Safety is of Paramount Importance at Southeastern

October 26, 2016

Safety is of paramount importance at Southeastern. We have taken significant steps to ensure that our campus remains a safe place to live and learn. We hope you'll be an active partner, and take full advantage of the suite of options that can help you be proactive, informed and, most importantly, safe.
An outdoor public address system with speakers strategically located across the main campus will sound a siren in the event of an emergency. If you hear it, check your device for details!
The Southeastern Emergency Alert System notifies students, faculty, staff and their relatives/friends who have been pre-registered in the case of an emergency. All student, faculty and staff email accounts are pre-registered with the system, but you must sign up to receive emergency alert text messages and voice calls on your cell phone.Sign up now.
Note: Text messages will be sent only in true emergencies and occasionally to test the system. You will not receive notices about campus events or activities through this system.
Emergency alerts and updates will be posted on the home page of Southeastern's website - This is the most reliable place to check to determine whether the campus will be closed for any emergency, including weather-related closures.
In the event of an emergency during normal business hours, the university telephone system will send emergency voice messages to digital telephones located in each building. The emergency message activates a "telephone tree," in which trained faculty and staff will share the information with others in their respective buildings.
Download it now! Use your smart phone or device to click on and download the app for free. The app can direct dial the University Police Department (985-549-2222) from its home screen and from links embedded throughout its sections. Among the areas addressed on the app are suggested steps to take in the case of an active shooter or stabbing on campus, bomb threat, fire or explosion, intruder/mental health emergency or otherwise. The app also addresses procedures to be taken should there be need for a lockdown, shelter in place or evacuation. Additional information is provided should instances of physical injury, sexual assault, weapons on campus or weather emergencies occur.
Two printed guides - Emergency Quick Reference Guide and Pocket Safety Guide - were recently updated and distributed to all campus departments. The Emergency Quick Reference Guide provides in-depth information via a flip chart that can be hung on an office bulletin board, while the Pocket Safety Guide is meant to be a go-to document employees can easily access should an emergency arise. In addition, an Emergency Response Quick Reference guide is also available online at
An annual training has been established for Building Coordinators and Assistant Building Coordinators to assist with preparing for an emergency. Sessions are taking place today and tomorrow to support them.
Quarterly Safety Meetings, conducted as part of a course online via Moodle, are mandatory for all university employees. In addition resources are available to any employee by contacting the Office of Environmental Health and Safety ( or the University Police Department, which will help conduct drills and make presentations about campus safety upon request.
The University Police Department will provide an escort to anyone who needs to walk alone on campus after dark. Anyone who would like to request a University Police escort may call 985-549-2222.
Security cameras are located strategically across campus with outdoor lighting designed to keep campus secure. Southeastern maintains more than 40 code-blue emergency phones located throughout the campus. Anyone can use the phones to instantly contact University Police with the push of a button. The code-blue phones' flashing blue lights activate during emergency situations impacting the campus.