This FAQ was compiled in an effort to provide quick informational answers to frequent questions only. This is not meant to replace the instructions or information given by any official of Indiana University or Law Enforcement Official.
You can get a copy of crash reports by visiting buycrash.com. You can obtain copies of incident reports by filling out this form or visiting our department between the hours of 8AM and 4:30PM, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. We are located at 1232 W. Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202.
As a general rule, alcohol is not allowed in the dormitories. Several floors across campus do allow alcohol to be kept in the rooms of residents over the age of 21. For more information visit the Division of Residential Programs and Services.
As with any college campus, bicycle theft is a constant problem. There are ways to substantially reduce the chances of your bicycle being stolen.
Record the make, model, and serial number of your bicycle and store it in a safe place.
Save all receipts involving the purchase of your bicycle and equipment.
Registering your bicycle is easy and free. You will receive a free IUPUI Bike Permit and the option to park in the indoor Hine Hall Bike Storage facility at no additional cost. Register now with Parking Operations (317-274-4232). Any unregistered vehicle on IU property is subject to ticketing and impoundment by IU Parking Enforcement.
Always lock your bicycle. An unlocked bicycle is a much easier target than one that is properly secured.
Lock your bicycle using a cable and lock as well as a casehardened U-lock.
Lock your bicycle in a well-lit area on a bicycle rack.
Never leave your bicycle totally unlocked, even for a minute.
Report suspicious persons hanging around bicycle racks, call IUPD 317-274-7911.
If your bicycle is stolen, report it immediately. The sooner we are aware of the theft, the greater the chances are that we will be able to recover the bicycle. If anyone ever tries to take your bicycle, do not fight with them. Be the best witness that you can and call the IU Police Department immediately, 317-274-7911 (911 for emergencies).
The IU Police Department has developed a comprehensive and unique law enforcement training program which, when coupled with the University's educational programs, produces a highly qualified, experienced, and educated law enforcement professional. The cadet officer program allows full-time Indiana University students to work in a law enforcement agency while pursuing a degree. In addition to gaining law enforcement experience, the student receives accreditation as a state certified law enforcement officer. For more information visit the Cadet Officer Program on Protect.IU.
You may make a complaint or compliment an officer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 317-274-7911 and ask to speak with a supervisor.
The IU Police Department does provide this service and it is provided free of charge to those affiliated with Indiana University.
If you need to be fingerprinted you can come to police headquarters located in Ball Annex, 1232 W. Michigan. You will need to bring fingerprint cards from the organization requiring you to be fingerprinted.
The hours of this service are our normal business hours; Monday - Friday, 8am-4:30pm, excluding holidays.
Harrassing and obscene phone calls can be reported to IUPD-IUPUI by calling 317-274-7911.
Police information can be released by the Deputy Chief of Police or the Community Relations Officer. Both can be reached by calling IUPD-IUPUI at 317-274-2058.
Possession of a firearm on Indiana University property is prohibited. The prohibition applies regardless of any permit to carry a firearm. The prohibition does not apply to law enforcement officers authorized to possess a firearm, either on or off duty, by the employing law enforcement agency. In rare cases, an exception to this policy may be granted for academic or research purposes. Such exception must be made by prior written authorization from the Superintendent of Public Safety and the campus police chief and the campus chancellor or provost. Possession of a dangerous article or substance as a potential weapon is also prohibited. For additional information consult IU Human Resources or the Code of Student, Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct.
There are many resources available to victims of sexual assault in the University community. Visit the Stop Sexual Violence site for more information.
If you are stopped remember:
Stay in your car unless the officer advises you otherwise.
Keep your hands on the steering wheel so the officer can see them.
Try to stay calm. Getting agitated with the officer or with others will not help the situation.
Avoid making sudden movements especially toward the floor, rear seat or passenger side of the vehicle.
Do not reach for your license or other documents until the officer requests them. (Indiana law requires drivers to show their license, registration, and insurance card upon request)
If the stop occurs at night, put on your dome/interior lights so the officer can easily see that all is in order.
If the officer issues you a ticket for reasons that are unclear to you, ask the officer for information, but don't become argumentative or antagonistic. Accepting a traffic ticket is not an admission of guilt. You can contest the ticket in court.
Patrol cars are often staffed by only one officer. However, given the inherent dangers of traffic stops, officers almost always have backups when stopping a vehicle. Therefore you might see two or three police vehicles involved in a traffic stop.
Some offenses prohibit continued operation of the vehicle by the driver. Therefore, in certain situations, an officer may impound a car or ask another licensed driver to drive the car. Officers may not, however, take your car without due cause.
Remember that students are required to cooperate with the valid directives of University officials, including University police officers. Failure to do so may result in judicial charges (see Rules of Student Conduct ). In addition Indiana State law forbids a person to use physical force to resist an arrest, even if the arrest is later found to be unauthorized.
Some of the common reasons that people are stopped by police include:
You may have committed a traffic offense.
You may fit the description of someone whom the police are seeking.
The officer may think you are in trouble and in need of help.
You may have witnessed a crime and the police may seek your assistance in identifying a person involved.
If you are stopped by the police, you should make every effort to be cooperative, and you can expect the officer to be courteous in return.
Our officers know that most people do not want to be stopped by the police, and they understand that you may feel some degree of anxiety if you are stopped. Keep in mind however, the officer who stops you may be feeling a high level of anxiety too. Because even seemingly “routine” traffic stops can be dangerous situations for officers, the police are trained to approach them with extreme caution.
Suspicious packages, bomb threats and other unusual activities are not unusual or uncommon events on college campuses across the United States. These incidents have occurred all too frequently during demonstrations and times of civil unrest.
If for any reason a person feels uncomfortable in evaluating suspicious packages or letters they should contact their local police who will make a risk assessment. During these times of increased awareness our actions should be driven by common sense and rational thinking, not by paranoia and hysteria.
If your car was towed while on campus you may call IUPD-IUPUI at 317-274-7911 and we can assist you in determining if the police or parking services towed your car and the next steps to take to retrieve your vehicle.
You can contest or pay a traffic ticket by reading the information on the ticket or contacting Traffic Court 13.