Jun 23, 2024  
2013-2014 Academic Catalog 
2013-2014 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

University Police and Information Center

Robert Spinks, Director

The University Police Department provides police services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to all McNeese students, faculty, staff, and visitors. University police officers are sworn and commissioned police officers with the full range of police powers.

The department has seventeen full-time officers, seven support personnel, and 100 supplemental officers. The University Police Officers are trained in accordance with the Louisiana Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T) requirements and are commissioned by the Secretary of the Department of Public Safety in accordance with La. R.S. 17:1805. et seq.

Police officers are responsible for the following public safety services: crime reports, investigations, traffic accidents, parking violations, parking assistance, safety escort, police protection, enforcement of laws regulating consumption of alcoholic beverages, the use of controlled substances, weapons and all other incidents requiring police assistance.

The University Police Department complies with the Campus Security Act. All crime statistical information is published and made available to students, faculty, staff, and parents by various means. This information can be obtained upon request from the University Police Office at (337) 475-5711 or at the Web site: http://www.mcneese.edu/police.

The department shares information on arrests and serious crimes with the Lake Charles City Police Department, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Department, the District Attorney’s office, the State Police, and other law enforcement agencies. The Office of University Police is able to conduct computer checks of warrants for wanted persons through the Louisiana Department of Public Safety. The terminal provides access to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) which accesses the computer files of all criminal justice systems under its jurisdiction.

Potential criminal activity and other emergencies on the McNeese campus can be reported directly to the University Police. The on-campus emergency number is 111 and can be accessed from any campus phone. For off-campus emergencies or when calling from a cell phone, the emergency number is 911. Officers are dispatched for initial investigations after receiving calls.

Seventeen emergency call boxes are installed throughout the McNeese campus. The boxes are designed with a single push button that activates an emergency blue light/strobe and makes immediate voice connection to McNeese police. The call boxes are set up for emergency means only and all routine calls should be directed to McNeese Police at (337) 475-5711. A map of the emergency call box locations can be found online at www.mcneese.edu/police/parking .

McNeese Student Identification Card

All McNeese students are required to have a nontransferable McNeese State University Identification Card. This card is the property of McNeese, and University rules and regulations govern its use. Students are required to present the student identification card or identify oneself upon request by university officials. Failure to do so constitutes a violation of the McNeese State University Code of Student Conduct and may result in disciplinary action. The identification card serves as the student’s library card and admission to other University facilities and functions.

New students without cards should report to the University Police Office once registered for classes in order to request an identification card. There is no charge for the initial card; however, there is a charge for replacement cards. Identification cards are made during normal university business hours.

Vehicle Registration

The McNeese Parking Regulations, listing complete university traffic and parking regulations, is available from the University Police Web site: www.mcneese.edu/police/parking.

Students, faculty, and staff members are allowed to register a vehicle (maximum of two per individual) to park on campus. Each vehicle must have a separate parking permit number (hang-tag). State vehicle registration paper(s) and MSU paid registration receipt must be presented at the time of registration at the University Police Office.

The registration fee per vehicle for faculty and staff is $40 for the year. The registration fee per vehicle for students is $18 for the fall semester, $17 for the spring semester and $15 for the summer session. Hang-tags are to be kept and presented each semester for renewal and must be surrendered to University Police when graduating or leaving the University.

A $35 fee is charged to replace a hang-tag that is lost, stolen, or disposed of. Registration of a vehicle does not guarantee a place to park; it allows parking if space is available. These rules and fees also apply to evening students.