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Friday Night Game and General Safety

November 1, 2018
To: 
All Students
From: 
Allen W. Groves, University Dean of Students

Dear Students:

This week’s football game between the No. 22 Cavaliers and the University of Pittsburgh will take place tomorrow night at Scott Stadium, with kickoff at 7:30 p.m. Weeknight games can pose challenges around parking and traffic, so please keep this in mind as you plan activities on Friday.

After 4 p.m. tomorrow, a few bus routes will be altered, and certain roads will be closed or converted to one-way traffic. UTS’s Extended Late Night for Northline and Outer Loop will not be in service on Friday evening. For complete details on parking, UTS service, and road closures, please see the Friday Night Lights website.

Both the night game and the end of Daylight Savings Time this weekend offer the opportunity for me to remind you about general safety. Please think about your own well-being and that of your friends and fellow students:

  • Lock your doors and windows, especially in off-Grounds housing. Don’t prop open security doors in University buildings or hold the door open for unknown people.
  • Think through your daily plans for getting from place to place and to avoid walking alone after dark. The sun will set earlier each day for the rest of the fall term.
  • Walk with a buddy, use well-traveled and lighted pathways, and remain aware of your surroundings.
  • Check the University Transit Services (UTS) bus schedule and download the Transloc OnDemand mobile app or use it online to track buses.
  • Use SafeRide when UTS buses are not in service.
  • Students may call Yellow Cab Charge-a-Ride (434-295-4131) to travel by taxi. If you don’t have money to pay, show your student ID and sign a document to be billed through your student account.
  • The University Police Department offers self-defense classes free of charge. For more information, contact Officer Ben Rexrode with UPD. [link to br7u@virginia.edu]
  • Use crosswalks and press the button to activate flashing lights, making it easier for drivers to spot you and other pedestrians, especially after dark.
  • If you bike, be sure to have a working white headlight and red tail light on your bicycle so that you are visible to drivers in the dark.
  • After you change your clocks, change the batteries in all battery-operated smoke detectors.
  • Report any problems with smoke detectors and locks to property managers. For issues in University housing, submit a maintenance request. Call 434-924-3053 for on-Grounds maintenance emergencies.
  • Review the Student Safety Guide to become familiar with all the resources available to you, including the UVA Ambassadors.
  • Never hesitate to call the police at 911 if you see suspicious or criminal activity.

I wish you a fun and safe weekend. Go Hoos!

With my best regards,
Allen W. Groves
University Dean of Students