Wilkes University

Department of Public Safety


About the Department of Public Safety:

The University Police Department at Wilkes University is committed to providing a safe environment for students, faculty, staff and campus visitors. Maintaining a safe and secure campus takes commitment from both our office and the campus community, working together. Be aware of your surroundings. Watch out for yourself, and for others. Be alert for anything that may be suspicious. Trust your instincts, and never hesitate to call University Police for assistance. Our dedicated staff of patrol officers traverse the campus and its perimeter 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

All Wilkes University community members are encouraged to report all crimes and safety-related issues to University Police in a timely manner. Our non-emergency number is 570-408-4377 and the emergency number is 570-408-4999. You may also contact us by using our Wilkes Shield app, available in the App Store and Google Play (search Wilkes Shield).

The University Police Department prepares the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (ASFSR), to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. This report is prepared in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies surrounding the campus and the University Police Department. The report is also made available on the University website at https://www.wilkes.edu/annualsafetyreport.


Parking on Campus:

All Wilkes parking lots are regulated by specific locations designated for faculty/staff, commuters, residents, visitor, and disabled parking. All vehicles must be registered with the university to park on any campus lot. Parking permit regulations are in effect throughout the year during normal hours of business (7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.), to include semester breaks.

Parking permit are not required Monday through Friday, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. and on weekends.

The Wilkes University parking system is a self-supporting service receiving no funds from the university budget or student fees. It is, therefore, necessary to apply a system of user service charges to all vehicles operated on university property. Income derived from the sale of parking permits and from the collection of monetary penalties assessed under the parking regulations is used for the administration, maintenance and improvement of parking facilities.

University Police Officers will be sensitive to the special needs of disabled persons and will make every effort to provide for parking and assistance. For more information on disabled parking, please call 570-408-4233.

Repeated violation(s) of University parking policy may result in monetary citations and/or towing, revocation of campus parking privileges, and referral to the appropriate university authorities for disciplinary action.