Living on Campus & Safety
When you live on campus, your safety and security is our top priority. We have several security measures in place, 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 campus-wide safety initiatives, here are the supplemental efforts we provide in and around our on-campus communities:
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.
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 Spruce Lane (formerly Gov. Claiborne Drive) – between 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.
24/7 Front Desks
24-hour information desks are located at or near the front entrances of each campus community.
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.
Staff conducts twice nightly security rounds in each campus community. These aren’t your grandmother’s bed checks, but instead general safety walk throughs of the communities.
Staff also conducts routine lighting and shrubbery audits around campus communities and reports outages and overgrown shrubbery to help maintain clear and well-lit walking paths.
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.
Five ZipCar vehicles are available on campus in designated parking spots located near Edward Gay Apartments and West Laville Hall for convenient pick-up and return.
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, Campus Transit will give you a free ride from door-to-door, anywhere on campus from 5:30 p.m. to midnight, seven days a week. You can also call Campus Transit to get a ride from a parking lot to a building, so they don’t have to walk alone from a parking lot.
After midnight, you can call LSU Police, who will send an officer to escort you to your on-campus destination. The LSU Police Department phone number is 225-578-3231.
And here are the things we need from you, our residents. Remember, safety is a shared responsibility:
- Report any concerns to your community staff immediately. If something doesn’t seem right, let us know. Remember, if you see something, say something.
- 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 confirm who is at your door before opening it. Use the door peep hole and ask people to identify themselves before opening the door. All Residential Life staff will have proper identification and uniforms on while in residential communities for cleaning or maintenance reasons.
- Don’t prop open doors or let people you don’t know ‘tailgate’ in to your building on your Tiger Card swipe. It’s never a good idea to sacrifice safety for convenience.
- Door swipes, door peepholes, and door locks are in place for your safety and security. Do not disable these mechanisms for convenience.
- 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.
- As you move around campus, travel with a friend and remain on lighted and well-traveled pathways. Contact Campus Transit or LSU Police for an escort to your on-campus location.
- Remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings
- Save the LSU Police’s phone number in your phone now – 225-578-3231. You can also dial 911 on campus.
- Make sure your bike is registered with LSU Police and securely locked to a bike rack on campus.
- Let’s all be good neighbors and look out for one another. If you know of a student or situation of concern, you can also report it through LSU Cares.