Mission Statement

The Office of Risk Management & Safety is responsible for the preservation of assets, both human and physical. This is accomplished by identifying, evaluating, and controlling loss exposures faced by the University. Our goal is to minimize the adverse effects of unpredictable events while maintaining a safe and healthy campus environment for our students, staff, faculty, and visitors.

Areas of Responsibility


The office of Risk Management & Safety will serve as a resource to provide consultation on matters related to insurance and loss prevention. These matters include, but are not limited to, review insurance language in vendor contracts to control transfer of risk, review and approve Certificates of Insurance for vendors and facility users and maintain database of insurance information, and maintain current values for buildings, contents, and property.

Loss Control

Risk Management & Safety coordinates a variety of activities to reduce our risk of loss. We interact with departments and campus personnel in a variety of ways to reduce the potential for loss and the impact that losses might have on day to day operations. Our goal is to be pro-active in mitigating exposures before they occur.

Claims Administration

Risk Management & Safety administers all insurance claims for Shawnee State University including property, general liability, and automobile. This administration includes the various activities involved in investigation and negotiation (including settlement recommendations), with claimants, insurance companies and their representatives, and University Administration.


Risk Management & Safety manages all campus Environmental Health & Safety programs and initiatives. This office will develop and/or review all safety-related policies and procedures, coordinate testing of life-safety systems to ensure regulatory compliance, and assist in implementing required safety training.

Contact Information

Joe VanDeusen
Director, Risk Management & Safety

Shawnee State University
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662

(740) 351-3310 Office
(740) 357-4255 Cell