Student Safety


The University places high priority on student safety and welcomes suggestions from students and parents on how to make the Grounds as safe as possible. Given the openness of the University community, students always should pay attention to their surroundings and not hesitate to report activities or people that they find suspicious. What's most important for students to remember: ALWAYS CALL 911 FOR HELP.

University Police

The University Police Department (UPD) is a nationally accredited police department providing the same types of services as a municipal police department, as well as other services unique to an academic institution. The department works closely with administrators, students, faculty, and staff to create and maintain a secure atmosphere. Its statutory arrest jurisdiction includes the property of the University as well as adjacent streets and sidewalks.

In addition, the department participates in a mutual aid agreement with other local departments and in an agreement with the city of Charlottesville, which gives University officers concurrent jurisdiction in much of the city area surrounding the University.

Police officers patrol the Grounds on foot; in cars; and on bicycles, motor scooters, and motorcycles.

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Emergencies: 911 | Non-emergencies: 434.924.7166


Student Safety Checklist

Staying safe is an individual and community responsibility. Some key action steps for new students and parents:

  • Read the Student Safety Guide. Students will receive copies at Orientation.
  • Remember: If in doubt, always call 911.
  • Follow the Safety Reminders listed in the Safety Guide. Take ownership of your own safety and that of your friends and fellow students.
  • Know the options for late-night transportation, including Safe Ride, Charge-a-Ride, and University buses.
  • Sign up for UVA Alerts.
  • Download apps that may be helpful.
  • Enter important phone numbers as contacts in your cellphone.
  • Parents, take time to discuss your expectations around alcohol use.