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Campus Safety

Safety Officers
570-674-6300

Mission Statement

The mission of the Misericordia University Campus Safety Department is to provide a safe atmosphere for all students, employees and visitors. Our primary function is to support the educational activities of the institution and enable the Misericordia University community to interact in a safe environment. The Campus Safety Department strives to achieve this goal through a uniformed patrol presence on the campus 24 hours a day, prompt and effective response to complaints and calls for service, security of all buildings and external areas, and traffic enforcement.

Campus Safety Department

The Campus Safety Department is located in Room #7, ground floor Mercy Hall. The department maintains a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week, communication, security dispatch and remote surveillance camera system at this location. Officers engage in both foot and mobile patrols on the upper and lower campuses and at adjacent University owned properties. The department is comprised of the Director, Associate Director, four Safety Supervisors, and 24 full-time and part-time Safety Officers. Officers are trained in response to emergency situations, First Aid, CPR, Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and also provide student transport services between the upper and lower campus.  Officers are unarmed, but do have detention authority when appropriate to preserve a safe and secure campus.

Local Law Enforcement Cooperation

Misericordia University is located with Dallas Township and Dallas Borough and the Campus Safety Department maintains a positive working relationship with those municipalities.  The Campus Safety Department also cooperates fully with all federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

How to report Criminal Incidents and other Emergencies

It is the policy of Misericordia University to protect the rights of all individuals and foster a safe environment for all students, employees and visitors, free from threat and victimization.  Conversely, members of the campus community are expected and required to comply with all federal, state and local laws.  Any member of the community who has been the victim of a crime, has observed, or has knowledge of a criminal incident or emergency, should immediately report this information to the Campus Safety Department at 570-674-6300. This number is monitored 24 hours a day by Campus Safety personnel. All crimes and/or emergencies should be reported to Campus Safety Department as soon as possible. The Campus Safety Department will investigate all complaints.  Victims of criminal acts will be advised that violations of the law can be referred to the proper law enforcement agency for possible criminal prosecution at their request.

To directly report a crime to the local or state police, dial 911.  The 911 system is available to every member of The University community. If you dial 911 from a hard-line on-campus phone, a monitor will immediately notify the Campus Safety Department of the location of the call.  If you dial 911 from a off-campus or private phone you will be connected with the Luzerne County Communications Center.

Crime prevention suggestions are offered in the Campus Safety Handbook.  For more information, contact the Director of Facilities and Campus Safety, Paul Murphy at (570) 674-6272 or pmurphy@misericordia.edu.