The Police and Safety Department’s primary responsibility is the safety of the Mercyhurst University community. Other responsibilities include the investigation of theft, criminal mischief, and other criminal incidents occurring on campus. All matters relating to institutional or student safety and security are reported directly to the Police and Safety Department for appropriate action. The Police and Safety office is in the lower level of McAuley Hall and may be reached by dialing extension 3911 or (814) 824-3911 from off campus. The enforcement of parking regulations and vehicle traffic control is maintained by assessing penalties in the form of fines and through campus automobile registration. Vehicles are towed when parked in designated tow-away zones, or when necessary during snow emergency/removal operations. A wheel-locking device may be placed on a vehicle’s wheel to prevent movement if it is determined that the driver is a chronic offender, or if the owner or operator of a vehicle fails to pay fines which accrue in a significant amount.
There are twenty-four parking lots on and off campus to accommodate parking for students, visitors and employees. All underground parking lots are restricted for use by individuals paying for specific parking spots. All students planning to bring a vehicle to campus must register their vehicle online with the police and safety department prior to their arrival at Mercyhurst University. Upon arrival, the student must report to the police and safety office with their vehicle, driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of vehicle insurance. After review, a parking permit sticker will be issued and affixed to the lower corner of the vehicle’s rear window.
Parking permits for student vehicles will be issued between the hours of 8:30a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays and days that the university is closed. Parking permits are available for non-registered vehicles being used temporarily by students, and visitor parking passes are available for university guests at the police and safety office twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays and days that the university is closed. Police and Safety requests that all cars have a permit, so we know who is on our campus.