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.
There are no known threats to Misericordia or the Wilkes-Barre area. However, we want you to know that the University has an Emergency Response Plan in place. We will use all methods of communications available to us including e-MU, 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. As the Director of Campus Safety at Misericordia University and the parent of a son and two daughters who had attended college, I share the same concerns about my children’s safety as you have about your children. 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. The Campus Safety Department also 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 Paul Murphy