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The Lackawanna College Public Safety Department assists students, faculty, staff and visitors in matters involving health and safety, order, information, parking, and issues impacting student quality of life throughout the college’s Scranton Campus.

Public Safety officers regulate and enforce vehicle parking regulations; conduct random rounds throughout the campus to ensure a safe environment and check compliance with college rules and regulations; identify safety concerns, maintenance problems and security risks; offer assistance to anyone on the college’s grounds; and investigate and resolve problems and complaints.

All Public Safety officers have been properly trained in the performance of their duties. Training includes Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), First Aid certification, and lethal weapons training sufficient to qualify for Pennsylvania ACT 235 certification. Many of the officers are qualified to serve as municipal police officers having completed Pennsylvania’s ACT 120 Training. In addition, they periodically attend advanced safety training courses.

Emergency Notifications (WENS)

Lackawanna College’s WENS Emergency Notification Service helps notify students in the case of a campus emergency. In those cases, a text message outlining the nature of the emergency will be sent to the mobile number and/or email address entered below.

This is a free service provided by the College. However, normal text message fees may apply.

Contact Us

Public Safety
(570) 961-7899
(570) 241-2022

TIPS | Anonymous Crime Reporting

In its ongoing effort to keep the College community safe, Lackawanna College allows students to anonymously report on-campus crime and other incidents through TIPS (Threat Assessment, Incident Management and Prevention Services). Students who see, hear, or know about concerns, incidents, or violations of our policies at our main campus or at any of our satellite centers are encouraged to use the Anonymous Reporting Form.

Students who witness incidents that require immediate assistance should still contact Public Safety as quickly as possible at (570) 961-7899 or (570) 241-2026.

Find the Anonymous Reporting Form here.

School Closings and Delays

The Director of Public Safety is the Office of Primary Responsibility for cancellation or delay of college activities due to inclement weather. A decision to cancel or delay activities will be made no later than 6 a.m. for day classes and 3 p.m. for evening sessions.

Winter weather may make it necessary for Lackawanna College to call for morning delays, early dismissals, or school closings. The announcement concerning delays, dismissals, or closing is normally made on:

The College’s snow phone: (570) 504-7935

Radio: WARM (590 AM), WILK (980 AM), WEJL (630 AM), WICK (1400 AM), 97BHT (97.1 FM), WKRZ (98.5 FM), MAGIC 93 (92.9 FM), WGGY (101 FM)


Closing/Delay Opening Terms

COLLEGE CLOSED (No one reports)

Designated personnel responsible for maintenance and snow removal will report to their respective work stations.

CLASSES CANCELLED (Students & Faculty do not report)

Lackawanna College staff members will report to their functional areas at normal starting times.

NOON OPENING ( No morning classes)

Monday/Wednesday/Friday – Classes begin with the normal fifth period at noon; Tuesday/Thursday – Classes begin with the normal fourth period at 1 p.m.


Monday/Wednesday/Friday – Classes begin at 9:30 a.m.; Tuesday/Thursday – Classes begin at 9:50 a.m.

During compressed schedule periods, students and faculty are requested to arrive on campus no earlier than 10 minutes prior to class starting times. This will enable personnel to adequately and safely clear campus parking areas and walkways.

2020-2021 Compressed Schedule (PDF)

The Lackawanna College Public Safety vehicle is a 2021 Ford Police Interceptor Vehicle. The standard police vehicle is equipped with a laptop and printer which allows the officers to have access to a “mobile office.” From within this vehicle, they are also able to access and monitor the College’s vast video surveillance systems and remotely lock or unlock campus doors that are equipped with electronic locking mechanisms. The addition of this new vehicle is another progressive step in ensuring our students and our entire College community have a safe, inviting, and prosperous environment to be in while they are on our campus.