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Current Timely Warnings/Emergency Notifications

This message is provided for your protection. If you have any information to this or another case, contact the Department of Safety at:

Ext. 6005 - Non Emergency On Campus
Ext. 6565 - Emergency On Campus

(717) 691-6005—Off Campus
9-911 - On Campus Phone
911 - Cell Phone/Off Campus Phone

Timely Warnings/Emergency Notifications

Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

Late in the evening of Sunday, Sept. 14, the College's Office of Safety was made aware of an anonymous post on a social media site that made a vague but threatening reference to Boyer Hall. The threat was also reported to Upper Allen Police Department, and the College is working in conjunction with local authorities in response. Although the post did not reference a specific date or type of threat, the College is taking very seriously its responsibility to ensure campus safety. In response, the College closed Boyer Hall last night to all employees and students. The police have swept the building with canine units and the building was cleared. As an added precaution and safety measure, the College has decided to keep Boyer Hall closed through 7:30 a.m. on Monday morning (Sept. 15). When the building reopens, all entrance and exit will be restricted to the main entrance; all other doors to the building will remain locked until further notice. Additionally, all employees, s tudents and visitors entering Boyer Hall should be prepared to be subject to search by College safety personnel.

It's important to understand that all of these responses are purely precautionary. While we realize these measures pose some disruption and inconvenience, the College is doing what it believes is most responsible to ensure the safety and peace of mind of its campus community. If you have questions or information to report regarding this incident, please contact the Department of Safety at ext. 6055. Of course, all members of the campus community may also contact 911 at any time if they have information related to an immediate campus or personal threat.

Additional updates and information will be provided as available during the day.

Kathie Shafer, Vice President for Operations Chair, Messiah College Crisis Management Team


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Notification issued in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, a federal law originally known as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, which mandates timely notices to the campus community. The Clery Act is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education.

For additional information, contact the Messiah College Department of Safety at (717) 691-6005.

Monday 9/15/14  7:39 PM

Any questions regarding this mass email may be directed to Kathie Shafer at Ext. 6003 or KShafer@messiah.edu.

To All Employees, All Grantham Students:

Thank you for your continued cooperation today in regards to the Boyer Hall incident.

As a result of today’s investigation and security procedures, College officials have received additional details which allow us to confirm and assure there is no previous or ongoing threat to Boyer Hall or to the campus. As such, the previously reported modified hours at Boyer Hall have been canceled, and the building is now operating on a normal schedule, effective immediately.

The College will continue to operate in a way that protects the safety and security of students and employees—and on behalf of the Crisis Management Team, we have appreciated your partnership today in this effort.

Kathie Shafer, vice president for operations, chair of crisis management