Campus Safety


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

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 and remote surveillance system, is maintained at this location.

Officers patrol upper and lower campus areas on foot and in vehicles, and will respond to all calls for service. The department command structure includes the Director, four Supervisors, and 20 full-time and part-time Campus Safety Officers. Officers maintain Pa. Act 235 security certification or equivalent training and are additionally qualified in response to emergency situations, first aid, CPR and automatic external defibrillator (AED). 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 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.

Timely Warnings and Emergency Response

If a serious injury, illness or other emergency occurs on campus, contact Campus Safety at (ext. 6300) 570-674-6300. To contact an ambulance or the police directly, call 911.

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 media postings, internal phone system intercom communications, email distribution and text messaging.

The University also posts updates during a critical incident on the MU website at and

MUALERT is the emergency notification system used to notify the campus community upon the confirmation by the Campus Safety Department of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of employees or students. MUALERT notifications are immediate and provide members direct access to news and instructions. To fully participate in this system, students and employees need to provide the University with key contact information such as cell phone number and an email address. Members of the University community are notified annually regarding registration procedures and access to the MUALERT system.

Registration for MUALERT is available on the main page of E-MU. MUALERT is tested annually during an unannounced and scheduled drill. MUALERT messages are also transmitted through the University's cable television system and will over-ride regular programming with a visible and audible display in the event of a campus emergency.

The Campus Safety Department may consider various forms of information to confirm and verity the threat; including but not limited to, direct witness observation,information gathered by Campus Safety Officers and law enforcement investigation. The Director of Campus Safety or the Associate Director of Campus Safety will determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification. The notification and its content will be issued without delay, unless in the professional judgement of the Director or Associate Director, issuing a notification will jeopardize efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to or otherwise compromise the effective control of the emergency. Notification will be sent to the entire campus community.

Important Telephone Numbers


Campus Safety Department (ext. 6300) 570-674-6300
Dean of Students Office (ext. 6320) 674-6320
Residence Life Office (ext. 6266) 570-674-6266
Human Resources Office (ext. 6310) 570-6310
Health and Wellness Center (ext. 6276) 570-674-6276
Sexual Assault Response Team 570-417-8888

Police, Fire or Ambulance Dial 911

Vehicles and Parking

• The Campus Safety Department coordinates all student,
faculty, staff and guest parking on campus.

• Students who wish to park a motor vehicle on the
University campus must register their vehicle with the
Campus Safety Department. Student vehicle registration
permits can be obtained for an annual fee set by the
University Administration.

• Employees, faculty and staff are also required to register
their vehicles with Campus Safety. 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 Vice President of
Student Affairs.

Anonymous Tip

Send an anonymous tip to Campus Safety regarding criminal or suspicious activity by texting MUTIP and your message to 50911.

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 50911 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 not likely to result in an immediate response by the Campus Safety Department.

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

Escort Service

Escort Service - Campus Safety Officers provide escort service on the upper and lower campus grounds. Contact Campus Safety at 570-674-6300 anytime day or night (24/7) for an escort.



All members of the campus community are encouraged to subscribe to MUALERT.

MUALERT 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.

MUALERT is also used to make notifications regarding significant weather events and school closings or delays. To subscribe to MUALERT, 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 MUALERT system.

Registration for MUALERT is available on the main page of the E-MU (My-MU) portal. The MUALERT 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


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

Campus crime statistics for the past three years are listed in the Campus Safety Handbook and are also available at the Campus Safety Office. The Office of Campus Safety is responsible for compiling annual statistical information. All members of the University community are encouraged to report crime incident information to Campus Safety. Campus Safety investigates all reported incidents to substantiate those incidents and minimize double reporting. Crimes are classified through the Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook, Federal Bureau of Investigation.

View Crime Statistics listed in the Campus Safety Handbook.

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act

Luzerne County Community College

Nanticoke Campus, 1333 Prospect Street, Nanticoke, PA 18634

Hazleton Campus, 100 West Broad Street, Hazleton, PA 18201

Northampton Community College (Monroe County Facilities),
3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem, PA 18020

Lackawanna College, 501Vine Street, Scranton, PA 18509

  • Misericordia University utilizes Luzerne County Community College's Nanticoke, Hazleton, Northampton Community College (Monroe County Facilities), and Lackawanna College campuses as satellite locations for the Expressway Program. There is no on-campus housing provided at these locations. Satellite locations are included in the non-campus buildings and property column. There were no incidents of hate crimes reported at these locations. Hate crimes are crimes committed that manifest evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the victim's actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or disability.

Crisis Management

Standard procedure for the release of information during and following the occurrence of bomb threats, fires, accidents and other crisis events on campus is as follows:

  • The policy of Misericordia University will be to release accurate, consistent information to members of interested or affected public groups and to representatives of recognized news gathering organizations, when such releases will not endanger or impair the welfare of individuals or the conducting of official investigation or inquiry in connection with the incident or occurrence.
  • When management or investigation of crisis events involves officials or other authorities, agencies or organizations, all information released will be coordinated with appropriate individuals of those organizations.
  • In all situations, the only campus spokesperson who provides information for the media and other off-campus publications will be the President or the Director of Public Relations or their designee(s) as determined on a case-by-case basis. Persons not designated should direct all queries to the appropriate spokesperson.
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