Department Information

The Mount St. Joseph Police Department (“MSJ Police Department”) is a commissioned law enforcement agency by the State of Ohio and is in charge of the safety and security of all University students, employees, and visitors. 

You can find the MSJ Police Department on the Ground Floor of the Seton Center (to the left of Market C). The MSJ Police Department is available 24 hours, 365 days a year.

To reach the MSJ Police Department, dial 0, 4200, or 4226 from any campus phone. Or by calling 513-244-4226, or for immediate attention dial 911.

Reporting emergencies

All emergencies or unusual activity should be reported immediately to the Department of Public Safety & Campus Police. After being notified, we will dispatch appropriate personnel and emergency equipment to the scene.

To reach the MSJ Police Department, dial 0, 4200, or 4226 from any campus phone. Or by calling 513-244-4226, or for immediate attention dial 911.

Anonymous Reporting


Anonymous reports of any possible non-emergent crime and any possible University policy violation can be made by calling or texting 513-244-TIPS or emailing, the University’s anonymous reporting resource.


This ‘tip” line was developed to promote the welfare of the campus community through an additional reporting source that is anonymous.  Calls and texts to 244-TIPS can be made 24/7.  244-TIPS should not be used to report any emergency.  In all emergencies, continue to call 911 or contact the MSJ Police Department, dial 0, 4200, or 4226 from any campus phone or by calling 513-244-4226


The 244-TIPS anonymous reporting option is not available for MSJ employees regarding possible violations of the Sex Discrimination, Sexual Misconduct, and Interpersonal Violence Policy or the Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy. Under The Clery Act, all MSJ employees are considered “responsible employees” under Title IX and “campus security authorities.” Therefore, all MSJ employees have a legal duty to promptly report alleged policy violations directly to the Title IX Coordinator or the Equal Opportunity Officer.

Mount St. Joseph University Niche Ranking

Niche is a website that provides rankings, report cards (with attributed grades), and reviews of colleges in the US. Check out the link to view Mount St. Joseph University's Niche ranking and report cards! 

Mount St. Joseph University's current Safety grade from Niche is an A-!

We are ranked #17 out of 64 for the safest college campuses in Ohio!


Disability Chair Lift

The Disability Chair Lift is located between the ground level of the classroom Building (#5 on the map) and the first floor of the Science Building (#6 on the map).

Disability Services

Having a disability may make it difficult for students to evacuate safely on campus; therefore, the MSJ Campus Police Department has initiated a plan to assist students to know what to do in an emergency and how to evacuate the buildings on campus in case of a fire, tornado or other situations that be harmful to our campus.   Having a plan and efficient implementation of it may mean the difference between life and death for all on our campus.  We ask that any student with a disability contact the Campus Police Department at 513-244-4226 so that we can meet with them to create a safety plan specifically for that individual. We also recommend that everyone on campus, especially those with a disability, download the app Smart911. This app will allow individuals to put important information about themselves in the app, such as medical issues, medications they are taking, if there are pets in the dorm room, etc., that can be shared with emergency responders. 


How does Smart911 work?
Smart911 allows you to create profiles with contact information such as home, work, and mobile phone numbers, along with additional details you feel 9-1-1 call takers may need to assist you during an emergency. With Smart911, any time you make an emergency call from a phone registered with your safety profile, the 9-1-1 system recognizes your phone number. It automatically displays your profile on the screen of the call taker who receives your call.

Does the addition of the Smart911 service affect emergency services for those who do not choose to participate?
Participation in the Smart911 service will not change the level of emergency 9-1-1 service provided to residents, businesses, and visitors; the Smart911 service allows users to submit information that they believe would be helpful to dispatchers and first responders in the event of an emergency.

What is a Safety Profile?
A Safety Profile is a set of information about an individual or a household that is contained within one account. Information can include details about all members of the household, all phone numbers (mobile, landline, or VOIP), and all addresses, including home, workplace, and even vacation home information. Users may also add details about medical conditions, medications, vehicles, emergency contact persons, pets, etc.

How can Smart911 benefit wireless phone users?
Wireless phone users are encouraged to sign up, as wireless phone calls to 9-1-1 only provide a general location of the caller, not an exact address. Adding your home, school, and work addresses (including apartment and room numbers) can help responders locate you more easily. However, even if you have a Smart Profile, it is very important that 9-1-1 callers, particularly those with mobile phones, provide their current locations to dispatchers at the start of each call.

How long does it take to create a safety profile?
Setting up a profile can take as little as 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how much information you wish to provide. You can always go back and update existing information or add additional information to your profile.

How do I know if my safety profile was successfully created? When you complete registration, you will be directed to your Safety Profile dashboard, and a message will be sent to you confirming your account via your choice of email, text message, or automated call. The information you provide in your Safety Profile will not be made available to 9-1-1 call takers unless you have verified the phone(s) listed in your profile.

Is there a cost to sign up for the Smart911 service?
There is no fee to create or maintain a Safety Profile.

Can I include my family members?
You are encouraged to create a Safety Profile that includes everyone in your household. You can also create Safety Profiles on behalf of elderly parents, those with disabilities, or anyone not comfortable with computers, designating yourself as the emergency contact.

What if English is not my primary language?
You can create a Safety Profile in multiple languages and specify your primary language. When you enter the Smart911 “Sign Up” portal, click “Select Language” on the upper right-hand corner of the screen. A drop-down menu will appear, and you may choose your preferred language to create your Smart Profile.

When your profile displays at the 9-1-1 center, it will be translated back into English. If an interpreter is required, the 9-1-1 dispatcher will be able to see which language you designated as your primary language.

How can Smart911 help when I am away from home?
Your Safety Profile is portable. If you travel to a community that utilizes the Smart911 service, your information will also be provided to first responders in that area. This is why it’s important to include all pertinent phone numbers in your Safety Profile, including mobile phones, landlines, and workplace numbers.

Once I’ve signed up, do I need to do anything else?
The more up-to-date your information is, the better. The Smart911 service prompts users to verify their information every six months. However, you should update your profile any time there is any change to your information.

Is my information secure?
Yes. Your information is available only to 9-1-1 dispatchers and first responders only if you call 9-1-1. Your Safety Profile is non-searchable, and your information will only be displayed to 9-1-1 dispatchers for a limited amount of time. In some areas, you can choose to allow Smart911 to share your profile with Emergency Managers as they prepare for and respond to emergencies. You will be presented with this option if you reside or work in one of these areas.

In addition, your information is stored in geo-redundant databases that are located on opposite sides of the country. In the unlikely event of a database shutdown, the system will automatically transition all of your information to the backup database, resulting in zero impact on your safety profile.

MSJ Campus Police Documents

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