Safety and Security

Call 330-672-7004 for an escort!

Safety and security policies at Kent State are based on a philosophy that advocates a proactive rather than a reactive approach.

Established in 1973, Kent State's Office of Safety & Security is nationally recognized for its excellence as well as being the only security program of its kind that is staffed by students. Security Aides are trained student employees who go through more than 100 hours of intense training prior to assuming their duties. They learn CPR, first aid, fire prevention, and emergency procedures. 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 8 p.m. until 2:30 a.m. Sunday – Wednesday, and from 8:00 p.m. until 4:00 a.m. Thursday – Saturday. While patrolling, Security Aides inspect fire safety equipment, enforce hallway 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.

What services do they offer?

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. To request an escort, students just need to call 330-672-7004. Escorts are generally available between 8:00 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. (Sunday-Wednesday) and 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. (Thursday-Saturday). Other services provided by the Office of Safety & Security include bike registration and item labeling by using an engraver or a black light marker.

How can I become a Security Aide?

We are hiring Security Aides for 2019-2020! Current on-campus residents and off-campus students who are interested may apply here. Applicants are evaluated based on their ability to do work in line with Residence Services' core values: community, integrity, relationships, responsible decision making, restorative justice, and social justice.

Several former Security Aides have gone on to be successful and work for many police departments and law enforcement offices around the nation, but one does not need to be in the Criminal Justice program to work as a Security Aide.