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safety office in Mercy Hall

Introduction

Misericordia University is a regional Catholic, liberal-arts based, co-educational university. It was founded in 1924 and is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of Dallas, Pennsylvania. The University offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. The nature and purpose of the University can be found in its mission statement, which is as follows:

Misericordia University, a co-educational Catholic university sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of Dallas, is committed to providing quality education to its students and to shaping its educational programs and policies so as to express the founding Sisters' values and attitudes of mercy, service, justice and hospitality. The University welcomes individuals of all faiths.

The University's educational program is student-focused. Thus the academic development of each student at the undergraduate level depends on The University's commitment to providing a learning experience which cultivates higher-order thinking skills through the integration of liberal arts and professional studies. To emphasize academic excellence and to develop critical thinking, all undergraduate curriculum provides a common liberal arts base, the objectives of which are further developed in the student's major area of study. The educational program prepares students for productive careers and continued personal and professional growth.

Graduate programs at Misericordia University emphasize intellectual discourse and focused academic growth. The cornerstone of each program is instruction and practice in methods of critical thinking which promote research and enhanced professional expertise.

As part of its comprehensive educational program, the University is committed to providing a wide range of spiritual, physical, recreational, social, and cultural activities in which all members of The University community can participate.

Misericordia University fosters a cooperative environment in which students, faculty and staff demonstrate personal concern for each individual as a valued member of the University community. Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Campus Safety

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 accomplishes this through an uniformed patrol presence on the campus 24 hours a day, securing all buildings and traffic enforcement.

The Campus Safety Office is located in office #9, Mercy Hall. The Department maintains a 24 hour, 7 days a week communication and safety dispatch system at this location. The Department comprises a Director, 2 Safety Supervisors, and 15 full and part time Safety Officers. Officers are trained in basic emergency procedures, First Aid, CPR, and AED (automatic external defibrillator). Officers have detaining powers, but do not carry weapons or make arrests. Officers patrol the campus on foot and in a vehicle.

The Campus Safety Department cooperates with Federal, State and local Law Enforcement. The Campus Safety Department maintains a good working relationship with the Dallas Township Police Department.

How to report Criminal Incidents and other Emergencies

Each member of the community has the right to be free from victimization and all members are expected and required to comply with all Federal, State and local laws. To report a crime or emergency, call the Campus Safety Department at extension 6300 from any campus phone or 674-6300 from any off-campus or private phone. These numbers are staffed 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 office will investigate all complaints.

A 911 system is available to every member of The University community. If you dial 911 from an on-campus phone, a monitor will immediately notify the Campus Safety Department of the location of the call.

Crime victims can make voluntary, confidential, anonymous reports through SART (Sexual Assault Response Team). The reports are forwarded to the Dean of Students and the Director of Campus Safety for the purpose of timely warnings and annual crime statistics reporting. Pastoral and professional counselors apprise victims they are counseling to report crimes through SART for inclusion in the annual crime statistics.

The Department maintains a Daily Log, which is on display in the Campus Safety Office. The Log is a record of all crimes reported to the Campus Safety Department. This log, which is open for public inspection, lists the nature, date, time, and location of each crime occurring on campus and the disposition. The Campus Safety Department annually files a Uniform Crime Report to the Pennsylvania State Police. The crime statistics are also published by the Campus Safety Department for a three-year period and are available in the Campus Safety Handbook and distributed annually to all enrolled students and current employees.

Misericordia University provides educational programs on drug and alcohol abuse through the Substance Abuse Counselors Office. Counseling Services offers speakers and programs on sexual assault education, and oversees the Sexual Assault Response Team

(SART) and the Sexual Assault Peer Educators (SAPE); provides counseling for students, distributes brochures on dating violence, acquaintance rape, rape crisis services and guidance for rape victims, their families and friends. Procedures to follow following a sexual assault are detailed in the Misericordia University "Sexual Assault Handbook".

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