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Safety and Security

The University of Virginia strives to maintain a safe and secure environment.

University Police Department
The University Police Department (UPD) is a nationally accredited, full-service department offering all the services of local municipal police, as well as many other services unique to an academic institution. By statute, the department has jurisdiction over University property, adjacent streets, and sidewalks. In addition, through an agreement with the Charlottesville Police, UPD 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. UPD produces a range of crime prevention materials and offers crime prevention personnel to provide seminars and programs by request. Any criminal or suspicious activity should be reported to police by calling 911.

Fire Safety and Security
The University publishes an annual Fire Safety and Security report providing information on crime prevention, fire safety, the law enforcement authority of the University Police Department, and crime reporting policies. The report 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 online at the University’s Clery Act web site. Copies are available by request from the University Police Department’s by phone 434-924-7166 or email.

Office of Safety and Emergency Preparedness
The Office of Safety and Emergency Preparedness (OSEP) helps the institution plan, mitigate, respond, and recover from emergencies, large and small. OSEP develops and communicates the University’s key emergency policies, strategies, procedures, and plans (including the Critical Incident Management Plan). The office champions personal readiness and resiliency and is responsible for preparedness training at UVA. OSEP collaborates with the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and other local, regional, state, and federal agencies on emergency planning.

  • UVA Alerts – SMS and email notifications of critical incidents that pose an imminent to the health or safety of the University community. Registration is required at http://www.virginia.edu/uvaalerts. You may also register for desktop alerts in case of emergency.
  • The emergency email system automatically notifies all current faculty, staff, and students.
  • For desktop notifications, register at https://in.virginia.edu/uvaalerts
  • In classrooms and public spaces, alert notices appear on LED and LCD screens.
  • Alert notices appear on the UVA homepage and the emergency homepage. The emergency homepage also displays the most current official information and instructions on how to respond.
  • The Academic Status Board displays changes to the operating schedule caused by emergent events.

Current emergency information at the University can be accessed at the OSEP website.

Threat Assessment Team
The Threat Assessment Team (TAT) helps preserve the safety and security of the University community in collaboration with other University and community services. It provides consultation in any circumstance in which there is concern that someone poses a danger in any situation that involves students, staff members, visitors, or others in the vicinity of the University community. TAT’s philosophy is to identify concerns in the early stages and to work constructively and collaboratively with all parties before problems escalate into violent outcomes.

Everyone in the University community is encouraged to seek help for themselves or others when there are safety concerns. Employees can contact the human resources office or the University Police. Students may discuss concerns with the Office of the Dean of Students or University Police. If for any reason these channels are not available, members should contact Marge Sidebottom, Chair, Threat Assessment Team, 434-924-8745.

Physical and Psychological Well-being
The University prides itself on being a warm and caring community whose members look out for one another. The University’s goal is to foster an atmosphere of actively encouraging persons who appear to be troubled or distressed to seek help.

Faculty members with concerns about the physical or psychological well-being of a student are advised to contact either Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) or the Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS). If an emergency should arise after 5:00 p.m. or on weekends 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 434-972-7004. The CAPS on-call professional will respond by phone within a short period of time.

The Faculty and Employee Assistance Program (FEAP), a free, confidential resource for faculty, staff, and family members, helps address a wide variety of personal and work life issues. 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.