Staff Handbook

Health, Wellness, and Safety

photo of two staff members in the fitness center

Wright State University Police Department (WSUPD)

The Wright State University Police Department is responsible for ensuring a safe environment for you at Wright State and provides the highest level of law enforcement service to the Wright State campus community through the enforcement of laws and the protection of life, property and the constitutional rights of all. The department ensures a safe and secure educational environment that promotes diversity, tolerance, academic freedom and respect for the individual.

Police officers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week and respond to all calls for assistance. They patrol the campus in marked police vehicles, on bike patrol and on foot. The Police Department Communications Center is staffed 24 hours a day and can be reached by dialing 2111 or 911 in an emergency.

Emergency telephones are placed at strategic locations, including campus buildings, parking lots, and remote locations. When you lift the receiver, these telephones ring directly into the Communications Center. A map of emergency telephone locations is available on the university website. 

Safety escorts are available should you be concerned about safety issues when walking to campus buildings or your automobile. The department offers motorist assistance and a variety of crime prevention and personal safety programs. Visit WSUPD website for complete list of services provided.

Lake Campus Safety

The Wright State University Police Department currently employs one Police Officer full time at the Lake Campus. This officer serves the Wright State University Lake Campus community including faculty, staff, students and visitors. The Lake Campus Police Officer is certified through the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission.

The Lake Campus Police Officer’s office is located at Room #170D Dwyer Hall. The Lake Campus Police Officer may be contacted via office phone: 419-586-0249, fax: 419-586-0358, or email: tyler.pottkotter@wright.edu.


Environmental Health and Safety

Wright State is committed to providing a safe and healthful work environment for its employees. Each employee, from the President to non-supervisory employees, has specific responsibilities.  To assist the university community in this regard, the Department of Environmental Health and Safety employs a staff of professionals to assist employees by: (1) resolving health and safety concerns, (2) promoting job safety and environmental sustainability, (3) providing health and safety related training and education, and (4) ensuring compliance with health, safety, and environmental laws and regulations.
You are expected to be aware of, and fulfill, your responsibilities in regards to environmental health and safety, commensurate with your level of employment, as listed in University Policy 13301

Concealed Carry Law

Wright State University will comply with State of Ohio laws regarding the concealed carry of weapons. Firearms are not permitted in university buildings, except as permitted by the Wright State University Chief of Police.

Emergency Conditions

Emergency closing of Wright State University is implemented only under severe and extreme circumstances. All employees are expected to report to work unless they specifically hear otherwise. Further information about closures can be found in University Policy 13220.

Wright State University is committed to ensuring the university is prepared to respond to emergencies of all hazards.  The Director of Emergency Management, under the direction of the Office of the President, coordinates all emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation activities for the university. 

Wright State University has developed Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) to help members of the Wright State community understand how to be prepared for our most likely hazards, what to do if those hazards were to actually occur, and what to do after the hazard has passed.  These EAPs are available on the emergency management website at http://www.wright.edu/emergency-management.

Wright State Alert is the primary method by which the university will communicate delays and/or closings due to severe weather; as well as other emergencies that may occur on campus.  Go to your Wings Express account to ensure your information is up-to-date.  Wright State Alert has several methods to distribute emergency messages, including email, website, text message, voice calls, and social media.  More information is available on Wright State Alert website.

Smoking on Campus

Effective July 1, 2017, per Policy 7230 Wright State University is tobacco-free.  Tobacco use, including the sale, advertising sampling and distribution of tobacco products and tobacco related items is prohibited in all university facilities, on all university owned or leased grounds, university owned or operated residence halls and apartments, and at all university sponsored events regardless of location. Tobacco use is also prohibited in all university vehicles or on any equipment owned, leased or operated by Wright State University.  This policy applies to anyone on campus including students, faculty, staff, visitors, consultants, vendors, patients, volunteers, and contractor employees.

Drug and Alcohol Policy

The university is committed to maintaining a workplace free of illegal drugs or the unlawful use of alcohol. Wright State prohibits the possession, manufacture, distribution, dispensation, or use of illegal drugs and the unlawful use, possession, or distribution of alcohol or controlled substances on all university property. This applies to any locations where university-related business or activities are conducted, when using university vehicles, and when using private vehicles for university activities or on university business.

The university is also committed to giving assistance to employees who need substance abuse counseling or therapy. The university’s Faculty and Staff Assistance Program and health insurance providers refer employees to appropriate local resources. Human Resources staff members are available to aid employees in obtaining professional assistance. Inquiries and referrals are handled in the strictest confidence.

Lactation Rooms

Wright State University is proud to support new mothers and their families. Two lactation rooms are available on campus for students, faculty, staff and visitors to WSU, and additional rooms are under development. These family-friendly rooms provide a quiet, private place for moms to nurse or express milk. The locations and room accommodations are:

051 Biological Sciences

  • Visit the Women’s Center in 148 Millett Hall during business hours for key code access.
  • Room available via key code (24 hours)
  • Chairs, table, refrigerator (24 hours), resources, and outlets

110 Oelman Hall

  • Visit the Women’s Center in 148 Millett Hall during business hours for key code access.
  • Room available via key code (24 hours)
  • Chair, table, resources, and outlets.

Any questions or concerns about the lactation rooms should be directed to the Women’s Center

Fitness Center

Campus Recreation offers a wide range of exercise and fitness opportunities for faculty and staff.   Located on the lower level of the Student Union, this area is comprised of the recreation desk, fitness center, swimming pool, group exercise studios, locker rooms, and racquetball courts*.  There are also programs and special events designed to help individuals of varying fitness levels and capabilities work toward their personal fitness goals.  These include Personal Training, incentive programs and free consultations for personal training and nutrition.  Visit the Campus Recreation website for more information.

* Effective fall 2015, a membership fee will be required for those staff members who are not enrolled in the Living WELL program described below.
** Requires purchase of a group exercise pass

Employee Wellness Program

University Wellness’s goal is to deliver a comprehensive, employee centered, holistic health and wellness program.  The wellness staff is excited to offer tools, education and support to guide each employee to achieve optimal health and life balance.  General program information and offerings, such smoking cessation and the web-based Living WELL Program, can be found on Employee Wellness website.