Campus security is provided by Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center through the use of a uniformed guard service. Security guards maintain physical security and safety through vigilance and management of external and internal rounds as stipulated by the Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center's Director of Security. The Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center Security Department is staffed 24 hours a day to provide immediate availability for emergency response. The security officers will provide security escort upon request and courtesy patrol in the university parking lots at night.
As necessary, the Regional Medical Center's Security Department will assist university personnel in contacts with outside police agencies.
Additionally, an Extra Duty Police Officer is available for campus emergencies during regular class hours Monday through Friday.
Community policing or neighborhood watch programs are practiced very effectively in cities across the county. Campus Watch does the same here at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, constantly watching out for the safety of one another. Please note the information on Campus Watch flyers and brochures around campus. Copies are also available in the Health & Safety Office.
Whether at home, in the workplace, on campus, or any other setting . . . the best precaution each of us can take is to remain aware of our surroundings at all times.
Please make every effort to:
The Campus Safety and Security Booklet is published annually by Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University and includes campus safety policies and procedures, as well as the annual security report, including documentation of campus crimes for the preceding three calendar years. The offenses for which the statistics are reported are defined in accordance with the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. Crime statistics for post-secondary schools can also be found on the US Dept. of Education website http://ope.ed.gov/security/Search.asp.
The Campus Safety and Security Booklet” is available from the Office of Health & Safety upon request.
Franciscan University, in compliance with the federal "Student-Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990," has published this information to provide its students and employees with and overview of the University's security resources, policies and procedures.
Crime statistics for East Baton Rouge Parish may be found at http://www.brgov.com/dept/brpd/csr/default.asp. The University is located in District 2 Zone E SubZone 3.
Information on sex offenders registered with the Louisiana State Police can be found through the sex offender and child predator registry website (http://www.lsp.org/socpr/disclaimer.html)
Security services are provided as follows:
For life threatening emergencies and fire emergencies. Remember to give physical address of your location (see safety signage throughout campus or labels on all campus phones).
Off-duty Baton Rouge Police Officers employed by the University to assist the existing Security Staff in providing optimal protection for faculty, students and guests on our campus. The officer is available for all emergencies and is stationed on campus during the following hours:
Uniformed security guards employed by Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. Staffed 24 hours a day for emergency response. The security officers can provide security escort upon request, patrol the University parking lots, respond to alarm notifications and secure the University buildings after hours.
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University has developed a procedure for “timely warning notices” to be disseminated to students and employees should a violent crime be reported to campus or local police that is considered to be a threat to students and employees. The procedure is designed to enable University administrators to make prompt decisions about the dissemination of warnings in a manner that is timely and that will aid in the prevention of similar crimes on campus.
Official messages will be managed by the Communications Team and placed on the Franciscan University website, portal and the emergency hotline (225-490-1600) as well as being distributed by e-mail and text message.
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University strives to be proactive through crime prevention education and strategies. Learn more about how you can ensure your safety and perhaps prevent crime from occurring on campus:
Three Basic Rules
Sexual Assault and Self Defense Programs
There is a wonderful opportunity for Franciscan University students to attend a self-defense course at LSU. The 12-hour Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. Courses are taught by nationally certified R.A.D. Instructors. The course is available to students, faculty, staff and community members. Franciscan University students are eligible for the same student discount as LSU students. Contact the LSU Wellness Education Department at 225-578-5718 for more information.
Any Franciscan University student may check out a copy of the “Police Safety Seminar” videotapes from the University Library. This video was filmed during the Safety Seminars that were offered to the public in 2002 by the EBR Police Department. The video provides excellent personal safety tips and tactics.
There is also a free a free self-defense class for women offered by the Baton Rouge Police Department called The Equalizer. Participants must be at least 13 years old with no current injuries. This class involves hands-on, physical training. For more information about attending The Equalizer, and for course schedules, please contact the Training Academy at 225-389-3886.
Personal Safety and Crime Prevention
Most crimes, whether burglary or rape, are crimes of opportunity. Criminals look for the easiest targets and the least chance of getting caught. Your job, whether protecting yourself or your property, is to make the crime more difficult and risky for the perpetrator. Be vigilant, consistent and aware even for short trips.
In the Car
Jogging, Biking and Other Outdoor Activities
To view Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University Annual Security Report as reported to the U.S. Department of Education, visit the Department of Education Website by clicking on this link: Office of Postsecondary Education site.
The Campus Annual Security Report is available from the Office of Health & Safety upon request.
In Memory of Jeanne Clery — 1966-1986
Statistics in the annual security report are submitted every fall and reflect incidents for the previous three calendar years in compliance with Clery legislation. Statistics for the current calendar year will be submitted in the fall of the next calendar year. The campus annual security report is published each Fall.
The Campus Health & Safety Director serves as the Campus Security Authority (CSA).
The University prohibits sexual offenses including but not limited to: domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
The term “domestic violence” (from 42 USC § 13925) includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.
The term “dating violence” (from 42 USC § 13925) means violence committed by a person—
(A) who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and
(B) where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:
(i) The length of the relationship.
(ii) The type of relationship.
(iii) The frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
The term “sexual assault” includes physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim’s use of drugs or alcohol. An individual also may be unable to give consent due to an intellectual or other disability.
The term “stalking” (from 42 USC § 13925) means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a speciﬁc person that would cause a reasonable person to—
(A) fear for his or her safety or the safety of others; or
(B) suﬀer substantial emotional distress.
Any student or employee who reports being a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking will be provided a written explanation of the rights and options for victims (to notify or decline notifying law enforcement as well as availability of existing counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, and other services available on campus or in the community). Information will be provided on how the University will protect the confidentiality of victims.
Domestic Violence Victims
If you are a victim of domestic violence, you are urged to notify the Dean of Student Services at (225) 490-1620 for support, counseling and options to notify law enforcement and receive information regarding orders of protection. Victims have the option to decline reporting. You may also choose to contact the IRIS Domestic Violence Center at 389-3001 or toll free at 1-800-541-9706.
General Characteristics of Rape
The potential for stranger rape is a problem on university campuses. The concentration of buildings, parking lots and people create characteristics similar to the downtown area of a small- to medium-size city. Many students (and staff) ignore this potential because these conditions are counteracted by a false sense of security stemming from a familiarity with the surroundings and a long-standing belief that university campuses are sanctuaries untouched by the social problems present in the rest of society. Everyone should practice protective behaviors such as not walking alone, parking in well lighted areas, not propping doors open, etc.
What You Should Do As A Rape Survivor
Many survivors of sexual assault don’t know where to turn for help or what to do. You may be afraid or ashamed to talk to anybody; you may try to act as though nothing has happened. If you’ve been assaulted, you have the following options. If you choose to utilize these options, you should do so in the order listed.
Get medical attention. Even if you do not want to report this to the police, you may have injuries or have been exposed to diseases of which you are not aware. Report to the hospital emergency room as soon as possible.
Victims of sexual offenses have the option to decline reporting. If you choose to report the sexual assault:
On campus disciplinary actions in cases of alleged sexual offense include the following (from Federal Campus Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights):
Sanctions imposed by the University for rape, acquaintance rape, or other sex offenses (forcible or non-forcible) following an on-campus disciplinary procedure may include disciplinary dismissal. (See Student Handbook)
Appeal process-See Student Handbook procedure for victim or abuser to appeal the results.
These requirements are mandatory for all Wet Lab students and faculty to prevent accidental exposure of eyes and most of the skin in the event of a spill or explosion in the lab.
Individual instructors are responsible to enforce this policy.
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