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Personal Safety

Emergency preparedness isn't only about big events like tornadoes, hurricanes or wildfires. Everyone in our community can take steps to avoid personal incidents such as accidents, injuries and crimes.

You can help yourself and others by being alert to your surroundings and actions of other people. Always call 911 for help if your safety is threatened.

Your vigilant attention to what's going on around you enhances the security and safety of Grounds, while preserving its openness and accessibility. Consider these tips:

Residence Hall Safety

  • Never allow strangers to follow you into the building. If strangers are observed in the residence hall, notify University Police immediately.
  • Never prop open outer doors or leave room doors open.
  • Secure doors and windows prior to leaving.
  • Call 911 if you see someone in the building who does not belong.

Grounds Safety

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Avoid isolated areas.
  • Avoid walking alone at night. Use the Safe Ride service or walk with friends.
  • Use the lighted pathway system.
  • Tell a friend where you are going and when you will return.
  • Notify police immediately of suspicious or criminal activity.

If You Must WalkAlone...

  • Stay alert. Keep your mind on your surroundings.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a situation, find a secure area in a building and call for help.
  • Use the Blue Light Phones located throughout the Grounds.
  • Know the Grounds. Find out what buildings are open late where you can summon help if needed.
  • Vary your route and schedule.
  • Avoid walking or jogging at night, but if you can't, wear reflective clothing.
  • Headphones impair your ability to notice surroundings. Use them only when you feel secure.

If you have questions about safety at the University,please contact the U.Va. PoliceDepartment's Crime Prevention Unit or contact Officer Becky Campbell at434-924-8845 or