Safety and Security

OFFICE INFORMATION

Established in 1973, Kent State's Office of Safety & Security within the Department of Residence Services is nationally recognized for its excellence and for its status as the only security program of its kind that is staffed by student leaders. Security Aides are student leaders who are trained in CPR, AED, first aid, fire prevention, emergency procedures, conflict mediation, mental wellness response, de-escalation, and more. The Office of Safety & Security is open every night of the year, including holidays.

What do Security Aides do?

Security Aides patrol every residence hall complex from 8pm-2am Sunday – Wednesday, and from 8pm-3:30am Thursday – Saturday. While patrolling, Security Aides inspect fire safety equipment, enforce policies, build relationships with students, help resolve conflicts, and assist residents with any questions or issues they may have. They are also in direct radio communication with the Kent State Police Department via two-way radios.

ESCORT SERVICE

The most widely used service offered by the Office of Safety & Security is the escort service. Security Aides provide on-campus escorts each night during their working hours, and our Safety Assistant team provides on-campus escorts during the daytime.

To request an escort, students just need to call 330-672-7004.

Escorts to/from locations on campus are generally available between 8am-2am (Sunday – Wednesday) and from 8am-3:30am (Thursday – Saturday) when classes are in person and in session, and when many students are living on campus. Escorts over break periods are generally available from 5pm-midnight each night.

HOW CAN I BECOME A SAFETY ASSISTANT OR A SECURITY AIDE?

Current on-campus residents and off-campus students who are interested in applying for the 2020-2021 academic year may apply here. Applicants are evaluated based on their ability to complete work in line with Residence Services' core values: community, integrity, restorative justice, and social justice.