Campus Safety

We want you to get where you’re going safely—whether you’re riding a bike, driving, or walking. A lot of this involves common sense at its most basic level.

Be considerate. You’re not the only one with places to go, so don’t act like it.

  • Bikers, obey traffic lights and signs and signal your turns. Whenever possible, avoid riding on the sidewalks. Make eye contact with drivers at intersections, and never ride against traffic. Remember there are regulations for biking at IU!
  • Drivers, pay attention and be especially cautious at busy intersections. If people are waiting to cross at a crosswalk, you must legally yield to them. And, while you’re at it, would it hurt to slow down?
  • Pedestrians, take out your headphones, and be alert! Look both ways before you cross at intersections, and try to make eye contact with drivers when possible. Drivers don’t always see you, and it doesn’t help when you ignore crosswalks in favor of jetting across the street wherever it seems most convenient. Be courteous; there’s nothing more annoying to bikers than seeing you walk three-across on sidewalks or stand chatting in groups in the middle of sidewalks. IU Parking Operations has compiled a list of estimated walking times, along with info about local events and resources.

Walking home at night should not be a life-threatening experience!

  • The emergency call boxes and pay phones throughout campus connect you immediately with the IU Police Department.
  • The Night Owl service is a late-night transportation service that runs from approximately 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. It includes the A, 6, and 9 routes.
  • You can also opt to use Campus Safety Escort service by calling 812-855-SAFE (812-855-7233). This service is available from 8 p.m. to 1:45 a.m. Monday through Thursday as well as Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. to 11:45 p.m.

As always, see Protect IU and the IU Police Department for more safety information.