Just before and during finals week, many students focus on preparing presentations or studying for tests but do not think about their safety on campus. For example, many students know the library has extended hours and operates around the clock. What they may not think about, however, are the long walks to their cars or dorms late at night, said Xavier University Police Department Lt. Morris Moore.
The XUPD provides rides upon request, Moore said. Students can call the non-emergency number at 504.520.7490. In an emergency situation, students should call 504.486.7402, he said.
The Student Government Association also provides van rides from 6 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday, according to student services. Students can contact the SGA van service by sending a tweet to the SGA twitter account @XULASGA to set up a ride.
Moore said XUPD adds extra patrols this time of the semester, but he urged students, faculty and staff to report any suspicious activities that make them uncomfortable. He also urged people on campus to be aware of the emergency blue-light poles located across campus and to dial 911 in emergency situations.
“Safety is our main priority. We take pride in that we don’t have a large crime rate on campus,” Moore said. XUPD also works closely with the New Orleans Police Department to further protect and serve the Xavier community.
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