Health, Wellness, and Safety

Public Safety

The Department of Public Safety is responsible for ensuring a safe environment for you at Wright State. 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 Public Safety 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.

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.

Environmental Health and Safety

Wright State is committed to providing a safe and healthful work environment for its employees. To assist the university community in this regard, the Department of Environmental Health and Safety employs a staff of professionals to assist employees in: (1) resolving health and safety concerns, (2) promoting job safety, (3) providing environmental health services, and (4) conducting training.

You will be asked to comply with federal, state, and university policies in areas such as fire prevention, radioactive materials, and hazardous waste. Your manager will provide you with information that applies to your work area.

Concealed Carry Law

The state of Ohio has adopted a concealed carry law that allows residents who have met the requirements of the law to carry a concealed weapon. You are prohibited from possessing firearms on University property; however, you are also prohibited from possessing firearms elsewhere in the course of your employment with the University, regardless of whether you have a permit. The only exceptions are for employees whose job requires them to carry a weapon, such as campus police officers; those wearing a weapon as part of a military uniform in connection with a public ceremony, parade or theatrical performance; or those granted an exception by the director of public safety under extraordinary circumstances. These restrictions apply not only to employees and students, but also to visitors to campus who are not otherwise affiliated with the University. Exceptions for visitors are similar to those provided above. These restrictions apply to all property owned and controlled by the University."

Emergency Conditions

Emergency situations such as power failures, severe and hazardous weather conditions, or other circumstances which could interrupt the normal operations of the university may make it necessary for the president or a designee to issue a notice to cancel classes and/or close university offices. Every effort will be made to inform the university community by 7 a.m. the day of closing through local radio and television stations. You may also call (937) 775-3500 for information about closings. In some cases, classes may be cancelled but university offices and facilities will remain open.  In these instances, this information will be communicated to the local media, and you will be required to report to work.   

Child care services at the Mini University (see “Child Care”) will remain open when classes are cancelled but not when the whole university closes.   

Depending on the emergency conditions, you may be required to work and must be available for overtime and weekend work as needed. Generally, mission-essential classified employees include:

  • Facilities operations personnel
  • Health care workers
  • Police and fire protection personnel
  • Snow removal crews

If you are mission-essential, or will be required to work during emergency conditions, your supervisor will give you advance notice.

Smoking on Campus

Wright State has implemented a smoke-free university policy. In accordance with state and university regulations regarding environmental and health standards, smoking is prohibited in all buildings, structures, and vehicles owned or leased by the university.

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 insurance providers refer employees to appropriate local resources. Human Resources staff members will aid employees in obtaining professional assistance. Inquiries and referrals are handled in the strictest confidence.

Wright State Pharmacy

The university is fortunate to have a full-service prescription pharmacy on campus. The pharmacy is located on the ground floor of the Frederick A. White Health Center. For more information, including refills ordering information and hours of operation, visit

Fitness Center

Many options to help you keep fit and healthy are offered at the Campus Recreation Fitness Center on the lower level of the Student Union. This popular facility features a state-of-the-art exercise center*, NCAA-regulation swimming pool, sauna, and racquetball/squash courts. Fitness programs include step, dance, and water aerobics, stress reducers such as T’ai Chi, spinning (indoor cycling), and a variety of other programs designed to help individuals of varying fitness levels and capabilities work toward their personal fitness goals. Visit the Fitness Center webpage for more information.

*Requires membership fee.

Wellness and Recreation Committee

The university’s Wellness and Recreation Committee provides wellness and recreation-related activities for current and retired employees and their family members and friends. You are invited to participate in events such as quarterly health break lunches, an annual employee picnic held in honor of our retirees, bowling leagues and reduced-price outings to WSU and/or area sports events. These offerings are scheduled around lunchtime, after hours, and occasionally during the weekend. Visit the Wellness and Recreation website for more information.