Most students agree that, aside from some minor vandalism and theft, UR is incredibly safe. One of the biggest deterrents to crime is that the campus police maintain a very visible and active presence 24 hours per day. The weekly crime reports that are published in the school paper usually show a few cases of vandalism or theft of iPods, and the biggest deal of the past few years was when someone’s car was stolen—something very out of the ordinary. The most common incident reports are of theft of University property, like laptops, reported missing from classrooms and labs.
Students never have to fear for their own personal safety. Although the University offers the Safety Shuttle to female students, as well as emergency phones, there is never any need to use these services. In fact, most girls feel comfortable walking around campus at night alone. The campus itself is very well lit, and there are cops everywhere. Students often refer to campus as the “UR Bubble.” It really does seem as though the campus is isolated from the outside world, and it is easy to forget that the city of Richmond is only 15 minutes away, a city which led the nation in homicide percentage per population a few years ago. However, at UR, you are safe.