Safety & Security
Student safety is Tulane's first priority. Tulane utilizes cutting-edge security and emergency preparedness systems.
Tulane's campus, in uptown New Orleans, is within one of the safest areas in the city. The crime statistics on and around Tulane's campus are comparable, if not more favorable, to those at other urban universities, and Tulane still takes an active role to protect its students and educate them about safety.
The Tulane Department of Public Safety patrols Tulane's campus and its neighboring areas. This group is separate from, but operates in cooperation with, the New Orleans Police Department. The staff includes approximately 50 full-time commissioned police officers, who are trained at state-certified police academies and meet the requirements of the Louisiana Peace Officer Standards of Training. The staff also includes 15 support staff members and more than 40 part-time student employees, who receive special training in campus law-enforcement.
Public Safety patrols campus 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Our 80+ blue-lit emergency phones installed across the network of campus pathways immediately connect students to the Department of Public Safety. Additionally, every residence hall building requires a key or ID card to enter, and many have desk assistants on duty from 8pm through 7am.
Public Safety exists not only to protect, but also to educate, the Tulane community. In conjunction with university and residence hall staff, Public Safety offers a number of valuable safety seminars to the Tulane community. Tulane also offers an extensive array of shuttle services on campus and around town; these shuttle services are a free, convenient, and safe mode of transportation that provide students the opportunity to shop, see movies, and attend events off-campus. Tulane also has a Safe Rides program, an escort program, crime alert postings, self-defense classes and crime prevention orientation sessions.
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, we have revised our hurricane plan. These modifications will ensure that we are fully prepared should another emergency threaten us.
Current emergency status information can be found on our emergency website or by calling our alert line at 1-877-862-8080.
Parents who are interested in receiving periodic updates about the university should sign up for the Parents Listserv.
The following information is required by law and is provided by the Tulane University Police Department:
Tulane is committed to assisting all members if the community in providing for their own safety and security. The annual security and fire safety report is available on-line. If you would like to receive a booklet called "Keeping Tulane Secure" which contains this information, you may stop by the TU Police Department Headquarters, located in the Collins C. Diboll Complex, or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (504) 865 - 5200. The website and booklet contain information regarding campus safety and security including facts regarding: university police law enforcement authority, crime prevention, fire safety, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures and other matters of importance related to security on campus.
Did You Know?
“The Pelican Brief,” a 1993 thriller starring Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts, was filmed on Tulane’s campus.