All members of the campus community are expected to assist in making the campus a safe place by reporting emergencies and criminal activity directly to the Office of Safety and Security by dialing the campus emergency number 6911. Emergency calls may also be made directly to the Evansville City Police/Fire Departments by dialing 9911. These numbers are posted throughout the residence halls, in the campus telephone directory and on campus telephones located in the lobbies of most campus buildings and residence halls. Trained radio and telephone operators are available 24 hours a day to respond to emergency calls. When the call is received, security officers will be dispatched immediately to the site of the complaint.
For Non-Emergency Situations visit the Non-Emergency Response Page.
If you witness a violent crime or criminal behavior, do not take any chances! Notify security immediately by dialing 6911 from any campus phone or using one of the Campus Emergency Phones.
If you wish to report criminal activity anonymously to local law enforcement, call the WE TIP line at 1-800-78-CRIME (1-800-782-7463).
Maybe you have some information about a past incident? Check out the Report A Concern form. You can help the University by supplying us with some information. It is important to give as much information as possible so be prepared to give the following information:
- Your name
- Location of incident
- Nature of incident
- Number of persons involved
Descriptions of person(s) involved:
- Race (white, black, Asian, Latino, etc.)
- Male & Female
- Height & Build (short, tall, average, medium, heavy, skinny)
- Hair (Blonde,Brown, shoulder length, short, etc.)
- Clothing (Blue jeans, red striped shirt, baseball cap, etc.)
- Other physical characteristics (facial hair, tattoos, sunglasses, etc.)
Description of vehicle involved:
- Make (Ford, Chevy, etc.)
- Model ( 4 door, convertible, hatch back, etc.)
- License plate
- Identifiable markings (decals, stripes, noticeable damage, etc.)
- Direction of travel if suspect fled the scene (north, southeast, Weinbach runs north and south, Walnut runs east and west.)
- Description of property involved
- You should remain available to assist officers by supplying them with additional information. Ask others to do the same.
Don't let yourself fall victim to criminal activity. Check out our 'Tips' page for crime prevention information.
Sexual Assault or Rape
Whether the victim intends to press charges or not, it is strongly recommended that rape or attempted rape or sexual assault be reported. Notify someone immediately such as a Residence Assistant, Residential Coordinator, the Security Office, a Professor, or the Evansville Police Department. All complaints received by the University will be forwarded to the University Title IX Officer.
Seek Refuge: If you are assaulted, get to a safe place as soon as you can. The University has resources available to you for emotional and physical support. The Office of Safety and Security, 812-488-6911 or 812-488-2051, can provide assistance to you by telling you how you can reach a counselor, contact law enforcement authorities, obtain hospital transportation and the like. You can also contact the Evansville Police Department directly by calling 911.
Preserve Evidence: Resist the urge to bathe, use the toilet, change clothing or apply soaps or lotions. If you must change clothes, put them in a paper bag or wrap them in a clean sheet. Do not place these items in a plastic bag as the bag may distort evidence. It is also important not to disturb any evidence that may be present in the location where the offense occurred or destroy or delete any correspondence relative to the offense. Questions an officer may ask are not to embarrass the victim or intimidate. It is important to give as much information as possible so the person responsible can be caught and prevented from victimizing others.
Get medical attention as soon as possible: It is important to seek medical attention in the case of sexual assault in order to check for injuries, effectively preserve evidence, and test for sexually transmitted diseases. You can contact the Office of Safety and Security 812-0488-2051 for assistance. Medical attention can also be obtained directly from one of these locations:
- UE Crayton E. and Ellen Mann Health Center: 812-488-2033
- St. Vincent's Hospital: 812-485-4491
- Deaconess Hospital: 812-450-3405
Personal Support: A University counselor is available 24 hours a day to provide personal support and guidance after an assault. The office phone number is 812-488-2663. After normal business hours, you can reach the counselor on call by contacting the Office of Safety and Security 812-488-2051 and requesting a counselor.
Amnesty for Victims of Sexual Misconduct and Witnesses: Reporting sexual misconduct is important. The University recognizes that an individual who reports sexual misconduct may be engaged in under- age drinking or drug use or other prohibited conduct at or near the time of the incident complained of. To encourage reporting under these circumstances, the University will not take disciplinary action against a Complainant or against witnesses for their personal use of alcohol or drugs or for other prohibited conduct at or near the time of the incident complained of if such violations do not or did not subject other people to harm.
Professional and Pastoral Counselors (Confidential Reporting*)
The University's professional, licensed counselor(s) *including those who act in that role under the supervision of a licensed counselor] and pastoral counselors who provide mental-health counseling to members of the University community are not required to report any information about an incident to the Title IX coordinator without a victim's permission. The following is the contact information for these individuals:
Ms. Sylvia Buck, LCSW, director of counseling services
University Counseling Center
Room 200, Ridgway University Center
Ms. Karen Stenstrom, LCSW, Counselor
University Counseling Center
Ridgway University Center, Room 200
Ms. Jennifer Hargus, LSW, Coordinator of Health Education/Counselor
University Counseling Center
Ridgway University Center, Room 200
Reverend Dr. Tamara Gieselman, University Chaplain
* See Policy Prohibiting Sexual Misconduct for exclusions and limitations related to confidentiality)
Non-Professional Counselors and University Health Center Employees (Semi-Confidential)
Individuals who work or volunteer in the University's health center, including non-professional unlicensed counselors, front desk employees and students who work in the health center, can generally talk to a victim without revealing to the University any personally identifying information about an incident. A victim can seek assistance and support from these individuals without triggering a University investigation that could reveal the victim's identity or that the victim has disclosed the incident.
* See Policy Prohibiting Sexual Misconduct for exclusions and limitations related to confidentiality.
Reporting to Responsible Employees (Official Reporting Resource*)
This includes all full-time, part-time, visiting, and volunteer faculty, administrators, staff, coaches, and resident assistants (RAs). A responsible employee must report to the Title IX coordinator or her designee all relevant details about the alleged sexual misconduct that is provided by the Complainant - including the name of the Complainant and Respondent, any witnesses, and other relevant facts, including the date, time and specific location of the alleged misconduct. To the extent possible, information reported to a responsible employee will be shared only with people responsible for handling the University's response to a report of sexual misconduct.
* See Policy Prohibiting Sexual Misconduct for full description of this reporting option.
Reporting to Law Enforcement
If you want to file a report with the Evansville Police Department, the Office of Safety and Security will assist you. Upon request, they will contact the police department and arrange for an officer to meet with you to take your report. A security officer with stay with you until the police officer arrives and the reporting taking process is completed.
Evansville Police Department Contact Information:
911 or 812-436-7896
WE TIP Crime Hotline
Reporting to Local Community Support Organizations
The complainant may wish to report sexual misconduct to any of the following local community support organizations:
Albion Fellows Bacon Center*
Domestic Violence Hotline: 812-422-5622
Sexual Assault Hotline: 812-424-7273
750 N. Park Drive
Evansville, Indiana 47710
*These organizations are not connected with or part of the University. Individuals are encouraged to ask each organization about its policy concerning confidentiality and the provision of personally identifying information to law enforcement and other authorities before providing personally identifying information.
Important University Contact Information
- Office of Safety & Security: 812-488-6911 or 812-488-2051
- Title IX Officer, Tracey Folden: 812-488-2509
- Office of the Vice President and Dean of Students: 812-488-2500
Campus security officers are trained as first responders in first-aid and CPR in case of accidents or medical emergencies.
When reporting a medical emergency you should:
- Dial 6911 or use a Campus Emergency Phone
- State your name
- Your location
- Victim's name, if known
- Victim's location
- Nature of emergency
- Condition of victim (i.e., unconscious, bleeding severely, convulsing, not breathing, has no pulse, in severe pain, choking, suspected fracture or compound fracture)
- Stay on the line until the operator tells you help is on its way and releases you.
For minor medical situations such as:
- Stomach aches
- Minor scrapes, cuts and abrasions
Call the Health and Wellness center during the day. The Office of Safety and Security will transport individuals to any of the local hospital emergency rooms after hours and on weekends and at the request of Health and Wellness or Training Room staff.
* If in a residence hall or Village housing, contact your RA or professional staff for additional assistance.
Emergency Contact Registration and Missing Person Protocol
Each year, the University will request all students, on a voluntary basis, to provide through the University's computer based Webadvisor system, an emergency contact person or persons. This information will also be used by the institution to notify the designated person(s) if the student is determined to be missing from campus by the campus security department or the local law enforcement agency. This information will be kept in a confidential manner and will be accessible only to authorized campus officials. It may not be disclosed, except to campus security personnel or local law enforcement personnel in the furtherance of a missing person investigation.
If a student is suspected to be missing from campus, immediately report this to the office of safety and security. Authorized university personnel will be notified of the report and an internal search for the individual will begin. This may include utilizing residence life staff, verifying class attendance with faculty, and interviewing friends of the missing student. In some cases, the University may choose to contact the emergency contact person or parent if the circumstances warrant such notification. All reports of missing students made to the University Security Office will be investigated.If the internal investigation determines that the student has been missing over 24 hours, within 24 hours the University will:
- Notify the individual(s)identified as the student's emergency contact person(s)
- If under 18 years of age, and is not emancipated, the University will notify a parent or guardian and any other designated contact person(s)
- Regardless of whether the student has identified a contact person, is above the age of 18 or is an emancipated minor, the University will contact the local law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction in the area, and the parent of the student, that the student has been reported to be missing