University operations are increasingly affected by law and by various regulations having legal effect. Pursuant to the provisions of Louisiana Revised Statutes 9:2798.1, “Liability shall not be imposed on public entities or their officers or employees based upon the exercise or performance or the failure to exercise or perform their policy-making or discretionary acts when such acts are within the course and scope of their lawful powers and duties.” Furthermore, in accordance with Louisiana Revised Statutes 13:5108.1, the state will indemnify University officers and employees from financial loss arising out of claims brought by reason of the negligence or other act of the officer or employee, provided that the officer or employee was acting in the discharge of his or her duties and within the scope of his or her employment and was not committing a wrongful act or engaging in gross negligence. The officer or employee must provide a copy of the pleading to the attorney general’s office within five days of the date the pleading was served in order to preserve the right to indemnification.
It is, therefore, a matter of some importance to the staff to be familiar with University policy and procedures. University policy is stated in a number of documents with which employees should be familiar. A complete index of Policy Statements is provided on the University’s web page, www.lsu.edu.
University personnel may not contact University attorneys without prior approval from the appropriate vice chancellor.