Crime On Campus: Reporting Policies, Practices & Procedures

Loyola has been fortunate in that it has experienced a relatively low incidence of crime, especially violent crime. This can be attributed to the diligence of the Loyola community in its effort to ensure a safe place in which to work and live. Yet, some crime does occur.

How To Report A Crime

It is the policy of Loyola University that all crimes, suspicious circumstances, or conditions that pose a threat to safety or security of community members or guests of the university be reported immediately to University Police. A report may be made via the university’s 911 emergency telephone system, by calling x3434 on campus or 865-3434 off campus, "blue light" emergency telephones on campus, in person at University Police offices or directly to an officer in the field. In addition, information concerning any of the above conditions may be relayed anonymously via e-mail through our "silent witness" program. However, submitting information through "silent witness: does not constitute filing an official police report. You may also report a crime to a campus security authority.*

*"Campus security authority" includes any official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student or campus activities.


CONFIDENTIAL REPORTING PROCEDURES

The university strongly encourages the reporting of all crimes. However, if you are a victim of a crime, especially in sexual assault cases, and do not want to pursue action within the University system or the criminal justice system; you may still want to consider making a confidential report. With your permission, any Loyola University police officer can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identity. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. With such information, the University can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents involving students, employees and visitors; determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant; and alert the campus community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crime statistics for the institution.

All faculty and staff (including students in paraprofessional roles such as an RA) who have knowledge of an incident of sexual violence are required to report this information to the University’s current Title IX Coordinator. (Click here for Title IX Coordinator contact information).

Professional Counselors, medical professionals and Pastoral Counselors/clergy who are acting in their specific roles as counselors or medical professionals, are exempt from these reporting requirements and are considered confidential non-reporting professionals.
 

Police Response

Upon notification, University Police officers will respond to the scene if applicable, conduct an investigation into the alleged incident, restore and maintain peace and order, and take appropriate action within the scope of their duties.

The Loyola University Police Department (LUPD) maintains a close working relationship with the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD). University Police report all serious on-campus crimes to NOPD and provide records of all pertinent information to assist in the investigation. Command officer(s) of LUPD meet with the NOPD Second District Commander and staff along with Tulane University Police (TUPD) and other area police and security representatives at their weekly “Comstat” meetings to discuss crime and crime prevention. LUPD staff occasionally works with other area law enforcement agencies including TUPD and the FBI. The officers of LUPD, TUPD and NOPD communicate regularly on the scene of incidents that occur in and around the campus area. In addition, LUPD police investigators work closely with investigators from these departments when incidents arise that require joint investigative efforts, resources, crime related reports and exchanges of information, as deemed necessary.  There is no written memorandum of understanding between LUPD and NOPD.

All members of the university community are urged to lend their support, both in reporting of crimes, suspicious circumstances, or fires, and by practicing preventive measures to reduce crime and promote safety. The ability of University Police officers to be in all places at all times is impossible; but the eyes of the campus community are many and are needed in order to maintain a safe campus environment. We all share in the responsibility for a safe campus, so please REPORT IMMEDIATELY any crime, suspected crime, or suspicious circumstance.

REMEMBER: When reporting an incident to University Police, provide accurate and prompt information. Remain calm and stay on the line with the dispatcher. Be prepared to provide the information requested, such as your name, your location, and an accurate description of the circumstances involved. Given the small geographic size of the campus, University Police officers will arrive quickly.

For NON-EMERGENCY assistance,dial 865-3434 or ext. 3434 on campus.
EMERGENCY - DIAL 911