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The Department of Public Safety maintains a full-time police department 365 days a year with a multi-faceted mission –

  • Maintaining a safe environment for the campus community
  • Educating and involving campus members in safety and security issues including fire safety inspections and crime prevention education programming

The department consists of seven full-time and several part-time sworn police officers with municipal police training academy instructors, crime prevention practitioners, emergency medical technicians and instructors on staff. Each officer has met the standards of Pennsylvania Municipal Police officer training, and is trained in emergency response procedures, First Aid, CPR and Act 180 (mandatory in-service training each year). 

In accordance with The College and University Security Information Act (Act 73 of 1988), all crimes on campus are reported to the Pennsylvania State Police. We work closely with the Greenville-West Salem Township Police Department, the Hempfield Township Police Department and the Mercer County District Attorney’s Office when incidents of a serious nature arise.

Crime and other emergencies that may represent a threat to students and employees will be alerted and/or reported to members of the campus community in a timely manner. Alerts/reports may be communicated through the Tomcat Alert, in safety bulletins, The Thielensian, T-Notes or memos distributed from the Dean of Students or other administrative offices of the College. The Campus Police Department also investigates violations of the Thiel College Student Code of Conduct and generally refers these incidents to the Residence Life director.

Everyone in the Thiel College Community is encouraged to report crime promptly and alert us to any unsafe conditions.

Additionally, any items found on campus may be turned into campus police.  Lost items are kept in the Dispatcher’s office.  You must be able to describe your item to claim. At the end of each semester, items not claimed will be donated to charity.


All vehicles on campus must be registered with the Public Safety Office (2nd Floor Howard Miller Student Center) and must display a valid Thiel parking pass.  All students will be charged a $75 parking fee at the beginning of each semester.  If students prefer not to have a car on campus, they can complete a waiver form and receive a refund.  Specific parking areas are designated for student, staff, handicap and visitor parking and are strictly enforced.  For questions related to parking, contact 724-589-2222.


Tomcat Alert

Tomcat Alert is an email and text emergency alerting system for the College, which provides SMS text messaging service for emergency notification.

  • All Thiel email addresses have an account with Tomcat Alert – enroll your phone and activate your account online.
  • Should there be an emergency, you will receive a text message on your cell phone, and an email message at your registered email address.
  • Changes, like a new cell phone or another device? Using your Thiel email address and your newly-chosen password, you can access the Tomcat Alert system at any time to update your phone number or carrier, add another device or update your record.