Campus Emergencies, Warnings and Notifications

Campus Emergencies, Warnings and Notifications

BU Safety Alert

An attempted robbery occurred Sunday (Feb. 7) at 9:40 p.m. at Rose and Green avenues, one block west of the Tri-level Garage. The victim was approached by a white male who displayed a handgun. The victim fled on foot. The suspect is described as 30 to 35 years old, 5-feet 5-inches tall, with dark hair in a buzz cut, wearing a tan jacket with a brown hood. The suspect was seen getting into an older model gold sedan.

Call Bloomsburg Town Police, 570-784-4155, with information.

Always be vigilant of your surroundings and do not walk alone. If you feel threatened or uncomfortable about a situation do not hesitate to notify police. The university recommends students walk in groups and keep a cell phone readily accessible.

Run, Hide, Fight

It is our ongoing objective to keep our campus safe and prevent students, faculty and staff from becoming victims of crime. The information here is designed to let you and others know what to do in an emergency situation.

Please take a few minutes to watch the short life safety video, Run, Hide, Fight, which promotes a simple three-step plan to escape danger. While it is specific to an active shooter situation, it can be utilized for a variety of events.

Thank you and stay safe,
Tom Phillips, Director of Police

Cyber Security

  • Never give your password to anyone.
  • Change your password frequently.
  • Do not allow others access to your email account.
  • Monitor your access time; by keeping track of when and how long you were on a computer system, it will be obvious if someone has gained access to your account.
  • Be wary of anonymous “re-mailers”.
  • Do not put personal information or photos on your web page and do not give personal information that can identify where you live to social networking sites.
  • Never leave your computer/laptop unattended.
  • Engrave markings on your computer.
  • Shop online with companies you know; check with the Better Business Bureau if unsure.
  • Use a secure browser that will encrypt or scramble purchase information or pay with a money order or check.
  • Update your virus software regularly, or when new versions are available.
  • Do not download files that are sent to you by strangers or click on hyperlinks from people you don’t know.
  • Make certain that all your personal information is deleted from your computer prior to disposing of it.
  • Talk with your parents about monitoring your younger brothers and sisters internet access and consider installing blocking software.


Workplace Safety

BU's Office of Workplace Safety has university-wide responsibility for developing and maintaining health and safety programs, providing an environment that protects and promotes the health and safety of all students, employees and visitors, ensures compliance will all applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations. The department also provides training, consultation services and other various health and safety services.

University Police

BU's Police Department employs commissioned police officers enforcing Pennsylvania Crime and Vehicle Codes and University Policies. Security officers monitor parking. Police officers are trained in first aid procedures and CPR, including one specifically as a first responder. Contained within the department is a sexual assault specialist. University and Pennsylvania regulations pertaining to alcohol, drugs and fire safety are strictly enforced by officers.