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Department of Safety

Department of Safety

An important update regarding public access to Messiah's campus

Our relationship with the local community is important to Messiah University. Our campus is private property, but as good neighbors, we have been pleased to provide access to the public as we are able, including the library, areas for walking, use of the fitness trail, and access to the Yellow Breeches Creek by way of Messiah University’s Starry Athletic Complex.

For the past year, we have needed to restrict access to our campus to ensure the health and safety of our students and employees. Thank you for your patience. We know the community enjoys the beauty of our campus. We are pleased to share that on May 17, 2021, campus was reopened to visitors. All guests are expected to follow CDC guidelines regarding masks and social distancing, as well as any other campus-specific signage. As we manage events and crowds on campus this summer Messiah University does reserve the right, as needed, to restrict access to campus and the Yellow Breeches. 

Creek access will be modified on the following dates:

            June 5-6, 12-13, 19-20
            July 10, 17, 24-25, 31
            August 1

Creek access will be closed on the following dates:

            Aug. 20-22

Modified means that the public may access the creek, but may not enter the Starry side of campus (may not drive or walk across the covered bridge).  Instead, persons accessing the creek must park in an alternate, legally-marked lot elsewhere on campus and transport their equipment on foot to the creek bank.  Temporary stopping on roadways to load/unload will not be permitted due to increased traffic flow related to summer camps.   

Closed means that the public may not enter any part of campus to access the creek.

We appreciate your cooperation as we care for our campus community as we open Messiah’s property to the public once again. 


Department of Safety

On behalf of the Department of Safety at Messiah University, I wish to welcome you.  Whether you are visiting as a new student, returning student, parent, alum, employee or community member/visitor, I am certain you will find information to answer any question you may have.

The Department of Safety is dedicated to the educational process by providing a safe and secure living, learning and working environment for all members of the university community.  Along with ensuring the security of all facilities, our priorities within the total organizational framework are safety, community service and serving as an information resource.  We work in cooperation with other departments and organizations to foster a positive community atmosphere.

The men and women of the Department of Safety are dedicated to the principles of integrity, service, and community involvement and maintain the campus as a safe and pleasant place in which to live, work and study.    As a department within the Division of Operations, we strive to provide a quality experience and deliver excellent customer service to our community and guests of the university.  As such, you can expect fair treatment, respectful contact and interaction, and response and follow-up that is timely and professional -- all with a courteous and positive attitude. 

A truly safe campus is an ongoing journey which can only be achieved through joint collaboration and partnership with all who join or visit our campus community.  We hope your visit to Messiah University is a memorable venture and one you or someone you know will cherish for a lifetime. 

Department of Safety