Student Shuttle System
The Student Shuttle System, a student-staffed operation, provides a stop-to-stop vehicle escort service to members of the college community from 8 a.m.-noon and from 9 p.m.-2 a.m., daily during each week of scheduled classes. It serves a route around the perimeter of the campus, with limited off-campus stops. Information on the service and stops is available in brochures distributed on campus and by calling Ext. 57433 from on campus, or (440) 775-RIDE (7433) from College Village Housing and 137 Elm St.
Walking Safety Escort Services
Walking Safety Escort Services are provided upon request from dusk to dawn for anyone walking alone on campus. An escort can be summoned to any college building, resident hall, or parking lot by calling the office of Safety and Security (440-775-8444 or ext. 58444 from on campus) or by using any of the distinctively marked blue campus emergency phones. Campus security officers, their student assistants, and the Student Shuttle System participate in this service.
Emergency Telephone System
The Emergency Telephone System maintained by the college consists of 80 emergency telephones throughout the campus. Thirty-eight of these are highly visible "Blue Light" phones situated in parking lots, high-traffic pedestrian areas, and campus open space locations. They can be easily located and identified by the bright blue light atop a black pedestal.
The remaining emergency telephones are at the primary entrance(s) of each residence hall, and within some academic buildings. The automatic dialing capability provides direct contact with a safety and security communications officer, coded location of the call origin, and immediate dispatch of a safety and security officer.
Operation Identification is a crime prevention program that discourages burglary and theft by permanently identifying valuables. Engraving personal identification on valuable items makes stolen items difficult to sell or pawn. Operation Identification also helps police and the safety and security office identify lost or stolen property. The office has a number of electric engravers that members of the college community may borrow free of charge. We provide forms to record personal property and serial numbers.
Community Educational Programs
Community Educational Programs are presented on campus by safety and security staff throughout the year to promote awareness and good safety and security practices. Presentations include information:
- crime prevention
- personal safety
- rape and sexual assault prevention
- property protection
- residential hall security
- bicycle thefts
- other timely issues as they arise
Members of the safety and security office also participate in crime prevention in their individual contacts with the public. Staff members from the Offices of Residential Life, Student Health, the Assistant Dean/Director of Health Education, and the Title IX Coordinator also educate community members in issues of alcohol and drug abuse, sexual assault prevention, and the sexual misconduct policy of Oberlin College.
Community Action Makes Public Safety is a series of programs designed to encourage members of the college community to take responsibility for and contribute to their own security and that of others. The types of programs and frequency of presentation are tailored to meet the needs of specific groups of community members.
The programs inform students and employees about campus security procedures and practices and encourage them to be responsible for their own security and the security of the community. Officers proactively educate students and employees by increasing awareness and by helping them to develop strategies for the reduction of risk.