A silver colored metal and enamel shield shaped device, 1 1/8 (2.86 cm) in height overall blazoned as follows: Cheque Sable and Argent (Silver), an open book Gules, garnished of the second, overall a sword palewise, blade downwards, the pommel extended above the shield, of the second. Attached below, a silver scroll double folded on each side, inscribed ''IUPUI'', in black.
The black and white checky pattern, representative of the Indianapolis Speedway, alludes to the City of Indianapolis, the location of the University. The open book is indicative of knowledge, academic and military science. The sword represents the military and leadership.
The shoulder loop insignia was authorized 10 March 1982.