Reporting Crimes & Safety Concerns
How to Report Crimes on Campus
If you witness or are a victim of crime on campus, please call the Office of Public Safety at 215-641-5522, ext. 21522, or in extreme situations, directly call ext. 111 or use one of the several emergency call boxes located on campus.
Call boxes are in the following locations:
- Trocaire Parking Lot (Lot P)
- Walking path from Siena Hall to Trocaire Lot (2 call boxes)
- JBA, St. Bernards Hall Parking Lot (handicap entrance)
- Alexandria Hall
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In order to ensure you or the victim gets proper support and the rest of the GMercyU community is safe, we encourage you to report all safety issues. All reports will be promptly investigated and if necessary, the local or state police will be contacted.
If a report also violates GMercyU's code of conduct, it will be forwarded to the office of the Vice President for Student Services or the Dean of Students for appropriate action.
To report a concern via the University’s Anonymous Reporting Line, call 866-528-9304 or submit your concern online.
Rape and sexual violence
As a community, GMercyU is committed to providing a supportive and safe environment for all who study, work and live here.
Due to sensitive issues involved in rape and other sexual assaults, the victim may disclose the incident some time after it has occurred, but we encourage the victim to contact Counseling Services for support and assistance and to report the incident as soon as possible.
Incidents that are reported to Gwynedd Mercy University will be addressed promptly and will be treated as discretely as possible.
If the victim elects to go through the criminal justice system and/or receive medical treatment, personnel from Counseling Services will accompany the victim to the hospital for evaluation, treatment and/or evidence collection. The victim will be informed of reporting options, including the right to report the incident fully and completely to the Lower Gwynedd Police Department, or the right to file no report. University personnel will be available to assist the individual in notifying appropriate authorities.
The Sexual Misconduct Policy (PDF) addresses GMercyU’s procedures, services and sanctions in regard to rape and sexual violence. GMercyU's Title IX Coordinator is Donna Hawkins, who can be reached at 215-646-7300, ext. 21250, firstname.lastname@example.org or in the Connolly Faculty Center, Room 116.
The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, a federal law, requires institutions of higher education to advise the campus community where information concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. In Pennsylvania, information about sexually violent predators is accessible at the following website: http://www.psp.state.pa.us. For more information about sex offender registration in Pennsylvania see www.pameganslaw.state.pa.us.
To learn more about GMercyU’s resources available to members of the University community, visit our Support Services and Programs page.
Reporting a missing person
Gwynedd Mercy University thoroughly investigates all community people reported as missing whether they reside on or off-campus.
To report a missing person:
- Dial 1-1-1 from a campus telephone
- Use one of the blue light emergency telephones on campus
- Dial 215-641-5522 from off-campus
- Visit the Office of Public Safety located in St. Brigid resident hall
- Contact Lower Gwynedd Police Department at 215-646-5300
For more information regarding missing person procedures, check out GMercyU’s Student Handbook (PDF) on the portal.