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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Grounds is very safe. This has been a very traumatic year, and it is not a good representation of life on Grounds.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Lately the University of Virginia has received a lot of bad coverage over sexual assault. Our leaders, student and faculty, are in the process to help this problem.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe on this campus. There are many blue lights and ways to get home safely.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I don't know anyone who has been sexually assaulted, but the recent Rolling Stone article has brought light to issues. Personally, I don't like how President Sullivan handled the situation, but it seems like there are resources available to support victims on campus. Dean Groves seems more of leader when it comes to safety than the President.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I generally feel safe walking around grounds by myself at night, however, I do get a little nervous if I'm walking by myself and a large group of guys walks by or if I leave grounds by myself.

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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 91 responses

  • 19% Walking alone
  • 16% Criminal activity near campus
  • 14% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 11% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 10% Theft/robberies
  • 8% None
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 22 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 91 responses

  • 36% High quality, very convenient.
  • 26% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 21% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 15% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 91 responses

  • 9% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 73% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 7% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 11% Not very visible.
  • 1% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 91 responses

  • 32% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 49% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 16% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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