Emergency alert warning of ‘active aggressor’ accidentally sent to OSU students


COLUMBUS (WCMH) – The Ohio State University sent out an accidental emergency alert to students on campus warning of an “active aggressor.” 

Monday, at around 12:30 pm, students at Ohio State University received an accidental alert to sent their campus desktops.

According to Ohio State University police dispatch, the alert warned of an “active aggressor on campus.”

Turns out there was no active aggressor or ongoing threat on the campus. The alert was pushed by the Franklin County Alert system by mistake during an internal system test.

Dan Hedman, Director of Marketing and Communications at Ohio State had this to say, clarifying there is NOT an ongoing threat:

“The Ohio State University Department of Public Safety ran an internal system test of our emergency alert system early Monday afternoon. The department routinely tests the system. However, due to human error, today’s test was inadvertently pushed to campus desktop computers and via the Franklin County alert system. The error was quickly rectified with a follow-up message. Safety is our top priority and we apologize for this issue. We will review our protocols surrounding internal tests moving forward.”

If you have any questions regarding the alert system, call Ohio State University police at 614-292-2121.

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