Campus Safety

exterior view of campus safety building with big sign above the doorway.
Campus Safety's home on the college's main student grassy thoroughfare, Wilder Bowl.
Photo credit: Yvonne Gay

Student Shuttle Service

The Student Shuttle, a student-staffed operation, provides a stop-to-stop vehicle escort service to college community members daily from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. during each week of scheduled classes. It serves a route around the campus perimeter, with limited off-campus stops.  Information on the service and stops is available by calling Ext. 57433 from on campus, or (440) 775-RIDE (7433).

Campus Safety 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 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.

Campus Safety officers regularly patrol campus 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.

Message from the Director

Welcome to Oberlin College!  It is a privilege to serve as the Director of Campus Safety.

While keeping the campus safe is one of our main objectives, student engagement is an extremely important part of our mission.  Consistent with our department values, our Campus Safety staff is here to serve our students and campus community with respect, equity, and compassion.  Our office is open 24 hours a day, and our staff will respond to potential criminal incidents, suspicious activity, requests for assistance, and emergency situations.  

Our Campus Safety team will continue to partner with you and our campus community to help make your experience at Oberlin College a safe one.  Oberlin College is a very safe campus, and we need your help to keep it that way.  Crime prevention is a team effort.  If you see something suspicious, please do not hesitate to call Campus Safety immediately.  Our department offers a variety of safety services to our students, including our Student Shuttle, walking safety escorts, and our safe transaction zone located at our Campus Safety building.  We encourage everyone to become familiar and utilize our resources.

I am honored to work with a professional staff of Campus Safety members.  These dedicated professionals are committed to consistently delivering the best possible safety services to our campus community.  The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors will always be our top priority!  I am excited to be part of the Oberlin College community.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Anthony Traska

Director of Campus Safety


“The Mission of the Oberlin College Campus Safety Office is to serve our students and campus community with respect, fairness, and compassion.  We are committed to the protection of life and property, and the preservation of peace and diversity of all individuals. We are dedicated to enhancing safety and quality of life for our entire campus community.”

Departmental Values we insist upon are:

Professionalism – We will always be aware of our image and role within the institution.

Integrity – We will hold ourselves to the highest standard of truth.

Empathy – We will always listen to the needs and the concerns of our students.

Services – We will respond with a service-driven mindset to all calls for service.

Respect – We embrace diversity and will treat everyone with respect and dignity.

Loyalty – We will all embrace our role as Ambassadors for Oberlin College.

Duty – The welfare and safety of our students and community members is our top priority.             

All of us at Campus Safety