Safety and Security


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 5pm-2am Sunday – Wednesday, and from 5pm-3:30am 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 5pm-2am (Sunday – Wednesday) and from 5pm-3:30am (Thursday – Saturday). The Office of Safety & Security also offers a bike registration initiative.

How can I become 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.