Safety and Security

See also: Campus Safety and Compliance

Your success as a college student requires that you live and learn in a safe and secure environment. Throughout your time at DC, we will communicate personal safety practices through discussions, drills, speakers, and announcements.

The McReynolds Hall, Whitney Hall and the Jacket Suites entrance doors remain locked 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, so students will need to use their student ID to gain access to their individual residence hall. Students’ rooms should be kept locked at all items when the room is left unoccupied. Evening and overnight hour security rounds are performed by professional security officers provided by Continental Security. The security staff is accessible to students via the security headquarters in the McCann Center from 3 pm until 7 am daily. Security can be contacted at 419-783-2625 during office hours.


Defiance College has an emergency notification system which utilizes email, cell phone, land phone, and texting to notify members of the college community about weather delays, closings, and other campus emergencies.


The Office of Residence Life works to foster an exchange of ideas while implementing student developmental and social programs to help students adjust to living on campus. Additionally, both the undergraduate and graduate staff living in the halls works directly with the Office of Student Life to addresses student conduct concerns and issues negatively affecting the overall residential community. Proper administrative follow-up on behavioral conflicts are the responsibility of residence life staff. Staff members are trained to educate students on policies and encourage each student to take responsibility for their own actions and address issues when appropriate.


The Communication Information Form is for reporting incidents and issues that occur on campus or that affect members of the campus community. If you or anyone you know has been involved in an incident that you feel the college should be made aware of, please fill out this form to the best of your ability. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Residence Life at 419-783-2563.

If you need immediate assistance, please call our Crisis Response phone at 419-439-0359.