Beginning next Monday, Feb. 2, you will see uniformed ambassadors working in the commercial and residential areas on and around the Corner. The ambassadors program is one of several new measures the University is taking to improve student safety.Ambassadors to work daily in two shifts, evening and night time hours. During the day, the ambassadors will have fixed posts at two locations: 14th Street at University Avenue and Wertland Street at 10th Street. They also will be moving throughout the Corner area on foot and bicycles. At night, ambassadors will be located at two additional fixed posts: Beta Bridge at Rugby Road and 14th Street at Grady Avenue. Please see the map showing the areas that ambassadors will be covering.Ambassadors will be easily identified by uniforms that will include neon green vests for high visibility, reflective stripes, and AMBASSADOR lettering. The primary duty of ambassadors is to approach students and members of the community to offer assistance. They are there to assist you or any community member who asks for help. Ambassadors will be unarmed and will work closely with University Police and Charlottesville Police.
The ambassador program is being managed by University Police through a contract the University has arranged with RMC Events, a Richmond based company.
Please also remember the options available to you for safe transportation:
- UTS Bus Service, including extended late night service on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights
- Safe Ride (434-242-1122)
- Yellow Cab Charge-a-Ride (434-295-4131)
Because ambassadors are unarmed and not sworn police officers, you should continue to call 911 if you or anyone else needs police assistance.I encourage you to use the ambassadors as another important resource in watching out for the safety of yourselves and your friends. Please also follow the active bystander approach to community safety, consistent with our “Hoos Got Your Back” and Green Dot campaigns. Safety requires everyone’s active participation.Sincerely,
Allen W. Groves
University Dean of Students