Campus Safety

570-674-6300

Mission Statement

To support the educational objectives of the institution, the Misericordia University Campus Safety Department provides and maintains a safe and secure environment for all members of the campus community and visitors. Goals are achieved through a full-time professional presence on campus, efficient response to calls for service, security of all persons and buildings, and effective management of vehicles and external areas.


Crime prevention suggestions are offered in the Campus Safety Handbook.


For more information, contact the Director of Campus Safety, Robert Zavada at (570) 674-8018 or rzavada@misericordia.edu.

Campus Safety Department

The Campus Safety Department is located in Room #7
on the ground floor at the East entrance to Mercy Hall.
Officers are on duty 24/7, 365 days a year, to respond to
calls for service. An operational communications center,
security dispatch, integrated fire alarm and access control
monitor, and remote surveillance camera system, is
maintained at this location. The department command
structure includes the Director, four Supervisors, and 21
full-time and part-time Campus Safety Officers.

Officers maintain Pa. Act 235 security certification or
equivalent and have completed advanced training
instruction including Pa. Act 120 (Municipal Police
Officer Education and Training), Pa. State Police Academy
Training and HR-218 (Law Enforcement Officers Safety
Act).

Officers receive additional training in responding to
emergency situations, first aid, CPR, the use of an
automatic external defibrillator (AED), and administering
Narcan (Naloxone) anti-opioid overdose treatment. The
department also includes a trained and certified
Emergency Medical Responder. Several members of the
department with advanced investigative experience have
been designated to review fire incidents and coordinate
with law enforcement regarding arson classification.

Officers patrol upper and lower campus areas on foot and
in vehicles, and will respond to all calls for service.

Officers also maintain a comprehensive vehicle
registration system and conduct parking enforcement on
all campus parking lots.

Officers work in both an armed and unarmed capacity,
and have detention authority when appropriate to
preserve a safe and secure campus. Supplemental armed
security personnel may be employed during certain events
and situations. Response to critical situations on campus,
including active shooter and/or mass casualty events, is a
carefully coordinated effort between Campus Safety, local
and state law enforcement, and other emergency
responders.


Local Law Enforcement Cooperation

The Campus Safety Department cooperates fully with
all federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
The upper and lower campuses of Misericordia University
are respectively located within Dallas Township and Dallas
Borough, Pennsylvania. Although a formal memorandum
of understanding is not present, the Campus Safety
Department works closely with, and maintains a positive
relationship with those municipalities. Investigations
regarding criminal incidents occurring at the University
are often a collaborative effort between the Campus
Safety Department and police agencies, however, criminal
charges resulting from on-campus incidents is within
the scope of the appropriate law enforcement
investigating agency.

Reporting Crimes and other Emergencies

Contact Campus Safety at 570-674-6300 or 911 to directly contact the police.

Misericordia University is dedicated to maintaining a safe environment for all, free from threat and victimization. Likewise, the campus community is expected to comply with all federal, state and local laws.

If you have been the victim of a crime, have witnessed or have knowledge of a criminal act, report this information immediately to the Campus Safety Department at 570-674-6300. All calls related to criminal incidents will be investigated thoroughly.

Violations for criminal offenses can be referred to the appropriate law enforcement agency for further investigation and prosecution at the request of the victim.


Campus Safety monitors 911 calls and can directly communicate with emergency responders when necessary. Criminal activity can be directly reported to the police by calling 911. When 911 calls are made from a hard-line, on-campus phone, a notification tone in the Campus Safety Department will alert Officers that a 911 call has been made from a specific location on campus. 911 dispatches of emergency personnel are also monitored. Campus Safety Officers have the ability to communicate by radio with the 911 Center and with emergency responders.


Remember: Most cellular phones do not have an automatic tracking feature when calling 911. Know your location and be aware of your surroundings.

Call takers at the 911 center are dependent on information provided by the caller. Make an effort to know your surroundings and provide an accurate description of the events in order to obtain a timely and effective response.




Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications

In the event of an incident or emergency which poses an immediate threat to members of the campus community, the University has various mass communication systems in place to rapidly relay important information. These systems include an emergency siren and public address loudspeaker, scrolling transmissions on cable TV, printed and digital media postings, internal phone system intercom communications, email distribution and the University’s mass text messaging system – MU ALERT. The University also posts updates during a critical incidents on our public website - www.misericordia.edu and the University’s general Twitter account - www.twitter.com/misericordia.edu.

Timely Warnings and/or Emergency Notifications will be issued to help prevent crimes and/or notify the campus community of serious incidents on campus, or in the vicinity of campus which can affect the safety and security of the community. The Campus Safety Department, in conjunction with other University departments such as Student Life, Residence Life, Counseling and Psychological Services Dept, and law enforcement sources, will formulate the content of a Timely Warning/Emergency Notification.

Timely Warnings generally apply to crimes occurring on campus which are classified as Clery Act crimes and are designed to reach the entire campus as soon as pertinent information is available. Emergency Notifications are broader in focus and may include affected areas on campus or in the vicinity of campus. Emergency Notifications are designed to be communicated immediately upon confirmation of an event or situation.

Important Campus Resources

IMPORTANT CAMPUS RESOURCES

Campus Safety Department........... (ext. 6300) 570-674-6300
Dean of Students Office..................(ext. 6263) 570-674-6263
Residence Life Office.......................(ext. 6178) 570-674-6178
Counseling and Psychological ....... (ext. 6408) 570-674-6408
Services (CAPS)
Health and Wellness Center........... (ext. 6276) 570-674-6276
Human Resources Office................. (ext. 6310) 570-674-6310
Office of Student Engagement...... (ext. 6407) 570-674-6407
Athletics Department...................... (ext. 6374) 570-674-6374
Campus Ministry.............................. (ext. 6495) 570-674-6495
Information Technology...................(ext. 8087) 570-674-8087
Student Help Desk
Sexual Assault Response Team.......570-417-8888

Police, Fire or Ambulance Dial 911

Vehicles and Parking

GENERAL INFORMATION
• The Campus Safety Department coordinates all student,
faculty, staff and guest parking on campus.
• The University provides parking spaces for employees,
students and visitors, according to the regulations of
this section.
• Parking and operation of vehicles on the property and
grounds of Misericordia University is a privilege, not a
right, and may be revoked at any time for dangerous
driving or flagrant disregard of these parking regulations.
This regulation applies to, and is expected to be followed
by every member of the campus community.
• The possession of a parking permit does not guarantee a
person a parking space in any particular location.
• First-year resident students are not permitted to register or
park a vehicle on campus. Individual exceptions may be
granted on a limited basis through the Office of Student Life.
• Approved first year resident parking permits will be issued by
the Campus Safety Department.

Anonymous Tip Text Messaging

Send an anonymous tip to Campus Safety regarding criminal or suspicious activity by texting MUTIP and your message to 79516.

Members of the campus community can alert the Campus Safety Department to criminal or suspicious activity by activating the MUTIP service from their cellular phone. To send a message, enter 79516 into the recipient area (“To:”) of your phone. In the message area, type MUTIP then your message.The information will be sent anonymously to Campus Safety administrators and supervisors.
Please note that text messages sent through this service are to
communicate information only. It is not designed to result in an immediate response by the Campus Safety Department.

For immediate assistance call Campus Safety directly at 570-674-6300 or 911.

Safety Escorts

Safety Escorts -

The Campus Safety Department will provide a safety escort to students and any member of the campus community 24/7 on foot or in a vehicle. If you feel uncomfortable in your surroundings or are apprehensive about walking alone, contact the Campus Safety Department at 570-674-6300. An Officer will respond to your location and assist with safe travel.

MU ALERT

MU ALERT

All members of the campus community are encouraged to subscribe to MU ALERT.

MU ALERT provides immediate information and is the most effective emergency notification system available to notify the campus community of an emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the safety of employees or
students. MU ALERT is also used to make notifications regarding significant weather events and school closings or delays.

To subscribe to MU ALERT, students and employees are required to create an account and provide information such as a cell phone number and email address. The campus community is notified annually regarding registration procedures and access to the MU ALERT system.
Registration for MU ALERT is available on the main page of the myMU portal. The MU ALERT messaging system is tested annually with scheduled, but unannounced drills. Prior to transmitting a message through MUALERT, the Campus Safety Department will consider various forms of information to confirm the situation, including but not limited to, direct witness observation, information gathered by Campus Safety Officers and law enforcement investigation.

Campus Safety management personnel including the Director and Supervisors, will determine the content of the emergency message and initiate the notification without unreasonable delay. Notification messages will be sent to the entire campus, unless it has been determined that issuing a notification will jeopardize efforts to assist a victim, or may otherwise compromise the effective control of the emergency.

Safety Inspections

SAFETY INSPECTIONS

Scheduled safety inspections are completed on a periodic basis, however, students and staff are encouraged to promptly report unsafe or hazardous conditions to the Campus Safety Department.

Campus Safety Officers conduct comprehensive safety inspections which involve all University owned properties and exterior areas. These inspections include lighting surveys, fire extinguisher charge status, walkway conditions,and other areas of potential increased risk. A work order system will alert the Facilities staff to areas of concern that are in need of repair and will prioritize response in the interest of safety.

Conditions to report include unsafe steps, rails, icy/snow covered walks, dim lighting areas, and inoperable doorway locking mechanisms.

We encourage any member of the University community to report a concern about physical security or safety to the Campus Safety Department at 570-674-6300.

Crime Statistics

A daily Crime and Fire Log is posted for public inspection at the Campus Safety main desk.
The Campus Safety Department maintains a daily log of crimes reported at the University. The log also includes information related to any actual fire or fire alarm activation caused by an incendiary situation on campus. Information on the daily log includes the nature of the offense, time and date of occurrence, location and disposition. The daily log is updated as necessary, to list the name, address, date of birth, and charges related to any person arrested or charged with a crime which occurred on campus.

Crime statistics are submitted on a monthly and annual basis to the Pa. State Police and the US Department of Education.
The Campus Safety Department submits information on a monthly basis related to crimes committed on campus in accordance with the standards set forth in the Pennsylvania
State Police Uniform Crime Report. Crime statistics gathered by the Campus Safety Department are also submitted annually in compliance with federal guidelines to the United States Department of Education. Crime statistics showing the most recent three-year period are published in the statistical chart located in the Campus Safety Handbook and are also available for review by all enrolled students, current employees, and the public at http://www.misericordia.edu/safety.

Statistical crimes numbers are obtained from various sources including those reported directly to the Campus Safety Department, reported to a Campus Security Authority, reported by a victim’s consent through the Counseling and Psychological Services Center (CAPS), and from local law enforcement agencies relative to public property in close proximity to campus.
Misericordia University utilizes the following satellite locations for the Expressway Program:


• Luzerne County Community College, Main Campus,
1333 Prospect St., Nanticoke, PA 18634


There is no on-campus housing provided at this location. Satellite locations are included in the non-campus buildings and property area.
The statistical chart located in the Campus Safety Handbook contains total offense numbers and specific crimes in accordance with the The Federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, and the Uniform Crime Reporting Act (Act 180 of 2004).


Crisis Management Plan

Misericordia University’s Emergency Response Guide is a
broad and comprehensive document and is updated on an
annual basis in order to retain accurate data and personnel
contact information. University staff from a wide variety of
departments and areas have participated in a series of
emergency management drills and scenarios related to
effective crisis response.
The University’s Emergency Response Safety Reference
Guide
, is distributed to the entire campus community and
contains procedural information and suggested guidelines
to follow during concerning and hazardous situations. The
Emergency Response Safety Reference Guide is reprinted in
the resources section of the Campus Safety Handbook.
Emergency Procedures Flip Charts are posted in strategic
locations throughout campus and provide brief, direct,
instructions to follow during a crisis.

Hazing Policy and Reported Incidents

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT- HAZING – Section 2, sub-section 7, a, b.

The following behaviors are examples and are not intended to be all-inclusive of the reasons why a student may be disciplined by the University. These behaviors will result in disciplinary action not excluding suspension or dismissal:

2. BEHAVIOR WHICH JEOPARDIZES THE SAFETY OR WELL-BEING OF OTHERS

This rule prohibits, but is not limited to:

7. Hazing, which is defined as: any action taken or situation created as part of initiation to or continued membership in a student group or organization which:

a. Produces or has the potential to produce mental or physical discomfort, harm, or stress; embarrassment; harassment; or ridicule; or

b. Violates the University policy or law. This applies to behavior on or off University or organization premises. Hazing can occur even when an individual consents to the activity. Hazing does not include actions or situations that are incidental to officially-sanctioned and supervised University activities.

There have been no incidents classified as HAZING reported at Misericordia University from January 2008 to December 2018.

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