ACCESS, SAFETY AND SECURITY
Kent State strives to provide a safe and secure environment and to meet the educational and professional needs of students and employees. In order to provide maximum privacy and security for individual office space, operational procedures have been established for the use of university buildings. (Policy 3342-5-12.403)
Open and closed periods for all non-academic buildings are regulated by the building curator. Academic buildings are closed from 11 p.m.â€“ 7 a.m., Monday through Friday, and during the weekend, unless opened by request of the building curator, scheduling office, conference bureau, or other authorized university official. No facilities may be utilized for events after 1:30 a.m.A university or university-contracted employee or student may use a closed building under the following conditions: The employee/student has the permission of the building curator and department/school chair (for students); the university-contracted employee is engaged in the performance of his or her job; the employee/student displays an academic building access authorization card and a valid Kent State ID.
No person may use an assigned office space for other than expressly authorized purposes. Violators will be subject to university discipline and possible criminal charges.
University Facilities Management (UFM)
No safety rule is a complete substitute for common sense, nor can safety rules be advised to cover every situation encountered on the job. For this reason, good judgment must be used in every work situation. Remember, safety is a primary responsibility of everyone.
The departments of Public Safety, Recreation Services and University Health Services offer courses, training and information on workplace safety issues, including support education and instruction. Please contact these departments directly for more information and specific offerings.
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY (OHS)
Occupational Health and Safety
1781 Summit Street
WORKPLACE INCIDENTS AND INJURIES
As an option for employees, University Health Services is equipped to treat Workers' Compensation injuries.
Other steps to be taken include:
An employee injured in the performance of their normal job-related duties is entitled to file for benefits under the Ohio Bureau of Workersâ€™ Compensation (BWC) Program. Following an initial visit, medical services should be provided by individuals and facilities certified by the BWC. However, no claim will be certified until the â€œEmployee Report of Injury or Occupational Illnessâ€ and the accompanying â€œSafety Officerâ€™s Investigationâ€ forms have been completed and are filed with HR. Prompt follow-up of any injury-related incident will result in more efficient processing of any claim filed.
If an employee is required to miss work due to an occupational injury or illness, it is the employeeâ€™s responsibility to keep their department advised of their status. A doctorâ€™s slip and leave form must be submitted. A new doctorâ€™s slip and leave form must be submitted if there is a change in status or return to work date. In some cases, the employee may be required to be absent from work long enough to be eligible for compensation from the BWC.
A Transitional Work Program is available for eligible employees on a workers' compensation leave. Information is online at www.kent.edu/hr/labor/transitional.cfm.
In the case of any type of actual or imminent violent behavior on a Kent State campus, call 911. Policy 3342-5-14.1 governs the university to effectively prepare for, mitigate, respond to and recover from actual or potential emergencies.
The Kent State University Emergency Guide is a companion document to the more comprehensive University Emergency Management Plan. The Emergency Guide provides â€œquick tipsâ€ for the individual response by students, faculty, and staff, to assist them in preparing for, and surviving, the catastrophic effects of those emergencies. Both share the goal of maximizing human safety and survival.
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The President and Regional Campus deans are the only people authorized to close a campus. If this determination is made prior to day shift reporting times, it will be communicated to employees via local radio, television stations, e-mail and on the Kent State website. If the closing occurs during regular operations, it will be communicated through the same communication channels. In addition, employees may receive emergency notification by registering for Flash ALERTS, Kent Stateâ€™s official emergency text notification system. Employees registering for Flash ALERTS should refer to their cell phone contract as it relates to text message fees.
When the Kent campus is closed, it will re-open at 6 a.m. the following day. Regional campus employees should check with their respective Dean's office for re-opening information.
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