Training in a Secure and Supportive Environment

Charlottesville is a beautiful small city (population 40,000) nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in central Virginia. It is frequently at the top of popular rankings for the “best places to live.” The presence of the University of Virginia’s vibrant community of students, faculty, and staff is one of the primary reasons that this area thrives.


The safety and well-being of our students is among our highest priorities at the University of Virginia. We are committed to assisting all members of our community in providing for their own safety and security.  Our safety program includes:

  • Office of Emergency Management
  • The UNIVERSITY POLICE DEPARTMENT (UPD), a professional police department that provides the same level of service offered by a municipal police department along with other services unique to an academic institution. UPD participates in a mutual aid agreement with other local departments and a cooperative patrol agreement with the City of Charlottesville.
  • The AMBASSADORS PROGRAM, a service that provides extra eyes and ears on the streets and assistance including walking escorts in neighborhoods frequented by students
  • UNIVERSITY TRANSIT SERVICE (UTS), a bus system that has an annual ridership greater than 3 million
  • SAFERIDE shuttle program during hours when UTS buses are not operating
  • YELLOW CAB CHARGE-A-RIDE PROGRAM available with student ID
  • Educational seminars, bystander training, and self-defense classes
  • More than 500 blue light emergency phones
  • Lighted pathways and ongoing inspection of buildings and the Grounds
  • Security cameras strategically placed around the Grounds
  • Card key system for access to residence halls at all times and other buildings during designated hours
  • UVA ALERTS emergency notification system, sirens and public address system
  • Fire alarm and suppression systems
  • SECURITY AND GENERAL SAFETY COMMITTEE, an advisory group made up of students, faculty, staff, and parents

Federal law requires the University to publish an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes information on crime prevention, fire safety, University Police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, and statistics about crimes that occurred during the previous three years on Grounds or in designated areas near the Grounds as well as in other locations specified by law. The annual report is available at http://cleryact.virginia.edu/report.  You may request a hard copy of the report from the University by writing to clery@virginia.edu.

The CLERY ACT publication contains information about safety measures and statistics about crime in and near our University community. It also describes our efforts to combat alcohol and drug abuse. 

The Notice of NON-DISCRIMINATION & EQUAL OPPORTUNITY describes UVA's policies and initiatives for preventing discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information, in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Governor’s Executive Order Number One (2014), and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Virginia prohibits sexual and gender-based harassment, including sexual assault, and other forms of interpersonal violence.