Ohio State’s Department of Public Safety issued a faulty Buckeye Alert message to campus desktops around 12:30 p.m. on Monday. The alert reported there was an active attacker on campus and advised the campus community to run, hide and fight.
The department regularly tests the emergency alert system. However due to human error, the test that occurred early Monday afternoon was accidentally sent to campus desktop computers and via the Franklin County alert system, Dan Hedman, a spokesman for the university, said.
“Safety is our top priority and we apologize for this issue,” Hedman said. “We will review our protocols surrounding internal tests moving forward.”
The error was corrected with a follow-up message and there is not an ongoing threat.