Ohio State drains Mirror Lake prior to Michigan week


A tradition had students jumping into the lake leading up to the big game until a student was killed in 2015

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – The Ohio State University announced Mirror Lake has been drained a week prior to the Buckeye’s game against Michigan. 

In a statement, OSU said, in part, “The safety of our campus community is always our top priority. Out of an abundance of caution and with the university’s focus on safety at top of mind, we are sharing that Mirror Lake has been temporarily drained. The lake will be refilled at a later date.” 

A former tradition had students jump into the lake leading up to OSU’s game against Michigan. In 2015, a student was killed after jumping into the lake. 

The statement from the University also reminded the public that entering the lake, or empty lake basin, is considered criminal trespassing.  

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