Rights and Responsibilities



Many students and scholars choose not to carry their passports and instead carry their SLU ID or obtain Louisiana State identification cards from the Louisiana Department of Transportation. However it is recommended that you carry at least a photocopy of your passport information page, visa stamp page, and I-94 card as all non-U.S. citizens are required to carry proof of status at all times.


Legal Rights

If you are accused of committing a crime and have been arrested, remember that you have certain rights. You should notify the ISO as soon as possible as we may be able to assist you.

You also have the right to notify your government about your arrest or detainment. If you choose to do so, the police must inform the appropriate consulate or embassy immediately. Your consular officers have the right to visit you and arrange for your legal representation. Many countries (i.e., China, Nigeria, and Singapore) require that the consul be notified when their nationals are confined or detained. In these cases, you have no choice in the matter of whether the authorities notify your consulate; they must do so.

If you are accused of a crime, in most cases you should obtain legal advice from an attorney.


University Police

Southeastern Louisiana University has a full time police department on campus that is here to ensure the safety of all Southeastern students, faculty, and staff. For more information on the department, please visit the University Police Department page.

If you have an emergency on campus, please dial 2222. For off campus emergencies, please dial 911 for the Hammond Police Department.