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 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.


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, and assist residents with any questions they may have. They are also in direct radio communication with the Kent State Police Department via two-way radios.


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. Other services provided by the Office of Safety & Security include bike registration and item labeling by using an engraver or a black light marker.

Security for residence hall students and their property is also provided by controlling access to all residence halls. Residents are able to enter their buildings or corridors by using entrance keys. The residential areas are locked 24 hours a day, seven days a week to allow only residents of a hall, their escorted guests and authorized personnel to enter. Non-resident guests must be escorted by residents at all times.

The residence hall system has five central area desks, some of which are staffed 24 hours a day for students' convenience. Students living in any of Kent State's residence halls may report criminal activity, emergencies or safety hazards to their RHD, their RA, or a Security Aide. All residence hall living areas are locked 24 hours a day.


Because the Office of Safety & Security is made up of student workers, anyone can apply to become a Security Aide. To apply, just send an e-mail containing a resume and a letter of interest to Domenico Galizio. Even if hiring is not being done at the moment, your resume will be kept on file for when the hiring process starts. 

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.

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