Public Safety Department
Kent State Campus Safety
Kent State University has one of the safest campuses in the nation, according to the FBI's annual Uniformed Crime Report. A nationwide study by the Consortium for Higher Education Campus Crime Research ranked Kent State in the lowest two percent of crime for universities of comparable size.
On the Kent Campus, Kent State Police Services is the only nationally accredited law enforcement agency at an Ohio public university and was one of the first university police departments in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies. The designation recognizes the Kent State police department as a select organization that consistently demonstrates excellence and serves as a model for police, sheriff and other law enforcement agencies around the country.
Kent State Police Services is empowered by the State of Ohio to enforce state laws and is directed by the university's board of trustees to enforce certain rules and regulations of the university. Essentially, the police officers at the university have the same authority as their state and municipal counterparts.
Kent State's Top Safety Services
- Police Services provides 24-hour patrols and protection
- Officers patrol campus on foot, bicycles and in cars
- Campus security and courtesy phones are available in all buildings and parking lots
- Secure residence halls are accessible by card swipe or key only
- Residential security aides provide escort service to and from campus buildings
- Numerous safety, awareness and risk reduction programs are offered on campus
- Fire and life safety equipment, extinguishers, exit lights, sprinklers, etc., are inspected regularly
- Parking lots are patrolled and restricted to permit holders with designated visitor areas
- Campus-wide motorist assistance is available
The Department of Public Safety and Police Services
The Department of Public Safety and Police Services are located at the Stockdale Safety Building Kent, OH 44242-0001. The non-emergency phone and fax numbers are: Phone: 330-672-3070 Fax: 330-672-3113. For emergencies and immediate assistance call 9-1-1. For more information, visit the Kent State Police Services Web site.
Residence Halls and Campus Escorts
Residential areas are locked 24 hours a day to allow only residents of a hall, their escorted guests and authorized personnel to enter. Kent State's Security Aide program is nationally recognized for its excellence. Student security aides, who receive 40 hours of intense training, work in direct contact with University Police Services. In addition to patrolling the residence halls, the security program offers the widely used campus escort service, providing students escorts across campus each night between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. For more information about the program, visit the Security Aide Program Web site.
Flash ALERTS is Kent State's official emergency text-message notification system. Flash ALERTS expands the university's ability to alert students, faculty and staff to critical news and information – regardless of the time of day or a person's location. The subscriber-only service allows students, faculty and staff to receive urgent notification on a text-enabled mobile phone or device. Sign up is simple. To register, visit the Flash ALERTS Web page.
Up-to-Date Campus Information
In the event of inclement weather or emergency, check the university's home page first for the latest notifications and information. You also can find a list of which Ohio media outlets are notified of any campus emergencies and closing at Kent State's eight campuses on the Campus Closings Information page.
Kent State established the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) to educate students about personal safety and violence prevention, to empower them to build healthier relationships, and to be responsive to students in need. Follow this link to get help if you or a friend have been sexually assaulted.