Laws & Safety

IUPUI has many resources to help you stay safe and avoid trouble.

Taking a few basic actions now can help you stay safe in an emergency situation.

  • Sign up for IU-Notify

    Sign up for IU-Notify to receive alerts in an emergency. Be sure to keep your contact information current.

  • Program your phone with important numbers

    • 317-274-7233 (SAFE) will connect you to the IUPUI Safewalk service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to walk you safely anywhere on campus.

    • 911 is the emergency number for anywhere in the United States. Use this for a life-threatening emergency.

    • Designate a personal emergency contact for a close friend or relative who can help. Notify OIA of this contact through the Your Information eform in iStart.

    • Also memorize the same numbers, in case your phone is not available.

  • Install a weather app on your phone

    Indiana experiences frequent changes in the weather. Severe weather, such as strong thunderstorms with high winds and hail, winter storms, and even tornados are possible.

    A watch means that severe weather is possible. Stay alert and avoid travelling in a location where you cannot quickly seek shelter if needed

    A warning means that severe weather is occurring. Most weather warnings are based on County locations. All of Indianapolis is located in Marion County. Install a weather app on your phone so you can monitor the situation and stay safe.

    Learn what to do when there is severe weather »

    View a map of Indiana counties »

  • Plan to explore the city –safely

    Follow these basic tips when you are exploring the city:

    • Use a map to help you get to know different areas, whether walking, driving, or taking a taxi.
    • Don’t walk alone late at night, even for short distances.
    • Stay in well-lit, public areas.
    • Walk “with purpose”– show that you know where you are going.
    • If someone is making you uncomfortable, get near a crowd of people and ask for help.
  • Prepare ahead for apartment living

    If you will live in an apartment, follow these safety guidelines:

    • Keep doors and windows locked.

    • Get to know your neighbors–introduce yourself.

    • Make sure you have a working smoke detector, fire extinguisher, and first aid kit.

    • Don’t let unknown persons into your home.

    • Purchase a Renter’s Insurance Policy. You cannot expect to receive compensation if anything happens to your belongings due to severe weather, fire, or theft if you do not have insurance.

  • Understand procedures for different emergencies

    Every emergency situation is different. Having a plan of what you will do in a specific type of emergency can help you make good decisions in case the emergency ever happens to you.

    Learn about emergency response procedures »

Understanding and following basic laws and local procedures can help you stay safe and avoid difficult situations.

  • Alcohol, smoking, and drugs

    • The legal age for drinking alcohol in Indiana is 21

    • Never drink and drive. Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI) are treated as serious crimes.

    • Marijuana is illegal in Indiana.

    • Tobacco is legal, but cannot be used in most public locations.

    • IUPUI is a smoke-free campus.

    • In Indiana, it is illegal to smoke within eight feet (approximately two meters) in front of building entrances.

    • You are legally and personally responsible for your actions, no matter what the situation.

    Learn more »

  • Sexual and Relationship Violence

    IUPUI wants every member of the IUPUI community to understand how to recognize and help prevent sexual harassment and sexual violence.

    Learn more »

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  • Driving Laws

    • All drivers must carry auto insurance

    • You can be arrested for excessive speeding above the speed limit (Reckless Driving)

    • The driver and all passengers MUST wear seatbelts; children must use car seats until age 8

    • Yield to pedestrians

    • Stop for a school bus with blinking lights – in either direction.

    • Having multiple traffic violations or unpaid tickets may lead to a suspended driver’s license

    • Never try to bribe a police officer or flee the scene to avoid a traffic ticket

  • If you have children

    • Young children cannot be left home alone.

    • Young children cannot be left alone in public.