Safety & 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 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 from 4pm-4am during the fall and spring semesters, and 5pm-midnight during break periods. 


After students move out of rooms, University Housing collects abandoned property. Our department stores abandoned property that departing students leave for a minimum of 30 days, and a maximum of 60 days, before we donate the abandoned property to a local nonprofit. Items such as hangers, cleaning supplies, power strips, mirrors, mattress pads, pillows, and socks will be discarded and not placed in our abandoned property collections. If you believe you left property on campus after a departure, please contact the Office of Safety & Security at 330-672-7004


In addition to being available for escorts, Safety Assistants complete rounds in every residence hall during the 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 other 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 during the office’s open hours. 


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, growth & well-being, integrity, and social justice.