33 colleges and universities in Ohio will receive a total of $5 million in funding for security projects that enhance the safety of students and staff.
Funds will be used to cover expenses associated with physical security enhancements such as security cameras, door locks, alarms, public address systems and metal detectors.
The grant awards are part of the 2022 Campus Safety Grant Program, which was funded with support from the Ohio legislature in Senate Bill 310 of the 133rd General Assembly. The Ohio School Safety Center, which is a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, reviewed the campus safety grant applications in consultation with the Ohio Department of Higher Education.
"These funds will go directly toward helping our institutions of higher education become more secure," said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. "The importance of campus safety cannot be overstated, and Ohio is committed to supporting efforts that keep our colleges and universities safe."
Ohio universities awarded safety grants
To be eligible for grant funding, colleges and universities conducted a security and vulnerability assessment to identify areas in need of safety enhancements. A list of the universities receiving funds is below:
- Rhodes State College: $87,500
- Hocking College: $100,750
- Ohio University: $124,175
- Belmont College: $142,077.65
- Miami University: $163,414.23
- Clark State College: $93,372
- Cleveland State University: $174,350.20
- Columbus State Community College: $124,393.43
- Ohio State University: $174,257.25
- Northwest State Community College: $149,700
- Central State University: $150,000
- Wright State University: $147,930
- Cincinnati State Technical & Community College: $148,335
- University of Cincinnati: $197,649.40
- Southern State Community College: $191,539.94
- Lakeland Community College: $79,300
- Central Ohio Technical College: $50,000
- Lorain County Community College: $145,200
- Owens Community College: $177,583.25
- University of Toledo: $114,240
- Youngstown State University: $62,968
- Marion Technical College: $97,550
- Edison State Community College: $61,460
- Sinclair College: $118,350
- Zane State College: $50,000
- Kent State University: $387,567
- North Central State College: $50,000
- Terra State Community College: $338,598
- Shawnee State University: $76,013.12
- Stark State College: $94,675
- University of Akron: $422,630
- Washington State Community College: $226,345.90
- Bowling Green State University: $278,075.63
Since its creation in 2021, a total of approximately $10 million in funding has been awarded through the Ohio School Safety Center's Campus Safety Grant Program.