Keeping Students and Employees Safe on Campus

August 13, 2019 9:00 AM

Campus Safety

A Letter from the Director of Campus Safety Mike Martinsen

Dear students and families,

Welcome to Oberlin! We’re looking forward to seeing each of you on campus this year. As the director of Campus Safety, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and let you know that everyone in our office is here to make your Oberlin experience a safe one. Our office is open 24 hours a day so Campus Safety staff can respond to potential criminal incidents, suspicious activity, requests for assistance, and emergency situations. Additionally, our campus safety officers work closely with local law enforcement professionals including the Oberlin Police Department, the area SWAT team, the Lorain County Sheriff's Office, and the local FBI  to assure a seamless response to our campus in the event of a crisis.

Our team’s primary concern is the safety of those on campus. Given the unfortunate rise in gun violence, we have made it a priority to enhance our level of readiness and emergency preparedness. To that end, we have assembled a Campus Emergency Response Team, conduct regular meetings between student life staff and campus safety professionals, and we offer ongoing active shooter training for faculty, staff, and students. Students, if you would like to participate in such a training as either individuals or a group, please call Campus Safety and ask to speak with me.

Campus Safety will also be open in its new Dascomb facility this fall. The new offices enhance our capacity it both promote and respond to safety issues on campus.  We welcome you to stop by and visit us there. Campus Safety is committed to playing a key part in maintaining a safe, welcoming, and inclusive campus environment where students and employees can thrive.

As Director of Campus Safety, I have more than 30 years of law enforcement experience and maintain my certification as a law enforcement officer in Ohio. Before coming to Oberlin College, I proudly served as the Tactical Response Team Commander for the City of Hamilton, Ohio, and the Chief of Police and SWAT member for the Ohio University Police Department. I assure you our safety officers remain on alert for any unusual activity on campus and promptly address any matters that arise.

Personally, as the parent of a college student, I know Oberlin College is a very safe campus. Our students, faculty, and staff all look out for one another, and our collective priority is the safety and well-being of our students at their home away from home.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Mike Martinsen
Director of Campus Safety