Safety, Readiness Stressed in Event of Crisis Here

Published 04.17.2007


The Penn College administration continues to monitor activities related to Monday's tragic event at Virginia Tech. In the wake of this tragedy, issues of personal safety and preparednessduring a crisis are on the minds of every member of the college community students and parents, faculty and staff, and the administration.

If a crisis occurs on our campuses, Penn College Police are responsible to issue timely warnings when the incident constitutes an ongoing or continued threat to the college community. Police would issue alerts through:

  • e-mails
  • PCToday
  • WPTC
  • Penn College Police Web page
  • written bulletins, posted at locations when and where appropriate
  • public-address systems available in some buildings

To increase awareness of what is happening on campus, check these sources of information regularly to ensure you have access to potential alerts and emergency notices.

Penn College Police are on duty 24 hours a day. If, at any time, you witness illegal or unusual activity, notify the police immediately by dialing 911 or using an emergency call box on campus.

Monitor crime alerts that are posted on the Penn College Police Web site and report any related information to the Penn College Police by phone at (570) 327-4760 or in person at the office on the corner of West Third and Grier streets.

Please remember that every crisis situation is different. It is most important that you always be aware of your surroundings and that you listen to warnings issued by college personnel, including resident assistants, faculty, staff and others who may be in your immediate location.

Condolences offered by Penn College to Virginia Tech have been acknowledged, with thanks expressed to everyone for their thoughts and shared sympathies during this difficult time. If you need support in dealing with your feelings during this difficult time, or if you know of someone else on campus who needs this support at any time, please contact the Counseling Center in CC, Room 204, or call 327-4765.