Messiah University's response to COVID-19

Messiah is in session this fall with flexible in-person and remote learning options, health and safety protocols and student care and support.

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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. Messiah’s 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.

However, as we navigate the significant safety concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic, our top priority is the health of our students, employees and surrounding region. As a result, we need to limit current access to Messiah’s campus to students, employees and authorized visitors only. We regret that public access to Messiah University’s campus is currently closed until further notice. This includes a temporary restriction on access to the library, areas for walking, use of the fitness trail, Starry Athletic Complex, and access to the Yellow Breeches via campus property. We appreciate your cooperation as we care for our campus community, and we look forward to being able to open campus to the public again as soon as health and safety measures permit.  

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. 


— Cindy Burger,

Director, Department of Safety