Community Education


Motorists and visitors planning to attend Southeastern Louisiana University's commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 16 should anticipate heavy traffic and route changes affecting University Avenue (LA Hwy 3234) between Interstate 55 and North Cherry Street.

Harold Todd, Director of University Police, said the section of University Avenue between West Tornado Drive and SGA Drive will be restricted from 7:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. that day.  Local traffic will be allowed to proceed on University Avenue for as long as possible, but will be diverted through the campus and onto other nearby streets as congestion increases.

Prior to commencement, the University Center parking areas are expected to be filled quickly and all traffic on University Avenue will be diverted to other locations.  Eastbound commencement traffic will be diverted to West Tornado Drive and westbound commencement traffic will be diverted to the main campus via SGA Drive.

“Traffic will begin to get heavy early in the morning,” stated Todd.  “We anticipate parking areas near the University Center to be filled before 9:00 AM.”


Additional parking spaces around the University Center will be set aside for vehicles with appropriate handicapped placards and special needs.  Southeastern Lion Traxx shuttle busses and several golf carts will be in operation before and after the ceremony to accommodate anyone parking in outlying areas or needing special transportation assistance.  A map showing areas reserved for handicap and reserved parking is available at


Vacant parking spaces in the Southeastern Oaks/Greek Village complex will also be used for this event.  Residents are requested to use the back gate near the laundry facility and maintenance warehouse for entering and exiting between 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM.


Drivers not attending commencement are asked to use U.S. 190 (Thomas Street and Morris Street) or Natalbany Road (LA Hwy 1064) to avoid University Avenue traffic.


Southeastern students wishing to return rental textbooks on Saturday, May 16 should wait until after 2:00 PM to do so.

“Congratulations to all our graduates,” Todd added.  “We want them to enjoy the ceremony.”




Special services and presentations for our community

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The Southeastern Louisiana University Police Department's Office of Community Education researches, develops, and presents educational classes to our community on various subjects and provides public information to members of the press and private citizens when needed.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, wish to schedule a class, or wish information about our department or community.  If we don't have the answers you seek, we will try to find someone who does.

Community Education classes and responses are coordinated by Lt. Patrick Gipson.


Safety Programs and Presentations

The Southeastern Louisiana University Police Department encourages students and employees to take proactive steps to enhance their safety.  We offer the following programs free of charge to Southeastern students and employees in hopes the information shared will help reduce crime and the fear of crime in our community.  If you need additional information, have any comments, or wish to schedule a program, please contact our Office of Community Education.


Sexual Violence

This program includes factual information about Sexual Violence.  The program includes definitions, legal issues, danger signs, sources of help, and methods of assisting a survivor of sexual assault.  Gender bias and dynamics of power and control are addressed.  The program is approximately 1 hour followed by an opportunity for open discussion about perceptions and myths surrounding this serious issue.


The Power of One Presentation

L to R: Lorett Swank, 21st Judicial District Attorney's Office Tri-Parish Victims' Assistance Program;

Patrick Gipson, Southeastern Louisiana University Police Department;

Judy Benitez, Executive Director of Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault;

Paige Moody, Southeastern Louisiana University Counseling Center.

Photo taken at the 2010 on-campus presentation of "The Power of One"


Contemporary Drugs 

The Contemporary Drug program is geared toward identification and education about controlled substances frequently found on or around campus.  The program involves facts about the prevalence, legality, and physiological affects of drugs and an open forum for questions or comments.  The program is approximately 45 minutes.


Personal Safety 

This program is an introduction to basic safety and security measures anyone may take to enhance their own level of safety and reduce security risks on a daily, personal basis.  The program addresses most common types of crime and situations with some tips on crime prevention.  The program is approximately 45 minutes followed by an open forum for discussion.


Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Basic Physical Defense 

The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques.  The RAD System is a comprehensive course for women beginning with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance then progressing to the basics of hands-on defense training.  RAD is not a Martial Arts program.  Our courses are taught by certified RAD Instructors and provide you with a workbook and reference manual.  This manual outlines the entire Physical Defense Program for reference and continuous personal growth.  The RAD program is 12 hours and is commonly taught over the course of a single weekend. (Students may bring a single non-student guest at charge of $25.00.)


RAD students


Relationship Violence (Dating/Domestic Violence)

This is an educational session addressing power and control dynamics in personal relationships which often lead to violence and abuse.  Definitions, legal issues, warning signs, sources of help, and methods of assisting a person in or recently out of an abusive relationship are addressed.  The program is approximately 1 hour.


Online Safety 

The popularity and availability of social media continues to increase, especially among young adults.  The nature of these sites promotes convenient contact and sharing of pictures, messages, and other information but also includes security risks.  This program addresses possible safety risks associated with social media, on-line dating, and blogs and how to reduce these risks to enhance safety.  The program is approximately 1 hour.



Stalking is a crime in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, yet many victims and criminal justice professionals underestimate its seriousness and impact.  Stalking may go unrecognized and unreported, or it may end with serious tragedy.  This program is an in-depth look at stalking, including stalkers, stalking behavior, stalking victims, and safety planning.  The program is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.