Office of Student Life

Ohio Union


The Ohio Union security office is located at the Loading Dock. The security staff at the Ohio Union works in conjunction with Student Life Risk and Emergency Management, The Ohio State University Department of Public Safety and other local authorities. Additionally, the Ohio Union hosts a satellite office for the Department of Public Safety with officers dedicated to the Ohio Union and the South Area Corridor.


The security office (at the loading dock) will serve as the entry point for building staff and event driven vendors such as bands, DJs and florists. All persons who schedule appointments to see management for in-house maintenance, housekeeping and foodservice must check in at the loading dock security office. To gain entry into the building, vendors will need to provide a valid photo ID and will be escorted to their destination.

Anyone not in compliance with this policy will be asked to leave the building and future visitation privileges will be revoked by the Security Manager. All employees are required to carry their BuckIDs with them at all times.


Concealed firearms are prohibited in all university buildings, according to Ohio Revised Code.

Homeland Security

The Ohio Union fosters the same guidelines as the entire university in regards to Homeland Security. It is our intent to ensure we will maintain appropriate levels of safety for all guests.

Fire Emergencies

The Ohio Union is equipped with the latest fire and smoke detection systems, monitored by on-site security staff. In the event of a fire emergency, secuirty staff and building management will guide building guests to proper exit points.

Power Failure

While it is highly unlikely that the facility will suffer from a power outage, in the event that power to the building has been compromised the Ohio Union has a diesel-powered generator to back up many facility systems. The capacity of the generator should support the needs of those using the facility and should not be affected.

Building Emergency Action Plan

In the event of a weather, fire or other building-wide emergency, please follow all automated announcements and directions from Ohio Union staff. Your safety is our utmost priority. Review the Ohio Union Building Emergency Action Plan.

Emergency Alert Notification

Visitors to campus may sign up to receive alert text messages through the Buckeye Alert System.

Franklin County residents can also subscribe to Buckeye Alerts through ALERT Franklin County.