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PUBLIC LAW—101-542

In accordance with Title IV, potential students and students at Southern University at Shreveport may contact the Office of the Registrar for information dealing with the graduation rates at the University.  Students of the Southern University at Shreveport Community have the same rights, privileges and freedoms granted to every United States Citizen.  With these rights, privileges and freedoms comes the responsibility to obey federal, state and local laws as well as abide by the rules and regulations of the University.

Essential to the effective functioning of the University is the protection and promotion of a special set of interests and purposes: (1) the opportunity of students to obtain their educational objectives, (2) the creation and maintenance of an intellectual atmosphere throughout the University, (3) the protection of health, safety, welfare, property, and human rights of all members of the University Community, and (4) the protection and reputation of the University itself.

Students enrolled at Southern University at Shreveport must ultimately assume full responsibility for their actions and must adhere to the Code of Conduct Regulations as set by the University.  Violations of these regulations and or a demonstrated unwillingness to obey the rules governing conduct may lead to sanctions or disciplinary action by the University. 

AUTHORITY OF UNIVERSITY OR COLLEGE POLICE OFFICER (LA-R.S. 17:1805)

Those persons who are university or college police officers responsible for maintaining general order and exercising police power on the campus of a state supported or a private college or university shall be designated as university or college police officers.  Each such person named as a police officer by the president of the college or university shall be commissioned as a university or college police officer by the Department of Public Safety or as provided in Subsection “E” of this Section.  Such commission shall remain in force and in effect at the pleasure of the employing college or university. These police officers shall have the right to carry concealed weapons and to exercise the power of arrest when discharging their duties on their respective campuses and on all streets, roads, and rights-of-way to the extent they are within or contiguous to the perimeter of such campuses.

RELATIONSHIPS WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES

Campus Police personnel work closely with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies including LSU Medical Center and Kansas City Southern Railroad Police and have direct radio communication with the Shreveport Police Department, Caddo Sheriff’s Office, and the Louisiana State Police.

The University Police Department is also a part of the Caddo-Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. A two Parish agency chartered by the four local governing bodies to be the conduit for emergency response, hence communication, fire, EMS, law enforcement, HAZMAT and other specialties (bomb squad, life air rescue) are dispatched in a seamless response mode by appropriate incident commanders through the normal procedures. Therefore, these agencies cover each other in routine fashion, across jurisdictions as “established in place” support.  No formal approval process is required as mutual aid frequencies, protocols and even billing procedures are already in place so that priority of the National Incident Command System (NIMS) is clearly executed without delay to accomplish the following: (a) Saving Lives (b) Situation Stabilization (c) Protecting Property.

Southern University at Shreveport, Police Department (SUSLA-PD) includes 12 full-time commissioned officers who are trained at state certified law enforcement academies and meet the requirements of the Louisiana Peace Officer Standards of Training. We patrol the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive campus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Additionally, officers provide services wherever the University has a prominent presence.

SECURITY AND ACCESS TO SUSLA

There are two entrances into the university; the main entrance is to the East Side of the Leonard C. Barnes Administration Building, and is known as University Drive.  The second entrance is also on the East Side of the University next to Newton Smith Elementary School and provides access to the Student Parking Lot.  While our institution is an open campus, in that there are no manned entrances, University Police Officers are vigilant regarding those who visit by motorized vehicles, bicycles and foot traffic. 

With respect to employees who would access buildings after hours, they are required to sign in and out  with the Office of University Police. Officers also have the responsibility of locking and unlocking the area (s) to be accessed. 

Jaguar Courtyard provides on-campus living for those who desire to reside within the boundaries of the university and can only be accessed by entering the premises as noted above.  Additionally, the apartments are gated and access controlled with entry to be gained by entering the proper code, by those who live there. 

SENSITIVE AND/OR PERSONAL CRIMES

Victimization of a criminal incident can be of a sensitive and personal nature (e.g. Sexual Assault).  In the event of such a traumatic offense, either by witnessing or being a victim, confidential counseling is available. Students are encouraged, if, and when they deem it appropriate, to seek professional help from the Counseling Center 318/670.6473 on- campus extension 6473 or from Student Support Services at 318/670.6306 or extension 6306 on- campus.  You may want to visit them in the Fine Arts Building, Room C-01 or Room C-15 respectively.

While we do not provide Pastoral Counselor, the Professional Counselor located in the aforementioned areas, are here for you.  Remember, that as a matter of policy they are to advise persons being counseled of the voluntary reporting procedures of a criminal infraction to the University Police Department for inclusion into the annual crime statistics.

WEAPONS POLICY

 

Southern University does not permit the unauthorized possession of; display of; or attempt to use or threaten to use firearms, ammunition, fireworks, or any other dangerous weapons on campus or at any University-sponsored activity.  Anyone found to be in violation of this policy shall face arrest.  Students found in violation of the Weapons Policy will be brought before the Disciplinary Hearing Committee for sanctions up to and including suspension or expulsion.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES POLICY

The possession, sale, use or the supplying of alcohol on the University campus is not allowed.  SUSLA has been designated “Drug free.”

It is unlawful for any person under 21 years of age to purchase or have public possession of any alcoholic beverage (LA-R.S. 93.12). 

ILLEGAL DRUGS POLICY

The SUSLA campus has been designated “Drug free.” The possession, sale, manufacture or distribution of any controlled substance is illegal under both state and federal laws.  Such laws are strictly enforced by SUSLA Police Department.  Violators are subject to University disciplinary action, criminal prosecution, fine and imprisonment.

The University is bound to take all appropriate actions against violators, which include referrals for legal prosecution or requiring the individual to participate satisfactorily in an approved drug/alcohol abuse assistance or rehabilitation program.

SEX OFFENDER POLICY AND REGISTRATION

In accordance to the “Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act” of 2000, which amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, the Jeanne Clery Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the SUSLA Police Department is providing a link to the Louisiana State Police Sex Offender and Child Predator Registry. 

This act requires higher education institutions to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement information provided by a State concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained.  It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a State to provide notice of each institution of higher education in that State at which the person is employed, carries a vocation, or is a student.  In Louisiana convicted sex offenders must register with the Sex Offender and Child Predator Registry maintained by the Department of State Police.

GENERAL INFORMATION

SUSLA-PD officers are commissioned to bear arms, make arrests and exercise investigative powers by the State of Louisiana R.S. 17: 1805.The department is also responsible for enforcing traffic regulations on campus. It reports to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration.

Identification Cards

A student enrolled at Southern University at Shreveport must obtain an individual identification card (or have current ID validated) during registration each semester or summer term. ID cards are used for admittance to various SUSLA functions and are recognized by cooperating community businesses for student discount privileges. SUSLA IDs are required to check out books from the library, use financial aid vouchers at the bookstore, or receive financial aid or work-study checks. Cost for replacement or remake of an ID card is $10.00.

Smoke-free Buildings and Vehicles

All buildings on SUSLA Campus (including Metro center and Aerospace Technology Center) are smoke-free. Smoking by employees, students and visitors are also forbidden within vehicles as well, and at minimum 25 feet away from all building entrances.

Visitors to Academic Classes

In order to maintain an academic environment conducive to the well-being of all students, SUSLA prohibits visitors to the academic classroom, the Library, the Technology Resource Center, and/or Computer Centers/Technology Enhancement Center without prior approval from the instructor, or director of the service area, or the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

This Policy applies to the presence of children or pets of enrolled students. Children should not be left unattended in the parking lots, the student lounge area, the buildings lobbies, or any of the service areas listed above. Such a policy protects the children and eliminates distractions for other students.

Sales/Solicitation, Promotion, and/or Advertising on University Grounds

Sales/Solicitation of a commercial nature, whether by non-students or students, is not permitted on the campus except when registered and approved through the Office of Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

The University allows the posting of Official University notices in buildings and stairwells. No notices may be affixed to glass doors or windows.

Political announcements, campaign literature, signs, handbills, banners, and other promotional materials may only be posted on the designated open announcement areas. An information table will be provided at each registration where political and commercial materials may be displayed.

No commercial or non-commercial materials that are not official University notices shall be posted on walls, doors, in the foyers, on cars, on non-designated areas. Persons distributing materials must not block the doorways, passageways, nor be in the buildings, or create a public nuisance.

Skateboards/Bicycles/Inline Skates, etc.

For the safety of users and pedestrians on campus, skateboards, bicycles, inline skates, etc., are prohibited on the sidewalks at any time. Visitors are asked to refrain from using these items in these areas.

CRIME PREVENTION

University Police has a comprehensive crime prevention and personal safety program.  This program includes literature and general information on personal safety, protection of property, car and motorcycle theft prevention, office security, night safety, jaguar watch, sexual assault, acquaintance rape, apartment (dorm) safety, harassing telephone calls and vacation tips.

In addition to the aforementioned efforts, University Police are partners with our Student Government Association (SGA), in what is called “Vandal Watch.”  Where student volunteers assist officers in observing Buildings, Parking Lots and other activities to prevent vandalism; they are not to take any enforcement action.

Crime prevention presentations and safety seminars are held each semester for the campus community.  The seminars are usually 1 hour in duration covering general awareness and prevention techniques for several situations such as rape, assault, robbery, and theft.  Other seminars are offered on office safety on the do’s and don’ts to ensure personal and equipment protection. 

All presentations and seminars are free and are available upon request.  Literature and brochures are distributed to all department heads and at most seminars.  Seminars may be scheduled by calling Campus Police at 670-6349 (6349) from a campus phone.

Non-Monitoring of Off-Campus Activities - Monitoring of Off-Campus Activities of Student Organizations is not the responsibility of University Police.  While University Police enjoy a cooperative relationship with all local law enforcement agencies, any criminal violation of law occurring off campus is solely theirs, unless otherwise warranted.

TIMELY WARNING POLICY

In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that in the judgment of the Chief of Police or his designee in consultation with other Administrators that constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus wide “Timely Warning” will be issued. The warning will be made available through FIRSTCALL a 24-hour emergency campus notification system that will alert members of the University Community that are registered.

Notification to Campus Community, with FIRSTCALL will be made via, e-mail, text and voice messages to SUSLA students, faculty and staff during a crisis on campus. The FIRSTCALL system also allows for text-to-voice features that will send messages to landlines and will compliment SUSLA’s existing Axis-TV digital messaging display and SUSLA website.

Depending on the particular circumstances of the crime or incident, especially in all situations that could pose an immediate threat to the community and individuals, the University Police may also post a notice of the Alert/Announcement on Bulletin Boards in each building, including Apartments.

As a means of utilizing all available resources, the University Police is equipped with portable megaphones and the University patrol vehicles have loudspeaker capability. Patrol vehicles can be used to announce messages on campus at various locations to alert the campus to the emergency and what steps should be taken.

To enroll visit https://alertregistration.com/susla/ website. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to do so.

A Crime Log - It is maintained by the University Police Department, highlighting incidents and crimes that occur on campus.  It is available for public viewing during regular business hours at University Police Building “J”, located on the East side of our campus, 3050 MLK, Jr. Drive, next to the Student Parking Lot.  Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to University Police by phone at any time or by visiting their building during normal business hours (8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday). Annual Security Report is also provided by the University Police, which can be picked up at University Police Building during regular business hours.

 
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