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Mercyhurst University and the Department of Police & Safety are committed to providing a safe living and learning environment for its campus community. We are continuously striving to build and maintain a high level of cooperation between the entire campus community in order to focus on crime prevention and problem solving through awareness and education. Our staff consists of sworn police officers with arrest powers. Most of our sworn officers are experienced former State, Municipal, or Township Police Officers.

We work around the clock to maintain a safe atmosphere for students, faculty, staff, and visitors alike.

Our Mission

Understanding that the primary purpose of Mercyhurst University is education, and that this department is an integral part of Mercyhurst University, the mission of the department of police/safety is to provide and maintain safety, security, and tranquility to and within the entire Mercyhurst community.  To accomplish its mission, the Mercyhurst University Department of Police and Safety perform both a law enforcement and security function within their jurisdiction.  The diverse range of services provided by the Mercyhurst University department of police/safety includes, but is not limited to: 

  1. Prevention, detection, and investigation of criminal activity
  2. Protection of student, employee, visitor, and college property
  3. Emergency response to medical incidents
  4. Police and security response at college events
  5. Parking regulation enforcement, traffic control, and motorist assistance
  6. General assistance to university students, employees, and visitors, as needed or when requested
  7. Development of crime prevention programs for presentation to the university community
  8. K-9 program to aid and assist in the detection of explosive devices, to include firearms, and the apprehension of the person(s) responsible for such acts

Although the Mercyhurst University Department of Police & Safety performs a law enforcement and security function, the department and its personnel strive to be viewed as advocates for, and not adversaries of the Mercyhurst University community, and strive further to maintain a professional, service oriented attitude and philosophy.


Blue Light System

Walk the Campus Safely
MU Police & Safety provides escorts to students, faculty and staff upon request and if certain circumstances are present. Students who have returned to campus late of feel unsafe walking through campus can request a police escort to their building, residence or vehicle.  
To request an escort, call (814) 824-2304 or use one of the campus emergency phones (Blue Light System).
Blue Light System 
MU Police & Safety offers a number of safety and security initiatives to create an environment where the educational process can take place relatively free from the fear of crime. One such crime prevention initiative is the Blue Light System. The Blue Light System is a series of emergency alarm stations located in several areas on campus to provide immediate assistance to anyone in distress. Each Blue Light tower is connected to a dedicated line within the Police & Safety Office.

Services, Staff, Clery Reports

The Department of Police & Safety is committed to providing a safe living and learning environment for the Mercyhurst University campus community. Students, faculty, and staff with concerns for their safety and/or security on campus are encouraged to contact the Department of Police & Safety immediately in person, or by calling (814) 824-2304. Emergency Blue Light Systems are strategically located in several areas on campus (include link to map). Please do not hesitate to use any means of contacting Police & Safety if you have a concern for your safety. The Department of Police & Safety is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

Our services include:

  • Apartment Lockouts
  • Blue Light System
  • Campus Maps
  • Campus Patrols
  • Clery Reports
  • e2Campus (Emergency Text Alerts)
  • Fingerprinting
  • Notary Public Service
  • Parking
  • Police Escorts
  • Vehicle Jump Starts
  • Vehicle Lockouts


Text Alert System

The ability to blast text messages to thousands of people within minutes just became a reality at Mercyhurst University.

Once considered a nonessential, the Virginia Tech tragedy made college administrators nationwide look at text messaging in a whole new light as part of their emergency response plans. Today’s students aren’t listening to the radio; they’re listening to their iPods; they aren’t watching television, they’re tuning into YouTube; and colleges have learned that they cannot update everyone through traditional media any longer.

e2Campus, extends the reach of existing emergency notification measures like campus wide e-mails and Web page updates to alert students anywhere, anytime. The advantage of text over e-mail is that students are constantly looking at cell phones. It’s their mode of communication.

The e2Campus system can broadcast text messages to subscribers on all four campuses in just minutes. It will function with mobile phones, Blackberries, wireless PDAs and smart phones.

To receive the alerts from our e2Campus system,  click here and following the instructions.



Parking Permits
All vehicles parked on campus are required to have a valid parking permit. All parking lots are color-coded. Temporary visitors can obtain a visitor permit available free of charge for a maximum of three days. Visitor permits may be obtained in the Police & Safety Office, which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 


Police & Safety Office

Location: Lower Level of McAuley Hall
Phone: (814) 824-3911
Fax: (814) 824-3057 

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