The University Police Department (UPD) ensures student safety in many ways. For example, officers patrol campus, are present at campus-sanctioned events, and release an annual safety report. In addition, some officers speak to classes to ensure students know their rights on and off-campus.
UPD also has community policing programs encouraging positive interactions between police and students, including rape aggression defense (RAD) training for women, bike registration, and Lunch with a Cop. They also hosts an annual Dunk-a-Cop contest at the Scramble Light.
If you need help from a cop but it isn’t an emergency, don’t call 911. Instead keep the UPD phone number, (765) 285-1111, in you contacts for easy and quick access.
In the dorms
Every residence hall on campus has an assigned UPD officer to be a go-to person for the hall. In addition to residence halls, each academic building has an assigned officer.
According to Ball State’s website, a victim advocate supports survivors of gender-based violence by providing emotional support, guidance and assistance.
At the survivor’s request, the Office of Victim Services (OVS) can refer students to UPD to begin formal misconduct or criminal processes.
After business hours, students can call the UPD dispatch and request to speak with the on-call victim advocate. The advocate will also respond to Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital after hours.
Students needing support services can visit OVS in the Health Center located on West Neely Avenue.
Citizens Police Academy
This is a 10-week program in the Spring that provides participants with a better understanding of police operations. This involves observing equipment demonstrations, learning about police practices and training, and seeing the various facilities used by police.
Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE)
Although mass shootings are statistically rare, it’s always good to be prepared for the worst. During CRASE, you’ll learn how to properly respond if involved in one of these events.
Rape Aggression Defense Training (RAD)
This class is a great way to prepare women how to respond to and avoid being put in threatening situations. You’ll also learn how to defend yourself in the case of extreme situations.
This is a program for students to learn more about physical self-defense. Unlike the Rape Aggression Defense Training, this program is almost entirely focused on how to physically defend yourself in a threatening situation and is open to everyone.