Student campus service officers

Student Campus Service Officers

Student campus service officers (CSO’s) provide high-visibility patrols on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. CSO’s work with public safety professionals to provide an additional, visible presence to assist in keeping university students, faculty and staff safe.

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What We Do

Student CSO’s are part of our holistic approach to safety, which includes non-sworn security patrols. This extra set of eyes and ears can report suspicious behavior or other activity so that police can respond as needed.

On campus patrols include safety and security checks of buildings, external grounds and equipment and are conducted on foot, via mountain bikes and in vehicles. Student CSO’s patrol in marked security vehicles and have direct radio communication with dispatch. They also assist in traffic and pedestrian management, participate in special duty events and operations, complete routine logs and forms, administer first aid and operate fire extinguishers.

Former student officers have gone on to work in a multitude of public safety positions in agencies at the local, state and federal level. These roles also allow students to receive priority scheduling for classes.



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New vehicles with temperature control and Bluetooth capabilities.
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Receive training in First Aid/CPR/AED, OC Spray, and de-escalation training.
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Get access to mentorship from OSUPD and other public agencies.
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Starting pay is $13 per hour with uniforms and equipment provided.
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CSO's get priority scheduling on all of their classes.