The Vincennes University Police Department provides comprehensive law enforcement and security services to all components of the University including the academic campus and the area adjacent to the University campus.
The Department has 36 authorized positions including 9 commissioned police officers, 3 support and 24 part-time personnel. Vincennes University Police officers are commissioned under Indiana Statue and have the full range of police authorities granted any municipal law enforcement officer on Vincennes University property. Also, the University Police operate under a memorandum of understanding with the Vincennes City Police, which give the University police officers full powers throughout the City of Vincennes.
Report a Concern
Vincennes University Police Department
On-Campus phone extension: 5555
Off-Campus phone: 812-888-5555
Sexual Assault Crisis:
Hope's Voice 24-hour hotline: 812-899-4673
Mental Health Crisis:
Samaritan Center 24-hour hotline: 812-886-6880
The Police Department's Chief Executive is the Director of Police and Safety, who reports to the Vice President of Financial Services.
The Vincennes University Police offers the following police services:
Enforcement of Federal, State and Local laws.
Enforcement of University policies.
Vehicle crash investigations.
Emergency medical assistance (First Responder).
Traffic regulations and control.
Vehicle, Bike, and Foot Patrol of University property.
Crime prevention and awareness programs.
We believe that all members of the Vincennes University community should feel safe while on campus. Therefore, the Vincennes University Police Department provides escorts for individuals who have legitimate concern about their safety. The Escort Service is provided for your safety while walking on campus. Please call 5555 (on campus phones) and an escort can be summoned to your location and will accompany you to your on-campus destination.
Please contact us for your police service needs. If we are unable to assist you, we will provide you with a referral to an appropriate agency.
VU PD Helpful Resources Accordion
Indiana’s laws regarding sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking
The following information is provided in accordance with the Campus SaVE Act.
Vincennes University continues to reduce and prevent crime on a continual basis by doing the following:
- 24 hour contact with Central Dispatch (E-911)
- 24 hour contact with the Vincennes City Police
- Emergency 911 dialing
- 24 hour Preventative Patrols
- Campus foot patrol by University Police officers and cadets
- 24 hour staff in residence halls
- Custodial staff occupy academic buildings after hours
- Crime prevention seminars presented to groups
- Crime prevention pamphlets provided to students and employees
- Some parking lots monitored by surveillance cameras
In addition to preventing crime, considerable effort is devoted to crime investigation. All reported crimes are investigated and an attempt is made to identify the offenders. When caught, offenders are dealt with through the County court system and Vincennes University.
Our efforts are not to give you a false sense of security. You need to know that crimes will occur but that prevention efforts can be effective in reducing the opportunities for criminal activity. You play a key role in our crime prevention efforts. Be cautious, careful and alert to your own safety and protection of yours and the University's possessions. Please exercise the crime tips listed below and help avoid victimization.
- Be cautious of strangers
- Avoid getting into vulnerable no-exit places
- Do not hesitate to call police when confronted by unknown persons
- Keep your house or residence hall room locked
- At night, walk in groups of at least two
- Walk with confidence, and avoid walking near bushes or parked cars
- Familiarize yourself with the location of courtesy telephones
- When parking, remove valuables from plain view and lock your vehicle
- Record serial numbers of your property
- Make copies of credit cards and other valuables in your wallet
- Write your name and ID number in several places in textbooks
- Lock your bicycle in a bicycle rack
- Take valuables home when away for an extended period of time
- Report all maintenance problems (broken locks, windows, etc.)
- If you must walk alone, please make sure to use well lighted paths and sidewalks and take the most direct route
- Attend security awareness programs held on campus for valuable information and safety tips
- Use crosswalks and pedestrian crossing signals to safely cross streets
- Be aware of campus services. You are your best protection -- educate yourself
- Report all incidents and losses to Campus Police immediately
Crime Prevention Programs
- The Vincennes University Police Department provides escorts for individuals who have legitimate concern about their safety. The escort service is provided for your safety while walking on campus. Please call 5555 (on campus phones) and an escort can be summoned to your location and can accompany you to your on campus destination.
- Self-Defense for Women Workshops -- conducted periodically.
- Resident Hall Handbook - Discussion by resident assistants with residents on security section of the handbook. This program centers around lost keys, strangers in the hall, room security and hall security.
- Housing Facilities at VU provide 24 hour desk coverage, resident access to the building, floor, wing, and room by key only, screens in windows and door alarms to control unlawful entry and exit.
- Videos followed by discussions on the subjects of safety and acquaintance rape are held on campus.
- Greek Advisor -- sponsors workshops with fraternities and sororities regarding issues of security, alcohol, and date rape.
- Residence hall students may register their personal property with their individual residence hall. Students residing off-campus may register their personal property with Campus Police.
- Security issues are addressed with parents during Summer Registration days.
- Theft insurance brochure -- all residence hall students are mailed information of personal property insurance that can be used while they are students at VU.
Security & Access to Facilities
University personnel have access through the lock and key system to their work area or office at all times. Students, guests, and University people with no authority or role in a building have access only when a building is open. In order for a building to be open, an authorized University employee must be present.
The maintenance staff is responsible for locking all academic and administrative buildings after working hours. Residence halls are secured by residence hall staffs during those periods of time when only the students residing in those halls are allowed.
Areas and buildings where students gather or walk are lighted throughout the evening hours. Heavily traveled walkways are lighted all night. Campus Police officers patrol the campus on a 24-hour basis.
Alcohol Beverages & Other Drugs
As set forth in local, state, and federal laws, and the rules and regulations of the University, Vincennes University prohibits the manufacture, use, unlawful possession, and distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students, employees and visitors in buildings, facilities, grounds or other property owned and/or controlled by the University. This applies to all individuals participating in any University-sponsored activities. The University will enforce all state and federal laws regarding the possession and use of alcohol and the manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of any controlled substance.
Drug and alcohol laws are vigorously enforced on the VU campus. Violators are subject to criminal prosecution in the courts of Knox County. The enforcement techniques can range from plain view violation to long-term undercover investigations by local, state, or federal agents and agencies.
The inappropriate use of a controlled substance is detrimental to Vincennes University's faculty, staff, students, and the public served. The University will attempt to assist a student or employee involved with the inappropriate use of alcohol or a controlled substance in obtaining rehabilitation. However, the ultimate responsibility for overcoming a dependency or inappropriate use of alcohol or of a controlled substance is that of the individual.
Details of the policy are printed and distributed annually in the Student Handbook. Vincennes University has an alcohol abuse program emphasizing education and intervention and meets the requirements of the present drug and alcohol requirement including the Drug Free Schools and Communities Amendments of 1989.
Sexual Assault Information
What services are available to students after a sexual assault on campus?
The VU Counseling Center services are available free of charge to a victim who is a VU student. If desired, staff can accompany the student to or meet the student at the ER for services there. Students may also access Counseling Center services at a later time, and receive assistance such as ongoing counseling, problem-solving, explanation of the criminal and campus judicial process, and referral to other appropriate agencies. Functioning under the auspices of state and federal mental health law, and within the guidelines of the Campus Security Act (aka the Clery Act), counselors are not mandated reporters of sexual assaults and are able to maintain a victim’s confidentiality if desired. To learn more click here.
Stalking and Cyber-Stalking Information
What is stalking?
Stalking occurs when a person who has no legal reason to contact you, continues to bother you after you have said you want to be left alone. This repeated, unwanted contact can make you afraid for your personal safety. This text will help you understand stalking and find ways to protect yourself. To learn more click here.
The University Police Department adheres to the belief that students, faculty and staff all have the right to a crime-free campus. However, becoming more restrictive and controlling flows against the concept of an open environment of an academic institution. A university is a welcoming place for people to experience new ideas, new friends and independence. With current economic trends stagnating departmental budgets, University Police realize a need for partnerships.
U WATCH is such a partnership!
University Watch is synonymous with "campus watch". Campus Watch is an offshoot of the well-known crime prevention program, "Neighborhood Watch," which is found in communities throughout America. U Watch is a team effort with you and University Police working together to prevent crime.
University Watch asks the entire community - students, faculty and staff - to look out for each other's welfare; to be alert to anything that threatens the quality of life on campus; and to report all suspicious activities, emergencies and other concerns to someone who can take action.
University Watch challenges you to be part of the community - not a bystander who refuses to get involved. For more steps to prevent yourself from having reqrets for not getting involved please visit our Bystander Intervention page.
Here is how YOU can help:
Be Aware, On the Lookout For and Report
- A tense situation that is about to blow up.
- Any unusual noise that you can't explain - a person screaming, breaking glass, pounding or gunshot.
- Any emergency, such as an accident, a fire, a critically ill or injured person.
- Anyone being forced into a vehicle.
- Property being carried out of an office or area you know is not occupied.
- Recently broken windows or doors.
- Someone running from a vehicle, building or area while carrying property, computers, furniture, luggage.
- Any form of vandalism, such as spray painting a sign or building; graffiti; removing benches or signs; pulling up or removing plants and shubbery.
- Any abandoned vehicles on campus.
- Someone looking into building windows or windows of parked vehicles, or trying to open them.
- A stranger repeatedly walking or driving past your dormitory or academic building.
- A vehicle driving slowly, and aimlessly, back and forth on a street or in a parking lot.
- Door-to-door solicitors without properly issued local permits or licenses and without authority from Division of Student Affairs.
- Someone loitering around or walking through the buildings, hallways or other campus areas with no clear purpose.
- Overgrown shrubs, tall weeds or trees that could harbor a potential perpetrator of a criminal nature.
- Dim lighting in and around buildings, parking lots, pathways and sidewalks.
REMEMBER - If what you see worries you, the University Police need to know about it. We would rather be called and not needed, than needed and not called.
When you alert the University Police, be prepared to say...
- What happened,
- When and where it happened, and
- Whether anyone is or was injured.
And if appropriate...
Obtain vehicle license plate number and description; direction of travel; description of any suspects; and whether any weapons are or were involved.
NOTE: It would be a good idea to write information and details down on a piece of paper as soon as possible, so it can be related to the responding officers, or to the police dispatcher.
LET'S MAKE IT WORK!
University police officers cannot be in all places at all times. With
the help of involved, caring and alert students, faculty and staff,
a more secure and healthier community will prevail.
Health and Safety Contact Info
Campus Police Other Information Accordion
Annual Security and Fire Safety Report
Vincennes University is committed to assisting all members of the community in providing for their safety and security. In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), and the safety and fire-related requirements of the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Vincennes University Police Department produces an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is an important tool for our students, faculty, and staff to keep current on key university policies and statistics.
This report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety, including topics such as: crime prevention, fire safety, crime reporting procedures for students and staff, disciplinary procedures, and other matters of importance related to security and safety on campus. The report includes information about crime statistics for the three previous calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Vincennes University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. In addition, the report includes the disclosure of certain university fire safety-related policies and procedures, as well as three years of fire statistics in Vincennes University Residential Facilities. We encourage members of the university community to read through this report and use it as a guide for safe practices on and off campus.
Vincennes University generates an email to every enrolled student and perspective student and employee on an annual basis, notifying them that the Vincennes University Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available to be viewed. The email includes a brief summary of the contents of this report and the web address where the report can be found. The report is available online via this direct link: https://www.vinu.edu/documents/10181/45422964/2020+Annual+Security+and+Fire+Safety+Report+-+FINAL+-+SMP+%281%29.pdf/7daf9cc5-ce95-1ca7-5332-e18e489ed74e?t=1609178107865.
You may request a physical printed copy of the report by contacting the Vincennes University Police Department at (812) 888-5555, or by stopping by the Vincennes University Police Department.
2020 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report - Vincennes and Jasper Campus (View Online & Print)
2020 Crime Stats - Vincennes Campus (View Online & Print)
2020 Fire Safety Stats - Vincennes Campus (View Online & Print)
2020 Crime Stats - Jasper Campus (View Online & Print)
Campus Security Authority
Clery Act & Crime Reporting – Guidelines for Campus Security Authorities
Overview of the Clery Act
Jeanne Clery, a Lehigh University freshman, was assaulted and murdered in her dorm room in April of 1986. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, hereafter referred to as the Clery Act, was enacted in the hope that awareness of criminal activity can help to reduce the likelihood of victimization. The Clery Act requirement holds that colleges and universities receiving federal funding must prepare, publish, and distribute campus security policies and crime statistics.
The crime statistics reported in compliance with the Clery Act are obtained from reports to the Vincennes University Police Department, local law enforcement agencies, and "Campus Security Authorities." Reports made to Campus Security Authorities may also provide the basis for the issuance of Timely Warnings or VU-E alert emergency notifications.
Who is a Campus Security Authority?
In addition to the members of the Vincennes University Police Department, the following are considered to be Campus Security Authorities, hereafter referred to as CSAs:
- Individuals with campus security responsibility – for example VU campus safety officer staff and Vincennes University event staff.
- An individual or organization identified in the campus statement of Policies for Reporting Criminal Actions and Emergencies as an individual or organization to which students and employees should report criminal offenses.
- Any official with significant responsibility for student and campus activities. This includes officials who manage or otherwise oversee student and campus activities. For example, staff responsible for campus student housing, a student center, or student activities; a director of athletics or a team coach; faculty advisors to student groups; staff responsible for student discipline, and campus judicial staff.
What are Campus Security Authorities required to do?
CSAs are responsible for reporting all those allegations of crimes specified in the Clery Act that are reported to them and that they were made in good faith to the Vincennes University Police Department. The crimes specified in the Clery Act are:
- Murder/non-negligent manslaughter
- Negligent manslaughter
- Forcible and non-forcible sex offenses
- Aggravated assault
- Motor vehicle theft
If there is evidence that the perpetrator was motivated by bias, then:
- Simple assault
- Larceny (theft)
Must be reported as well (please see the definitions provided below).
Timely submission of reports by CSAs is very important. If a crime is reported to a CSA, but goes no farther than that, VU will be unable to fully meet its obligations under the law.
Moreover, the campus community may lack information that could help them to stay safe.
What Should a Campus Security Authority Avoid Doing?
CSAs are not responsible for determining whether a crime took place. CSAs are also not responsible for attempting to apprehend an alleged perpetrator of a crime. These are matters best left to law enforcement personnel. CSAs should refrain from attempting to convince a victim to contact law enforcement if the victim chooses not to do so. However, they may note that crimes can be reported to the police anonymously.
How do Campus Security Authorities Fulfill Their Responsibilities?
When a crime is reported to a CSA, they should first ask the reporting party if they would like to report the crime to the police. If they would, they should contact the Vincennes University Police Department at (812) 888-5555. The police department is located at 1201 N. Second Street. In the event that an in-progress emergency is being reported, the reporting party should be advised to call 911 immediately. If they are unable to, the CSA may do so on their behalf.
If the reporting party does not want to contact the police about the crime, the CSA should complete a Campus Security Authority Crime Report. Even if the reporting party does wish to contact the police about the crime, the CSA may complete the form for their records (check the appropriate box for the law enforcement agency the crime was/will be reported to). The procedure for completing the form is as follows:
- Ask if they have reported, or are going to report, the crime to the police. Advise them that reporting a crime to the police does not commit them to filing charges. Crimes may be reported anonymously if the victim/reporting party so desires.
- Personal identifying information for the reporting party should be included if available. This will help to avoid double counting crimes. No such personal identifying information will be included in the Clery statistical disclosures.
- If a victim does not want the report to go any further than the CSA, they should be advised that the CSA is required to submit the report for statistical purposes. However, the report can be submitted without identifying the victim.
- It is very important that the location of the crime is reported as precisely as possible. A building name, parking lot number, close address, or cross street should be provided.
- A description of the crime should be given, including as much detail as possible. This is to aid in the determination of exactly what crime occurred. It is important to note any injuries sustained or weapons used. The reporting party should indicate if they feel that the perpetrator committed the crime because of bias; and, if so, what lead them to believe that to be the case.
Check the appropriate boxes on the form. Consult the definitions provided below or above the form as needed. If in doubt, contact the Police Chief at (812) 888-5555 or email@example.com. Liquor, drug, and weapon offenses are reported when an arrest (including a citation) is involved or a referral for university disciplinary action is made. Note the number of people arrested or referred.
- If possible, determine what Clery Act geographical location the crime occurred in. Consult the location definitions provided below as needed. If in doubt, contact the Police Chief at (812) 888-5555 or firstname.lastname@example.org. When the form is completed, please forward it as soon as possible to the Vincennes University Police Department at Safety and Information Building, SIB, Bldg 57. The form may also be submitted by Fax to (812) 888-5144. Some departments may wish to retain a copy for their files. If so, the forms should be retained for at least three years.
Campus Security Authority Training
Vincennes University Police Department has a Powerpoint presentation to help Campus Security Authorities understand the Clery Act, why they have been designated as a CSA, and what is required of them as CSAs. To assist you in better understanding the requirements, definitions and procedures involved with compliance to the Clery Act members of the Vincennes University Police Dept. will meet with CSAs to hold additional training sessions. Please contact the Police Chief at (812) 888-5555 or email@example.com.
You can also download the Clery Act Campus Security Authority Training Presentation
Clery Act Definitions
Campus Security Authority - The following are defined by the Jeanne Clery Act as Campus Security Authorities.
- Campus Police Department
- Individuals with Campus Security Responsibility - Any individuals who have responsibility for campus security but who do not constitute a campus police department or a campus security department, such as an individual who is responsible for monitoring entrance into institutional property. Examples of this category are: parking enforcement staff and event security staff.
- Individuals Designated by the Campus - Any individual or organization specified in an institution's statement of campus security policy as one to which students and employees should report criminal offenses. Examples might include: Student Affairs and Residence Life.
- Officials with Significant Responsibility for Student and Campus Activities - An official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student housing, student discipline, and campus judicial proceedings. If such an official is a pastoral or professional counselor as defined below, the official is not considered a campus security authority when acting in those capacities. Examples of this category might be: Director of Athletics, Team Coaches and Faculty Advisors to student groups.
Murder and Non-negligent Manslaughter -The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.
Negligent Manslaughter - The killing of another person through gross negligence.
Sex Offense Forcible (F) - Any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person's will; or not forcibly or against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent: forcible rape; forcible sodomy; sexual assault with an object; and forcible fondling.
Sex Offense Non Forcible (N) - Unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse: incest; statutory rape.
Robbery - The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.
Aggravated Assault - An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault is usually accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm. It is not necessary for an injury to result when a gun, knife or other weapon is used in the commission of the crime.
Simple Assault - Assaults and attempted assaults where no weapon was used and which did not result in a serious or aggravated injury to the victim. (Currently, this crime category only applies to hate crimes.)
Burglary - The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft. For reporting purposes this definition includes: unlawful entry with intent to commit a larceny or felony; breaking and entering with intent to commit a larceny; housebreaking; safecracking; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.
Motor Vehicle Theft - The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle. (Classify as motor vehicle theft all cases where automobiles are taken by persons not having lawful access even though the vehicles are later abandoned-including joyriding.)
Arson - Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.
Liquor Law Violation -The violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting: the manufacture, sale, transporting, furnishing, possessing of intoxicating liquor; maintaining unlawful drinking places; bootlegging; operating a still, furnishing liquor to a minor or intemperate person; using a vehicle for illegal transportation of liquor; drinking on a train or public conveyance; or any attempts to commit any of the foregoing violations. Note: this list does not include public drunkenness and driving under the influence.
Drug Law Violation -Violations of State and local laws related to the possession, sale, use, growing, manufacturing, and making of illicit drugs.
Weapon Law Violation - The violation of laws or ordinances regulating weapons.
Hate Crimes - Any crime that manifests evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the victim's actual or perceived race; religion; gender; sexual orientation; ethnicity or physical/mental disabilities.
Disciplinary Referrals - incidents in which a student was not arrested but was referred for campus disciplinary action for liquor law violations, drug law violations, and illegal weapons possession.
- Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution's educational purposes, including residence halls; and
- Any building or property that is within or reasonably contiguous to the area identified in paragraph (i) of this definition, that is owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is frequently used by students and supports institutional purposes (such as a food or other retail vendor).
- Any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or
- Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to the institution's educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.
Housing – Residence Halls or other university-owned residences.
Public Property – Public Property is defined as all public property including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. Include the sidewalk across the street from your campus, but do not include public property beyond the sidewalk.
Report a Concern Procedures
Crime Report Procedures
All members of the college community are encouraged to report actual and suspected criminal behavior or other emergencies that occur on campus to the Vincennes University Police Department. On campus, telephone number 5555; dialing from off campus, 888-5555. The report will be fully investigated by the Department.
Vincennes University has always advocated prompt and accurate reporting of all crimes that occur on campus. Every report of a criminal incident is recorded on a University Police Incident Report and assigned a sequential number for that reporting period.
In all cases of criminal activity, the complainant is encouraged and assisted by the University Police Department to report the incident to the proper law enforcement authorities.
Reporting a Suspicious Person on Campus
If you see a suspicious person on campus or believe that a crime has been committed, notify the Vincennes University Police Department immediately. Give full details, such as physical description, clothing, car make, model, license plate number, etc. Your cooperation is essential in a successful investigation, apprehension and recovering of property.
Most of us have been in a situation where we could have intervened in a problematic situation but didn't, then later had regrets and thought "If only I had done something, said something, somehow taken some action." You can take steps to prevent yourself from having those regrets if you follow the Bystander Intervention tips and advice.
It is an unfortunate fact that criminal incidents of all types occur on college campuses. Many campuses around the country investigate and make public the nature of crimes, the quantity of crimes and how they are investigated. Vincennes University subscribes to that approach and further believes that the public should know how active the University Police are in crime prevention and detection.
The possession or use of any type of weapon on University property or in University facilities by students, faculty, staff and/or visitors is strictly forbidden. Only those individuals authorized by the University are permitted to carry weapons.
Request Event Security
Our goal is to provide exceptional security services with professionalism, compassion, and dignity, while dedicated to excellent customer service and a safe and secure campus.
The Vincennes University Police Department provides police and security services for special events such as concerts, dignitary visits, commencement, holiday celebrations, student and department social events, athletics and many other miscellaneous event.
A tremendous amount of personnel hours are used to cover these assignments. Police officers or Campus Safety Officers assigned to work an event are given specific instruction on the management of that event.
To request event security or special services please submit a REQUEST FOR SERVICE form.
The following guidelines are offered when requesting the university police department’s presence at an event.
- Requests for service should be submitted no less than 2 weeks prior to your event date in order to allow for sufficient planning. If your request is made with less than 2 weeks’ notice, there will be no guarantee that an officer(s) will be available for your event. The request for service form can be found below. Please fill out and mail to the university police “Attn. Adam Daugherty.” This request can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A minimum of 24 hours’ notice is required for cancellation of the request for police services.
- You may request a specific number of officers needed for your event, but the University Police Department will be responsible for assessing the proper number of officers needed based on factors such as crowd size, type of event, location, etc.
Traffic and Parking Regulations
These regulations and procedures are adopted by the Vincennes University Board of Trustees pursuant to the authority granted to it by the State of Indiana. All regulations and procedures are equally applicable to the Vincennes University employees and students unless otherwise provided.
Any employee or student who brings a vehicle to campus will be held responsible for obtaining a valid parking permit and for the proper operation of their vehicle. It is the responsibility of each member of the University community to read, understand and abide by the regulations. Ignorance of the regulations is not an acceptable reason for appeal of a violation.
Vincennes University Police Officers or specially designated personnel will issue parking citations for parking and registration violations in accordance with these regulations.
The following regulations shall govern the driving and parking of motor vehicles on the Vincennes University campus at all times of the year unless specifically excepted.
- All employees and students of Vincennes University must obtain and properly display a current Vincennes University parking permit in order to legally park on Vincennes University property. Permits may be purchased online at vupd.thepermitstore.com or at the office of the Vincennes University Police Department.
- Vehicles are restricted to parking in their assigned lots from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. There are no lot restrictions for vehicles with permits between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., and during weekends. EXCEPTION - specially marked spaces.
- Each employee or student of Vincennes University must obtain one parking permit per vehicle. All parking permits are issued by the Vincennes University Police Department. Permits are issued for the school year and expire on the 15th of August each year.
- The transferable parking permit must be properly displayed by affixing the permit inside the lower left hand side of driver side windshield. EXCEPTION: Motorcycles should consult with the Campus Police Department. A vehicle not properly displaying a parking permit while parked on University property will be ticketed and may be booted and/or towed at the owner's expense.
- If a parking permit is lost or stolen, it becomes the responsibility of the employee or student to file a lost or stolen report with the Campus Police immediately. A fee of $30.00 will be assessed for a replacement permit.
- RESIDENTS PERMITS - Any vehicle properly displaying a current red permit must park only in the lots designated for RED PERMITS, ALL PERMITS or on the street. A fee of $30.00 will be assessed for a red permit.
- COMMUTERS PERMITS - Any vehicle properly displaying a current green permit must park only in the lots designated for GREEN PERMITS, ALL PERMITS or on the street. A fee of $30.00 will be assessed for a green permit.
- FACULTY/STAFF PERMITS - Any vehicle properly displaying a current blue permit may park in any lot or on the street. NOTE: Blue permits are to be used by VU employees ONLY. Sons and daughters of employees must obtain a GREEN PERMIT and park in the lot assigned to that permit.
- TEMPORARY PERMITS - A temporary permit may be issued by the Vincennes University Police Department: it shall be valid only for a specified time. A fee of $5.00 will be assessed for a temporary permit not exceeding five (5) days.
- HANDICAP PERMIT - A handicap permit allowing special parking arrangements may be issued by the Vincennes University Police Department to one who is temporarily or permanently handicapped. Prior authorization must be obtained. The handicap permit must be displayed in addition to the regular permit. Parking a motor vehicle which does not display a handicap permit in an area reserved for the handicap is prohibited and will be towed at the owner's expense.
- VISITOR PERMITS - Visitors who wish to park on campus must obtain a visitors permit at the Vincennes University Police Department and park in accordance with the instructions on the permit card. The word "visitor," as used in these regulations, does not include Vincennes University employees or students.
- All Citations issued to a permit will be that permit holder's responsibility regardless of which vehicle the permit is on at the time of the violation unless a lost or stolen report had been completed at the Vincennes University Police Department.
- The driver of a motor vehicle is responsible for finding a legal parking space. Lack of space is not a valid reason for the violation of regulations. A parking permit does not guarantee the holder a parking space, but only the opportunity to park within an assigned area.
- Parking permits must be displayed according to the parking regulations or special instructions provided by the Campus Police at the time of issuance. Always lock your vehicle and remove any valuables!
- Legal parking of motor vehicles on University property is confined to areas designated for that purpose. Parking is prohibited on lawns, brick walkways, in construction areas, or any other place which will mark the landscape of the campus, create a hazard or interfere with the use of University facilities by others. Violators are subject to citation, booting and/or vehicles may be towed.
- Yellow markings are designated as "no parking zones". Parking is not allowed at any loading or service vehicle dock or zone, entrance to buildings, crosswalks or emergency zone. GREEN striping in the lots designate commuter parking, RED striping in the lots designate residence hall parking, BLUE striping in the lots designate faculty and staff parking. NOTE: NOT ALL PARKING SPACES ARE STRIPED TO INDICATE WHO CAN PARK THERE, HOWEVER, ALL PARKING LOTS HAVE SIGNAGE AT THE ENTRANCES TO THE LOTS INDICATING PERMIT REQUIREMENTS
- Motor bikes, motorcycles, and motor scooters are subject to all regulations and must be operated only on streets designated for normal automobile use.
- Bicycles may be registered with the Campus Police. If this is not done, it is recommended that you record the make, model, color and serial number of the bicycle and keep this information in a safe place.
- Certain areas may be closed to parking during specified hours by the University Police Department. Parking in such areas during these hours is prohibited.
- Any accident involving a motor vehicle on University property must be reported to the Campus Police immediately at 888-5555.
- When parking on city streets all vehicles are subject to city and state parking laws which may be enforced by any local law enforcement officer.
- TOWING. Vehicles are subject to being towed away at the operator's expense under any of the following conditions:
- Any vehicle in violation of parking regulations or any which are apparently abandoned may be towed and stored at the owner's expense.
- Parking in a handicap space without a handicap permit.
- Disabled or abandoned for three days or more, and who have not responded to a request by Campus Police to move the vehicle.
- Parking out of area assigned for permit.
- Obstructing vehicular or pedestrian traffic handicapped spaces or wheelchair ramps, interfering with University operational activities, or creating a hazard to persons or equipment.
- Failure to respond to "report to campus police immediately" notice
- Vehicle bearing a permit which has been altered, stolen or a fraudulent permit.
- The owner or operator of a vehicle which has been towed under these regulations will be required to remit in cash, to the towing service, the prevailing towing charges. Vehicles that are towed are removed from campus and will reside in the custody of the towing service firm until the owner or operator pays the required fee.
- FINES AND PAYMENTS
- Fines and collection will be handled through Vincennes University Police Department. Revenues are deposited in the University General Fund.
- A $25.00 fine will be assessed for displaying an altered, stolen, lost or fraudulent permit. No valid permit or failure to display permit - $25.00 fine. Unauthorized parking in a handicap space - boot fee and/or automatic tow and a $50.00 fine. All other parking fines are $15.00 for each occurrence.
- If the motor vehicle displays a permit the fines will be assessed to the employee or student to which the permit was issued.
- If the vehicle does not display a permit, the fines will be assessed to the employee or student who owns the vehicle.
- Any vehicle parked on campus without a permit will be identified through the National Crime Information Center computer system.
- Fines must be paid at the Vincennes University Police Department, located in the Safety and Information Center at the intersection of Second and Center Streets, within ten (10) days.
- Failure of an employee or student to pay a fine when it is due shall be cause for revocation of parking privileges. Revocation shall remain in effect as long as the fine is unpaid.
- University employees and students who receive ten (10) or more parking citations in a school year will have their off street parking privileges revoked.
- Action taken by the Vincennes University Police Department is final and binding unless appealed in accordance with these regulations. Appeals may be made online at vupd.thepermitstore.com.
- All persons appealing a parking citation must file a completed appeal form with the Campus Police within seven days of the citation notice. Failure to file the completed appeal form within the prescribed time period shall constitute a waiver of the right to appeal the citation notice.
- Except in very rare and unusual circumstances, the only proper basis of an appeal is the contention that the cited regulations were not violated.
- Reasons such as "I thought it was no violation," "I did not mean to violate the regulations," "I saw other persons doing the same," " I would have been late for class or work," are not acceptable justifications for an appeal.
VU Approved Driver Form
Vincennes University employees and students may drive Vincennes University vehicles once approved by the University Police Department. Prior to being able to reserve, check-out, and/or operate a vehicle owned by the University, the employee or student must read, understand, and agree to the Vincennes University Vehicle Usage Procedures and submit a completed Approved Driver Form to the University Police Department. The instructions for completeing and submitting the form are on the Approved Driver Form.
Once an employee or student is approved to drive, a vehicle may be requested by following the vehicle reservation process.
All Approved Driver Forms for employees expire every 2 years, from date of approval. Employees will need to submit a NEW Approved Driver Form bi-annually. Faillure to due this will result in the employee being removed from the reservation system.
All Approved Driver Forms for students will expire at the end of every semester. Students will need to submit a NEW Approved Driver Form once the next semester begins, if the need still exists. This will generally need and employee's or supervisor's sign-off.
The Vincennes University Approved Driver Form can be accessed below.