Risk and Emergency Management

Risk and Emergency Management strives to make The Ohio State University a safe place for our students, staff, faculty and visitors to live, work, learn, play and visit. We systematically evaluate overall risk and implement strategies that involve physical security, policies, safety education, and safety and security assessments. In addition, we collaborate with university partners, professional organizations and government agencies to share our best practices and effectively use our resources. 

Crime Prevention and Safety 

Risk and Emergency Management works closely with the Department of Public Safety, Ohio State University Police Department and the Columbus Police Department to provide safety and security training programs. Check out our For Your Safety Brochure for helpful university tips and resources.  

Access and Keys 

Risk and Emergency Management supports key and access requests for all facilities and departments within Student Life. We work with Facilities Operations and Development to implement key requests and maintain a comprehensive keying plan for Student Life facilities. We utilize electronic key cabinets, offline card readers and a master keying schematic to safely assign and secure keys. 

Where to Request Our Services 

Requests for access to keys, electronic key cabinets, buildings, or other access systems should be directed through the Student Life eKey page. Access requests should be submitted by departmental supervisors only. 

When to Request Our Services 

All requests by Student Life employees should be directed to sl-keys@osu.edu. For emergency lock repair services, place contact Service2Facilities at 614-292-HELP (4357). 

Workplace Safety 

Risk and Emergency Management strives to meet or exceed all workplace safety training and certifications. We partner with other university departments to develop comprehensive training for a variety of Student Life employees. 

We ensure compliance with the Public Employment Risk Reduction Program (PERRP) Act to ensure public employees in Ohio have safe and healthy working conditions. In addition, we represent Student Life on the University Safety Committee, which addresses workplace safety issues and helps departments to comply with workplace safety regulations. 

Policies and Procedures 

Risk and Emergency Management oversees access and security across Student Life buildings and facilities. As someone working in a Student Life space, you share the responsibility to ensure the personal safety of residents, guests, employees, facilities and assets for the university. It is essential that you follow the policies and procedures for all access and security systems relevant to your position and job function. You can access the university’s Physical Access Management and Control Policy online. (https://ap.osu.edu/sites/default/files/pam.pdf) 

Office Keys:  

As the holder of this key, you share the responsibility associated with protecting the personal safety of residents, guests, employees, facilities and assets for the university. It is essential that you follow the guidelines listed below while in possession of university keys. 

  1. Ensure that the key you have been issued matches what is on the office/facility door and also the code listed above. 
  2. Keys should be kept on the ring provided. Do not cut, remove, or separate keys from the sealed ring or brass tag. 
  3. Do not lend your keys to others. 
  4. Do not use your keys to open or unlock doors for unauthorized or unknown individuals. 
  5. All keys must be returned to Student Life Risk and Emergency Management upon leaving your current job through resignation, retirement, involuntary termination, disability separation, or transfer to a different job within student life or another university department. 
  6. Student Life Risk and Emergency Management will perform an annual review for all keys issued. Please respond to any inquiries. 
  7. Report any issues associated with keys to Student Life Risk and Emergency Management via Service2facilities (614-292-HELP). 
  8. Lost or misplaced keys should be reported immediately. Individuals who lose, misplace or misuse keys or any access control system may be subject to corrective action. 

Helpful Links: 

Contact: 

Student Life Risk and Emergency Management 
614-688-4990 
Sl-keys@osu.edu