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A student guide to security at Southeastern Louisiana University
Cell phone text messages, outdoor sirens, emergency phone stations universities around the nation are taking many steps to help ensure a safe campus environment. While college campuses are generally safe, just like in any small town, incidents can happen and people can be harmed. As a student, you have a personal responsibility to be aware of and to use the tools and services designed to keep you safe. Southeastern Louisiana University has taken significant steps to make our campus safe. While not all factors can be controlled, the chances of damage or injury on campus can be reduced if you understand and use the measures developed with the safety of the Southeastern family as the primary objective. Review the points within to learn how Southeastern is keeping you safe and how you can do your part. Maintaining a safe campus is everyone’s responsibility.
Southeastern has installed a cell phone text messaging system through FirstCall, which allows brief emergency messages to be communicated at the rate of 6,000 messages per minute. While all students, faculty and staff are already registered with the system through their e-mail accounts, cell phone text messaging can only be sent to those who sign up or “opt-in” for the service. Therefore, if you opt-in, you will receive emergency alerts, not just through your campus e-mail, but also on your cell phone. Registering for the service is simple; just visithttp:www.southeastern.edu/alert.
Please be assured that other than occasional tests of the system, text messages will be sent only in true emergencies. No notices about registration, sporting events or other campus happenings only emergencies.
Code Blue Emergency Phones
Southeastern maintains a network of more than 40 code blue emergency phones located strategically throughout the campus that allows anyone needing emergency service to be in instant contact with the University Police Department at the push of a button. The code blue phone stations also have flashing blue lights that will be activated in the event of an emergency impacting the campus.
In the event of an emergency, the university telephone system will also be used to send emergency voice messages to digital telephones located in each building. The emergency message activates a “telephone tree,” in which trained faculty and staff will share the information with others in their respective buildings.
The university Web site, www.southeastern.edu, allows for quick posting of emergency alerts and updates on the home page. This is the most reliable place to check to determine whether the campus is being closed for any emergency, including weather-related closures.
Outdoor Campus PA System
A public address system located in the middle of the campus can be used to broadcast sirens or voice alerts. The system is loud enough to be heard throughout campus by individuals outdoors. If you hear the siren or horn, this means there is an emergency or serious incident occurring on campus.
University Police maintains an extensive network of strategically placed security cameras located throughout the campus in parking areas and in buildings, including residential housing.
Fire Alarm System
Fire alarm systems in Southeastern buildings are networked to ensure that the University Police Department is alerted when the system is activated. This allows police and fire personnel to respond immediately when an alarm is activated.
- In the evening or at night, be sure to park in well-lit lots.
- If possible, walk to and from buildings in pairs or groups. Avoid “shortcuts” across campus that bypass well traveled areas.
- Use the buddy system. If you are going out alone, let your roommate or a friend know where you are going and when you expect to return.
- Be aware of your surroundings and the people near you. If something doesn’t look or “feel” quite right, be very cautious. Report suspicious activity to the police.
- Be wary of people asking for directions, to use your cell phone or for the time of day. This can be a ploy to distract you. Keep a polite but safe distance.
- Program your cell phone’s speed dial with the University Police Department number, 985-549-2222, for quick access.
- Ask for an escort. If you are leaving an academic building late in the evening and your vehicle or on-campus residence is some distance away, call the University Police Department, 985-549-2222, and ask for a police escort.
- Know where the code blue emergency phones are located near your classrooms or residential facility.
- Do not leave your identification, wallet, checkbook, jewelry, camera, and other valuables in open view. Do not leave backpacks, laptops, briefcases, or purses unattended for even a brief amount of time.
- Keep your car locked at all times. If you use a bicycle, be sure to purchase and use a good, strong lock.
- At events or places where alcohol is served, be especially vigilant. Go with a friend and look out for each other. Choose a designated driver. Avoid drinking excessively and never leave your drink unattended.