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Safety and Security

  • Gannon University and the Office of Campus Police and Safety are committed to providing a safe living and learning environment for its campus. Our goal is to create an environment that focuses on crime prevention and problem solving through awareness and education. By working together as a team, we create a safer and more secure living and learning environment. 

    Personal safety on campus as well as in your hometown is not as much about where you are as it is about your awareness and interpretation of your surroundings. It's possible to learn ways to enhance your own safety. Be aware of your surroundings, the type of activity going on and the people around you.

    Security Issues 

     The Gannon Knight is the University’s student newspaper and regularly publishes details regarding criminal incidents on campus, crime prevention techniques, and other security matters. The University e-mail system is used to notify students and employees of changes in policies and general notifications. Students, parents, and employees may call 871-5555 for any emergency messages concerning weather, event cancellations, and miscellaneous information which are deemed appropriate. When emergencies arise, which may immediately affect students and staff, all means of communicating the emergency notice shall be used to notify them, including, but not limited to, e-mail, telephone, written notice, and personal contact.

    Additionally, security policies and procedures are provided to every person who submits an application for admission to the University, to every new employee at the time of employment and annually to all students and employees. Crime statistics are available below:

    View Safety and Security Reports 

    Gannon University Emergency Alerts

    Gannon uses Everbridge to send emergency text messages, phone calls and emails. All current students and employees automatically receive alerts to their Gannon email.

    Affiliates and guests of the university who are visiting or residing on campus are welcome to opt-in to also receive emergency alerts during their time on campus.

    Additional text and push notification updates are available by opting in to these preferences through the Everbridge Mobile App (Android or iOS).  

    To opt-in, text one of the following affiliations to 888777:

    • GUALUM

    You will then receive confirmation of your enrollment to receive alerts via text message and the option to sign up for emails as well.

    To opt out of receiving alerts text STOP to 888777. 

    For more information on this safety resource, visit:

    Knight Watch

    The Gannon University Knight Watch team is designed to enhance your safety and peace of mind if walking after dark. The primary goal of Knight Watch is to enable you to travel from one location to another with a greater sense of security and to deter sexual harassment, verbal abuse, and assault.

    Campus Facilities and Security

    Physical Plant personnel and insurance representatives conduct inspections of all campus facilities regularly. Landscaping, outdoor lighting and grounds keeping are monitored regularly by Physical Plant, Police and Safety personnel, and Student Living Staff. Students and Staff are encouraged to report any deficiencies to their Resident Directors, the Office of Police and Safety or Campus Services.

    Security in University Housing

    All entrance doors to campus residence halls and University housing units are locked at all times. Keys are issued to resident students at the beginning of the academic year. If a key is lost or stolen, it must be reported immediately to the Student Living Office. Consequently, unauthorized possession of any University key is considered to be an extremely serious offense and is subject to suspension or expulsion from the University. The Office of Campus Police and Safety use security cameras located throughout the campus to monitor activity. While the specific type of hardware varies from building to building, each room is equipped with a door lock. All first floor windows have inhibitors and or latches.

    University Housing Personnel

    Undergraduate Resident Advisors (RA's) are assigned to the residence halls. Also assigned are live in Assistant Resident Directors (ARD's) who are graduate students at the University and live in professional Resident Directors (RD's).  Chaplains from Campus Ministry are also assigned to residence halls and are available to students. These staff members monitor the environment and activity within each building. Every ARD, RA, and RD undergoes an extensive training program prior to his or her assignment. The freshman residence halls also have security personnel who monitor the lobby area from 11:00 P.M. to 7:00 A.M. Security and Police Officers conduct routine patrols on Campus and in adjacent areas.