IU and Bloomington are safe places, and we do our best to keep them that way. But just as important as what IU does is what students do for each other. That’s why students and IU leaders are building a “culture of care”—because sometimes, people just need to take care of each other.
A culture of care
Students have to look after each other. That idea was the genesis of Culture of Care, an initiative launched by IU students and supported by IU staff to encourage sexual well-being, drug and alcohol awareness, mental health, and respect.
Other ways to help fellow Hoosiers:
- Raise awareness about mental health and emotional wellness in the Crimson Corps.
- Learn how to intervene when someone needs help, and then teach others to do the same, through Step UP! IU.
- Educate students about sexual assault, relationship violence, and gendered communication through RAISE.
- Talk to students about alcohol and drugs by volunteering with OASIS.
We have the IU Police Department, a free campus bus service with late-night service on weekends, and a safety escort ride if you don’t want to walk alone at night. Campus is well lighted. All residence halls have emergency preparedness plans and staff who live on site and are available 24/7.
We also teach students about safety issues beginning at New Student Orientation. Plus, the Division of Student Affairs has a range of safety-related services, and Protect IU offers safety information on topics from emergency preparedness to securing technology.
Anytime there’s a campus emergency, like severe weather, the IU-Notify messaging system will alert you by phone, email, text message, sirens, and more. Just make sure IU has your up-to-date contact information.