The University of Virginia strives to maintain a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff, and the general public. The University Police Department is a nationally accredited, full-service department providing all of the services normally provided by local municipal police, plus many services unique to an academic institution. It has jurisdiction by statute over University property and adjacent streets and sidewalks. Through an agreement with the Charlottesville Police Department, the University Police Department has concurrent jurisdiction in the community surrounding the University.
The department also has responsibility for enforcing University rules and regulations and work cooperatively with local, state, and federal law enforcement officials. Crime prevention materials ranging from information on drugs to brochures on the prevention of sexual assault are available from the University Police Department. Also, crime prevention personnel are available on request to provide seminars and programs on all types of crime prevention and personal safety issues. All criminal and suspicious activities should be reported to the police through the Emergency Operations Center by calling 911 (9-911 through University telephones).
The University publishes an annual security and fire safety report as required by the federal government under the Clery Act. This report includes information on crime prevention, fire safety, the law enforcement authority of the University Police Department, and crime reporting policies. It also provides statistics about crimes that occurred during the previous three years on Grounds, in designated areas near Grounds, and in other locations specified by law. The report is available on the University’s Clery Act web site. Hard copies are available by request from the University Policy Department’s headquarters at 2304 Ivy Road (434-924-7166 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
The University prides itself on being a warm and caring community. Membership in this community means looking out for the safety and well-being of our peers. Our goal is to foster an atmosphere of concern for others so that we can encourage persons who appear to be troubled or distressed to seek help.
If faculty members have concerns about the physical or psychological well-being of a student, it is recommended that they contact either the Office of the Dean of Students or Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). During hours when CAPS is closed, professional help is available if needed. After 5:00 p.m. and on weekends, if an emergency should arise that is potentially life threatening, faculty members should contact 911 and appropriate help will be dispatched. If the crisis is non-life threatening but nonetheless requires immediate assistance, faculty members may contact the Student Health after-hours answering service by dialing 972-7004. The CAPS on-call professional will be contacted and he/she will respond by phone within a short period of time.
The Office of Emergency Preparedness develops and communicates the University’s key emergency policies, strategies, plans, and procedures and works closely with departments and offices to design, train, and exercise emergency response plans. The office champions a strong commitment to personal preparedness planning; it educates students, faculty, and staff on mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery strategies. The office assesses the University’s preparedness for natural, epidemic, and terrorist emergencies while working collaboratively with representatives from the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and other local, regional, state, and federal agencies on emergency planning.
Current emergency information at the University can be accessed on the web.
The University provides the Faculty and Employee Assistance Program (FEAP), a free, confidential resource for faculty, staff, and family members to help address a wide variety of personal and work life issues such as stress, depression, substance abuse, financial issues, grief/loss, anxiety, elder care, legal issues, communication issues, domestic violence, relationship issues, and balancing responsibilities at work and home.
FEAP offers consultation, training, critical incident debriefings, workplace interventions, substance abuse education, and mediation services. Contact FEAP at 434-243-2643 or, for after-hour emergencies, call 1-866-950-0159 to page the on-call counselor.