Our Department of Public Safety serves the campus community 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Safety and security are paramount at Susquehanna.
Campus safety and security is a shared responsibility led by the Susquehanna University Department of Public Safety. Our primary mission is to provide services for the university community that meet the highest professional standards, promote a safe and healthy environment for community members and visitors on campus, and support our overall academic mission. The department is committed to the principles of honesty, integrity, honor, fairness, and respect in our interactions with those we serve.
To learn more about the role of the department of Public Safety on SU's campus, click here.
In Case of Emergencies
When law enforcement arrives
- Remain calm and follow instructions.
- Put down any items in your hands (i.e., bags, jackets).
- Raise hands and spread fingers.
- Follow directions of officers.
- Evacuate the building at the nearest exit immediately.
- Do not use elevators.
- Close doors while exiting and notify other occupants.
- Activate nearest fire alarm pull station.
- Call 911 to report the incident.
Tornado or Severe Weather
- Immediately seek shelter in the lowest level of this building.
- Put as many walls between you and the outdoors as possible.
- If outside, go inside the nearest building to shelter-in-place.
- Call 911 or Public Safety at 570-372-4444.
- Provide your name, location, a description of the medical emergency and the number of people injured.
- Stay on phone until emergency responders arrive.
- Call 911 or 570-372-4444 to report incident.
- Do not physically confront the person exhibiting behavior.
- Do not let anyone in a locked building or attempt to block a person’s access to an exit.
Public Address / Warning Siren
- Listen closely to instructions.
- Follow directions of message.
- Listen or check text or email for further direction.
Emergency Text or Email
- Read instructions carefully.
- Follow directions of message.
- Wait for further direction.
Susquehanna University has implemented a text alert system in cooperation with the private technology company Regroup Mass Notification. Students are automatically entered into the system from data provided to the university. Students may also add parents to their account in order to allow them to receive emergency text alerts sent to the campus community.
To add parents to the emergency text alert system, students will need to access their MySU account by clicking here and do the following:
- Click on My Profile.
- Click on Add New Phone Number and/or Add Another Email Address.
- Enter the required information and check the box for “TEXT” and “I ALLOW REGROUP TO SEND ME VOICE & TEXT MESSAGES”.
- Click on Save at the bottom of the screen.
Convenient, accessible parking for vehicles is available on our campus.
This map shows parking designations for visitors to campus, students and faculty/staff. Some parking spaces are designated for green vehicles. This website lists vehicles that qualify as Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV).
Public Safety Officers and Communication Specialists are carefully selected to bring a wide range of personal and professional experiences to the university. These combined experiences bring significant expertise to the department including: emergency medical response, emergency management, investigation, risk management, customer relations, communications and diversity. Continued professional development remains a primary focus; some of the more recent trainings topics include:
- Cultural Competency – Middle East and Asian Cultures
- Cultural Competency, Implicit Bias and Communicating Effectively
- Power in Symbols
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Responding to LGBTQ+ Crisis Victims
- Neuro – Sensitivity on Campus
- Assembly Required: Identity and Respecting Difference
- Investigative Techniques
- Stop the Bleed
- Active Shooter
- Blood-borne Pathogen Exposure Prevention
- Personal Protective Equipment
We are committed to ensuring the safety, security and welfare of students, faculty and staff. That commitment has prompted a focus on prevention, preparedness, response and protection. Priorities in our strategy include the following:
- A “community policing” philosophy that aims at strengthening partnerships on-campus and fostering the concept of safety and security as a shared responsibility.
- Commitment to 24-hour high visibility patrol.
- Strong partnerships with the Selinsgrove Police Department and local emergency responders.
- Continued investment in smart technology such as electronic card access, centralized campus camera systems, multiple electronic alerting platforms, blue lights, etc.
- Crisis and incident management planning.
- Table top and active scenario training.
- Emergency response training for all level of campus responders.
- Transparent safety and security reporting to university community.
Read our crime statistics and campus security policies and reporting procedures.
As a member of the university community, you have a responsibility to report behaviors that potentially constitute sexual or gender-based harassment or violence.
Get updates for emergencies on campus.