Living on Campus & Safety
When you live on campus, your safety and security is our top priority. We have several measures in place for you, but we know that in reality safety is a shared responsibility. Let’s work together to make your on-campus experience a safe and enjoyable one.
In addition to the numerous campus safety initiatives, here are the supplemental efforts we do in Residential Life for our residents and their safety in our communities:
Clear and Well-Lit Walking Paths
Staff conducts routine lighting and shrubbery audits around campus communities and reports outages and overgrown shrubbery.
Public Neighborhood Resource Officers
In addition to normal LSU Police patrols, Res Life hires additional officers to patrol residential areas – one east side, one west side, and one at Aster and Gov. Claiborne Drive – between 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Staff conducts twice nightly security rounds in each campus community. These aren’t your grandmother’s bed check rounds, but instead general safety walkthroughs of the communities.
We See You
Res Life has more than 350 surveillance cameras at our communities’ entrances, exits, elevators, and more.
Swipe, Swipe, Swipe
We maintain at least three levels of security to access a student’s room in the residence halls.
24/7 Front Desks
24-hour information desks are located at or near the front entrances of each campus community.
24/7/365 We Live Here Too
A team of live-in staff members – from student to graduate staff and professional staff – is available in each community and on call 24/7/365. Our staff is always available and equipped to help students through any number of college transition issues, personal crises, maintenance emergencies, and more. Residence hall employees are also trained to summon police, fire, medical, and maintenance assistance when needed.
Prepped & Ready
Residences are equipped with fire-safety equipment, including monitored fire alarm systems, automatic fire sprinkler systems, and smoke detectors and/or heat sensors that activate the central fire alarm system. Staff also has protocols for how to handle emergencies from building fires to severe weather and everything in between.
LSU Police participates in an Adopt-A-Hall program, where each of our residential communities has been “adopted” by an LSU Police officer who spends time in the communities with students at social events to build relationships and dialogue.
All campus res hall and apartment doors have peep holes so you can view who is at your door before opening it.
Custodians Make a Difference
Our team of more than 150 custodians takes pride in their work and keeps our halls – your LSU home – clean, safe, and comfortable. We also have our own maintenance team to address facility issues in a timely manner, especially emergencies occurring after hours.
Park & Ride
If you need a ride on campus, call Campus Transit seven days a week, 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. for door-to-door service to and from any location on campus. Can’t find a close parking spot? Stop by the Public Safety Building on South Stadium Road or call and request Campus Transit follow you to a legal parking space where you can then hop on the transit bus and be driven to your res hall front door.
And here are the things we need from you, our residents. Remember, safety is a shared responsibility:
- Always lock your door no matter how short of a time you’ll be away from your apartment or res hall room, even if your roommates are home.
- Always ask,” Who is it?” and check your door peep hole when there’s a knock on your door. All Residential Life staff will have proper identification and uniforms on while in residential communities for cleaning or maintenance reasons.
- Stay aware of your surroundings and if you see something, say something.
- Report any concerns to your community staff immediately. If something doesn’t seem right, let us know.
- Make sure your bike is registered with LSU Police and securely locked to a bike rack on campus.
- As you move around campus, travel with a friend or remain on the lighted and well-traveled pathways.
- It’s never a good idea to sacrifice safety for convenience.
- Don’t prop open doors or let people you don’t know ‘tailgate’ in to your building on your Tiger Card swipe.
- Emergency exits are marked for your safety and well-being. Let’s leave those signs where they are; no need to take them down.
- You are responsible for your guests and their behavior in the community.
- Let’s all be good neighbors and look out for one another.
- Save the LSU Police’s phone number in your phone now – 225-578-3231. You can also dial 911 on campus.