Your student’s safety on campus is vitally important to
the University. The need for campus security is broader than personal
safety. It is central to ISU’s educational mission. There are many steps
students can take to protect themselves from crime. Many crimes occur
because there was an opportunity for them to happen. For example, most
crimes of theft and burglary are random, not calculated. They occur because
students leave a residence hall door or a car door unlocked. On a campus
like ISU, it is easy to think that nothing will happen. But crime can
Students should follow these simple steps to reduce the
chances of victimization:
- Keep the door of rooms or apartments locked, whether at home or not,
and be sure to check who is outside before opening the door.
- Use precautions when going out after dark. Be aware of dimly lit
areas and try to avoid them, or at least be prepared with an escape
plan. If going out alone after dark cannot be avoided, students should
tell someone where they are going and when they will be back. Again, be
aware of surroundings—don’t get caught by surprise. Know the options.
- When parking a car, be sure the doors are locked and windows rolled
up. Don’t keep expensive items in clear view as this might invite theft.
- If valuable items are brought to campus, make sure they are secured
and keep a log of serial numbers for personal record. If these items are
not covered by parents’ insurance, renter’s insurance may be an option.
Bicycles can be registered through the Public Safety Department.
- Engrave all items such as stereo and computer equipment. Engraving
service is available through the Public Safety Department.
- In a dating or social situation, remember that instincts are often
right. Students should be sure their feelings are clearly communicated
and understood. Define the limits of the relationship. Understand that
when a person says “no” it means “no.”
- Keep in mind that alcohol impairs judgment and slows reflexes and
may contribute to a personal safety predicament. Stay aware, assess
others, and be responsible.
- Guns and weapons are prohibited on University property. That
includes in cars, on persons, and in students’ rooms. Possession of a
weapon, particularly a gun, can result in suspension from the
- Students may find that at times they may have to walk on campus late
at night and would be more comfortable with an escort. University police
officers provide this service. To arrange for an escort call the Public
Safety Department, 237-5555, 24-hours-a-day.
- The Personal Safety Committee is a University committee charged with
addressing campus personal safety issues. If students have concerns or
issues they would like to see this committee address, contact the Public
Safety Department, 237-4111, or the Office of Student Affairs, 237-3888.
Students who have been a victim of a crime or have been
involved in a personal safety issue on the ISU campus are encouraged to
report the incident to the Public Safety Department or some other University
official. The following are resources available to students.
- Public Safety Department.... 237-5555
- Student Judicial Programs... 237-3800
- Counseling Center.... 237-3939
- Vigo County Crime Victim Assistance Program 462-3319 or
- Residence hall staff ..... in each building or 237-3993
- Student Ombudsperson.... 237-8111
- Emergency 911
The Indiana State University Public Safety Department is
centrally located on campus at 210 North 6th Street. The mission of the
Public Safety Department is to provide a professional, service-oriented
department, which is proactive in reducing criminal opportunity and
community anxiety, and which enhances the image of Indiana State University
by maintaining a socially supportive environment conducive to the academic
The Public Safety Department issues parking permits
required for all students operating a vehicle on campus. Forms are available
online and permits can be purchased at the Public Safety Web site at
are encouraged to purchase the permit electronically to avoid long lines.
For more information call 237-3888.