Date: February 28, 2012
To: All U.Va. Students
From: Patricia M. Lampkin, Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer
Re: Spring Break Safety
With Spring Break starting on Friday, I am writing to remind you about the importance of personal safety, whether you are heading home, traveling elsewhere or staying in Charlottesville:
Three peer education student groups have prepared a presentation on Spring Break safety, which you can view as a PowerPoint or attend in person on Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 7:15 in Minor 125. The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT), the Peer Health Educators, and One-in-Four, an all-male peer sexual assault prevention group, worked together to prepare the presentation as part of Spring Break safety awareness. Through Thursday of this week, representatives of the three groups will be on the Lawn and outside Newcomb and O’Hill Dining Hall, handing out imprinted cups containing safety tips and free samples.
If you are traveling overseas with a program that is not affiliated with the University, give your parents or other contacts complete details on where you will be and how they can reach you. The University, for example, does not maintain lists or details regarding Alternative Spring Break trips since they are not official University programs.
A good resource to check before traveling overseas is the U.S. Department of State’s Students Abroad website. Emergency guidelines, travel advisories and alerts, and country-specific information are all available there.
In addition, the State Department encourages travelers to register through its Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to facilitate communication in the event of an emergency. A Smart Traveler app also is available.
The University continues to restrict student travel to Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua due to increasing concerns about personal safety and security. Read more here.
When you are in unfamiliar surroundings, especially traveling overseas, you are encouraged to adopt a heightened awareness of the potential for drug-facilitated crimes. Individuals intent on committing serious crimes such as sexual assault, robbery and kidnapping use a variety of drugs, often placed into beverages or sometimes food, to induce unconsciousness and amnesia.
Please consider these safety suggestions:
If you need a ride to the Richmond or Dulles airport, seats are still available on the UVAirBus sponsored by Student Council. Both one-way and roundtrip options are available. To learn more and to purchase tickets online, please go to the website.
Patricia M. Lampkin
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