University of Virginia Dean of Students Allen Groves is known and loved by students for giving high fives around Grounds. Dean Groves also knows that those same hands could help save a life.
Commonly known as "blue light phones," there are more than 475 emergency phones located across Grounds. These phones are intended for emergency use and provide direct contact to the police department. If you feel threatened, in danger, are experiencing an emergency, or otherwise need police or security assistance, press or pick up the nearest emergency phone.
As part of Fire Prevention month, the University helped promote fire safety in the “Stop and Knock” campaign on October 14–15. The campaign targeted students who live in off Grounds rental housing in neighborhoods close to the University, including Venable, Lewis Mountain, and the JPA/Fontaine corridor. The campaign was initiated in 2013 following a fire on Wertland Street ignited by an upholstered sofa on the front porch.
The time of crisis is not the time to plan. Emergencies can happen unexpectedly, and everyone needs to be prepared to act in an emergency. Please TAKE 3 minutes as you begin this semester to consider these three things:
- How you will be notified in an emergency
- Where you would evacuate from class or residence
- Where you would shelter in place in class or residence
While it is impossible to predict every emergency that could occur, the following information offers a general guide to help you plan ahead and understand how the University communicates with students and parents when emergencies and critical incidents occur. The Parent FAQ provides an important overview.
Safety of our people is the highest priority. Knowing what to do in an emergency is critical to your safety:
If you discover an emergency situation, call 911. Remain calm and use common sense.
Depending on the situation, evacuate or shelter in place. To determine your safest response, see the Emergency Procedures Poster.