Safety and Security
LSU Health Shreveport has no on-campus student housing. Crime prevention programs emphasizing security and what residents can do to help themselves be more secure are provided for LSU Health Shreveport members who reside off-campus. LSU Health Shreveport University Police, local Parish Sheriff's Offices and the City Police Department crime prevention units may assist in personal residence security surveys. LSU Health Shreveport issues "timely warnings" when it considers a crime to pose an ongoing threat to students and employees. Timely warnings include email announcements, alert flyers, and bulletin board notices.
REPORTING A CRIME OR EMERGENCY
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 LSU Health Shreveport Police Department as soon as possible by dialing 911 or (318) 675-6165 / (318) 675-6233, UPD Crime Hotline (318) 675-3873 or by using the LSU Shield App on your smartphone. Off-campus crimes may be reported to the Shreveport Police Department or Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office. Both of these law enforcement agencies can be reached by dialing 911.
- iOS and Android compatible
- Available to everyone: students, staff, faculty and visitors
- Summon emergency services by telephone with a single button
- Submit non-emergency reports including a picture and a video
- Two-way chat with LSU Police
- Submit anonymously
- Instantly notify pre-identified contacts of your safety and location
- FriendWatch feature allows your pre-identified contacts to monitor your safety plus much more!
- Safety Tips to Protect Yourself On and Off Campus
- Campus Sex Crime Prevention Act
- Project Celebration
Safety is a shared responsibility. As members of the campus community, everyone should help to make the campus a safer place. Using some simple safety precautions will greatly reduce your chance of becoming a victim of crime. One simple piece of information you should always have is your location. If there is an emergency, responders will ask for your location, address, etc., so have this information readily available.
PROTECTING YOURSELF ON AND OFF CAMPUS
- Lock your door, even when you intend to return home shortly or even if you are just going down the hall. It takes a thief ten seconds or less to enter an open room and steal your property.
- Take extra time to ensure that your windows and doors are locked, especially when you are alone or at night.
- Do not leave valuables lying out in plain sight. Record the serial number of your valuables or engrave a unique identification number on the item.
- Store emergency numbers in your mobile phone and place them next to your home phone.
- Do not leave messages on your door indicating that you are away and when you will return.
- Do not let strangers enter dormitory or premises.
- Do not prop open outer doors.
- If someone asks to use your phone for an emergency call, offer to telephone for them instead of allowing them access.
- Do not put your address on your key ring.
- Know your neighbors.
- Do not leave keys in hiding places. Thieves will find them. Carry your keys or make sure that anyone who truly needs them has their own copy.
- To report suspicious persons or activity on campus, call LSU Health Shreveport Police Department at 318-675-6165 or activate the LSU SHIELD Mobile Safety App. If off campus, call 911.
- Open a savings or checking account instead of keeping money in your room.
- Keep automatic teller machine cards in a safe place, keep your PIN secret. When possible, only use ATM's during the day.
- Instead of carrying large sums of cash use a charge card. Some charge cards insure property purchased with those cards against loss, theft or damage.
- If you find yourself in immediate danger, call 911; try to stay calm and get away at first opportunity.
Prompt reporting of sex offenses to the University Police is encouraged. While some may not think of forced sexual relations as rape, such action constitutes a serious crime and is a felony under LA Law. University Police will vigorously investigate all reports of sexual assault occurring within their jurisdiction and will help victims of sex assault off campus to contact the appropriate law enforcement authorities. Further assistance is available from the Dean of Students or the YWCA crisis line (318) 425-3628. Each institution must inform members of the campus community where they may obtain information concerning registered sex offenders who may be present on campus. The Louisiana State Police Sex Offender and Child Predator Registry may be found at: http://lsp.org/socpr/disclaimer.html or by calling (800) 858-0551.
The SAVE Program has partnered with the Project Celebration. Advocates are specially trained personnel who can provide confidential guidance and support to LSU Health Shreveport students or others who have directly experienced interpersonal violence (sexual assault, domestic violence, relationship violence, and stalking) or who want to help a friend in need.
Regardless of how long ago the traumatic event or violent incident occurred, Project Celebration Advocates are available to discuss the situation. The period after a traumatic event can be confusing. Project Celebration Advocates ensure that no survivor or student-at-risk has to navigate the medical, legal, mental health, or university system alone.
Project Celebration Advocates will provide survivors and students-at-risk with options for recovery, including assistance with:
- Filing a police report
- Filing a University judicial report
- Obtaining medical care
- Obtaining emotional support
- Arranging safe housing
- Securing academic accommodations, as well as referrals to appropriate services and resources.