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Campus Safety

Kent State University is committed to protecting life and property, maintaining the peace and ensuring a safe and secure learning environment for students, faculty, staff and guests of the university. We offer a wide range of comprehensive resources and services to help mitigate, respond and recover from incidents affecting our campus communities.


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Security Aides & Escorts

The Security Aide program is composed of approximately 65 trained students employed by the Department of Residence Services. Security Aides are responsible for patrolling the residence halls and providing campus escorts. Escorts are available throughout the campus when Security Aides are on duty.

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Students walk between Risman Plaza and the University Library.

Sexual Assault & Relationship Violence Support Resources

The Office of Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services was established to educate students about personal safety and violence prevention, to empower them to build healthier relationships and to be responsive to students in need. The SRVSS office offers resources and education for personal safety, sexual assault and rape, relationship violence and stalking.

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The Centennial Courts are one of the largest dorms on campus.

Step Up Speak Out

Step Up and Speak Out provides greater awareness of mental health concerns, including risk factors for suicide. This suicide prevention campaign represents a collaborative effort of Kent State University Psychological Services, University Health Services, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Police Services and aims to support individuals in need by educating university community members on protocols and resources designed to assist in disruptive situations or with distressed individuals.

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Flash ALERTS Subscriptions

Flash ALERTS is Kent State’s official emergency text notification system to alert subscribers of critical information no matter what time it is or where they are in the world. Flash ALERTS expands the university's ability to send critical news and information to the university community during campus emergencies.

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University Stewards

The University Stewards Program is intended to identify faculty and staff who will serve as points of support, resource and referral for students. The role of a Steward is to serve as informal and neutral resources for students.

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Frontline Responders

Police Department

Kent State is kept safe by an award-winning police department comprised of of both sworn law enforcement officers and civilian support staff to include twenty-one patrol officers, three detectives, two K9 officers, Auxiliary Service Officers, administrative personnel, IT specialists, and a fully-staffed, multi-jurisdictional communications center.

Risman Plaza, close in proximity to the Student Center and University Library, is a popular hangout spot.

Fire Prevention

The Fire Prevention Office strives to be the strongest link between all departments within Kent State University by promoting fire safety. Through a coordinated effort with the City of Kent Fire Department, the Fire Prevention office enforces all required codes and standards to ensure the safety of individuals associated with the university community.

The Department of Public Safety.

Public Safety

The Department of Public Safety exists to support the greater mission of Kent State University and promote a safe and healthy environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

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Emergency Management

The Division of Emergency Management works closely with the academic community to prepare for, or mitigate, vulnerabilities to hazards or disasters that may affect the University. By conducting training exercises, routine drills and equipment tests throughout the year, the division is better able to deal with the unforeseen challenges inherent in an actual emergency.

Stark Campus Security Team

Regional Campus Security

Kent State has security officers on every campus. Security officers patrol their campus, provide, observe and report services, in addition to helping with emergency management planning. In the event of an emergency on any campus, dial 9-1-1. An additional list of at-a-glance emergency numbers for each campus are also available.

Take advantage of various quick links from this web page for easy access to direct impact resources, ranging from reporting, to immediate data, to signing up for text alerts about campus critical announcements, to accessing critical phone numbers. These tools and other resources can also be accessed from the Kent State University Police Services website.