Notice of Annual Security Report Availability
Southern University at New Orleans’ annual security report is now available. This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics for the school. The statements enclosed address the school’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security; for example, policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses. Three years’ worth of statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the school and on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus. You may request a paper copy from the Southern University at New Orleans Campus Police Department.
Campus Crime Prevention Guide
This information is provided pursuant to the Student-Right-To-Know Act. The Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) annual security report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crime that occurred on campus and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault and other matters.
Sex Offender Statement
The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000 (CSCPA), signed into Law October 28, 2000, amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act.
CSCPA provides special requirements relating to registration and community notification for sex offenders who are enrolled in or work at institutions of higher education. In addition to Wetterling, the Act also amended the Clery Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.
As provided in the Wetterling Act, any person required to register under a state sex offender registration program must notify the state as to whether the person is a student, or works at, an institution of higher education, identify each institution of higher education in that State at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student and must also alert the state of any change in enrollment or employment status.
The Louisiana State Police maintains the Louisiana Sex Offender and Child Predator Registry (SOCPR) for the State of Louisiana and are responsible for the enforcement of the applicable sections of law cited above. Information about any individual affiliated with Southern University at New Orleans in regards to this matter may be found at the public SOCPR website: http://www.lsp.org/socpr/default.html.
The University makes every effort to ensure that the campus facilities, buildings and grounds are designed and maintained in such a way as to promote safety and reduce criminal opportunity. Particular attention is paid to the design of landscaping and exterior lighting.
Use of University Facilities
With the exception of events that are open to the general public and advertised as such, the University’s facilities and programs are generally reserved for accomplishing the objectives and programs of the University. Visitors and non-University affiliated groups seeking to utilize University facilities are expected to make prior arrangements with the appropriate University office. Authorization to use the SUNO facilities is determined by University regulations then in effect.
Each facility is protected by an automatic fire detection system that is monitored by a commercial central station monitoring services as well as the Campus Police via the main fire panel. The system is comprised of smoke and heat detectors, audible and visual alarm devices and hallway manual pull stations, all of which report to the main fire panel. Fire extinguishers are also mounted throughout the building. Emergency lighting is installed in each facility.
Basic fire safety instruction is provided to all students by multiple means. Students also participate in two fire drills each semester to ensure they understand the evacuation procedures during an emergeny. Additionally, Community Assistants receive specific training during orientation outlining their responsibilities during various emergencies. Hands-on fire extinguisher training is also available on request.
Safety and security to the residents of Residential Housing are our utmost concern. All residents are advised to follow safety measures as described by the University and its officials. Residents are advised to report any suspicious behavior or unwarranted incidents to the appropriate authorities. The staff is readily available to assist residents at all times. All criminal activities will be prosecuted by the appropriate officials according to University, Local, State and Federal guidelines.
Academic and Administrative Buildings
Academic and administrative buildings are secured by SUNO Police Department. Hours of security may vary from building to building, depending on use. Like the residence halls, these buildings are equipped with fire safety equipment that includes smoke detectors and/or heat sensors that activate the central fire alarm system.
The use of weapons by University police personnel is governed by state law and departmental regulation. The use or possession of firearms or other weapons by students, employees or visitors while on campus is prohibited.
Sales or Use of Illegal Drugs
SUNO complies with all federal, state and local laws which prohibit the use, possession and sale of illegal drugs. The University is a drug-free zone under Louisiana law and will not shield any student, employee or visitor from action by civil authorities.
Sales or Use of Alcoholic Beverages
SUNO complies with all federal, state and locallaws which regulate the sale and use of alcohol. The University neither condones nor shields from prosecution any individual found in violation of the Louisiana Alcoholic Beverage Control laws. Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by those under 21 years of age is prohibited by law.
Sexual Assault Policy
On college campuses, acquaintance and date rape are more apt to occur than rape by strangers. Research on college women indicates as many as 20 percent of the female population may at some time be sexually coerced by acquaintances. While some students may not think of forced sexual relations as rape, such action constitutes a serious crime and is a felony under Section 14:42 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes.
If You Are the Victim of Sexual Assault
Contact a friend to help you collect your thoughts and focus on your needs. If the assault occurred on campus, call the SUNO Police Department at (504) 286-5290 (5290 from a campus telephone). If the assault occurred off campus, call the New Orleans Police Department by dialing 911, or the Rape Crisis Center at (504) 482-9922.
Obtain Medical Care
Quickly obtain medical care from the SUNO Student Health Center or from a hospital emergency room. Do not bathe, shower, douche, or change clothes before seeking medical attention. The treatment for rape may require an examination at a designated hospital, testing for sexually transmitted diseases, medication to prevent pregnancy and documenting evidence of the crime.
Assist in the Investigation
It is a personal decision whether to report a rape or sexual assault to police, but you are strongly encouraged to do so. The primary concern of the police is your safety and well-being; their second and third concerns are apprehending the assailant and preserving the evidence of the crime.
If you decide not to report an assault, you are encouraged to call or to have a friend call the police, The Rape Crisis Center, or The Division for Student Development Center to report the crime anonymously. The information provided will be helpful in tracking the number and nature of assaults on campus, but it is not helpful in furthering an investigation or apprehension.
Whether or not you report the assault or pursue prosecution, you should consult a trained counselor for help in dealing with the emotional aftermath of a rape. Trained counselors are available at the SUNO Student Development Center (286-5361 or 5361 from any campus telephone) or the Rape Crisis Center (504) 486-0377. Talking with a counselor or psychologist in no way compels a victim to take further action.
Important Options/Student Health Services
The Student Health Center is available to victims of sexual assault. A victim may be examined by a physician for injuries, tested and treated for sexually transmitted diseases and tested for pregnancy. Victims desiring to pursue a criminal case will be referred to the Rape Crisis Center and the appropriate law enforcement agency in accordance with established procedures.
The Student Health Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. there is one full-time registered nurse and one part-time physician that provide these services from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. All services are confidential. Call (504) 286-5374 (5374 from any campus telephone).
Campus Judicial System
A victim may choose to pursue action through the campus judicial system if the assault was committed by another student. The Division for Student Affairs’ Office of Student Activities and Organizations is available to advise victims of their rights under the Code of Student Conduct. Even if you choose not to pursue disciplinary action, you are still encouraged to report your experience.
In any campus disciplinary action, the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during the proceedings. Both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding alleging a sexual assault.
Knight Watch is an offshoot of the well‐known crime prevention program, “Neighborhood Watch”, which is found in communities throughout America. Itis a team effort with you and Campus Police working together to prevent crime. Knight Watch asks the entire community‐ students, faculty and staff to look out for each other’s welfare; to be alert to anything that threatens the quality of life on campus; and to report all suspicious activities, emergencies and other concerns to someone who can take action. It also challenges you to be part of the community‐ not a bystander who refuses to get involved.
To help protect students who need to reach a particular destination on campus after dark, the Campus Police Department will provide escort services to those who wish to be escorted from any location on the campus to their vehicles. If you wish to be provided an escort, contact the Police Department at (504) 286-5290 and give your location. A police officer will come to your location and escort you to your vehicle or other location on campus.
In a corroborated effort Campus Police and the Maintenance Dept. examine the campus several times a year and determine which areas require lighting repairs and which areas need additional illumination.
Emergency Call Boxes
REPORTING CRIME OR EMERGENCIES
If you are involved in an emergency situation, are the victim of a crime, or witness any criminal activity, you are urged to notify the SUNO Police Department as soon as possible by dialing (504) 286-5290 (5290 from any Campus phone) or using one of the emergency call boxes. Off-campus crimes may be reported to the New Orleans Police Department by dialing 911.
The SUNO Police Department is located in the Maintenance Bldg. on SUNO’s Park campus. The department operates 24 hours a day and employs commissioned police officers along with non-sworn support staff. Police officers must successfully complete basic training at an approved police academy. The training curriculum is as mandated by the Louisiana Police Officer Standards and Training Commission and includes such topics as criminal law and procedures, patrol and investigation practices and techniques, firearms, first aid and physical training. Also arrays of in-service training programs are presented to update and enhance the professional skills of the officers.
University Police officers are vested with all of the powers, authority and responsibilities of any police officer of the state on property owned by the University, including adjacent public streets. Police authority is derived from Section 17:1805 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes. The Police Department cooperates fully with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in cases which involve both on-campus and off-campus jurisdiction or when the resources of another agency can be used to facilitate the resolution of an investigation.
Continual efforts are made to inform the SUNO community of matters that affect their personal safety and well-being. The SUNO Police Department, in conjunction with the Department of Residential Life and the Department of Student Affairs, offers programs on personal safety, security of property, crisis intervention and crime prevention. Students and parents are also provided with public safety information during orientation programs.
The SUNO Police Department reports crime statistics to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Crime Information Center and New Orleans Police Department. University Police blotters and arrest reports are available to the media daily and formal press releases are issued to address serious or unique problems which may arise on campus. The University believes that an informed public is a safer public. For more information on the SUNO Police Department, or to check the daily blotter visit our web site at http://www.suno.edu/Campus_Police.
The following SUNO statistics, in compliance with the 1998 provisions of the Student Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act (Jeanne Clery Act), are provided for your information.