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Taylor University Police Department

The Police Department is dedicated to providing for the protection of persons, property, and civil order on campus by overseeing the functions of law enforcement and security on a 24/7/365 basis.

Located in Boren Campus Center, the Police Department also manages identification cards, campus parking, card access, and lost and found programs for Taylor University. These services are administered during regular office hours.

Emergency Phone (Crime in Progress, Fire, or Medical Emergency),
911 OR via a campus phone dial 9-911

Campus Police (Non-Emergency Purposes or to Report a Crime),
During business hours: 765-998-5395 or via campus phone at x85395
After business hours: 765-998-5555 or via campus phone at x85555

There are free, public-use campus phones in the lobbies and public areas of all campus buildings, where you can dial 9-911 to reach emergency help or x85555 to reach Campus Police.


Chief of Police

Jeff Wallace serves as the chief law enforcement officer and acts as the liaison with all local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. Wallace, a 1989 graduate of Taylor University, has been involved in law enforcement for over 25 years. His experience includes patrol, self-defense/personal safety awareness, emergency/tactical response, criminal investigations, crime scene management, expert testimony, public relations, and certification in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED3).

Deputy Chief of Police

The Deputy Chief of Police serves in Wallace’s absence or by his designation and additionally serves as the training officer for the Taylor University Police Department as a certified state instructor.

Police Officers

There are two full-time and four part-time police officers. Our police officers have full law enforcement authority in the state of Indiana. Their responsibilities include: proactive vehicular and foot patrol; traffic, criminal, and infraction investigations; traffic enforcement; building and special event security; emergency medical assists; and more.


The Taylor University Police Department maintains both direct telephone and two-way radio contact with:

The 911 system is also available as back-up to the Taylor University emergency phone system.

Message from the Chief of Police, Jeff Wallace

All full-time officers in the Police Department are graduates of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and are certified police officers within the state of Indiana. Additional part-time officers also receive extensive training and are graduates of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. This high degree of professionalism and training enables us to focus our energies and resources on providing a safe environment for all members of the Taylor University community.

Our ongoing mission at the Police Department is to provide the best possible service to our community in a professional manner that fully exemplifies Christ through our desire to serve.

If you have any questions or would like to see additional information, please contact me.

I look forward to seeing you on campus!

God Bless,

Jeff Wallace

Chief of Police

  • MA, Higher Education & Student Development, Taylor University
  • BA, Social Work/Sociology, Taylor University
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Report a Criminal Action or Emergency

For a campus emergency or to report a crime in progress, call 911. To file a police report or request other non-emergency services, please call the Campus Police non-emergency line at 765-998-5555. All campus phones in public areas have the emergency number posted on the phone. In the lobbies or public areas of all campus buildings there are on-campus public phones from which the Taylor University Police Department can also be reached by dialing x85555.

The Taylor University Police Department maintains both direct telephone and two-way radio contact with Upland Police Department, Gas City Police Department, Upland Fire Department, Grant County Sheriff’s Department, Grant County Ambulance Service, and the Indiana State Police.

A crime may be reported to any campus security authority or any member of the Taylor University Police Department.

Campus security authorities are:

  • VP and Associate VP for Student Development
  • Directors within the Student Development Organization
  • Campus Pastor
  • Hall Directors

However, for reporting of sexual assaults, members of the Counseling Center staff and faculty and staff of the Campus Ministries Office may not be required to report some crimes to the Chief of Police of the Taylor University Police Department when knowledge of the crime has come to them in the performance of their counseling duties. Information about reporting a sexual assault is listed on this page under the heading “Sexual Assault.”

Making it Safe for Our Students

Access to Campus Facilities

Most campus buildings and facilities are accessible to members of the campus community, and to guests and visitors during normal business hours, Monday through Friday and limited hours on Saturday. Residence Halls are locked or access is monitored by staff present in the lobby.

Maintenance and Security of Campus Facilities

Taylor University is committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment. Periodic surveys are completed by the Taylor University Police Department and the Facilities Department to determine if lighting is adequate. Please report any lighting deficiencies to the Taylor University Police Department at 765-998-5396 or the Director of Facilities Services at 765-998-5224.

Exterior doors on campus buildings are checked and secured each evening by Taylor University Police officers. Any door and security hardware operating deficiencies are reported by the officers to the Maintenance Department. Parking lots and facilities are actively patrolled by Taylor University Police officers every shift.

Security Awareness and Crime Prevention Programs

The philosophy of Taylor University is to prevent crime rather than react to crimes already committed. Through educational programs, alerting students and staff to previous activity, asking for voluntary assistance, and asking each person to be responsible for his/her own security and the security of others, much can be done in the area of prevention. In addition to the prevention programs listed in Sexual Assault Policy below, the following programs and projects are employed by this campus:

  1. Emergency telephones: campus phones located in public areas of every building have the emergency phone number posted on them.
  2. Crime prevention presentations: a number of crime prevention and safety presentations are given annually to staff and students. These usually take place in the residence halls or dining commons.
  3. Students and staff are strongly encouraged to be the “eyes and“ears” of Taylor University Police Department by immediately reporting suspicious activity by calling 765-998-5555 or x85555 (or 911 in an emergency). In addition to crime prevention, the Taylor University Police Department provides the community with timely reports of crimes committed on or off campus considered to be a threat to students or employees through campus bulletins, The Echo (the weekly school newspaper), residence hall directors, and announcements in classes and chapels.

Annual Security Report

Read our annual security report, part of the Student Right-to-Know information.


Student Vehicle Policy

First-time, full-time freshman students who have been out of high school less than one year, or transfer students with less than 12 credit hours, are not permitted to have vehicles on campus until after Thanksgiving break. For students entering Taylor University at Interterm or spring semester, vehicles are not permitted until after Spring Break.

Personal exceptions may be granted for the following reasons:

  • A medical or dental condition that requires frequent appointment with a doctor or health professional
  • Employment off-campus (must provide proof of employment and schedule of hours)
  • Illness of a family member or extenuating circumstances that may require a student to go home on an emergency basis
  • In rare instances, if a student needs the vehicle to get home for Thanksgiving break the student should indicate that there is no other means of transportation available to get home.

To gain permission to use a vehicle for one of the above purposes, students must email a request to Jeff Wallace. Reviews will be done by the Chief of Police. All students must register their vehicles within 72 hours of the vehicle being on campus. 

Parking Registration Fees

2024-2025 school year:

  • $50 for Sophomores/Juniors/Seniors (if registered in the first week of school)
  • $75 for Freshman (and everyone else who registers after the first week of school)

2025-2026 school year:

  • $65 for Sophomores/Juniors/Seniors (if registered in the first week of school)
  • $90 for Freshman (and everyone else who registers after the first week of school)

2026-2027 school year: 

  • $75 for Sophomores/Juniors/Seniors (if registered in the first week of school)
  • $100 for Freshman (and everyone else who registers after the first week of school)

Cycling On and Off Campus

The Taylor University campus is a beautiful setting for bicyclists. The Taylor University Police Department encourages bicyclists to follow the following safety precautions:

Preventing Bicycle Theft
  • Always lock your bicycle when not in use.
  • Record your bicycle make, color and serial numbers.

If your bicycle has been stolen, call the Taylor University Police Department immediately.

Bicycle Safety
  • Always wear an U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approved helmet when riding your bicycle.
  • Keep your bicycle in good operating condition.
  • Follow ALL traffic laws when riding your bicycle, including stopping at stop signs and riding WITH the flow of traffic.
  • Use hand signals for turns and stops.
  • Maximize your visibility by wearing reflective clothing and attaching reflective devices to your bicycle.
  • Always check for oncoming traffic before entering an intersection or merging onto a road.
  • Stay in single file when riding with others.
  • DO NOT assume that motor vehicles will yield the right-of-way to you.
  • Refrain from using phones and other devices that will interfere with your ability to hear or see oncoming traffic.
Helpful Websites
Emergency Preparedness

Active Shooter Safety Training

Taylor is often referred to as a “bubble,” but we can’t pretend that we’re immune from tragedy. Although extremely rare, active shooter situations have occurred on college campuses. These events can be unpredictable, chaotic, and often over before law enforcement arrives. In this short training video, you’ll learn what you can do to protect yourself and others around you in the unlikely event of this happening.

Tornado Disaster Plan

Statistics indicate that the State of Indiana is fifth nationally in the number of tornadoes experienced each year, based on land area percentages. Statistically the State of Indiana is second in the number of casualties per square mile. The highest frequency of tornadoes in Indiana occurs in April with June a close second. Due to these facts plus our own concern for the general welfare of the Taylor community, the following tornado disaster procedures have been developed. It should be noted that public schools and parochial schools that are commissioned have been required to prepare such a plan pursuant to Rule G-3, Section 18, as revised and adopted by the commission on General Education, July 16, 1974. (NOTE: The National Weather Service provides severe weather announcements and updates.)

When Grant County is under a Tornado Warning or a Severe Thunderstorm Warning, the sirens at the Fire Department in Upland (and other surrounding communities) are activated. At Taylor, the campus siren is only activated during a Tornado Warning. Please see this video to learn the differences between the sirens.


Tornado Watch
A tornado watch indicates that weather conditions are such that a tornado could form. Normal activities may be continued, but you should “watch” for tornadoes.

Tornado Warning
A tornado warning indicates that a tornado has actually been sighted and that all persons should seek appropriate shelter.

  • One siren (on top of the Reade Center)
  • One mobile public address system (Campus Police)
  • Emergency lighting installed in the Science Center and the Dining Commons kitchen area and residence halls where none exist
  • Tornado shelter signs

Falling and flying debris causes most injuries and deaths during a tornado. Although there is no completely safe place during a tornado, some locations are much safer than others. Please familiarize yourself with the Taylor University Building Shelter Areas.

Other general shelter guidelines according to the CDC:

  • Go to the basement or an inside room without windows on the lowest floor (bathroom, closet, center hallway).
  • If possible, avoid sheltering in any room with windows.
  • For added protection get under something sturdy (a heavy table or workbench). Cover your body with a blanket, sleeping bag or mattress.
  • Protect your head with anything available.
  • Do not stay in a mobile home.
  • If you are outside or in a mobile home, find a nearby building, preferably with a basement. If you are in a car, do not try to outrun a tornado, but instead find the nearest sturdy building.

No one can know a tornado’s strength before it touches down, so keep up with local weather information, especially when thunderstorms are forecasted. Prepare your home and family for the possibility of a tornado. Moving to a shelter quickly is easier when everyone knows where to go, whether in your home or outdoors. Following these tips will give you the best chance for staying safe.

Emergency Text Alert System

The Emergency Text Alert System is used to immediately notify students and employees of impending life-threatening or life-altering situations. The system, named TU Alert, can send text messages to call phones and email messages to Taylor student and employee accounts. Faculty, Staff and Students, sign up for TUAlert here and click “Contact Login.”

Winter Advisory Reminders and Procedures

Winter Safety Reminder

With the cold weather, comes the snow and ice on the roads, sidewalks, and parking lots. Please use care and caution when walking and driving anywhere on campus and keep in mind the "black ice" that is prevalent this time of year may not be readily visible, but it could still be there. Leave a little earlier than usual to allow yourself more time to get to safely your destination.

Take the time to warm up your vehicle and thoroughly clean off your windows of any snow and ice for proper visibility. It is not only unsafe to operate your vehicle while looking through a small hole scraped in your windshield, but could also constitute a violation of Indiana Motor Vehicle Law regarding a vision obstructions of the windows. This certainly presents a real hazard to you, other motorists, and pedestrian traffic.

If you observe a specific area in need of immediate attention due to slick and hazardous conditions, i.e. driveways, sidewalks, parking lots, or campus roadways, please contact Campus Police immediately, so we can advise Buildings and Grounds of the condition.

Slips and falls happen in the winter, and if you are injured in a slip and fall anywhere on campus property, please report the incident to Campus Police as soon as it is possible to do so.

Lastly, as a reminder during the threat of inclement weather, please tune to one of the following stations for updates and relevant information:

Radio Stations:
TV Stations:

Snow Removal Procedures

If you plan to be away from campus for extended periods of time (three days or longer) during the winter months (December, January, February and March), please park your vehicle in the south Rediger Auditorium parking lot.

If a vehicle is preventing snow plows from clearing any university parking lot or roadway, the Department of Campus Safety will attempt to contact the owner regarding the immediate removal of that vehicle. If the Department of Campus Safety is unable to contact the owner, a wrecker service will be employed to remove the vehicle at the OWNER’S EXPENSE. Towed vehicles will be transported to the soccer field parking area and will remain there until all expenses have been paid by the owner. A Campus Safety officer will remain at the scene until the towing process is complete. Taylor University will not be responsible for accidental damages that might occur during this procedure.

There will be NO OVERNIGHT PARKING (12 midnight until 7 am) allowed during the months of December, January, February and March in the following parking lots: Freimuth Administration Building, Student Union, Reade Memorial Liberal Arts Center, Helena Memorial Hall, Nussbaum Science Center, Zondervan Library, north Rediger Auditorium, Modell Metcalf Visual Arts Center, Randall Environmental Studies Center, the west half of the Hodson Dining Commons lot, and the west half of the Odle Gymnasium lot.

Unless absolutely necessary, please do not drive on campus during periods of snow and ice, so that snow removal can proceed safely and efficiently.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Please contact Campus Police if you should have any questions regarding this or any other campus safety issue.

Preventing Identity Theft

Identity theft occurs when an individual or group of individuals obtain and utilize your personal information (date of birth, social security number, credit card/checking/banking account numbers, etc.) for personal gain.

The frequency of this crime is increasing dramatically, as the Federal Trade Commission reported that there were over 9 million identity theft complaints filed in 2004.

The following is a list of cost-effective precautions that can maximize your level of protection against identity thieves:

  1. Do not put your social security number, driver’s license number, telephone number, or date of birth on your personal checks. In addition, protect this information at all times from “Shoulder Surfers” who look for victims in public locations such as malls, airports, etc. Be especially alert for these thieves at car rental counters, hotels, airport check-in counters, public telephones, etc.
  2. Memorize all personal numbers, passwords, and PIN numbers. If you write them down for future reference, place them in a secure place. Use a fictitious, even absurd, password, rather than passwords that publicly identify you (family name, address, pet name, etc.) as passwords.
  3. Use a cross-cut shredder to dispose of all documents (bills, personal communications, applications for credit cards, outdated credit cards, etc.) that contain personal information, when you are finished with them.
  4. Never provide personal information when responding to telephone solicitations. And remember: If the telephone offer is too good to be true, it’s too good to be true. In other words, it’s a fraud.
  5. Monitor your financial statements regularly and report any discrepancies to your bank/credit card company immediately.
  6. Only use your credit card online when you are absolutely sure that it is a reputable company that uses encryption techniques to provide its consumers security. If you’re not sure about the security of a website, you shouldn’t enter your credit card information.
  7. Do not have your checking account checks delivered to your mailbox because it’s too easy for a thief to drive by your house and take them out of the mailbox before you get home from work. Instead, pick up your checking account checks at the bank.

If you have fallen victim to an identity thief, you should take the following steps immediately:

Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault Prohibited

Any commission of a sex offense prohibited by Indiana or federal law is a violation of Taylor University’s Policy Prohibiting Sexual Harassment and the University’s Life Together Covenant. Any violation of this policy may lead to criminal sanctions or discipline up to and including expulsion or termination as applicable.

Reporting Sexual Assaults

Taylor University encourages all victims of sexual assault to speak up and make a report. Please see the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response page.

Following a sexual assault, the victim’s physical wellbeing is a primary concern because of the risk of sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, and/or physical injuries which may not be apparent. All victims should seek immediate medical attention; however, even if time has passed, it is important to seek medical care.

Victim? Here’s What To Do

If you are a victim of a sexual assault, get to a safe place as soon as you can. Then you should:

  1. Try to preserve all physical evidence. Do not bathe, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing.
  2. Call the 911 to request a Taylor Police Officer or another police agency—even if you are unsure about testifying in court.
  3. Get medical attention as soon as possible. The Taylor University Police Officers or other police will help you with this.
  4. Call a close friend, residence hall director, or other trusted person who can be with you for support.
  5. Report the assault to the Title IX coordinator.

Investigations and Hearing

Investigations and hearings will be conducted according to Title IX procedures. Further information can be found on the Title IX webpage.

Education/Services in the Prevention of Sexual Assault

The Taylor University Police Department offers several educational seminars that are specifically designed to prevent the occurrence of sexual assault. Seminars are offered to student, faculty, and staff groups upon request. Contact the Taylor University Police Department to schedule seminars.

  1. The Taylor University Police Department provides an escort service during hours of darkness for person(s) who may be walking on campus. Call 765-998-5555 or x85555 to request an escort.
  2. Crime prevention materials are made available to students, faculty, and staff upon request. Crime awareness posters are periodically distributed on campus.
  3. The Taylor University Police Department provides the community with timely reports of crimes committed on or off campus considered to be a threat to students or employees through campus bulletins, The Echo (the weekly school newspaper), residence hall directors, and announcements in classes and chapels.

For Further Information

  • Taylor University Police Department: 765-998-5555
  • Emergencies: 911

The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000

Taylor University students, faculty, and staff can view the National Sex Offender Public Registry and the Indiana Sheriff’s Sex Offender Registry online or at the Taylor University Police Department. The Registries are updated on a regular basis by the U.S. Department of Justice and by Sheriff’s departments in Indiana counties where crimes occur.

Contact: Taylor University Police Department 765-998-5555 or x85555 for more information.

To view the security report, check the Student Right to Know section.

Drug and Alcohol Policy and Abuse Education

The Taylor University alcohol and drug abuse program extends far beyond minimum requirements for such programs. Taylor University does not permit the use of alcohol or drugs on or off campus. For this reason the extensive program strives to reach five distinct outcomes:

  1. Training and information which may prevent some students, faculty and staff from abusing drugs and alcohol.
  2. Training for the campus community so that they will more readily identify current problems.
  3. An increase in the level of competency of intervention techniques in a manner that is caring and correct.
  4. Better referrals to appropriate agencies and follow up with needed support.
  5. A campus-based, user-friendly resource center housing specific needed information.

The full description of the Comprehensive Drug and Alcohol Program is available upon request, 765-998-5396.