General Information

There are no known threats to Misericordia or the surrounding area. However, we want you to know that the University has an Emergency Response Plan in place. Our Campus Safety Department will use all methods of communications available to us including the Campus Alert System, e-MU, MU Alert, Social Media, the university's Intranet, e-mails, phones, the university newspaper, posters and or flyers. Obviously, circumstances may dictate our ability to use any or all of these communication methods. Nonetheless, we will work diligently to communicate information to our community about any new developments.

The Campus Safety Department offers an escort service for students and employees. A campus safety officer also staffs our athletic facility, the Anderson Sports Center, during hours of operation to insure that only authorized persons use the facility. Misericordia has one of the best safety and security records of any university in the country. One reason for this is because the University offers safety programming as an integral key to crime prevention. This begins with orientation and continues during the academic year with programs on alcohol awareness and personal safety.

Since safety is a shared responsibility of students, faculty and staff, safety suggestions and campus crime statistics are published in the Campus Safety Handbook which is distributed annually to all students and employees.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Campus Safety Department at (570)674-6300.

Director of Campus Safety Robert Zavada.

Reducing Risk

Please be aware of your surroundings, report suspicious
observations to Campus Safety.

If you see something, say something.

Helping Others and Bystander Intervention

Crimes on college campuses often occur in clusters. An offender who has not been apprehended is a potential threat to others in the campus community.

By reporting a crime or unusual activity, you may prevent a future crime from occurring. Activity which you feel is suspicious may be a
sign of criminal activity. Help your friends and colleagues by being alert to and reporting the following conditions:

• Screaming and cries for help
• Strange vehicles driving repeatedly in the same area
• Broken windows and doors
• Strangers loitering in parking lots, near residences, work
areas, and entering areas without authorization.
• Persons trying to open the doors of multiple vehicles or
using tools to gain entry.

Reporting Activity and Safe Intervention

• Call the Campus Safety Department at 570-674-6300
and/or 911 to report all details of the incident.
• Describe the suspect’s appearance, clothing, height, weight,
scars, tattoos, or other distinguishing features.
• Know your surroundings and accurately describe the
location of the incident.
• Take note of vehicle information—make, model, color,
license plate number, and direction of travel.

Bystander Intervention is an essential component in
preventing sexual violence. Have you ever had the opportunity
to help someone who was being harassed or disrespected?
These situations could result in a potentially hazardous
condition or a criminal offense. Bystander intervention can
address and prevent harmful behaviors before they escalate.

Being aware of the warning signs and simply interjecting
yourself into a conversation could be enough to avert a
dangerous situation for a friend. Bystander Intervention
techniques are not intended to be confrontational and those
who decide to intercede are advised to do so subtly, safely
and with caution.

Bystander Intervention for students is part of a more comprehensive educational program related to sexual misconduct supported by the University departments of Student Life, Community Standards and Residents Life.

A Message from the Director of Campus Safety

As the Director of Campus Safety at Misericordia University and a parent, I share the same concerns about my children's safety as you have about your children. Most families concentrate on academics, majors, housing and financial aid when looking for colleges. From my perspective, the issue of safety on campus is an equally important aspect of a college experience. We are indeed living in a very different world and the phrase “campus safety" has taken on new meaning.

Our uniformed campus safety officers patrol the campus twenty-four hours a day by foot and vehicle. The campus has numerous emergency phones which dial directly to the Campus Safety office.

This office is staffed twenty-four hours a day by a safety officer who is responsible for radio dispatching and emergency notification. Our residence halls are also locked twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Campus Safety Department at (570)674-6300, or you can contact me directly at (570)674-8018.


Robert Zavada

Director of Campus Safety

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