Public Safety

The Department of Public Safety oversees the safekeeping of campus and its properties. We strive for a high level of safety services to the college community.

Mount Mercy University Department of Public Safety is located in the Sisters of Mercy University Center. To contact Public Safety, dial 1234 from any campus phone, or 319-363-1323 x1234 from any off-campus or cellular phone. For an emergency, dial 9-911 from a campus phone or 911 from any off-campus or cellular phone.

Joseph Cerruto
Director of Public Safety
University Center 175
319-363-1323 x1028 

The Department of Public Safety is operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to full-time Security Officers, the Department utilizes work-study students to assist in parking enforcement and during special events on campus. Mount Mercy operates an administrator-on-duty call system to ensure that administrative support and decision-making capacity is always available. All Public Safety Officers are trained in CPR/1st Aid/AED, emergency response, evacuation procedures, and interpersonal skills.

Mount Mercy’s campus falls under the jurisdiction of the Cedar Rapids Police Department, Linn County Sheriff’s Office, and Iowa Department of Public Safety. Mount Mercy University Department of Public Safety maintains a positive and open relationship with each of these agencies. The appropriate agencies assist Mount Mercy University Department of Public Safety in crime investigation on campus as needed. The Department of Public Safety monitors and records, through local police crime data, off-campus events sponsored by recognized student organizations.

The protection of students, employees, guests, and Mount Mercy property is our priority. We provide the following services: 

  • On-campus escort program
  • Lost and found
  • Securing and unlocking buildings after hours
  • Assistance with parking issues
  • Student education on fire safety, personal safety, alcohol, and other drug programs
  • Vehicle Unlocks
  • Violent Incident Preparation (VIP)

Public Safety Officers will respond to any request for assistance. For emergencies requiring outside assistance, Public Safety Officers will request immediate support from local fire, law enforcement, and/or medical agencies. Public Safety Officers do not possess arrest authority. Mount Mercy University does, occasionally, hire police officers with full arrest authority (Cedar Rapids police officers) to assist in University functions and activities.

Important Numbers

Campus Phones
Dial 9 to access an outside line
If calling internally on campus, use the extension only

Mount Mercy University
Department of Public Safety 
Emergency and Non-Emergency 

319-363-1323 x1234
Cedar Rapids Police Department  911
Non-emergency   319-286-5491
Cedar Rapids Fire Department  911
Non-emergency   319-286-5200
Linn Co. Sheriff's Office 911
Non-emergency  319-892-6100
Director of Public Safety 319-363-1323 x1028