Who do you call when you have a problem? The Oﬃce of Victim Services and University Police exist to help you out when needed.
What they do:
The University Police Department (UPD) ensures student safety in many ways. Oﬃcers patrol campus, are present at campus-sanctioned events, and release an annual safety report. Some officers speak to classes to ensure students are aware of their rights on and off campus.
UPD also has community policing programs that encourage positive interactions between police and students, including rape aggression defense (RAD) training for women, bike registration and Lunch with a Cop. It also hosts an annual Dunk-a-Cop contest at the Scramble Light.
In the dorms:
Every residence hall on campus has an assigned UPD oﬃcer to be a go-to person for the hall, help students move in and encourage a positive relationship with the department.
“The goal is to allow students to get to know you in a non-traditional law enforcement role so that you’re not just the oﬃcer that came and took your police report, or the oﬃcer that came because you had a problem," Director of Public Safety Jim Duckham told the Daily News in 2017.
In addition to residence halls, each academic building also has an assigned officer, whose picture and short biography is usually featured on a hallway bulletin board.
A victim advocate is someone who supports survivors of gender-based violence through providing emotional support, guidance and assistance, according to Ball State’s website.
If requested by survivors, the Office of Victim Services (OVS) can refer students to UPD to begin formal misconduct or criminal processes.
After business hours, students can also call the UPD dispatch and request to speak with the on-call victim advocate. The advocate will also respond after hours to Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital.
Victim advocates provide 24-hours-a-day support, information, referrals and advocacy, according to the OVS website. They offer support to individuals who have been victimized — whether the abuse occurred recently or in the past — and assist with exploring options and accessing community resources, including filing for a protective order.
If requested, Ball State victim advocates also accompany students to court meetings and hearings involving the criminal justice system or student conduct process with the Office of Student Conduct. They act as a liaison between survivors and the Delaware County Prosecutor's Office.
Students in need of support services can visit OVS in the Health Center located on West Neely Avenue.