Safety and Security


Established in 1973, Kent State's Office of Safety & Security within University Housing is nationally recognized for its excellence and for its status as the only program of its kind that is staffed by student leaders. Student Safety Assistants who work within the Office of Safety & Security complete escorts, while also completing rounds in the residence halls in the afternoons and evenings. Safety Assistants receive 100 hours of training, learning fire prevention, emergency procedures, conflict resolution, de-escalation, strategies to promote mental wellness, and more. The Office of Safety & Security is open 24/7 during the fall and spring semesters, and open in the evenings during break periods.

What do Security Assistants do?

In addition to being available 24 hours a day for escorts, Safety Assistants complete rounds in every residence hall complex during the afternoons and evenings. While completing rounds, Safety Assistants 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 communication with the Kent State Police Department, other University Housing staff members, and campus partners.


The most widely used service offered by the Office of Safety & Security is the escort service. Students can call 330-672-7004 to request an escort to/from any location on campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during fall and spring semesters.

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


Current on-campus residents and off-campus students who are interested in applying may apply here. Applicants are evaluated based on their ability to complete work in line with University Housing's core values: community, integrity, restorative justice, and social justice.