Safety Alerts & Notices

Public Safety Informational Notification

11/20/18 

Vandalism and Vehicle Break-Ins of Vehicles Parked Adjacent to Convocation Center

For the protection and safety of Xavier University students, faculty, staff and neighbors, the Department of Public Safety releases the following informational notice:

The Xavier University Police Department (XUPD) is actively investigating six on-campus vandalism and vehicle break-ins that occurred last night, November 19, 2018, at 10:52 pm, along Short Street adjacent to the Convocation Center. 

To enhance your safety and protect your personal belongings, we recommend taking the following steps:

  • Use good judgment to park your vehicle in a well-lit, highly-traveled area you are familiar with;
  • Store valuable items in secure places where they are out of plain sight;
  • Remain vigilant to insure your protection and the protection of the entire community;
  • Report all suspicious people, activity and behavior immediately to the XUPD at x7490 or NOPD at 911. 

If anyone has any information regarding these incidents or others, or to anonymously report a concern, please contact the XUPD at (504) 520-7490 or call 911. Other non-emergency reporting and informational resources include the XULA SAFE Mobile Application or the City of New Orleans hotline (504) 821-2222.

To review the full list of our recommended safety strategies, visit http://www.xula.edu/personalsafetytips 

Campus safety continues to be our top priority, and as we move into the holiday season, criminality statistically has been found to increase. 


This information is issued for your safety in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act.

Criminal Incident Notification

LOCATION: St. Charles Ave. at Lowerline St.
DATE/TIME: 10/11/18 @ 8:50 p.m.


GIST: On Thursday, October 11, 2018, at approximately 8:50 P.M., two students were talking near their vehicles at the intersection of St. Charles Avenue and Lowerline Street. A black male in his early to mid-twenties approached from Lowerline Street and pointed a black handgun at them. The suspect demanded their cell phones, wallets, and the male victim’s headphones. The victims complied and the suspect fled on foot back toward Lowerline Street. A witness advised the victims that the suspect fled in an older model gray Chevrolet two-door sedan. 

Suspect Description: The victims described the suspects as follows: Black male, mid twenties, approximately 6’2”, 190lbs, dark complexion, wearing basketball shorts, a dark colored zip up hooded sweatshirt, and a multi-colored towel over his head.
Descriptions provided by victim/witness. Information about the race or ethnicity of alleged offenders is provided only to aid detailed descriptions that include physical stature, clothing or unusual characteristics. Racial descriptions do not, by themselves, offer a meaningful picture of an individual's appearance.

INVESTIGATION ONGOING
If you have any information about these crimes, call XUPD at 504-520-7490 or NOPD at 504-821-2222.


TAKE A STAND AGAINST CRIME
1. BE AWARE of your surroundings at all times.
2. REPORT suspicious activity immediately.
3. BE A GOOD WITNESS. Describe exactly what you observe with as many details as possible. Give complete descriptions such as sex, race, height, weight, hair color, clothing, etc.


Campus parking Violation memo - 10/23/2018

XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA 10/23/2018

Office of University Police

INTEROFFICE MEMORANDUM

To: All Xavier Faculty, Staff and Students 

From: Chief Jacques S. Battiste

Date: October 23, 2018

Re: Costs Incurred for Parking Infractions Observed by City of New Orleans and XUPD

Good Morning Faculty/Staff/Student Xavierites:

Currently the City of New Orleans Parking Enforcement are ticketing and immobilizing vehicles belonging to Xavier faculty, staff and students in specific areas.

We want to help you avoid violations and immobilization of vehicles you park on city streets and on university property throughout Xavier’s footprint.

Below are a few tips to provide better awareness to all involved and to decrease costs for street parking infractions, I am identifying particular areas and examples that will definitely result in parking infractions from the City of New Orleans.

Example 1: PARKING ON DREXEL DRIVE BETWEEN THE MUSIC BUILDING AND THE NCF BUILDING:

Take notice of the sign on the telephone pole that states “No Parking Anytime” at the entrance to the NCF driveway. If you look at the second picture, there are two further signs with the same message all the way to Short Street. The City will ticket all cars parked between these three posted signs on Drexel Drive.

Example 2: PARKING IN DRIVEWAY AT UNIVERSITY CENTER BUILDINGS:

Take notice of the sign on the pole that states “No Parking Anytime” at the entrance to the University Center driveway. If you look at the picture above, the vehicle is parked on the left curb and there is a second sign posted at the other end of the driveway. 

This is a university violation and the Xavier University Police will ticket and immobilize all cars parked there (24 hours a day) (Citation fee - $25 parking violation and $50 boot immobilization/removal fee.

 

Sitting in a vehicle on Short Street is considered being “parked” and is in violation as well. 

Example 3: PARKING ON CITY CORNERS AT LEAST 20 FEET FROM SIGNED CORNERS/INTERSECTIONS:

Parking within 20 feet of intersections, crosswalks or stop signs (City of New Orleans citation fee - $40) (towable)

Again, take notice of the distance the above vehicle is parked from a corner or intersection. City Code states that each vehicle must be twenty feet from an intersection/crosswalk/or stop sign. 

Example 4: PARKING/STOPPING ON SHORT STREET (EVEN IF REMAINING IN VEHICLE) WHERE SIGNS CLEARLY STATE NO STOPPING ANYTIME:

Take notice of the sign on the poles that state “No Parking Anytime” all the way down Short Street. If you look at the picture above, the vehicle is parked on the right curb and there are signs clearly posted all the way to the roundabout. Sitting in a vehicle on Short Street is considered being “parked” and is in violation as well. 

This is a university violation and the City of New Orleans/Xavier University Police will ticket/immobilize the vehicle for being in violation.

Example 5: BLOCKING THE LEFT LANE OF DREXEL WHEN EXITING THE CAMPUS AT SHORT STREET BLOCKS A TWO-LANE ROAD FOR VEHICLES ENTERING DREXEL DRIVE FROM SHORT STREET:

The City of New Orleans continues to recognize Drexel Drive as a TWO-LANE ROADWAY (vehicles legally travel in both directions)

This is both a city and university violation and the Xavier University Police/NOPD will ticket vehicles traveling in violation on the wrong side of the road.

Example 6: PARKING IN THE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT’S PARKING SPACES (CLEARLY MARKED RESERVED) IN THE DIXON GOLD LOT BETWEEN ST. MIKE’S AND KD RESIDENCE HALLS:

These spaces are considered 24/7/365 and the vehicle parked in violation will be ticket/immobilize the vehicle for being in violation.

CITY of new orleans PARKING 101

The Department of Public Works/Parking Division issues citations when parking regulations, outlined in the City of New Orleans Municipal Code, are violated. Avoid parking citations by referencing the list of frequently violated parking regulations below.

Common Parking Violations:

  • Obstructing fire lanes (citation fee - $40)
  • Parking within 15 feet of a fire hydrant on either side (citation fee - $40)
  • Parking within 20 feet of intersections, crosswalks or stop signs (citation fee - $40) (towable)
  • Parking in bus or taxi cab zones (citation fee - $40)
  • Parking at an expired meter (citation fee $30)
  • Parking against the flow of traffic or on an angle (citation fee - $40)
  • Parking in freight or loading zones (citation fee - $40)
  • Parking for more than 10 minutes in passenger zones (citation fee - $40)
  • Parking at meters covered with yellow bags for special events or at broken meters
  • Parking within 3 feet of a driveway on either side, only upon a driveway owner’s request (citation fee - $40)
  • Parking on a sidewalk, as defined in Section 146-531 of the City Code, even if it is adjacent to your own property (citation fee - $40)
  • Parking within 50 feet of a railroad crossing
  • Parking trailers, campers or 18-wheelers on residential streets (citation fee $500)
  • Parking adjacent to a neutral ground (towable)
  • Parking vehicles larger than 22 feet in length overnight in the Central Business District
  • Parking within 18 inches of a marked or unmarked curb line
  • Having 1 unpaid outstanding parking violation &/or traffic camera violation. Vehicles are eligible for booting
  • Parking on a parade route 2 hours before the parade start time. Vehicles are eligible to be ticketed & towed by the DPW
  • Parking in Residential Parking Permit Zones without a permit for more than 2 hours (citation $75)
  • Parking on the neutral ground, playground or pedestrian mall (citation fee - $75)
  • Parking adjacent to the neutral ground (citation fee - $40)
  • Parking in the public right of way without a valid license plate
  • Parking in the public right of way for the purpose of displaying the vehicle is for sale
  • Unlawfully parking in a handicapped zone without proper permit (citation fee - $500). Guidance on how to obtain a mobility impaired hangtag is available here.
  • Parking in a Residential Parking Permit zone without a proper permit (citation fee - $75)
  • Towing fee (starts at $161.25, additional fees may apply)

* This is not a complete list of parking regulations. All regulations and restrictions are outlined in the City of New Orleans Municipal Code and can be accessed at www.municode.com.

Contact Information

  • To request Parking Enforcement call daily 24-hours (504) 658-8100
  • For information on Residential Parking Permits call Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm (504) 658-8200
  • Information on Payments: Tickets/Tows call (504) 525-0088 Monday-Friday 8 am - 5 pm
  • Auto Impound Service call (504) 658-8284 or (504) 658-8285 24-hours daily to confirm whether or not a vehicle has been impounded
  • Information on Boots call 504-599-5652 daily 24-hours
  • Information on Ticket/Tow Appeals hearings call (504) 658-8250 Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm