Safety: A Shared Responsibility
As a university, we make every effort to keep crime at bay. But we need everyone’s help to make the campus a safer place. Learn how you can help deter criminal activity on campus.
Emergency Text Messaging System
The LSU Emergency Text Messaging System is a service that allows anyone in the LSU community, including the LSU AgCenter and Paul M. Hebert Law Center, to receive alerts, news, or other emergency information via text message on their mobile phones.
Call Boxes on Campus
LSU has tamper resistant phones near the entrances to most dorms and many other buildings which will allow you to make an on-campus call or contact the police by dialing 911.
Location of Police Stations
View maps, directions, and contact information of police stations and sheriffs' offices within a 10 mile radius of the LSU campus.
Withholding Names and Addresses from LSU's Online Directory
You may withhold your name, phone numbers, and addresses from being listed on the University's online directory.
- To withhold your name from the online directory, make the following selections from your PAWS desktop:
Personal Preferences > Directory Information > Withholding Information.
Set your name withholding status to "Withhold from Internet." If you select name withholding, neither your name nor your addresses will be available through the online directory.
- To withhold a specific mailing address, make the following selections from your PAWS desktop:
Personal Preferences > Directory Information > Mailing Address.
Set the address withholding status to "Withhold from Internet." If you choose to withhold a specific address, your name will still appear in the online directory but that address will not appear. E-mail addresses can also be withheld.
LSU Safety Awareness Programs
Learn more about campus call boxes, Campus Transit, LSU Crime Stoppers, emergency numbers, hall watch, campus lighting, Operation ID, Rape Aggression Defense Systems Classes, safety programs, and awareness weeks, sponsored by the Department of Wellness Education.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety
LSU is considered a walking campus, and we make every effort to make the university as friendly to pedestrians and bicyclists as possible. But we need everyone’s help to make the campus a safer place. As such, please remember these safety tips.
Safety Tips from the LSU Police Department
Learn how to protect yourself at home, in your room, residence hall, or apartment; when walking; and when driving. Also lean about protecting your automobile or bicycle.
Semester Crime Prevention Tips
Find tips for safety and security in residence halls, calling for help,and obtaining non-emergency assistance.
Residence Hall Security
Learn about all of the security measures in place in the residence halls, including our new Card-Access Security System.
Residence Hall Presentations arranged by the LSU Police. Please consider attending one of these excellent presentations.
Campus Transit provides free door-to-door rides on campus between 5:30 p.m. and 3 a.m. Sunday through Friday. The vehicles are radio dispatched from the LSU Public Safety Building, and anyone on campus can call 578-5555 to be picked up within a few minutes. Drivers are carefully selected for this job.
If you do not wish to wait outside, you can make arrangements for Campus Transit to call you at a local number when they arrive at your location.
For more than 20 years, the LSU campus has supported and hosted numerous crime-prevention and educational programs. In light of recent events, LSU is upgrading illumination in current outdoor lighting fixtures, installing additional outdoor lighting fixtures around campus, and improving visibility by pruning trees and shrubs.
Facility Services Hotline: 578-3186
For emergencies: 578-2327
If you notice poorly lit areas, broken lights, or overgrown landscaping, please report these concerns to Facility Services.
Tips for Speaking to the Media
In order to keep members of the LSU community as safe as possible, the LSU Office of Public Affairs has compiled some suggestions for anyone who is interviewed by the media.
Safety Tips from the Baton Rouge Police Department
This site includes tips on personal safety, keeping kids safe, keeping safe at home, reducing violence, helping victims of crime, and avoiding fraud and scams.
Rape Aggression Defense Resources
Contact 225-578-5718 to register for RAD classes or for more information. Additional agencies provide RAD Classes in the surrounding parishes/communities. For more information visit
Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers
Crime Stoppers is a community involvement program designed to help stop crime in its tracks. Crime Stoppers' reason for existing is to gather clues that law enforcement agencies need to solve major crimes by offering cash rewards and providing a single number to call with information relating to any crime or criminal activity.