February 12, 2014

Dear friends,

Mardi Gras is right around the corner on March 4, which happens to floatcoincide with Spring Break. Our officers are visiting the residence halls to remind students of the need to be vigilant while attending the parades and we are distributing information with safety tips and advice.

Most importantly, we urge all Tulanians to travel in groups to the parades. If you become separated from your friends, take a taxi back to your dorm or home. SafeRide will be in operation for extended hours on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before Mardi Gras. Be sure and familiarize yourself with our safety escort and transportation options.

mapThese are valuable tips to keep in mind, not only during carnival season. A recent armed robbery within the 1-mile perimeter of Tulane underscores the need for all of us to be conscious of our surroundings, especially at night.

The weather has wreaked havoc all over the country lately but I am proud to say that Tulane weathered the storm as well as could be expected given that classes were canceled for two days and the entire Tulane community was subjected to freezing temperatures. We prepare for weather-related incidents year-round at Tulane University and that served us well yet again. Our emergency operations center was on alert and students heeded our advice about avoiding hazardous conditions. The fact that Bruff, Lavin-Bernick Center, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library and the Reily Center remained open and accessible went a long way to prevent cabin fever. Our emergency preparedness Twitter account @TulaneEmergency proved to be a valuable information source. I urge you to follow us if you are not already doing so.

Collaboration is so important as we strive to implement best practices. We recently hosted law enforcement personnel from 61 universities and 21 states at Tulane for the regional meeting of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. It was most helpful to brainstorm and share experiences with police chiefs from all over the country.

Just last week we met with our student safety committee comprised of undergraduate and graduate students. Their input is always valuable. If you would like to participate with the group or simply make a suggestion, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Supt. Jon Barnwell

Uptown Campus
6823 St. Charles Avenue
Diboll Complex
New Orleans, LA 70118
Emergency: (504) 865-5911
Non-Emergency: (504) 865-5381
Downtown Campus
1430 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112
Emergency: (504) 988-5555
Non-Emergency: (504) 988-5531

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