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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Good initiatives for preventing sexual assault by engaging students

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They provide a service called safe ride which means a lot to me because when I stay late at a friends house, the library, a party, etc getting home can feel scary.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: As I said earlier, I am not at campus yet so I don't really know.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Still feel unsafe walking alone downtown or along Rugby at night.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I generally feel safe on campus, mostly due to the Honor Code. Because of the HC, I have no qualms leaving my backpack, etc. somewhere and then returning after a few minutes. Also, UVA is very consistent and efficient with alerts and notifications, which have been used to warn students away from trouble areas. I would say that some buildings are on the edge of campus (Gooch-Dillard), and they do not necessarily have the same protection as new dorms; for instance, instead of using cards to enter their buildings, Gooch-Dillard residents must use keys. It's simply not as safe, and there was an incident regarding that earlier this year. Overall though, UVA is fairly vigilant with regards to the safety of its students.


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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 111 responses

  • 18% Walking alone
  • 15% Criminal activity near campus
  • 14% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 11% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Theft/robberies
  • 7% None
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 64 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 visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 111 responses

  • 8% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 73% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 8% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 9% Not very visible.
  • 2% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 133 responses

  • 30% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 50% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 17% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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