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CAMPUS ESCORT SERVICE

Increase your safety and security when walking on campus! Consider using of the CSU Police Department’s Campus Escort Service. This free service is dispatched on individual request to escort parkers to and from their vehicles 24/7. For this service please call 216.687.2020.

Campus safety and security

CSU is committed to providing a safe and healthy campus for all members of the University community.

The University has its own police force and also uses security officers to provide additional coverage through foot-patrols. It has also incorporated a proprietary high-end mechanical key system, electronic card-access system, state-of-the-art optical turnstiles, alarm systems, emergency blue-light phones, two emergency mass notification systems, advanced fire alarm systems and is approaching 1,000 video surveillance cameras. Prevention and preparedness are strong-holds of the Campus Safety division, which includes environmental health and safety efforts.

For an emergency, call CSU Police by dialing 9-1-1 on any campus phone or utilize an emergency blue-light phone station. 

You may also utilize the free Viking Shield mobile app to notify authorities in case of an emergency.

CSU is the first campus in the nation to integrate this new smartphone app to its collection of advanced student-safety technologies. The free app allows users to instantly notify campus police of a potential threat, and in the process the app transmits the user’s precise location and personal data back to police. 

  • Users can send texts, photos and video of suspicious activity to police
  • The app stores critical medical information about its users, such as allergies, blood types and medications needed to assist first responders.
  • Police respond through your smartphone’s geo-location technology without speaking to a dispatcher  
  • Viking Shield can even push vital information back to its users to warn of potential threats.

Statistics substantiate that our campus is very safe. However, there are many common-sense ways to maintain personal safety, as crime and criminals have no boundaries.

University Police encourage everyone on campus to be vigilant at all times. By being alert, individuals can help keep the campus secure for everyone. We encourage everyone to:

  • Always be aware of people around you
  • Alert someone to your presence on campus after hours
  • Buddy up – try not to be alone after hours
  • Use well-lit, public walkways
  • Keep doors locked
  • Lock your car and place personal items away from plain view (put them in the trunk)
  • Check email for campus alerts
  • Know the locations of telephones and campus emergency telephones
  • Report suspicious activities by strangers
  • Use a Community Safety Escort – call 216.687.2020 for assistance


The University has a staff of 23 full-time accredited and armed police officers. In addition, our Police Department works diligently with outside agencies – including the Cleveland Police Department – to ensure the safety of everyone on our campus.

The University has also strengthened its life-safety program with an emergency voice communication system that is a national model for campus-wide notification of critical and timely information. The emergency mass notification system enables CSU to send out emergency messages to telephones, cell phones, email, text messages, satellite telephones and pagers. The system announces major events such as campus closings.

The CSU Police Department has implemented many other safety programs to assist in the protection of our students, faculty and staff. Safety programs and additional information can be found here.