Safety at IUPUC

October 2012

Crime Reporting

IUPUC provides several ways to report not only crimes but any problem.  It is the Dean's policy that university community members should call whenever they see anything that makes them feel uneasy or they believe they have discovered a crime.  Anything from a crime in progress to a suspicious person to an open manhole can and should be reported.

Any public safety emergency or crime should be promptly reported to the Columbus Police Department at 9-911.  The Columbus Police Department's non-emergency telephone number is 812-376-2600.  After reporting the incident to public safety officials, the problem should be reported to the Business Office at 812-348-7399 if safely possible.  Any other problem can also be reported to the Dean's Office.   Issues or crimes can be reported anonymously or confidentially to Dean's Office who will then pass the information on to the appropriate agency.  Campus safety personnel have no law enforcement powers.

Building Security

IUPUC does not have student housing.  Building hours are determined by the Dean's Office.  When a building is closed, only faculty, staff, and students with specific needs are allowed inside.  Environmental and lighting concerns are monitored continually by the Maintenance Department and they respond to all requests for service dealing with safety or security hazards that are structural or mech­anical in nature.  All members of the university community are encouraged to report any safety hazards to the Maintenance Department at 812-348-7237.

Law Enforcement

IUPUC does not have a formal police or security department.  The IUPUC campus falls in the Columbus Police Department's primary jurisdiction.  It is IUPUC' policy that all members of the university community are responsible for safety and security at IUPUC.  The IUPUC Emergency Procedures Handbook provides guidance on many topics related to this subject.  The Dean's Office maintains close contact with the local law enforcement authorities.

Information and Statistics

Major crimes are reported on an ongoing basis to the university community by the Dean's Office by means of bulletin boards throughout the buildings, memos and email to faculty and staff.

Statistics for the annual crime figures are based upon crimes reported to the IUPUC, the Columbus Police and Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department, and various other campus sources.  

Bias Crime Statistics None of the crimes reported in the statistical portion of this pamphlet are believed to have been committed based upon prejudice against race, gender, religion, sexual orientation ethnicity or disability.

  On-Campus PropertyNon-Campus Property Public Property GRAND TOTAL On-Campus Residential
Reporting Year 09 10 11 09 10 11 09 10 11 09 10 11 09 1011
Murder/Non-Negligent Manslaughter 00 00 00 00 00 00 NANA NA
Negligent Manslaughter 00 00 0 0 00 00 00 NA NA NA
Robbery0 00 00 0 00 00 00 NANA NA
Aggravated Assault 00 00 0 0 00 00 00 NA NA NA
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 00 00 00 0 1 0 0NA NANA
Arson0 00 00 0 00 00 00 NA NA NA
BURGLARY 0 00 00 0 00 00 00 NANA NA
SEX OFFENSES, FORCIBLE  00 00 00 00 00 00 NA NA NA
Liquor Law Arrests 00 00 0 0 00 00 00 NA NA NA
Liquor Law Violations Referred for Disciplinary Action 00 00 00 00 00 00 NANA NA
Drug Law Arrests0 00 00 0 00 00 00 NA NA NA
Drug Law Violations Referred for Disciplinary Action 00 00 00 00 00 00 NANA NA
Illegal Weapons Possession Arrests 00 00 00 00 00 00 NA NA NA
Illegal Weapons Possession Violations Referred for Disciplinary Action 00 0 00 0 00 00 00 NA NA NA<

Sex and Violent Offender Registry

Zachary’s Law requires sheriff departments to jointly establish and maintain the Indiana Sheriffs’ Sex Offender Registry to provide detailed information about individuals who register as sex or violent offenders at Indiana sheriff departments. The purpose of the registry is to inform the general public about the identity, location, and appearance of sex and violent offenders who live, work, or study in Indiana. The IUPUI community may obtain access to the registry at:

Crime Prevention

The IUPUI Police provide programs or facilitate outside speakers on any subject relating to crime reporting or prevention as requested. 

Topics include personal safety, rape prevention, building security and security awareness.  The Department presents the Rape Aggression Defense program, a twelve to sixteen hour program for women.  The program discusses sexual assault issues and concludes with hands-on self defense training along with a program on workplace violence.  Workplace violence training is also available.

Emergency Notifications

The IUPUC Notify Guide provides policies and procedures guiding notification of situations that may pose a threat to the IUPC Community including prewritten scripts for some situations.   IUPUC uses a variety of media to advise our community of emergency situations.  IUPUC includes selected staff of surrounding facilities in our emergency notification system and also uses WebEOC to notify surrounding jurisdictions and the State Department of Homeland Security of emergencies at IUPUC.

The IUPUC Notify system is comprised of multiple systems.  Some or all of the following systems may be used for a notification based upon the situation.. 

1. Sirens (Outdoor, County-Owned)
2. SMS Text Messaging (via IU-Notify)
3. E-mail (via IU-Notify)
4. Reverse-Dialing (Phone Calls) (via IU-Notify)
5. Websites
6. WebEOC
7. Media News Release / Press Conference
8. Local Television Stations
9. Local Radio Stations
10. Network Login Pages

Prior to sending any message, university officials will consider each individual situation to determine if activation of the JagAlert system is warranted,  (if issuing the notification will compromise efforts to assist a victim, or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency a notification may not be made), which communications systems will be utilized, who will be notified and who authorizes activation of the system.  The following five criteria will be considered:

1. Hazard Type
• What is the hazard? (Fire, tornado, hurricane)
• What is the potential impact to IUPUC? (Minor, major, catastrophic)
• What is the potential for the situation to worsen?
• Is the situation under control?

2. Life Safety / Property Protection
• What is the potential for death?
• What is the potential for serious and/or minor injury?
• What is the potential for damage?
• What is the potential for disruption to normal course of business?

3. Urgency
• How soon does the message need to go out? (Minutes, hours, days)
• Has the National Weather Service issued an alert?
• Is there time for approval?

4. Audience
• Who needs to be alerted? (Administration, faculty, staff, students, guests)
• How many people need to be alerted? (Dozens, hundreds, thousands)
• How many people are on or around campus?

5. Capabilities / Limitations
• What are the limitations of the system(s)? (Limited audience, lengthy delivery time, mass panic)
• Which system should be used? (Press conference, bulk text message, outdoor sirens)
• How quickly can the messages be sent? (Immediately, minutes, hours)

Authorization Team:

The two-level hierarchy for authorization to send messages is as follows:

• Level 1
– Vice Chancellor
• Level 2
– Director of Office of Information Technology

– Safety and Security Coordinator

– Director of Marketing

– Registrar

IUPUC schedules unannounced evacuation drills annually. These drills are coordinated and conducted by IT.
The drills include evaluations of the evacuation, recommendations for improvements in procedures and methods.   Emergency Notification Systems are tested bi-annually by IU Emergency Management and Continuity.
IUPUI emergency procedures are available in both hardcopy and online at

Procedures are publicized each spring in conjunction with severe weather awareness week.

Sexual Assault and Harassment

If you are the victim of a sexual assault, get help as soon as possible.  If you are physically injured, seek medical treatment immediately.  Contact the police to report the incident.  It is important to preserve any evidence of the crime to assist with the investigation.  You should not wash or change clothes if possible before being examined at a medical facility.  Even if the crime did not occur on university property, IUPU Columbus administration can assist you in contacting the law enforcement agency where the crime occurred.

In addition to criminal prosecution if the offense involves another student, disciplinary action may be initiated within the university.  Sanctions may include required counseling, temporary dismissal, or expulsion.  Both the accuser and the accused are entitled to have others present during any proceedings.  The outcome of the proceedings will be provided to both the accuser and the accused for any pro­ceedings where sexual assault is alleged. 

The university will attempt to assist with victim requested changes in academic or university housing situations whenever reasonably possible.

IUPUC will, upon written request, disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence (as that term is defined in Section 16 of Title 18, United States Code), or a non-forcible sex offense, the report on the results of any disciplinary proceeding conducted by such institution against a student who is the alleged perpetrator of such crime or offense. If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of such crime or offense, the next of kin of such victim shall be treated as the alleged victim for purposes of this paragraph

If you feel you are being sexually harassed, contact the IUPUI, Affirmative Action Office.  The Affirmative Action Office responds to every complaint, providing proper remediation when harassment is determined.

Counseling and Psychological Services and the IUPUI Police Department both present programs on the topic of sexual assault and acquaintance rape.  The Affirmative Action Office offers programs on the topic of sexual harassment.  Any groups wishing to schedule a program can contact these departments for more information.

There are several departments on the IUPUC campus that can provide for assistance and counseling for the victims of sexual assaults and sexual harassment.  Any of the following departments will assist victims in receiving police, medical, or psychological assistance as needed.

Office of Equal Opportunity                             317-274-2306

Counseling and Psychological Services (Centerstone)       800-766-0068

IUPUI Police Department                                317-274-7911

Student Employee Health                               317-274-8214

IUPUC  Dean's Office                                      812-348-7226

The following are resources for victims of sexual assault within the Columbus area:

First Call for Help                                              812-376-6666

Turning Point                                                     812-379-9844

Alcohol and Drug Programs

The university prohibits the manufacture, sale or distribution to, or possession of alcohol by persons under 21 years of age, distribution, dispensation, possession, use, or being under the influence of controlled substances or alcohol on university property or in the course of university activities.  For further information, the IUPUC Student Academic Manual can be consulted for the Drug-free Campus Policy for Students, or Human Resources Administration can be contacted for information on the Indiana University Alcohol and Drug-Free Workplace Policy for employees.  The university supports the enforcement of all state and federal laws pertaining to alcohol and illegal drugs including the state underage drinking laws.

Further information about alcohol policies regarding students can be found in the Student Code of Conduct at

The university provides training in both the recognition of people in need of assistance and basic assistance for these individuals to selected employees.  It also sponsors programs and facilitates placement in community assistance programs for university community members seeking assistance. 

The following is a partial list of areas that can facilitate assistance or referrals.  The Drug-Free Campus Policy for Students provides a more complete list of referral sources.

Columbus Dean's  Office                           812-348-7226

Columbus Student Services                      812-348-7271

Centerstone                                                800-766-0068

Human Resources Administration             317-274-8931

 For further information contact:

IUPU Columbus Business Office

4601 Central Avenue

Room 157

Columbus, IN 47203



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