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Security Services

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.

Campus Watch

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.

Safety Tips

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:

  • Walk with a friend whenever possible. If that is not possible and you are uncomfortable, please call Security for an escort (765-8825).
  • Report your observations about any suspicious persons in or around the campus immediately to Security or the University administration.
  • Use a buddy system. Make sure a family member, roommate or friend knows your routines. Tell someone if you are going to be late or going away.
  • Notify the Health & Safety Office about broken lights, overgrown shrubs near walkways, telephones that don’t work, etc. Don’t assume that someone else will do this.
  • Read more about safety tips and policies in the Campus Safety and Security Booklet. This may be viewed on the univerity website or a hard copy can be picked up at the Office of Health & Safety Office.

Campus Safety & Security Information

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

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 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 (

Campus Safety Resources

Security services are provided as follows:

  • 911

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).

  • Extra Duty Police (225) 202-7890

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:

  • 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday
  • 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Friday
  • Lake Security (225) 765-8825

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.

Emergency Notification and Timely Warning Notices

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.

Crime Prevention

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

  • Do stay alert. Keep your mind on your surroundings, who’s in front of you and who’s behind you. Don’t get distracted. If you’re worried about crime, ask a friend to accompany you when you go out.
  • Do communicate the message that you’re calm, confident and know where you’re going. Stand tall, walk purposefully and make eye contact with people around you.
  • Do trust your instincts! If you feel uncomfortable in a place or situation, leave.

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.

General Tips

  • Always stop and think about the risk.
  • Do not wear clothes, backpacks or hairstyles that make you easy to grab.
  • Do not dig in your bag, read or dial your phone while walking. Hold your head up, walk with purpose and scan near and far with your eyes.
  • Always identify a visitor before opening the door.
  • Never accept a drink from a stranger or pick up a drink that has been out of your sight.
  • Never allow young children to open the door to visitors.
  • Always ask representatives to provide identification.
  • Avoid walking alone at night.
  • Don’t leave backpacks or purses unattended anywhere.
  • Don’t sleep near an open window during the night.
  • Don’t wear expensive jewelry or flash cash.
  • Don’t visit cash machines alone or at night.
  • When leaving your car with someone (mechanic, valet, friend) do not leave the key to your home on the ring.
  • Take a self defense course.
  • Never let anyone take you to a secondary location. Even if they have a knife or gun to your head, fight for your life.

While Walking

  • Plan the safest route to your destination and use it. Choose well-lit, busy pathways and streets, avoiding alleys, vacant lots or construction sites. Take a longer way if it is safest.
  • Know your neighborhood and the campus. Find out which buildings are open late (or early) and where to go to summon help if needed.
  • Carry your purse close to your body and keep a firm grip on it. Carry a wallet in an inside coat or trouser pocket, not in the rear trouser pocket.
  • Have your car or house key in hand and ready as you approach your vehicle or home.
  • Never hitchhike.

In the Car

  • Keep your car in good running condition to avoid a breakdown.
  • Plan your route in advance, particularly on long or unfamiliar trips. Have enough gas and money to get there and back.
  • Drive with all car doors locked. Keep windows rolled up whenever possible.
  • Never pick up hitchhikers.

Jogging, Biking and Other Outdoor Activities

  • Vary your jogging route and schedule.
  • Avoid jogging and biking at night.
  • Consider not wearing headphones.
  • Wear bright, reflective clothing.
  • Carry some form of identification.

Bike Security

  • Get a good bike lock. Don’t waste your money on a cheap padlock and cable.
  • Lock your bike to a fixed object. Don’t leave it unlocked even for a moment.

Annual Security Report

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.

Clery Act

In Memory of Jeanne Clery — 1966-1986

  • April 5, 2004, marked 18 years since Jeanne Clery was brutally raped and strangled to death by a fellow Lehigh University student, who initially intended to rob her dormitory room as she slept. The criminal trial determined her assailant to be an alcohol and drug addict with a history of sexual deviance. Only if students are aware of the campus crimes will they take appropriate precautions to protect themselves.
  • The Clery Act is the landmark federal law, originally known as the Campus Security Act, that requires university and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. The law was amended in 1992 to add a requirement that schools afford the victims of campus sexual assault certain basic rights, and was amended again in 1998 to expand the reporting requirements. The 1998 amendments also formally named the law in memory of Jeanne Clery.  Subsequent amendments in 2000 and 2008 added provisions dealing with registered sex offender notification and campus emergency response. The 2008 amendments also added a provision to protect crime victims, "whistleblowers", and others from retaliation. The Violence Against Women Act was strengthened and reauthorized in 2013. The 2013 bill included was what is known as the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus SaVE), which amends the Jeanne Clery Act and affords additional rights to campus victims of sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.

Clery Requirements

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).

Crime Categories:

  • Under the Clery Act, the offenses for which the statistics are reported are defined in accordance with the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program including:
  • Homicide
  • Manslaughter
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Sex offenses: forcible (rape, sodomy, rape with a foreign object, and forcible fondling [sexual battery])
  • Sex offenses: non-forcible (incest and statutory rape)
  • Burglary
  • Motor vehicle theft
  • Arson
  • Hate crimes: defined as any crime that manifests evidence that the victim was selected because of their actual or perceived race; religion; gender; sexual orientation; ethnicity; or physical/mental disabilities.
    • The Clery Act also requires disclosure of statistics for liquor law violations, drug law violations, and weapons possession.
    • Also included are statistics of incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

Sexual Offenses Policy

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.

Sexual Offenses and Domestic Violence

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.

Option A

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.

  • If you choose to seek medical attention you should not touch anything, change your clothes, wash nor douche. If you have changed clothes, the clothes you were wearing at the time of the sexual assault should be brought to the hospital in a paper bag.
  • The special rape protocol that will be followed to collect evidence entails taking samples with swabs in and around the vagina, anus and mouth; combing the pubic area; collecting clothing; taking samples of hair, blood and saliva.
  • The hospital will check for previous pregnancy and for HIV.

Option B

Victims of sexual offenses have the option to decline reporting. If you choose to report the sexual assault:

  • Call 911 or Lake Security at 765-8825 whether or not criminal charges will be pursued. Lake Security will assist you in filing charges, if you so choose. Reporting to the Police helps protect you and others from future victimization, apprehend the assailant, and opens options regarding criminal prosecution and civil action against the perpetrator.
  • Report to Dean of Student Services at (225) 490-1620 whether or not you choose to pursue disciplinary action. The Dean of Students can assist with reasonable academic accommodations to help you to avoid future contact with the assailant and advise you on options regarding counseling and disciplinary action.
  • Contact an attorney if you are interested in pursuing civil charges.

Disciplinary Procedures

On campus disciplinary actions in cases of alleged sexual offense include the following (from Federal Campus Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights):

  1. Survivors shall be notified of their options to notify law enforcement.
  2. Both the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a campus disciplinary proceeding (including an advisor of their choice).
  3. Both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceedings brought.
  4. On and off campus counseling is available for victims of sexual offenses.
  5. The institution will consider reasonable academic accommodations to the victims of alleged sexual offenses. Survivors shall be notified of the options for changing academic situations.

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.

Minimum Laboratory Safety Attire

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.

  • Safety Glasses
  • Lab Coats (worn buttoned)
  • Long pants, preferably jeans, slacks or Franciscan University scrubs for those students in clinical programs; no shorts, Capri's or short skirts.
  • Closed-toe-shoes, preferably leather tennis shoes worn with socks.
  • Hair longer than shoulder length should be pulled up in a clip or ponytail.
  • Excessive jewelry is not permitted, including dangling earrings or necklaces, heavy chains, noisy bracelets, or large rings

Individual instructors are responsible to enforce this policy.


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