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Campus takes measures to ensure student safety

September 10, 2015
KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo is committed to student safety.

From providing escorts to cars, offering self-defense classes, and patrolling on bicycles, the IU Kokomo Police Department maintains a presence on campus, ensuring students, faculty, and staff are protected.

“It’s a very safe campus,” said Chief Jerry Williams. “We will do whatever needs to be done to continue to maintain that safety.”

Campus police are available with a call to 765-455-9363, and Williams said all phone calls to the campus police go straight to an officer on duty, even if he or she is not in the office, allowing for timely response.

Bicycle patrols allow officers to cross campus quickly as well, and make them more friendly and accessible. Williams said building relationships is an important part of policing.

“The bikes are a great interaction tool,” Williams said. “People feel more comfortable talking to an officer on a bike. If the officer is someone they can relate to, they’re more likely to ask for help when they need it.”

Campus leaders continue to work with the city of Kokomo to increase safety for students living in the privately-owned student housing. The speed limit on Washington Street has been reduced to 30 mph, allowing student to cross the street in a safer manner.

The IU Kokomo community may also access classes and presentations, faculty guides, contact listings, information security bulletins, videos, environmental health and safety programs, and other resources at the redesigned Protect IU website.

Materials draw from the expertise of IU’s Public Safety and Institutional Assurance (PSIA) staff.

Highlights of the mobile-friendly site include a report a concern button on the homepage, an emergency procedures page with information about dealing with natural and manmade disasters, an educational materials page, and a report an IT incident button, making it easy to report phishing, email abuse, and other IT incidents.

“PSIA staff work behind the scenes with units and offices across all the campuses to provide as safe an environment as possible, so people are more confident as they pursue personal and institutional goals,” said Mark Bruhn, associate vice president for Public Safety and Institutional Assurance. “The site was designed to amplify the expertise of our highly trained staff and to make it easier for the people we serve to contact us and get the help they need.”

To access the Protect IU website, go to protect.iu.edu. The IU Kokomo Police Department homepage is iuk.edu/university-police

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

Last updated: 09/10/2015