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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are many places you can go to when something happened on campus for resources such as someone to report to or confide in. I feel safe at night but I do prefer to walk with groups. I feel safe on campus most of the time.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Kent State campus is pretty secure. I've never felt on safe or out of the ordinary. I'm naturally always mindful of my surroundings and if I am walking on campus late at night, I'm never usually by myself. The police department has always been active in the community. There are calling poles every where on campus that you can press a button if you don't feel safe and security will come and escort you to your destination.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel extremely safe on campus because we are surrounded by a highly trained security staff.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I always feel very safe on campus, no matter what time it is

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I walk to my dorm very late at night coming back from doing projects and from studying and I have never felt threatened once.


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There is a noticeable presence of security personnel at Kent State, but this fact is generally seen as positive, and safety measures lend students a peace of mind while on campus. While they are by no means overbearing, it is nearly impossible to walk anywhere on campus at night without seeing one of the student security aides in their bright yellow uniforms. Most of them are pretty amiable, and oftentimes students will be reprimanded rather than disciplined for any unruly actions. Security aides are not out to bust students, but they will definitely intervene when it comes to any disturbances or illegal activity. At their discretion, University Police can become involved, and the measures that police can enact against offending students are much more severe. Security escorts are available each night from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., and emergency phones are scattered around campus. Most of the paths around campus are well-lit, and there are few, if any, crimes committed against students on campus. The town and campus are generally safe, but of course, standard personal safety rules still apply.

The DeWeese Health Center is located on campus in an accessible location, and provides an array of standard resources, ranging from psychological services and depression screenings to pharmaceutical and nonemergency medical care. University Health Services also funds programming to promote health awareness on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 19
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 3
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Public Safety and Police Services
Stockdale Safety Building
911 (emergencies); (330) 672-0370 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Campus escorts
  • Emergency blue phones
  • Night security patrols
  • Restricted access to dorms
Health Center
DeWeese Health Center
Eastway Drive (behind the ice arena)
(330) 672-2443
Monday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Tuesday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Basic lab services (including pregnancy testing, 20-minute HIV testing, and other standard tests)
  • Free counseling services
  • On-campus pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychological services
  • Radiology services
  • Same-day clinic
  • Women's resource center
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Security escorts are available seven days a week from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. by calling the security aid dispatcher on campus at 2-7004 or by calling (330) 672-7004 from a non-campus phone.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 209 responses

  • 19% None
  • 12% Walking alone
  • 11% Theft/robberies
  • 10% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Criminal activity near campus
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Drugs
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 155 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 209 responses

  • 26% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 52% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 16% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 5% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 274 responses

  • 39% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 47% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 14% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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