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 Atlas.

    • 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 about Sexual Assault Prevention at IUPUI

    Contact IUPUI Sexual Assault Prevention Resources »

  • 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.