January 11, 2008

Good Morning:

I want to welcome back all of our students and faculty to a new semester and a brand-new year of unlimited potential and opportunity. To ensure that every member of the Tulane University community can experience, in safety and security, all this year has to offer, I want to update you on the steps we have taken to keep our campuses and surrounding areas safe.
In addition to Tulane police patrolling our campuses 24 hours a day, we also have hired New Orleans police officers to patrol the streets surrounding the uptown campus where many of our students reside or frequent. This area includes a perimeter bordered by South Claiborne, South Carrollton, St. Charles and Jefferson avenues.
We are also continuing to enhance the many safety initiatives we already have in place such as our uptown/downtown shuttle service, our Safe Rides program, the escort program (through which any member of the Tulane community can request an armed escort), our crime alert e-mails and postings, the self-defense classes we teach and the crime prevention sessions we give for new students. Through the Crimestoppers organization we will also continue to offer rewards for information leading
to the arrests of suspects.
Our crime-fighting efforts recently paid off when a Tulane police officer helped the NOPD identify one of the suspects believed responsible for armed robberies in the uptown area. A second suspect in these cases has also recently been identified.
In order to maximize the effectiveness of our crime-fighting efforts, however, we need your help. Criminals are predators of opportunity and are likely to frequent locales where their chances for success are enhanced. So call for an escort if you are traveling to your car alone after dark. Take advantage of the shuttle service and Safe Rides program. Stay in groups when you go out. Read and heed the crime alerts when they arrive in your e-mail. If you drink, do so responsibly and look out for your friends, classmates and co-workers. Always report any crime, suspicious person or activity to the Tulane Police Department at 504-865-5200.
Following these basic guidelines will help ensure the safety of us all and make this another great year of living and learning at Tulane University.



Office of the President Emeritus, 1555 Poydras St, Suite 700, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-274-3638