Public Safety at Loyola Law School

StudentsANNUAL SECURITY REPORT

At Loyola Law School, the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority. The campus and its surroundings are safe and have a low crime rate for an urban area. The Law School helps to keep the campus safe and secure, but a truly safe campus can be achieved only through the cooperation of all students, faculty and staff. This information is a part of the Law School's initiative to ensure that this cooperative effort is effective. We hope that you will read it carefully and use the information to help make your Law School experience a safe one for yourself and others on the campus.

Loyola Law School Crime Statistics

Safety and Security Office at Loyola Law School

Parking Structure entrance
213-736-1121

Loyola Law School is located in downtown Los Angeles, one of the most important and dynamic social, cultural and educational centers of the world. Students and employees have the opportunity to visit the city’s varied cultural institutions. Please be aware that, like any other of the world’s major metropolitan centers, Los Angeles requires care and caution when you explore its many riches and attractions.

The population of the Law School is roughly 260 staff and faculty and 1,300 students. In compliance with federal regulations, the Safety and Security Department maintains a crime log at the parking structure security desk. This log is available to the public for viewing during normal business hours (8 am–5 pm, Monday-Friday). 

Emergencies

Security: 213-736-1121
Campus phones: x1121 
Los Angeles Police Department: 911

Any student of the Law School may report potential criminal actions and other emergencies on campus by simply dialing the special emergency numbers listed above at any time.

Emergency Telephones

For immediate communication with Loyola Law School Security, use one of the yellow emergency call boxes located on campus or the call boxes in the parking structure. For better visibility, a blue light is affixed to the emergency call boxes in the parking structure. The boxes work like radios: just press the red button to activate. The blue light will flash, and a security officer will respond verbally. Give the officer your location, and personnel will be dispatched immediately. If possible, tell the dispatcher the nature of the emergency.

Call Box Locations

  • Loading dock near cafeteria entrance door
  • Rains Library at the base of the wheelchair ramp
  • Parking Structure outside the Security Office
  • Parking Structure interior – all levels (blue lights)
  • Parking Structure stairwells – all levels

Campus Access and Patrolling

All Loyola Law School community members are required to have an ID card. The ID card must be carried at all times while on campus. If for any reason a Law School official requests that you present your card for identification, you must do so. Your ID card is the only positive means of identifying you as a member of the Law School community.

The Safety and Security Department provides security coverage for all Law School-related functions as deemed necessary by the Manager of Safety and Security.

Students, faculty and staff have access to academic and administrative facilities on campus, including member. The general public may attend special events at specified locations on the campus. Please note that members of the general public should contact the LA Law Library for legal resources and services.  Computer lab use is restricted to use by students, faculty and staff only. Public or commercial access to any campus location must be cleared in advance with the appropriate campus official.

Parking on campus is restricted and controlled 24 hours a day. Parking cards may be obtained in the Campus Planning office in Founders Hall Room 203. Click here for further information on parking regulations.

Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)

LAPD Rampart Division
1401 West 6th St 
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Though Loyola Law School does not have any formal written agreements with law enforcement related to the investigation of alleged criminal offenses, Loyola Law School's Department of Safety and Security maintains regular communication with the local police division, including cooperating in crime prevention strategies and exchanging information whenever crimes are committed. The police also help to maintain a safer campus by providing extra neighborhood patrols for special events that attract large crowds.

The Department of Safety and Security also regularly confers with the captain(s) of the local division(s) regarding any police activity at this location. The Department of Safety and Security seeks the cooperation of the LAPD and Los Angeles Sheriff's Department (LASD) in collecting crime statistics pursuant to the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("Clery Act"). In addition, a list of all registered sex offenders in California is available online.

Loyola Law School Public Safety Authority

Loyola Law School security officers have the authority to ask persons for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business at the Law School. Security officers have the authority to issue parking tickets, which are billed to financial accounts of students, faculty and staff. Security officers do not possess arrest power. Criminal incidents are referred to the local police, who have jurisdiction on the campus. The Safety and Security Department maintains a highly professional working relationship with the Rampart Division of the LAPD. All crime victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately report the crime to the Safety and Security Department and LAPD. Prompt reporting will assure timely warning notices on-campus and timely disclosure of crime statistics.   

Loyola Law School Emergency Medical Response

Loyola Law School has staff and security personnel trained in first aid and CPR. If a medical emergency occurs, Security should be contacted immediately at x1121 (213-736-1121). Security will administer first aid for minor non-life threatening injuries. If the injury is serious, life threatening or the injured party requests it, Security will summon the paramedics by calling 911.

Lost and Found

Information Center
213-736-1001

Loyola Law School does its best to return everything that is found around campus to its rightful owner. For lost or misplaced items, contact the Information Center on the first floor of the Burns Building. If your Loyola Law School ID or parking card is missing, report the loss to the Campus Planning office as soon as possible.

Buildings and Grounds

The Campus Planning Department maintains the buildings and grounds with a concern for safety and security. The Security Department patrols the buildings and grounds and informs Physical Plant of potential safety and security hazards, such as broken windows and locks or poorly lighted areas.

Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures Statement

Loyola Law School has clearly established all four phases of emergency management – preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation – as a priority on our campus.  Emergency-management efforts are overseen by the Campus Planning Department with significant guidance from the LMU Department of Public Safety.

Loyola Law School maintains a comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan, which is coordinated and maintained by the Campus Planning Department. The plan includes the expectations of executive administrative staff, (volunteer) LLS Emergency Response Team staff,  (volunteer) Emergency Operations Center staff and the Law School’s Allied Barton security personnel during an emergency; the process for establishing incident priorities; Incident Command Structure for field response, and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) procedures and protocols.  Throughout the plan, clear assignment of responsibility is established for specific Administrative staff and volunteer staff positions. LLS practices and tests the Emergency Operations Plan and response procedures through drills, tabletop and functional exercises, and tests of the emergency notification system.

All members of the Loyola Law School community are notified that they can report to the Department of Safety and Security any situation that may threaten the health or safety of community members.  Reports can be filed by calling 213-736-1121 ( x1121 from a campus phone) or by visiting the Security office in the parking garage.

Notification to the LLS Community about an Immediate Threat

Loyola Law School responds to, investigates, and documents situations that pose danger to its constituents or may cause a significant emergency.  To facilitate this, leaders throughout campus have been trained in the implementation of the Incident Command System.  When a significant emergency or dangerous incident is reported to the Department of Safety and Security (such as an earthquake, structure fire, hazardous materials leak or similar major incident), Security personnel will respond (if safe to do so) and report their findings to the Deans’ Office.  As required, Loyola Law School personnel will coordinate a response, working as necessary with its contractors, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Fire Department in addition to other local agencies.

The Deans’ Office works in conjunction with the Marketing & Communications Office to craft emergency-response messaging and select the appropriate medium or media.  Loyola Law School  has multiple channels of communication for use during emergency situations, including the LLS Alert system broadcast via Blackboard Connect (using mass-distributed emails, text messages and phone calls), public address announcements on campus speakers, Twitter postings andan emergency hotline phone number (1-866-456-9652/1-866-4LOYOLA) with recorded information. Other local means of communication include use of the campus digital signage, printed signage at highly visible areas and localized use of bullhorns and other small-scale announcement tools. The Marketing & Communications Office will also post updates online at www.lls.edu.  In 2013, all registered students are required to enroll in LLS Alert, which includes the automated email, text message and phone calls to personal devices. 

In determining the scope of any emergency notification, LLS administrators will take into account the potential community impact. Loyola Law School will notify the entire campus community if there is a potential that the whole campus or a very large segment of the community may be threatened by an incident. Loyola Law School may also choose to notify only a segment of the population if the nature of the incident and/or the potential impact is confined.   

Procedures for Testing Emergency Response and Evacuation

Loyola Law School tests emergency response and evacuation procedures in all buildings every year to educate and train building occupants on evacuation procedures, emergency exits and the location of safe-refuge areas. All evacuation drills are conducted by the Department of Safety and Security with support from the designated building leaders and floor wardens, Campus Planning, Physical Plant and Housekeeping.

Crime Prevention

Crime prevention is a high priority for the Department of Safety and Security. Living in a large city requires students, faculty and staff to practice sound crime-prevention techniques when walking at night, riding public transportation, safeguarding property or the like. The Safety and Security Manager or Security Supervisor follows up on all reports of criminal activity by contacting the complainant to ensure that a thorough investigation is conducted. Where appropriate, police referrals are made.

The Department of Safety and Security offers support in the event a community member must report a crime to the police department. 

Loyola Law School schedules and hosts discussions about crime prevention by representatives from LAPD once every semester. The location, time and date of these sessions are sent via email to the LLS community.

Precautions in Buildings and Common Areas

Never leave your belongings unattended. Make sure you keep your bag, digital device(s) or purse within sight -- not on the floor by your feet or on the back of your chair. Do not keep valuable items in your coat pocket. Report any suspicious persons to the Safety and Security Department immediately at 213-736-1121 (x1121)

Protecting Your Vehicle

The best way to prevent vehicle theft is to make it difficult to steal your car or bicycle. Park your car in well-lighted and busy areas. If you park in a commercial lot or garage, leave only the ignition key with the attendant. Always lock your car -- even when you leave it briefly. Do not leave luggage, packages or other valuables inside that might tempt a thief. Do not leave vehicle registration inside the car. Antitheft devices delay the car thief and buy time.

Confidence Tricks

If you are approached by a person or a group of people who ask you to put up money for a bizarre reason, usually promising you a large financial reward, you are advised not to give them any money nor write them a check. Some of the more common stories involve a winning lottery ticket or cash that has been found. You may even be called by someone purporting to be a bank examiner or other official asking for your help in catching a dishonest employee. If you are in doubt about a situation of this nature, call the Safety and Security Department or the LAPD.

Personal Safety

800 S. Figueroa St 11th floor

Loyola Law School has an off-campus site at 800 S. Figueroa St , Suites 1120 and 1140, Los Angeles, CA 90017, called the Downtown Public Interest Law Center. Loyola Law School is only responsible for maintaining records of any crimes committed within these two adjacent 11th floor suites. Loyola Law School has no security presence at this location; security is provided 24/7 by the building owner, Fair Oaks Management. Loyola faculty, staff and students should report any crimes or security issues directly to Fair Oaks Management and/or their security contractor or contact LAPD by dialing 911. Loyola staff should know and understand the building’s security and emergency procedures and make sure that all students are informed about them.

All security systems are controlled and monitored by the building security staff. A card access system is provided for off- hours access by authorized faculty and staff only. The building elevators have a floor lockout feature that only allows card access to authorized occupants for that floor. If you experience problems accessing your floor, notify the security staff in the building lobby. Report any unauthorized person or persons exhibiting unusual behavior on your floor immediately to building security. Do not leave valuables, purses, wallets or cash on your desk unattended.  You should report lost or stolen keys and access cards to building security and your Loyola supervisor.   Supervisors should then inform Campus Planning to order replacement keys/cards from Fair Oaks Management.

On the Street

Try not to walk alone after dark. If you are by yourself, walk quickly and always be aware of others around you. Stick to well-lighted areas and avoid quiet side streets or alleys. When entering remote areas in parks, be alert and avoid potentially dangerous situations – especially after dark. Do not carry more cash than you need. If you must carry a purse, keep it close to your body and do not resist if it is snatched. If your wallet is stolen, cancel your credit cards and your checking account at once and report the incident to the police. If someone is following you on foot, remain alert: look behind you, cross the street and ask for help. If you are being followed by car, turn around and walk in the opposite direction. Try to get the license plate number and call the police if the problem persists. If a driver stops to ask directions, do not approach his or her car. When using automatic bank teller machines (ATMs), always be aware of the people around you. Be especially careful if the cash machines are located directly on the street. Try to use machines during daylight hours. If you are suspicious of any person near the machine, do not use it. Try to have a friend accompany you to ATMs.

Public Transportation

If you are traveling by public transportation, have your pass or money ready before you go to the stop. Try to stay near people at all times; pick a bus that is occupied by other passengers. If you are suspicious of anyone, notify the driver. Plan your route before you leave. Taxis are the safest—though most expensive—way to travel at night. When you are dropped off at your destination, have the driver wait for you to enter your building.

Fire Safety

What to Do in Case of Fire

If you discover a fire, immediately pull the nearest fire alarm. There is a fire alarm box on every floor of most buildings on campus near the exits. Report the fire to Security at x1121 (213-736-1121). They will contact the Fire Department. Be aware that transmitting a false alarm is a criminal offense that endangers the lives of both building occupants and emergency personnel. It is also an offense to prop open fire doors or to tamper in any way with alarm equipment, electromagnetic locks or other safety and security devices or to block or obstruct paths of exits.

If the fire is small and not spreading quickly, and you have been appropriately trained, you may try to extinguish the fire yourself with the extinguishers located throughout campus. Do this only after you have sounded the fire alarm. If you are not completely certain about how to operate the extinguisher, do not attempt to put out a fire yourself. Leave the area, closing all doors behind you. Most buildings have automatic fire-detection equipment that sounds an alarm and transmits it to a monitoring company who notifies the Fire Department. If you hear an alarm sounding in your building, do not assume that it is a drill or test. All building alarm systems are tested as required by law, but these tests are announced in advance. Treat every alarm as an emergency unless you have received advanced notification otherwise.

If an alarm sounds, exit the building immediately and follow instructions from the Emergency Team, Security, firefighters, if present, and any PA system announcement. Feel doors with the back of your hand before opening them to be sure that there is no fire danger on the other side. If you must enter a smoke-filled room or hallway, cover your nose and mouth with a wet towel and crawl to the nearest exit, keeping your head near the floor. Never use an elevator during a fire emergency; instead, use fire stairs. If you are injured or disabled, stay in your room and make your presence known to other occupants and to Security by telephone. Emergency Team members will assist you in leaving the building.

Fire Safety Precautions

Keep doorways, corridors and stairwells clear and unobstructed. Keep fire doors closed. Make sure that all extension cords are in good condition and UL approved. Use fuse-protected multi-outlet power strips when necessary. Do not overload electrical outlets.

Alcohol and Other Drug Use Policy

The possession, sale or furnishing of alcohol on campus is governed by Loyola Law School's Alcohol Policy and California state law. The enforcement of alcohol laws and policies on campus is the primary responsibility of the Office of Student Affairs. The use, possession, sale, manufacture or distribution of any controlled substance is illegal under local, state and federal law and the Law School's Standards of Conduct also reflect this. Such laws are strictly enforced by the Law School. Violators may be subject to disciplinary action, criminal prosecution, fine and/or imprisonment. It is unlawful to sell, furnish or provide alcohol to a person under the age of 21. The possession of alcohol by anyone under 21 years of age is illegal. It is a violation of the Loyola Law School Alcohol Policy for students to consume or possess alcohol in any public or private area of campus without prior approval. More information is available in the Student Handbook.

Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment

As a law school in the Jesuit tradition, Loyola Law School strongly endorses and supports a learning environment that enhances the dignity of both men and women.  Loyola Law School policies have been formulated to ensure the integrity of the educational process and the voluntary character of interpersonal relationships and to guard against inappropriate conduct or communication of a sexual nature.  Students should report all forms of sexual violence and sexual harassment by filing a report with Campus Security at 213-736-1121 or the Associate Dean for Faculty, Professor Paul Hayden, at 213-736-1064. Loyola Law School will assist students in notifying local law enforcement at the student’s request.  If you are the victim of sexual violence it is important to preserve physical evidence for investigation and processing of criminal and/or disciplinary charges.  The following resources are available to students and other members of the law school community for information and support concerning sexual violence and sexual harassment: 

Barbara Lu-Balthazar
Title IX Coordinator
213-736-1415
Casassa 501

Campus Resources:

On-Campus Psychological Counseling Office
213-736-1122
Casassa 503

Campus Chaplain
213.736.8193
Burns 213

Office of Student Affairs
213-736-8151
Founders Hall 107

Campus Security
213-736-1121
Parking Garage Entrance

Community Referrals:

Hospital of the Good Samaritan
1225 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90017
General Information: 213-977-2121
www.goodsam.org

St. Vincent Medical Center
2131 W. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057
General Information: 213-484-7111
http://stvincent.dochs.org/

Peace Over Violence Sexual Assault Treatment Center
605 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste 400
LA CA 90015
213.626.3396

LAPD
Rampart Community Police Station
1401 West 6th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
213-484-3400 Voice
213-484-3664 TDD/TTY
911 (life-threatening emergencies);
626.793.3385 (LAPD rape hotline)

Legal Aid Foundation
1550 W 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
213-640-3881

State Bar of California
Lawyer Referral Services
866-422-2529

Disciplinary action for sexual violence or sexual harassment will be conducted pursuant to the Student Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures policy or Student Conduct Code, as appropriate.  Both the complainant and respondent have the same rights of representation during any disciplinary proceeding.  Both the Complainant and Respondent will be informed in writing of the final outcome of any disciplinary proceeding that is brought alleging a sex offense.  Sanctions that may be imposed following a final determination of a disciplinary proceeding regarding a sexual offense include, but are not limited to suspension or expulsion.  Interim measures may be taken intended to ensure the well-being of the parties and/or the investigatory process, including but not limited to, academic and/or work accommodations.  

Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics

The Campus Planning Department prepares the Annual Security Report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. To request a hard copy of the report, call 213-736-8391.

This report is prepared in cooperation with the local law enforcement agencies surrounding our campus and the Office of Student Affairs.  Each entity provides updated information on their educational efforts and programs to comply with the Clery Act. Learn more

The crimes reported are not necessarily committed against a member of the Law School community. Crimes that may have occurred in off-campus locations are not included in the Law School statistics. The definition of each crime may differ from the definition of comparable crimes under the California Penal Code or the Law School disciplinary policies. In addition, the Clery Act also requires reporting of hate crimes in the above categories where prejudice on account of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or disability was a factor.

The following statistics, which include crimes on campus and crimes in adjacent public areas, are collected by the Safety and Security Department and are based on crimes reported directly to that department and information provided by the local police. In preparation for the annual reporting, persons within each department with significant responsibility for student and campus affairs, including disciplinary affairs, are surveyed for knowledge of crimes that may not have been reported to Safety and Security or police authorities. These individuals include the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, heads of student groups and Student Affairs personnel. Counseling and Psychological Services and Campus Ministries are not surveyed for knowledge of certain crimes because the law does not impose a reporting obligation on persons with counseling or pastoral obligations.

The Law School has no specific policies or procedures allowing victims/survivors or witnesses to report crimes on a confidential basis for purposes of statistical collection only. If a campus official has knowledge of a reportable crime that was not reported for investigation or disciplinary action and he or she informs the Safety and Security Department, that occurrence will be included in these statistics. Each year, an email notification is made to all enrolled students, current faculty and staff that provides the intranet Web site to access this report.

Upon written request, Loyola Law School will disclose to the alleged victim of a crime a violence (as that term is defined in Section 16 of Title 18, United States Code), or a non-forcible sex offense, the report of the results of any disciplinary proceeding conducted by Loyola Law School against a student who is the alleged perpetrator of such crime or offense.

The data presented in this Annual Security Report are believed to be accurate as of January 2013.  For complete, updated information, please click here. To request an individual hard copy of the campus crime statistics, please contact the Director of Campus Planning at 213-736-8391. The information will be sent within 10 days of the request.