area for two suspects in an armed robbery reported Friday night, August 29, in the 900 block of Euclaire Avenue near Capital University's Bexley campus. The suspects are described as white males. According to initial reports, one of the men was armed with a gun. No injuries were reported, and at this time it appears neither victim is connected to Capital. No additional descriptions or information are available at this time. The investigation continues. 

    If you have any information regarding this or any other safety matter, please contact Capital police at 614-236-6666 or Bexley police at 614-239-8881. 

    Date: Saturday, August 2, 2014, approximately 10 pm
    Location: Congregation Torat Emet, located at 2375 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43209, in Bexley
    Incident: Reported Armed Robbery, Assault 

    Update: Police gave the "all clear" at 11:21 pm Saturday. The suspect has not been found, and no arrest has been made. Please continue to use caution.

     Bexley police are investigating a reported armed robbery near the Bexley campus at approximately 10 pm Saturday, August 2. According to police, a male at the synagogue was approached by a suspect who tried to rob him as he approached his car. A struggle ensued, and the suspect, who reportedly was armed with a knife, fled toward Bernlohr Stadium. The victim reportedly was cut on the face during the struggle. According to police, the suspect was last seen heading toward Francis Avenue, where police continue to search. The suspect is described as an African American male in his 20s wearing a white sweatshirt, possibly with short sleeves.     

    No additional information is available at this time. If you have information about this or other campus safety issues, please contact Capital police at 614-236-6666 or Bexley police at 614-239-8881.    

    Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014, at approximately 11:30 am 
    Location: CVS, located at 2532 E Main St., Columbus, OH  
    Incident: Reported Bomb Threat  

    Capital police were notified of a reported bomb threat at CVS Pharmacy, located at 2532 E Main St., in Bexley, several blocks east of campus. The call came in about 11:30 am, Thursday, July 24, and the CapAlert emergency notification system was launched within minutes.

    Bexley police are investigating and have found the threat was a hoax. The suspect reportedly called the business a second time while investigators were on the scene and demanded money. No bomb was found. No other other information is available at this time, and the incident remains under investigation.


    Date: Thursday, June 19, 2014, approximately 3:45 pm 
    Location: University Bookstore and Yochum Hall
    Incident: Reported Suspicious Persons 

    Bexley and Capital police arrested three individuals on felony drug charges at about 3:45 pm Thursday, June 19, in the parking lot behind Yochum Hall, located on Capital University’s Bexley campus. Capital police received a report of suspicious persons in the university bookstore. When police responded, the suspects reportedly fled in a vehicle. Capital called Bexley police for backup, and the suspects were detained in the parking lot behind Yochum Hall. The vehicle was searched, and narcotics were found, according to police. The suspects were arrested. 

    They were identified as Patrick Fox, 34, of Barker Hill Road, Columbus; Michael E. Fox, 28, of South Columbus St. in Lancaster; and Drake Mathew Thomas, 27, of Chapel Stone Road, Blacklick. None is affiliated with Capital University. 

     Date: Sunday, May 4, 2014, between 5 and 7 pm
    Location: Sheridan Avenue student housing and nearby parking, 700 block of Sheridan Avenue.
    Incidents: Reported Burglary and theft from vehicle

    Capital University and Bexley police departments are investigating several thefts from homes and vehicles in the area. Two incidents were reported Sunday, May 4, at Sheridan Avenue student housing. An arrest has been made in connection with one incident. According to police, Marcus A. Rowe, 31, of Columbus, was arrested on a charge of burglary in connection with an alleged burglary reported Sunday at Sheridan Avenue student housing, located in the 700 block of Sheridan Avenue.

    According to the incident report, a student reported someone entered an unlocked apartment around 5 pm and stole a flat-screen TV, Xbox 360 and controllers for the game system. Losses were valued at approximately $325. No one was home at the time of the reported incident, and no one was injured.

    Police are still investigating a second incident reported in the same area at about the time. According to a second police report, a student called Capital police after discovering someone entered his unlocked vehicle parked at Sheridan Avenue student housing and stole his iPod from the glove box. The theft occurred sometime between 5 and 7 pm Sunday, May 4. The loss is valued at approximately $200. The incident remains under investigation.

    Remember to follow these tips to protect yourself and your property from crimes of opportunity.

    Protect Your Property

    • Keep doors and windows locked at all times. This applies to residence hall rooms, houses, apartments and vehicles. 
    • If you live in a building with multiple apartments, talk to your neighbors about making sure everyone keeps the building doors closed and locked at all times. 
    • Report defective campus locks on windows and doors immediately to the Office of Facilities Management at 614-236-6400. 
    • When entering a locked residence hall or campus building, make sure the door closes behind you completely. 
    • Do not let strangers follow you into residence halls. It's tempting to be polite and hold the door open for someone. But if you don't know them, or if they look out of place, direct them to the Department of Public Safety.  
    • If you notice suspicious activity, immediately contact campus police by using EyeWitness, or by calling 236-6666. Try to give a description. If a vehicle is involved, try to get the license plate number. 
    • Keep your vehicle locked and the windows rolled up tightly when you’re away from it. 
    • Never leave your vehicle running while unattended. 
    • Packages, purses, luggage, books, back pack, iPods, laptops and other valuables should be locked in a vehicle's trunk or taken to your room or office. 
    • Stereo and GPS equipment should be mounted either out of sight or with slide-out brackets. These brackets will permit the removal of the unit and allow you to take the unit with you or to put it in the trunk when the vehicle is unattended. 
    • Keep spare keys and remotes for garage door openers in your wallet or purse, not inside the vehicle where a thief can easily find them. 
    • Keep a record of your vehicle identification number (VIN), registration plate number, and title certificate number. 
    EyeWitness Crime Reporting System

    Crime prevention at Capital University requires widespread involvement for it to succeed. Capital University recently added a new crime-prevention tool, called EyeWitness. EyeWitness is a free text-message crime reporting system connected directly to Capital University Police Dispatch. Standard text messaging rates apply, but there is no cost to use the system. Any time, day or night, you can use EyeWitness to text a crime tip or report suspicious activity to campus police. Here's how:

    1. Create a new contact on your mobile phone (“Capital EyeWitness,” for example) and enter the number 67283. Make it a Favorite for easy access if you want to. 
    2. When sending a text message, start your message with "CUPD" and a space. 
    3. After the space, type your text message. 
    4. Hit "send" to send your text message directly to Capital police. 
    5. Capital police may text back with a follow-up question to get more information. 

    You don't have to be on campus for it to work. Even if you live off campus and in Bexley, your crime tip will be shared with the appropriate police department. If you have any questions about EyeWitness and how it works, please call Capital police at 614-236-6666.

    Date: Friday, April 11, 2014, about 3:20 pm
    Location: In the area of Plymouth and Dawson avenues, in Bexley
    Incident: Reported Suspicious Person/Vehicle 

    Bexley Police received a call about a suspicious person and vehicle in the area of Plymouth Avenue and Dawson avenues, in Central Bexley, north of Capital's campus. According to police, the caller reported that a heavyset black male, possibly in his 30s, driving a light green Kia with the license plate number of FBF5543, stopped and asked her for directions. The caller stated that she noticed that the male was committing a lewd act inside the vehicle as he spoke to her. Officers responded to the area within minutes, but did not find the vehicle. If you see a vehicle matching this description, call Bexley Police at 614-559-4444 or Capital Police at 614-236-6666. 

    You can also text a crime tip to Capital Police using EyeWitness, a free text-message crime reporting system connected directly to Capital University Police Dispatch. Standard text messaging rates apply, but there is no cost to use the system. Any time, day or night, you can use EyeWitness to text a crime tip to campus police. Here's how:

    1. Create a new contact on your mobile phone (Capital EyeWitness, for example) and enter the number 67283. Make it a Favorite for easy access if you want to.
    2. When sending a text message, start your message with "CUPD" and a space. 
    3. After the space, type your text message. 
    4. Hit "send" to send your text message directly to Capital police. 
    5. Capital police may text back with a follow-up question to get more information. 

    You don't have to be on campus for it to work. Even if you live off campus and in Bexley, your crime tip will be shared with the appropriate police department.


    Date: January 23, 2014, 9:08 pm  
    Location: Stanwood Road and Delmar Avenue, in North Bexley
    Incident: Homicide Investigation   

    Bexley Police are investigating the shooting death of Rudolph Edward-Anthony Calmese Jr., of Columbus. On Monday, January 23, at about 9 pm, Bexley and Columbus police responded to a call about a shooting near the intersection of North Stanwood Road and Delmar Avenue on the far north side of Bexley. Calmese was identified as the victim and taken to Grant Medical Center, where he died at 5:25 am Tuesday, January 24. 

    The investigation continues. Anyone with information regarding this crime should call Bexley Police Department at 614-559-4444. Anyone with information about campus crime and safety should call Capital police at 236-6666. 



    Date: Thursday, January 9, 2014, 6 am
    Location: Harry C. Moores Student Union
    Incident: Water Main Break  

    A major water main break in the Harry C. Moores Student Union has closed the southeast entrance and southeast portion of the first floor. The southeast entrance is near the tennis courts.

    The Office of Facilities Management is working to repair damage to offices damaged by water. The building will remain open for dining and other activities, but please avoid the southeast side of the first floor.

    Outdoor Safety

    When the weather is extremely cold, and especially if there are high winds, try to stay indoors. Make any trips outside as brief as possible, and remember these tips below to protect your health and safety.

    Dress Warmly and Stay Dry

    Adults and children should wear: 

    • a hat 
    • a scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth 
    • sleeves that are snug at the wrist 
    • mittens (they are warmer than gloves) 
    • water-resistant coat and boots 
    • several layers of loose-fitting clothing 

    Be sure the outer layer of your clothing is tightly woven, preferably wind resistant, to reduce body-heat loss caused by wind. Wool, silk, or polypropylene inner layers of clothing will hold more body heat than cotton. Stay dry—wet clothing chills the body rapidly. Excess perspiration will increase heat loss, so remove extra layers of clothing whenever you feel too warm. Also, avoid getting gasoline or alcohol on your skin while de-icing and fueling your car or using a snow blower. These materials in contact with the skin greatly increase heat loss from the body. Do not ignore shivering. It’s an important first sign that the body is losing heat. Persistent shivering is a signal to return indoors.

    Avoid Frostbite and Hypothermia

    When exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. Prolonged exposure to cold will eventually use up your body’s stored energy. The result is hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature. Body temperature that is too low affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well. This makes hypothermia particularly dangerous because a person may not know it is happening and won’t be able to do anything about it.

    Hypothermia is most likely at very cold temperatures, but it can occur even at cool temperatures (above 40°F) if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat or submersion in cold water.

    Frostbite is an injury to the body that is caused by freezing. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas. It most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes. Frostbite can permanently damage the body, and severe cases can lead to amputation. The risk of frostbite is increased in people with reduced blood circulation and among people who are not dressed properly for extremely cold temperatures.

    Avoid Exertion

    Cold weather puts an extra strain on the heart. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, follow your doctor’s advice about shoveling snow or performing other hard work in the cold. Otherwise, if you have to do heavy outdoor chores, dress warmly and work slowly. Remember, your body is already working hard just to stay warm, so don’t overdo it.

    Understand Wind Chill

    The Wind Chill index is the temperature your body feels when the air temperature is combined with the wind speed. It is based on the rate of heat loss from exposed skin caused by the effects of wind and cold. As the speed of the wind increases, it can carry heat away from your body much more quickly, causing skin temperature to drop. When there are high winds, serious weather-related health problems are more likely, even when temperatures are only cool.Recognizing Frostbite

    At the first signs of redness or pain in any skin area, get out of the cold or protect any exposed skin—frostbite may be beginning. Any of the following signs may indicate frostbite:

    • a white or grayish-yellow skin area 
    • skin that feels unusually firm or waxy 
    • numbness 

    A victim is often unaware of frostbite until someone else points it out because the frozen tissues are numb. 

    What to Do

    If you detect symptoms of frostbite, seek medical care. Because frostbite and hypothermia both result from exposure, first determine whether the victim also shows signs of hypothermia. Hypothermia is a more serious medical condition and requires emergency medical assistance.

    If (1) there is frostbite but no sign of hypothermia and (2) immediate medical care is not available, proceed as follows:

    • Get into a warm room as soon as possible. 
    • Unless absolutely necessary, do not walk on frostbitten feet or toes—this increases the damage. 
    • Immerse the affected area in warm—not hot—water (the temperature should be comfortable to the touch for unaffected parts of the body). 
    • Or, warm the affected area using body heat. For example, the heat of an armpit can be used to warm frostbitten fingers. 
    • Do not rub the frostbitten area with snow or massage it at all. This can cause more damage. 
    • Don’t use a heating pad, heat lamp, or the heat of a stove, fireplace, or radiator for warming. Affected areas are numb and can be easily burned. 

    These procedures are not substitutes for proper medical care. Hypothermia is a medical emergency and frostbite should be evaluated by a health care provider. It is a good idea to take a first aid and emergency resuscitation (CPR) course to prepare for cold-weather health problems. Knowing what to do is an important part of protecting your health and the health of others.

    Taking preventive action is your best defense against having to deal with extreme cold-weather conditions. By preparing your home and car in advance for winter emergencies, and by observing safety precautions during times of extremely cold weather, you can reduce the risk of weather-related health problems.