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Safety at IUPUI October 2012 IUPUI Police

Crime Reporting

IUPUI provides several ways to report not only crimes but any problem.  People should call the IUPUI Public Safety Dispatch Center at 317-274-7911 promptly 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 should be reported.  The IUPUI Police or other appropriate department or agency will investigate these reported incidents.  Issues or crimes can be reported anonymously or confidentially to Student Life who will then relay the information to the appropriate agency or department.

317-274-7911 is the direct line to the IUPUI Public Safety Dispatch Center. It may be used to report any emergency, problem or concern. If the problem is not a public safety matter or not within the IUPUI Police primary jurisdiction the call will be referred to the proper agency.

IUPUI does not have a policy inplace that encourages pastoral counselors and professional counselors, if and when they deem it appropriate, to inform the persons they are counseling of any procedures to report crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics.

IUPUI has over 240 emergency telephones on campus which are direct lines to the IUPUI Public Safety Dispatch Center. These provide free access for people on campus to request any type of assistance. Many of these have a distinctive blue light above them. The University also has a campus-wide radio system. Any IUPUI employee carrying a two-way radio can summon assistance for persons in need through the radio system.

Building Security

Building hours are determined by the schools and departments that occupy the building along with the building's building coordinator. When a building is closed, only faculty, staff, and students with specific needs are allowed inside. Environmental and lighting concerns are monitored continually by IUPUI Police, Parking Services, Campus Facility Services, Hospital Safety and Hospital Facility Services. Campus and Hospital Facilities respond to all requests for service dealing with safety or security hazards that are structural or mechanical in nature.

Campus Housing

Ball Residence and the Riverwalk Apartments are secured 24/7 with access via electronic access control . Limited visitation is allowed. Further information is available in the 3 R's Handbook available through Campus Housing. Security officers are assigned to Ball Residence.

Annual Fire Safety Reports

Annual Fire Safety Reports for IUPUI may be found at:

Law Enforcement

Indiana Code gives post-secondary educational institutions the authority to appoint police officers (IC   21-39-4).  The Board of Trustees and IUPUI have used that authority to form the IUPUI Police Department. 

The IUPUI campus employs 45 full time sworn police officers and 6 full time security officers.  Along with these full time employees several part time security officers, student police officers and student cadets assist with all functions of public safety at IUPUI.

The full time and student police officers are all fully certified as law enforcement officers by the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board.  These police officers meet the same hiring and training standards as all other law enforcement officers in the State of Indiana.  They have general police powers including the power to arrest, without process, all persons who commit an offense within their view; the same common law and statutory powers, privileges, and immunities as sheriffs and constables; the duty to enforce and to assist the officials of Indiana University in the enforcement of the University rules and regulations; and the duty to assist and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies and officers.  The Police at IUPUI have jurisdiction on any real property owned or occupied by the University including the streets passing through and adjacent to IUPUI.  The Department also shares concurrent jurisdiction anywhere in Marion County through an agreement with the Sheriff of Marion County

The IUPUI Police Department works closely with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies actively participating in an intelligence sharing network and has direct access to the national and state law enforcement computer networks (NCIC/IDACS).  The Department also is a member of the Indianapolis metropolitan-wide law enforcement computer reporting system.  All metropolitan agencies have access to this system for making reports.  The Department researches the associated databases for crimes occurring on or near IUPUI property that have been reported to other agencies.   There is no written memorandum of understanding between IUPUI Police Department and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

Community members, students, faculty, staff, and guests are encouraged to accurately and promptly report all crimes and public safety related incidents to IUPUI Police Department in a timely manner.  This can be done by calling the IUPUI Police Department's Public Safety Dispatch Center 317-274-7911.  Dispatchers are available 24 hours a day to answer your calls.  Reports may be made confidentially if requested.

Crime Prevention

The IUPUI Police provides programs or will facilitate outside speakers on any subject relating to crime reporting or prevention as requested. Each semester IUPUI police and security officers provide information to the university community on crime prevention security issues and other related topics. Topics include personal safety, rape prevention, building security and security awareness.

The Department also 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.

Information and Statistics

The IUPUI Police makes timely warnings on major crimes occurring on or near IUPUI property to the university community through a variety of means including some or all of the following methods: crime alert mailings, FAX, posters, and electronically as soon as possible after the crime is reported to the IUPUI Police.  Information should be reported to the IUPUI Police as soon as possible to facilitate these notifications,  The official outlet for these crime alerts is on the web at URL:

The IUPUI Police Department maintains a log of daily criminal activity reported to them which is available for inspection during normal business hours at IUPUI Police Headquarters.  Information will be added to the log within two business days of the report of the information to IUPUI Police, unless the disclosure is prohibited by law or would jeopardize the confidentiality of the victim. Information may be withheld if there is clear and convincing evidence that the release of the information would jeopardize an ongoing criminal investigation or the safety of an individual, cause a suspect to flee or evade detection, or result in the destruction of evidence. Once the adverse effect is no longer likely to occur, the information will be disclosed.  The crime log is open for public inspection during normal business hours. Portions of the log older than 60 days will be made available for public inspection within two business days of a request. Removed link until reinstated

Statistics for the annual crime figures are based upon crimes reported to the IUPUI Police, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department,  or other local jurisdictions and various campus sources. On-Campus Residential is a subcategory of On-Campus Property.  IUPUI does not have any officially recognized student organizations that have housing facilities “off-campus”

Emergency Notifications

The IUPUI JagAlert Guide provides policies and procedures guiding notification of situations that may pose a threat to the IUPUI Community including prewritten scripts for some situations.   IUPUI uses a variety of media to advise our community of emergency situations.  IUPUI 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 IUPUI.

The JagAlert 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. IUPUI Websites
  6. WebEOC
  7. Nextel Radio System
  8. 800 MHz Radio System
  9. Emergency Alert Radios (VHF)
  10. Call Hotline/Weather/Emergency Voicemail €“ 317-278-1600
  11. AM 1610 Radio
  12. JagTV (IUPUI Television Station)
  13. Media News Release / Press Conference
  14. Local Television Stations
  15. Local Radio Stations
  16. IUPUI 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:

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

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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 - Finance and Administration
    • Chief of Staff to the Chancellor
    • Chancellor
  • Level 2
    • Emergency Management and Continuity
    • Police
    • Environmental Health and Safety
    • Communications and Marketing

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Any time an emergency is occurring or deemed imminent at IUPUI some or all of the IUPUI Public Safety agencies (Police, Fire Protection Services, Environmental Health and Safety, Emergency Management and Continuity) will assess the situation attempting to confirm it.  A member(s) of the Authorization Team will be contacted.   If an Authorization Team member(s) determines a notification  is needed the JagAlert Guide will be used as a guide to develop the message.

A member of the notification team will be contacted to send the notification. 

The notification team consists of:

IUPUI Police
Emergency Management and Continuity
Communications and Marketing
Environmental Health and Safety
Registrar's Office

IUPUI schedules unannounced evacuation drills annually. These drills are coordinated and conducted by Fire Protection Services.
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.

IUPUI conducted 10 evacuation exercises in 2009, 54 in 2010.  IUPUI conducted 2 Exercise Seminars in 2010

Bias Crime Statistics

The IUPUI Police Department collects and reports Hate Crime statistics to the Federal Bureau of Investigation through the Uniform Crime Report; to the Indiana State Police as required by IC 10-13-3-38; and the Department of Education as required by the Clery Act.

Using the definitions found in the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Hate Crime Collection Guidelines, the IUPUI Police Department will report any occurrence of criminal homicide, sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation, and destruction/damage/vandalism of property where evidence is present the victim was intentionally selected because of the perpetrator's bias.  These statistics will be reported by Clery geographic area and category of bias in the Annual Security Report and will also be reported to the Department of Education web based submission.

2009; Three On-Campus vandalisms characterized by racial bias one of which also included religious bias
2009   One aggravated assault on public property characterized by racial bias .  There were no crimes reported in 2010 characterized as based upon prejudice against race, gender, religion, sexual orientation ethnicity or disability. 2011 One intimidation On-Campus characterized by racial bias.

Crime Statistics

On-Campus Property Non-Campus Property Public Property GRAND TOTAL  Residential Facilities**
Reporting Year 09 10 11 09 10 11 09 10 11 09 10 11 09 10 11
Murder/Non-Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robbery 3 2 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 4 4 4 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 4 1 7 0 0 4 0 0 4 4 1 13 0 1 1
Motor Vehicle Theft 13 9 10 9 15 13 3 2 0 25 26 23 0 0 0
Arson 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
BURGLARY 60 40 51 2 4 8 0 0 0 62 44 59 9 2 3
SEX OFFENSES, FORCIBLE 1 2 2 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 3 4 0 1 1
SEX OFFENSES, NON-FORCIBLE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Liquor Law Arrests 3 3 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 4 4 3 3 1 2
Liquor Law Violations Referred for Disciplinary Action 62 63 69 0 0 4 0 0 0 62 63 73 62 63 69
Drug Law Arrests 3 5 8 1 2 0 1 1 4 5 8 12 3 2 2
Drug Law Violations Referred for Disciplinary Action 19 27 17 0 4 2 0 0 2 19 31 21 19 27 17
Illegal Weapons Possession Arrests 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
Illegal Weapons Possession Violations Referred for Disciplinary Action 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1

**Crimes reported in the Residential Facilities included in On-Campus category

Due to updates in reporting definitions many crimes that in the past were reported as Larceny (Theft) which did not appear in this report are now defined as Burglary which does appear in in this report.

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:


IUPUI Safewalk Program. The IUPUI Police now provides safety escort walks 24/7 to community members. Between the times of 6 pm and Midnight extra police employees are on duty to provide walking escorts anywhere on campus. Outside of those hours on-duty IUPUI police and security officers are available to provide these walking escorts. To request a Safewalk escort call 317-274-7233(SAFE) 24/7.

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, the IUPUI Police 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.

IUPUI 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

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

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. Information on sexual harassment can be found in the Code of Student Ethics, the Employee Handbook, or directly from the Affirmative Action Office. Any groups wishing to schedule a program, can contact these departments for more information.

There are several departments on the IUPUI 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 274-2306
Counseling and Psychological Services 274-2548
IUPUI Police Department 274-7911
Student Employee Health 274-8214

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

Julian Center 545-1970
Salvation Army Social Service Center 637-5551

Missing Student Notification

If anyone has reason to believe that a student who resides in on-campus housing is missing, he or she must immediately notify IUPUI Police Department at (317) 274-7911. IUPUI Police Department will immediately generate a missing person report and initiate an investigation per IC 5-2-17. 

After investigating the missing person report, should IUPUI Police Department determine that the student is missing, they will contact the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Indiana State Police and another other law enforcement agency deemed appropriate to the investigation within 24 hours.  The student's emergency contact will also be notified no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing. If the missing student is under the age of 18 and is not an emancipated individual, IUPUI Police Department will notify the student's custodial parent or legal guardian and any other designated contact person immediately after IUPUI Police Department has determined that the student is missing.

In addition to registering an emergency contact, students residing in on-campus housing have the option to identify, confidentially, an individual to be contacted by IUPUI in the event the student is determined to be missing for more than 24 hours. If a student has identified such an individual, IUPUI will notify that individual no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing.  A student who wishes to identify a confidential contact can do so through the IUPUI Office of Housing and Residence Life.   A student's confidential contact information will be accessible only by authorized campus officials and law enforcement as appropriate.

Alcohol and Drug Programs

The University prohibits the manufacture, sale or distribution to, or possession of alcohol by persons under 21 years of age,  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 IUPUI Class Schedule 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 Police Department enforces all state and federal laws pertaining to alcohol and illegal drugs including the state underage drinking laws. 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.

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

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 within the metropolitan area.

Student Activities 274-3931
Student Affairs 274-2546
Counseling and Psychological Services 274-2548
Human Resources Administration 274-8931

For further information contact:
IUPUI Police
1232 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
317 274 2058 (Voice)

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