Safety and Security

The Office of Safety and Security supports a safe environment in which all members of the college community can learn, live, teach, and work. Open 24 hours a day, the staff responds immediately to potential criminal incidents, suspicious activity, requests for assistance, and emergency situations. We also alert appropriate representatives of the college when they are needed after regular business hours. Safety and security officers regularly patrol buildings, residence halls, and grounds by foot, vehicle, and bicycle. Though not sworn police officers, they work closely with the Oberlin police and fire departments to carry out their responsibilities in a diligent and courteous manner.

Hours of Operation

Administrative hours are 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Building is open and staffed 24 hours a day.  

A Note from the Director

To Our Community Members and Guests of Oberlin College,

The Oberlin College Office of Safety and Security strives to provide a safe and secure environment with a staff who works closely with the college community, and city police, fire, and ambulance offices in providing safety services. This site contains useful and important information about campus security services, policies, and employment opportunities.

Our webpage will provide information as needed as we make a good faith effort to increase community access to our department and services, and provide additional information relating to recent federal legislation. We will update our parking information, especially as it relates to alterations necessitated by ongoing construction projects on campus, and provide information on fire safety, emergency planning, and evacuations.

Oberlin College places a high priority on safety. Although many procedures and much equipment is in place to ensure your safety, the ultimate responsibility for your well being rests with you. It is important to develop habits and instincts that minimize risk for yourself and others while being supported by safety and security programs and services. This department exists to support a stable education and work environment in which security concerns are balanced with freedom of an open environment.

We welcome you to get in touch us with any questions or concerns either by appointment, e-mail, or telephone, 24 hours, (440) 775-8444.

Mike Martinsen
Director of Safety and Security

Safety and Security Office Numbers

Safety and Security Emergency Line
24 hours a day
(440) 775-8911

Emergency - Police, Fire, Ambulance
24 hours a day
Call goes directly to County Emergency Services, not through Oberlin College Safety and Security

Non-Emergency Services

24 hours a day
(440) 775-8444

Student Shuttle Service

9 p.m. to 2 a.m. during semester
(440) 775-RIDE (Campus Ext. 57433)