5425 Campus Safety Specialist


TITLE Campus Safety Specialist




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Lead Campus Safety Specialist

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Manager, Campus Safety


The Campus Safety Specialist performs safety, loss prevention, traffic control duties, conducts regular vehicular, bike, and foot patrols and responds to emergency and non-emergency situations, renders assistance as appropriate, and makes reports. The Campus Safety Specialist enforces University parking and other University regulations, directs traffic, and provides directions and information. The Campus Safety Specialist is instrumental in campus safety through proactive safety efforts, such as identifying hazards, making building visits, checking safety equipment, delivering safety and security lectures as required, and having positive interaction with students, faculty, staff, and guests.


Education: A high school diploma or the equivalent is required.

Experience: With a high school diploma, at least two years of work experience is required; experience in positions involving customer service, safety, security, loss control, parking, traffic control, fire prevention, emergency services, or related fields is preferred. With an Associate’s degree, one year of experience as described above is required; with a Bachelor’s degree, no experience is required.

Skills: Effective verbal and written communication skills are required. the ability to conduct effective interviews, make accurate observations, and write detailed reports is required. Excellent interpersonal skills are required. The ability to work without constant supervision and within a framework of specific guidelines is required. Knowledge of methods and procedures related to safety activities, including prevention, investigation, and traffic control is required. Computer literacy is required. The ability to react quickly and appropriately to threatening emergency and non-emergency situations, make accurate observations and remember details of situations and individuals, and learn, understand, and apply policies, laws, rules, ordinances, and regulations to individual circumstances is required. The ability to learn to operate the full range of department vehicles, interpret fire alarm systems, develop an understanding of the surveillance camera system, develop knowledge of campus buildings and geography, and work effectively as a team member and individual is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Certification and Training: A valid driver’s license is required. Current certification for First Aid, Adult, Child and Infant Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Automated External Defibrillators (AED) is required throughout the appointment. Successful completion of Incident Command System (ICS) 100 and National Incident Management System (NIMS) 700 training is required or must be completed within one year of appointment. All newly hired Campus Safety Specialists will successfully complete a Campus Safety orientation training prior to being assigned to a shift. Successful completion of the MSU bicycle training is required.

Effort:   The position requires extended periods of standing, the ability to move quickly throughout campus on foot and by bike, including climbing stairs in all University buildings. The ability to lift and carry equipment weighing up to fifty (50) pounds is required. This position occasionally works in confined spaces and at heights. Work is performed primarily out-of-doors, in varied weather conditions. Bicycle duty occurs on all three shifts.
Other:   The scope of the position may require nighttime, holiday, and/or weekend work. Overtime may be required to meet the staffing needs of the department. Employees in this job classification are designated as essential employees and must report to work as scheduled when University offices are closed. Positions associated with this job classification may be located in facilities requiring the position to be designated ‘sensitive’ as defined by University policy. Positions associated with this job classification may include job duties, responsibilities, or activities that are subject to export control regulations.  


1. Maintains a safe and secure campus by regularly traveling through assigned areas on a bicycle, on foot, or in a vehicle, observing for unauthorized personnel or activities, enforcing University rules, regulations and policies, and reporting violations to the appropriate authority, checking doors and locks for proper operation, and securing and locking buildings and windows as directed.

2. Reduces the potential for injury, loss of life, property theft, and/or destruction of property by conducting area checks for potentially dangerous or unsafe areas, buildings, and conditions, (e.g., inoperative lighting, unlocked doors, insecure stairway railing, etc.), routinely inspecting fire extinguishers, and making on-the-spot corrections if possible or reporting the conditions to an appropriate authority for correction.

3. Enforces University parking and bicycle regulations by being knowledgeable of the regulations, advising faculty, students, staff, and visitors about the regulations, issuing tickets, applying wheel clamps, arranging for vehicles to be towed, and securing and issuing violation notices for bicycles, rendering assistance during traffic accidents, and preparing reports regarding on-campus traffic accidents.

4. Responds to weather, fire, hazardous materials, medical, and security emergencies as well as natural disasters, utilizing the incident command system, assesses the situation, takes mitigation action to protect lives, property, and the environment by following procedures prescribed in the Office of University Safety Policy and Procedures Manual, and assists emergency response.

5. Renders assistance at medical emergencies by performing CPR or rendering first aid to the injured person(s), determining the need for additional medical attention, contacting the appropriate agency/office to facilitate emergency medical attention, remaining with the injured person(s) until relieved by an appropriate authority, and preparing and submitting a detailed report.

6. Promotes an awareness of safety issues by talking to students, faculty, staff, and others, distributing informational materials regarding safety during normal duties, and conducting presentations or training as scheduled by the Manager, Campus Safety.

7. Encourages a proactive approach to safety by meeting with the leaders of University organizations to discuss their specific vulnerabilities to person, property, and equipment loss, assisting with the development of programs to alleviate or reduce identified vulnerabilities, monitoring the progress of those programs, and adjusting or modifying those programs as needed to improve safety.

8. Promotes a positive image of the University by providing directions and information to students, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus regarding campus locations, facilities, and activities, and rendering such assistance as requested within capability to provide (e.g., battery jumps for dead car batteries, use of telephone, etc.).

9. Responds to incidents of crime against people, including assault, sexual assault, rape, and crimes against property, including theft, burglary, and arson, interacts compassionately with victims to minimize impact, provides information on available resources, assists law enforcement as requested, thoroughly, accurately, and professionally documents incidents, and makes timely reports of campus complaints, incidents involving possible criminal activity, and other daily activities.

10. Thoroughly, accurately, and professionally documents all complaints, daily activities, and incidents and submits the information to the appropriate individual(s).

11. Supports the Office of University Safety by serving as an instructor of departmental personnel during initial and in-service training as directed by the Manager, Campus Safety and functioning as a dispatcher when directed to do so by the Supervisor, Campus Safety.

12. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

13. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, attending
professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the Director, University Safety or designee for a wide array of topics, such as the Clery Act, Title IX, report writing, communications, fire alarm systems, sprinkler and standpipe systems, hazardous materials, incident command, etc.

14. Contributes to the overall success and morale of the Office of University Safety by adhering to the Office of University Safety Policy and Procedures Manual and performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned in a professional manner.


The Campus Safety Specialist is supervised by the Supervisor, Campus Safety.