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The safety and security of our students is our highest priority and Kettering University is committed to making campus and the surrounding area as safe and secure as possible.  Parents have an important role to play in their student’s safety and we actively seek your participation in our efforts.  The more parents know about how we work and how you can help us maintain a safe and secure campus, the more successful we will be. We ask that you learn about our operations and resources so that you may coach your student to acquire complete knowledge of them and adopt practices to keep themselves safe.

Our Campus Safety Operation

Kettering University’s Campus Safety department operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  We operate three 8-hour shifts; a minimum of three officers are on duty at all times.  One officer staffs the desk, located just inside the front doors of the Campus Center, at all times. This officer, among other duties, monitors live video streams from the many security cameras we have around the campus.  During each shift, other officers patrol the parking lots and buildings, on foot and in Campus Safety vehicles.  They also patrol the neighborhood surrounding the University, within a one-mile radius.  Campus Safety officers secure our buildings and surrounding property and provide many other security services, including escorts (see below). 

Flint Police Department officers, assigned to the area surrounding Kettering, patrol the campus and neighborhood 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  These officers respond to     9-1-1 calls in the area, as well as calls placed directly to them, as their priorities permit. (FPD officers’ cell phone numbers may be found on the Campus Safety webpage, but in the event of an emergency, students should always call 9-1-1 first.) 

Campus Safety works in concert with the Flint Police Department to provide safety and security on and off campus.  Campus Safety officers are first responders to all incidents that take place on campus and facilitate emergency responses that occur on Kettering University property.  Off campus, they patrol and report emergencies and suspicious activities to the Flint police and other law enforcement agencies.  Note that according to State of Michigan laws, Campus Safety officers may not actively intervene in any off-campus criminal activity, including investigating incidents or pursuing, restraining, or arresting suspects.  The Flint Police Department or other law enforcement agencies must, by law, manage these situations.

Students’ Safety

Our ability to provide a safe and secure campus depends upon the knowledge, experience, and hard work of our Campus Safety officers, as well as our collaboration with the Flint Police Department.  It also depends upon students’ active participation in ensuring their personal safety.  We encourage students to take these steps to protect themselves.

Learn about and adjust to life in a new environment.  Many of our students are unfamiliar with urban living, which presents unique security challenges.  Students who have grown up in suburban or rural areas have not yet developed habits requisite to safety in city life.  These include using well-lighted roads, sidewalks, and walkways; locking vehicle and home doors; hiding personal property in vehicle storage spaces (trunks and other compartments); traveling in pairs or groups; and utilizing Campus Safety resources, including our Escort & Shuttle service.

Campus Safety Services & Resources

Escort & Shuttle Service:  This service, available 24/7, provides either a walking escort or transportation to any point on campus or within a one-mile radius of it.  Students may access this service by calling Campus Safety, visiting their office in the Campus Center, or utilizing the call boxes located throughout all parking lots and other campus locations.  We encourage students to program the Campus Safety telephone number (810 762 9501) into their cell phones.  (Note that Escort/Shuttle Services exists to protect members of our community; it is not a means of local transport for any other reason.) 

Building Access:  During regular business hours, all doors on campus are locked or monitored.  Access, via ID card, varies depending on one’s need; e.g., all members of the campus community may access all buildings, however, access to offices, labs, etc., within a building may be restricted to those with a demonstrated need.  Building access information

Reporting Suspicious Activity:  We encourage students to report suspicious activity, whenever they observe it on or around campus.  Campus Safety officers respond directly to suspicious activity on campus and report it to the Flint Police Department when it is observed off campus.  Students may call Campus Safety at (810) 762-9501 or dial “0” from campus phones, located in all buildings and in Emergency kiosks, located throughout campus. 

What Students Should Do in Case of an Emergency:  We instruct students to call 9-1-1 from personal or campus phones in case of an emergency.  Calls to 9-1-1 from personal phones will route the caller to the City of Flint’s central dispatch office. Calls to 9-1-1 from campus telephones are routed to the Campus Safety office. The Campus Safety desk officer will contact the Flint Police Department or other emergency responders, as circumstances warrant. 

Campus Safety Incident Reports:  Students should file a report of any safety incident that occurs.  We encourage students to secure themselves first and then report all on- and off-campus personal or property incidents through our Campus Safety Incident Report System.

Campus Safety follows up on all incident reports directly with all individuals making a report and, when appropriate, with local authorities.  Reporting all security related incidents is important because this information makes it possible for us to track as well as to anticipate criminal activity.  They reports also help us to connect affected individuals to campus resources that may be of assistance to them, such as the Wellness Center. 

How Kettering University Responds to an Incident On or Near Campus:  We have multiple ways to notify students of incidents on or near campus.  The methods we use depend, in part, upon the nature of the situation.

In the event of an emergency, members of the University community will be notified using one or more components of our alert system; all are intended to enhance communication with the campus community.  These components include Kettering Alert, website alerts, email, voice mail, campus PA announcements, and Emergency Kiosks.  Depending on the nature of the emergency, one or more of the following actions may be taken: 

  • Website alert banners may appear on the Kettering University web pages, directing users to a website announcement.
  • Text messages may be sent to cell phones and other devices through Kettering Alert.
  • Voice mail, email, and/or the web may be used to update or inform students and others about a situation.
  • Our public address speakers may be used, as appropriate, to alert persons in and around our buildings.  (All campus buildings feature speakers, inside and outside.)

Not all methods will be used at all times.  Campus Safety routinely updates its criteria for escalation of campus notifications through consultations with peers at other colleges and universities, implementation of new technologies, and consideration of changing conditions within the campus community. 

Kettering Alert:  This electronic system serves as the linchpin of our emergency notification system.  We encourage students to enroll in this cell phone and email notification system so they receive urgent, time-critical, real-time information issued by Campus Safety when circumstances warrant it.  Students must enroll in Kettering Alert so we can inform them in real-time of critical events on campus.  At the beginning of each term, we remind students to enroll in Kettering Alert through Banner Web /Self Service.

We issue alerts only when the situation meets the standard of “imminent danger” to the campus or community. What does this mean?  Simply put, a Kettering Alert will be issued when any conditions or dangers exist which may cause serious physical harm immediately or before the imminence of such danger can be eliminated through enforcement or other safety procedures.  The decision to issue a Kettering Alert may be made by the President or by Campus Safety alone, or in consultation with the Flint police or other emergency responders. We use Kettering Alerts only when needed to ensure their impact when we do send them; we do not use them for routine communications.  We also send Kettering Alerts when weather conditions warrant action on the part of students, faculty, and staff, e.g., when snow or rain conditions make travel to or from the University unsafe. 

Kettering University Emergency Information Website:  In case of a University-wide emergency, parents may obtain information from the Emergency Information website.

Students’ Emergency Contact Information:  At the beginning of each term, we remind students to update their emergency contact information through Banner Web/Self-Service.  Parents should note that the University is restricted, by federal privacy laws, regarding the types of information we may share with them, even in emergencies.  We share all information possible, as allowed.

Training Students

Each term, we provide training and information to all students regarding their personal safety.  Some of this training takes place in seminars and workshops; other is communicated via electronic means.  Topics include personal and property protection; what to do in case of an emergency; reminders to update Kettering Alert and emergency contact information; how to evaluate off-campus housing regarding safety features; and others. We ask parents to encourage students to take advantage of these training opportunities and to access safety and security information on a regular basis. 

Living Off-Campus

For many reasons, including safety, we encourage all students to reside in Thompson Hall throughout their collegiate experience.  Students who choose to live off campus should select housing that provides safety and security features.  We instruct them to follow these guidelines:

  • Check all window and door locks to make sure they function properly.  If they don't, contact the property owner immediately to get them fixed.  Each exterior door should have a minimum of two (2) functioning locks: a deadbolt and a doorknob lock.  Each window should have a secure, tamper-proof lock on it. 
  • Insist that broken windows, locks, and doors be fixed immediately.
  • Make sure the rental unit is properly lit outside.  Property owners should provide lights over all doors, as well as on all sides of the home that are not secured by tamper-proof fencing.
  • If shrubs and bushes provide hiding spots, contact the property owner to get them trimmed or removed entirely.  Insist they be maintained.
  • If your rental unit has an alarm system, use it.  If it does not function properly, contact your property owner and insist that it be fixed immediately. If it doesn't have one, ask that one be installed.
  • Park your car in a well-lit area.  Do not leave any personal items in it--seen or unseen.
  • Utilize Campus Safety's Escort Service to and from campus.
  • Never open your door until you know who's on the other side. If your entry door does not have a peephole or other device to see who is on the other side, insist that your landlord install one immediately.
  • All rental units should have functioning smoke detectors, including one per sleeping room.
  • Each sleeping room should have two methods of egress (exit), typically a door and a window that does not have bars on it.
  • Property owners should provide an adequate number of functioning fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors in all rental units. 
  • Once you move into a rental unit, insist all rental signs be removed.  Permanent signs violate City of Flint building codes and signal to criminals the presence of students who typically possess easily pawn-able electronics and other devices.
  • Neither Kettering University nor “KU” may appear on any privately owned rental property.  Report these signs to Campus Safety and we will have them removed. 


Note that Kettering University neither owns nor operates any off-campus housing, including the Campus Village Apartments (located on Chevrolet Avenue across from the Campus Center).  We do, however, allow property owners to advertise available rentals on campus bulletin boards.  The University does not investigate, endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of any advertised properties, the quality of the facilities listed, or the listed individuals, companies, or firms. The University does not investigate, endorse, or guarantee the suitability of those who respond to the advertisements. Users of this service communicate and contract with each other individually and at their own risk. The University and employees of Kettering University are not liable for any actions occurring as a result of arrangements made between users of this service or for any errors or omissions made in rental listings posted on campus.


Campus Safety Reports

Kettering University’s Campus and Fire Safety Report is available on our website. Note that our campus is remarkably safe.  We have few on-campus incidents that threaten the safety and security of our students.

Contact Information

Please contact us with questions or concerns regarding your student’s safety and security.

Jim Benford
Chief, Campus Safety

Kettering University
(810) 762-9501