Community Relations within the Center for Student Involvement implements neighborhood canvassing efforts with the purpose of identifying and preventing issues in neighborhoods surrounding KSU.
The task force walks door to door in Kent neighborhoods to educate students on responsible citizenship. We want each student to realize that a poor decision made at 2:30 in the morning could have an effect on the rest of their life.
Educational pieces are distributed that explain how to have a "smart party," with content such as ways to avoid being a nuisance to neighbors and safety precautions. Members of university administration such as Vice President Greg Jarvie and the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) Street Team have assisted Community Relations in past efforts.
We strategically conduct four canvassing efforts throughout the academic year based on traditional events in the Kent community. The first canvassing effort is at the start of fall semester to set the stage for the school year. A second is before Homecoming weekend because of the many activities that take place on campus and in the surrounding area. A third is before Halloween, when traditionally there are 20-30,000 people in town to celebrate. Lastly, we implement a canvassing effort before the end of school year celebrations in spring semesters.
We want to be proactive and prevent issues by educating our students on making smart decisions. Through these efforts we have seen a steady decline in instances and misdimeanors among students. No incidents were reported on Homecoming this past year and there were over 50% less arrests on Halloween, continuing the trend of fewer arrests in recent years.