Safety & Security
Student safety is Tulane's top priority, and we utilize cutting-edge security and emergency preparedness systems to ensure it.
Tulane's campus in uptown New Orleans is within one of the safest areas of the city. The crime statistics on and around Tulane's campus are comparable to - if not more favorable than - those at other urban universities, and Tulane still takes an active role to protect its students and educate them about safety.
The Tulane University Police Department (TUPD) patrols Tulane's campus and its neighboring areas. The full-service law enforcement agency 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.
TUPD patrols campus 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Their 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.
TUPD's services include, free of charge:
- Safety programs and seminars, including self-defense and crime prevention orientations
- Regular shuttle service on and between Tulane campuses, as well as off campus to shopping, movie theatres, and special events
- Gold Zone shuttles for late-night transportation on and off campus
- Personal officer escorts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- RAVE Guardian, a virtual safety escort service that notifies TUPD if a participating student does not arrive at their destination on time
Tulane Hurricane Plan
Due to the threat of hurricanes in the Gulf South, Tulane maintains a thorough and comprehensive hurricane and emergency preparedness plan, which includes helpful information on forming your own plans.
Parents interested in receiving periodic updates about the university, such as emergency information and special events, should sign up for the Parents Listserv. Current emergency status information can be found on our emergency website or by calling our alert line at 1.877.862.8080.
The following information is required by law and provided by the Tulane University Police Department:
Tulane is committed to assisting all members of the community in providing for their own safety and security. The annual security and fire safety report is available online. If you would like to receive a booklet with this information called "Keeping Tulane Secure," you may stop by TUPD Headquarters located in the Collins C. Diboll Complex or request 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?
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