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Annual Security Report

Campus Crime Prevention Guide

This information is provided persuant to the Student-Right-To-Know Act.

Southern University-Baton Rouge's (SUBR) annual security report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crime that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SUBR; 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. You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Deputy Administrator of the SUBR Police Department @ 225-771-2770.

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 maintain 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 affliated with Southern Univeristy in regards to this matter may be found at the public SOCPR website: www.lasocpr.lsp.org/socpr.

SUBR has taken steps to ensure the safety of its campus community.

Although SUBR does not experience serious crimes often, it is a large, urban university campus on which serious crimes do occur. In any given semester, SUBR has some 7,000 students and 1,000 full and part-time employees on campus - more than the size of many Louisiana towns. In addition, SUBR is surrounded on three sides by the city of Baton Rouge- the capital of Louisiana and a leading petrochemical, financial and industrial city with a metropolitan area population of more than 500,000.

Safety Policies 

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 SUBR facilities is determined by University regulations then in effect. Visitors and guests to SUBR residence halls must be registered by their hosts while in residence halls.


Residence Halls

Procedures for guest visitation are established by the residents of each building in accordance with rules printed in Southern Living, available at hall desks. Residence halls are equipped with fire safety equipment that includes smoke detectors. In the residence halls, emergency exits are equipped with alarms that sound whenever opened. Residence hall staff are trained to maintain security and to summon police, fire, medical and maintenance assistance when needed. Criminal activity observed within or in the vicinity of buildings is reported to the SUBR Police Department. Firearms, explosives, fireworks, or other hazardous materials are not permitted in or around residence halls.

Southern University Policy for missing student notification

Southern University as a residential campus ask each resident to complete the statement of notification of a contact person in the event that a student is reported missing for a period of 24 hours. The Office of Residential Life provides notification of a missing student to the University Police Department, and the Office of Student Life through use of the missing student report form. If the student does not register a contact person with the Office of Residential Life they are advised that Law Enforcement will be notified that the student is missing. Automatic notification of parents will occur if a student is under the age of 18. The Missing Student Report Form is primarily housed and initiated in the residence hall, but additional forms are housed in the Office of Residence Life. The form is completed and signed by the initiator, the person bringing forth the report, followed by the signature of the Hall Director who insures the timeframe is at least 24 hours and the Area Director who has the responsibility of insuring the validity of the report to include contacting the confidential contact person. The final signature required is that of the Director of Residential Life who transmits the report simultaneously to University Police and Director of Student Life. The timeframe is a maximum of two hours from point of initiation of the report to its final destination at University Police. The stated procedure does not preclude implementing this process in less than 24 hours if circumstances warrant a faster implementation.

Academic and Administrative Buildings

Academic and administrative buildings are secured by Facility Services personnel. 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.

Weapons Policy 

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

SUBR complies with all federal and state 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

SUBR complies with all federal and state laws 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.

Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures

  1. The SU Police Department will notify the senior administrative officer available beginning with the Chancellor, the Executive Vice Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration and other such administrative personnel as is appropriate to confirm that there is a significant emergency.

    The most senior administrative officer available will determine the content of the notification and will initiate the notification system.   
  2. Once a response has been determined, a message will be formulated to be released to the University community.
  3. That message will be disseminated to the University community without delay and taking into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless the notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist victims or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.
  4. Southern University will communicate vital information as quickly and efficiently as possible in order to provide the greatest safety to the University community. One or more of the following communication tools will be used to notify students, faculty, and staff:
    • Web site:  Notice posted on the University home page  www.subr.edu
    • E-mail: Broadcast message to campus e-mail addresses               
    • Media: Press releases distributed to all area print and media representatives
    • Text Messaging:  Messages will be sent to all users enrolled in the FirstCall Emergency Notification System (please sign up on the University home page www.subr.edu))
  5. The titles of the persons responsible for carrying out this process are:
    Chancellor, SUBR
    Executive Vice Chancellor, SUBR
    Vice Chancellor, Finance and Administration, SUBR
    Chief of Southern University Police
  6. Emergency information will be disseminated to the larger community through press releases to the television, radio and print media Issued by the Office of Media Relations.
  7. The University will test the emergency response and evacuation procedures on at least an annual basis per calendar year, and document a description of the exercise as well as the date and time of the exercise and whether it was announced or unannounced. 

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 SU Police Department at 771-2770 (3-2770 from a campus telephone). If the assault occurred off campus, call the Baton Rouge Police Department or the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office by dialing 911, or the Rape Crisis Center at 389-3456 or the Crisis Hotline 383-7273.

Obtain Medical Care

Quickly obtain medical care from the SU Student Health Center or from a hospital emergency roo. 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 Office of the Director of Student Life 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.

Seek Counseling

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 SU Counseling Center (771-2480 or 3-2480 from any campus telephone) or the Rape Crisis Center (383-7273). 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 approprite law enforcement agency in accordance with established procedures.

The Student Health Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All services are confidential. Call 771-4770 (3-4770 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 Office of the Director of Student Life 771-3920 (3-3920 from any campus telephone) 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 encouraged to report your experience to the Director of Student Life.

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.

Jag Watch 

Patterned after Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers and similar nationwide programs, SUBR Jag Watch serves the community as an informant interaction system whereby the public is invited and encouraged to provide valuable information that might lead to the arrest and possible conviction of criminals. Participants who call the SUBR Jag Watch hotline at 771-3784 (3-3784 from any Campus phone) remain anonymous.

Campus Transit

To help protect students who need to reach a particular destination on campus after dark, SUBR established the Evening Shuttle Service, which is run and staffed by the SUBR University Police Department. Carefully selected staff members offer free rides, on campus only, from 5 p.m. until 1:00 a.m., Mondays through Fridays, when school is in session. Call 771-6222 (3-6222 from any Campus phone).

Lighting

A group of administrators examine the campus several times a year and determines which areas require lighting repairs and which areas need additional illumination.

Emergency Call Boxes

SU has a system of 6 Emergency Call Boxes located around the campus. These call boxes are designed to be used for emergency purposes only. The call boxes are connnected directly to the SU Police Department, which mans the system around the clock. All you have to do is push the button for instant contact with a member of the SU Police.


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 SUBR Police Department as soon as possible by dialing 771-2770 (3-2770 from any Campus phone) or using one of the emergency call boxes. Off-campus crimes may be reported to the Baton Rouge Police Department or the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's office. Both of these law enforcement agencies can be reached by dialing 911.

The SUBR Police Department is located in William L. Pass Station on B.A. Little Drive. The department operates 24 hours a day and employs commissioned police officers along with non-sworn support staff. Police officers must successfully complete 280 hours of 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. An array 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.

Crime Statistics

Continual efforts are made to inform the SUBR community of matters that affect their personal safety and well-being. Regular reports regarding current problems and reported crimes are published in the student newspaper, The Digest. The SUBR Police Department, in conjunction with the Office of Residential Life and the Division for 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 SUBR Police Department reports crime statistics to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Crime Information Center. 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 SUBR Police Department, or to check the daily blotter visit our web site at www.subr.edu/police . The following SUBR 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.

Click to view the Crime Statistics.


EMERGENCY NUMBERS
SUBR Police Department 771-2770
SUBR CrimeStoppers 771-3784
Baton Rouge City Police 911
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff 911
Baton Rouge Fire Department 911