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Safety Reminders

November 2, 2017
Students, Faculty, and Staff in Charlottesville
Patricia M. Lampkin, Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer and Patrick D. Hogan, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

As we prepare for a busy Family Weekend that will include many guests, a home football game, and earlier sunsets with the end of Daylight Savings Time at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning, we write to remind our community about measures that all of us can take to promote personal safety.

  • Lock doors at 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 and consider how you will get from place to place 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 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. Use the Transloc OnDemand mobile app or use it online to request a ride, track vans, and receive text alerts or push notifications when the van is arriving.
    • 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 (UPD) offers self defense classes free of charge to the community. For more information, contact Officer Rexrode with UPD at
  • 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.

The University expanded the UVA Ambassadors program coverage area and increased staffing at the beginning of the fall term. While also taking responsibility for your personal safety by following the recommendations above, don’t hesitate to ask an Ambassador if you need help, whether they are on foot, on a bike, or in a marked vehicle. Trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy or sense that something is wrong, do what you can to get out of the situation or call for assistance. Notify police immediately of any suspicious or criminal activity by calling 911 or picking up a blue light emergency phone on Grounds or in nearby areas.

Take the time to familiarize yourself with the UVA safety resources linked below and to consider the steps that you will take to keep yourself as safe as possible. Thank you for your attention.