Health & Safety

Charlottesville, VA
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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Sexual assault has been a big issue lately, and the university has overlooked it.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: No university is perfect when it comes to safety. University of Virginia has had its share of shifty occurrences ranging from sexual assault to drugs. Walking on grounds (the term used at UVA in place of 'campus') at night is relatively safe but safety precautions, such as walking in groups, is highly recommended.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe on grounds.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: whenever i leave charlottesville, it makes me appreciate just how safe it is here

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There's a lot of activism about ending sexual violence in multiple groups around grounds.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 255th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1247th
    Safest Campuses
  • 1256th
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Haley Bryant
London, UK
Media Studies
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Most students at UVA feel pretty safe. The UVA police and security force is quite a noticeable presence on campus—in addition to the school’s 59 police officers, there is a staff of about 71 security workers, not to mention the greater Charlottesville police task force. Standard campus security services are offered at UVA (blue-light phones, escort services), but the best tools are common sense and simple awareness. If there’s one flaw in the security at UVA, it’s that students sometimes don’t understand the importance of looking out for safety. As one student said, it’s easy to feel “almost too safe,” and get lulled into a false sense of security. On campus and in parts of Charlottesville, life can seem over-insulated at times, and when tragedies happen, it comes as a shock to many.

As with any college, UVA can be unsafe if you’re not looking out for yourself. Sexual assaults have become a bigger problem over the last few years, particularly in off-campus housing areas where it is more difficult for campus police to monitor activity. For the most part, however, you’ll have little to worry about during your time at the University. Students are advised to simply use common sense, not walk home alone late at night, and take steps to protect themselves.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 76
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 2
  • Sex Offenses: 14
  • Vehicle Theft: 8
Security Office
University of Virginia Police Department
2304 Ivy Road
911 (emergencies), (434) 924-7166, (434) 924-8845 (crime prevention)
Safety Services
  • Blue-light phones
  • Escort service: (434) 242-1122
  • Lighted Pathway System (emergency phones, video cameras, and bright overhead lighting)
  • Safety information
  • Self-defense classes
Health Center
Elson Student Health Center
400 Brandon Ave.
(434) 924-5362
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy clinic
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • General medicine
  • Gynecology clinic
  • Health promotion
  • Lab services
  • Learning needs and evaluation center
  • Medical records
  • Pharmacy
  • Referrals
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 82 responses

  • 18% Walking alone
  • 16% Criminal activity near campus
  • 13% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 11% Theft/robberies
  • 11% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 8% None
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 0% Gang violence

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 82 responses

  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 16% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 22% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 27% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 34% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 82 responses

  • 1% We have campus police?
  • 11% Not very visible.
  • 6% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 73% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 9% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 82 responses

  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 17% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 49% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 32% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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