Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are Tulane University Health Sciences Center Police Officers really police officers?

Yes, Tulane University Health Sciences Center Police Officers are really police officers. They attended a 12 to 16 week Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy and are certified by the Louisiana Council on Peace Officer Standards of Training. Tulane University Police Officers are just like any other officer and are certified by the State of Louisiana and regulated by the Louisiana Department of Public Safety. TUHSC Police officers training does not stop at the training academy. They receive on going training annually ranging from firearms, CPR, first aid, legal updates, community orientated policing(COP's), defensive tactics, police mountain bicycle training and use of force are a few.

2. Why do they ask so many questions when I call the police?

The Police Dispatchers are trained to get as much information as possible to best determine the nature of the problem and its seriousness. On emergency calls, the dispatcher has already sent the information to the officer while asking the additional questions.

3. Why did it take so long for the police to arrive when I called them?

All requests for police service are assigned by priority, based on the seriousness of the incident and the potential for injury or damage to property. At times, calls of less urgent nature must be delayed so that we may respond immediately to emergencies.

4. How safe is Tulane University Health Sciences Center?

Tulane University Health Sciences Center is unique among university campuses. The campus is spread out over ten square blocks encompassing twelve separate buildings plus parking garages and surface parking lots. These buildings, garage and lots are mixed with other city buildings including the Medical Center of Louisiana (Charity Hospital). However the Tulane University Health Sciences Center community is safer most areas in New Orleans. The entire campus is patrolled twenty-four hours a day by uniform police officers on foot, bicycles and in vehicles. Safety escorts are available around the clock by calling 988-5531.

5. Does TUHSC Police do fingerprinting?

Yes. Fingerprinting is offered only to Tulane University students and staff members. Call 988-5531 to schedule an appointment. Note: Must bring finger print card & valid picture I.D.

6. Do I have to wear my I.D.?

Yes, it is university policy that you must wear your Identification badge at all times while on campus.

7. Are weapons allowed on campus?

No! Tulane University prohibits weapons of any kind on campus.

8. What is the procedure for gaining access to buildings and class rooms after hours and on weekends?

During after hours and on weekends you must have permission to get into a building or class room. The department head or dean must send a letter to the police department approving your access with dates and times you will be needing access.

9. How do I obtain codes for the entrance doors from the parking garages and crosswalks?

You may receive the codes by presenting your Tulane University Identification card to TUHSC Police personnel staffing various police post located throughout the Health Sciences Center.

10. Can I make a police report at any time of day or do I need an appointment?

The Police Department will respond 24 hours a day, seven days a week to requests for police assistance.

11. Can I make a police report over the phone or does a police officer have to come to my room or office?

Most reports will require a police officer be sent to your location. However on occasions reports can be taken over the telephone.

12. Should I report suspicious activity in my officer area or building?

The Police Department depends on citizens calling to report crimes or suspicious activity. The TUHSC Police Dispatcher who takes your call will ask questions about the activity to determine its nature.

13. If I am going out of town where is the best place to hide my house keys?

We hope you don't mean to hide your keys outside your door, such as under a doormat or under a nearby planter. Thieves know all of these hiding places. Leave your keys with someone you trust. You'll have greater accountability, and no one will have the opportunity to watch that person taking or replacing the key where it was hidden. It is best if that person also attaches the key to their key ring to assure that it does not get lost.

In addition, have that person pick up your newspapers and mail. Accumulated delivered items are among the most conspicuous signs that the occupant is out of town. You want your home to appear much the same as when you are in. Having the inside lights turned on or alternated will help to create that appearance.

14. I have heard of women having their purses stolen during business hours. What kind of thefts affect men?

First and foremost anyone can become a victim of theft. There are personal items that are not locked away, such as jewelry and money. Then there are portable items such as radios and computers that are not anchored. It is therefore important to keep your valuables out of sight in locked drawers, and your office door locked when you are not in. Almost all of the daytime thefts are a direct result of not following these two simple precautions!

To be more male-specific, men in a medical center environment will often change clothing and find a need to leave behind their wallet in their hanging coats and other clothing. To a potential thief unsecured clothing makes an obvious impression that there are probably additional valuables within because either the owner is thoughtless enough to have left everything he owns there, did not have the time to store any of his property, or simply would not miss the property so a careless risk was taken. To a thief such opportunities are absolutely irresistible.

15. What are Urban Legends?

Urban Legends are defined different ways, but may be considered a type of contemporary folklore, or simply misinformation that is spread as strange news stories. Although some may find such stories entertaining, others have taken them as true events.

Spreading rumors can be dangerous to yourself and others. If you hear of an outrageous occurrence, please do not announce it to others as fact. Question any rumor's authenticity. Even the media has been duped by others in the past.

16. How factual are the TUHSC Police Crime Alerts?

All TUHSCPD Crime Alerts are verified as factual by this department before documentation is considered.

Any questions regarding posted crime alerts should be directed to the TUHSCPD at 988-5531.

17. When are the women's self-defense classes held?

The women's self-defense classes you are referring to are taught by TUHSC Police Officers who are certified by the Rape Aggression Defense System, a growing nationwide program taught by universities and municipal police. Class schedules are posted on the monthly Center Watch news letter, you can also call 988-5531 or e-mail Mr. Bobby Guntner at for additional information.

18. I see bicycles parked on the sidewalks and attached to parking meters and other objects. Is that legal?

Attaching your bicycle to a parking meter or any other city placed structure is against municipal ordinance, and occasionally the city confiscates those in violation. Attaching your bicycle to a TUMCH/C placed structure other than a designated bicycle rack is unauthorized and may result in confiscation. Needless to say, leaving your bicycle unsecured anywhere is an open invitation to theft.

TUHSC offers a bicycle rack at the entrance of the Hospital Garage at the 200 block of LaSalle Street for no fee.

There are closed storage areas for students provided in the Medical School Garage by Parking Services, and the Tidewater Building by its Building Management Office.

Where ever you park it is absolutely important that you utilize a sturdy reliable locking device.

19. I am always reading about how I should check my smoke detector batteries when daylight savings time egins and ends. Is that really necessary?

What safety-minded sources are hoping is that you will take advantage of bi-yearly events, such as the beginning and ending of daylight savings time, to schedule a service of devices that require six month maintenance checks.

The actual safety message requests that you change your batteries during those time changes. The reason being that the detectors may have experienced lengthy or frequent activations you were not aware of, and that the batteries may have been exposed to drainage from use, exposure to moisture and other variables. Don't take a chance with this life safety device. Why not use the replaced batteries in a radio or toy that will not impact your family's well-being?

While you are replacing the batteries, go ahead and check the rest of the detector for wiring or structural damage. This includes using the test button to assure that what appears to be operational actually works.

You should retest once a month. Use a broom handle to push the test button, and avoid climbing, which could result in a fall.

20. Where can I obtain crime statistics for Tulane University Health Sciences Center(downtown) and/or Tulane University Main Campus (uptown)?

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21. Where can I go for medical treatment?

For medical emergencies, call 9-1-1

For non-emergency medical treatment during the week, students may go to the Student Health Center on the uptown campus. Students and staff at the Medical Center can use the Primary Care Clinic Located at 275 Lasalle Street. Building # 6 on the Campus Map.

For non-emergency medical treatment after 5:00 p.m. or on weekends, students and staff must use the Tulane Health Sciences Center Hospital And Clinic Emergency Department.

22. My battery in my car doesn't work, can you give me a jump-start?

Yes, we use a Booster Pac jump-start your car.

23. I locked my keys in my car can you unlock my vehicle?

Yes, however most of today's vehicles are equipped with electronic locks which require special tools to unlock and in those cases we will assist you with contacting a Pop-A-Lock.

24. I have a flat on my vehicle can you help me change the tire?

In most cases no, however we will assist you with contacting a service company to assist you.

25. What happens if I am Arrested or get into trouble?

All persons on University property, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors, are subject to the same laws and regulations. When University police officers issue summons, utilize arrest warrants or make an arrest, all procedures appropriate to the Louisiana Criminal Code will be followed. Incidents on campus may also be handled through the internal judicial procedures outlined in the student handbook. Students who are arrested by local law enforcement agencies can call TUHSC Police at 988-5531 for assistance in matters not involving violence or hate crimes. However there are no guarantees that you will be released or that your bond will posted because TUHSC Police does not get directly involved.


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