Staying safe on campus

Indiana University is committed to the safety and well-being of all members of the IU community. The campus and city work hard to protect you and make Bloomington a safe place to live. We also encourage you to protect yourself and others whenever possible. However, if you’re the victim of a crime or a scam, it’s not your fault—no matter how safe or unsafe you are.

IU has a dedicated and helpful police department (IUPD). IUPD is a support resource you can use when you have questions related to personal safety.

IU wants to provide a safe and positive environment for everyone. If you think you’re being discriminated against for any reason, you should report the incident.

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Your personal safety is an important priority for Indiana University. We strive to create a safe environment, but the most important element in keeping you safe... is you. In this video, we’ll give you information on how to stay safe in many different situations.IU has its own police department, called IUPD, and they are here to protect and serve everyone on campus. You will see police officers performing many different duties, and you should never be afraid to seek help from them or other school authorities – especially if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable. The city of Bloomington also has a police department, which works closely with IUPD to make Bloomington a safe place to live. Sometimes, even under the best of circumstances, the unthinkable can happen. While attending Indiana University, international student Yaolin Wang was attacked and killed by a stalker that she knew.

[Wang interview]

Personal relationships differ from country to country. In the United States, mutual respect is highly valued. If you are ever mistreated in any way, you should seek help. Several resources are listed on the OIS web site.After dark, we recommend that you try to find someone to walk with. If you aren’t able to you can use a free IU safety escort service. Always be aware of your surroundings, and make sure you stay alert.Use care at your home as well. Lock all your doors and windows when you aren’t home. Leave a light onif you are going to be away from home after dark. Get to know your neighbors, and be cautious aboutopening your door to strangers. Remember that the police are helpful and supportive. They can be reached in an emergency by dialing 911.Occasionally, Bloomington experiences severe weather. There are many systems in place to alert you –over the radio, TV, and IU Notify – and they will give you instructions help you be safe. The city of Bloomington uses a siren when severe weather has been confirmed.IU Notify will provide you with instructions for the weather or other emergencies. Remain calm when you see these notices, and follow directions, even if there’s little chance of it impacting you directly. Pay attention, but don’t panic. Overall, Bloomington is a small town and you will feel welcome and safe – just be aware, be careful, and ask for help if you need it.

If you ever feel that you are in danger, you should immediately call 9-1-1 for assistance.

Staying safe and avoiding scams

Download the Guardian app

The Guardian safety app gives you access to personal safety resources and can help you more easily reach police. Get emergency alerts, use a safe walk timer, and more.

Learn more about Guardian

Don’t fall for a scam

Scammers often target international students and scholars, often pretending to be government or immigration officials. Keep your personal information and money safe by knowing what to expect.

Learn more about avoiding scams

Staying safe in personal relationships

Personal relationships differ from country to country. In the United States, we highly value mutual respect. You don’t have to tolerate any violence, including sexual violence, or intimidation even if you’re in a relationship with the person.

If you’ve been the victim of an event the university and local law enforcement can help you. We strongly encourage you to seek help.

Yaolin Wang

The Yaolin Wang Endowment

Yaolin Wang was an IU student whose life ended early because of senseless violence. Her family created an endowment in the hope that her story will help prevent similar tragedies from happening.

Read about the endowment

Anything you report is kept private

If you report a problem or issue to the university, IU won’t tell your family or community. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a U.S. government law about your privacy, means that in general, we are not allowed to share any information with your family unless either of the following is true:

  • You give specific permission for us to do so
  • There is a serious threat to health or safety

Emergency notifications

IU has a system called IU Notify to spread emergency notifications. It sends out warning messages if there is an event on or around the Bloomington campus, like severe weather, fires, violent crimes, and dangerous situations.

Your IU email address is automatically enrolled in IU Notify when you come to campus. You can also add your phone number (for text or call notifications) or other email addresses. You can even add your family members so they receive these notifications as well.

What to do in adverse weather

Sometimes, Bloomington experiences bad weather. It’s important to know what to do before an incident happens.

Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes can occur in Indiana. Although they can happen any time in the year, they are more likely in the spring and summer. The National Weather Service (NWS) provides warnings when severe weather is occurring.

Tornado watch

A tornado watch means weather conditions are favorable for a tornado, and this is a time to be aware and prepared to act.

Tornado warning

A tornado warning means you need to seek shelter immediately by moving to an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows (basements and bathrooms are often your best option).

Winter weather

In the winter, we experience cold temperatures and snowstorms. Usually there is plenty of notice of these events so you have time to prepare (making sure you have enough food and supplies for a couple of days).

Other emergencies

There are other emergency situations that could happen anytime, anywhere. Knowing what to do in a situation could make all the difference.

Learn about other emergency situations
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Video: Words appear: Pedestrian Safety at IU.

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Video: A person crosses a street at a crosswalk. Words appear: Use sidewalks and crosswalks.

Video: Words appear: Look left, right, and left again for traffic before crossing.

Video: A pedestrian signal with the “walk” indicator lighted. Words appear: Use pedestrian push buttons and obey the signals.

Video: A person drives a car. Words appear: Make eye contact with drivers and never assume that they see you.

Video: A crosswalk. Words appear: Remember, you only have the right-of-way when you’re already in the crosswalk.

Video: A street sign shaded by bright autumn leaves. Words appear: Recognize risks, know your options, and always look out for your own safety.

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Video: A person rides their bike through the Sample Gates. Words appear: In the US, bikes are considered vehicles and have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists.

Video: A winding two-lane road. Words appear: Go With the Flow of Traffic.

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Video: A pile of tangled bikes and riders at a Little 500 race. Words appear: Stay Alert at All Times.

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Video: Pavement covered in wet leaves and puddles. Words appear: Be aware of potholes, cracks, wet leaves, storm grates, railroad tracks, pedestrians, and traffic.

Video: A person rides a bike at night. Words appear: Signal Your Presence.

Video: Words appear: Indiana law requires bikes to be equipped with bells—as well as rear and front lights at night.

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