Hoos Ready is a special status student organization that acts as a liaison between the student body and the Office of Safety and Emergency Preparedness, with a goal to enhance safety at UVA. Hoos Ready communicates with the University on safety matters by providing the critical perspective of students. By initiating education and safety projects and working with other health and safety organizations at UVA, Hoos Ready helps increase students awareness of the safest practices for living both on- and off-Grounds.
Hoos Ready focuses on one major issue within the broader context of University safety each month (e.g., housing security, safe "going out" practices, etc.) using social media, tabling around Grounds, and public educational events, such as forums. The group maintains an active, responsive email account where students and others can confidentially share safety concerns.
Hoos Ready’s Top Ten Safety Tips for UVA Students
1- Leaving home? Make sure all your doors and first floor windows are locked.
2- Heading home? Know the blue lights along your route and don’t be afraid to use them in the event of an emergency.
3- Take an Ambassador with you if you’re walking home alone. The Ambassadors are here to help you feel safe, so don’t be afraid to ask for a walk home!
4- Make sure you’re visible at night if you’re on your bike! Check out reflective gear to avoid car accidents.
5- Alcohol safety can save a life. Use PUBS to check for an overdose: Puking while passed out, Unresponsive to touch, Breathing slow, Skin cold or clammy. See the Gordie Center for more helpful tips!
6- “No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something.” Look at Green Dot resources on how to become an active bystander.
7- Speak up and call CAPS if you think you or a friend might be struggling.
8- Use “Just Report It” to report instances of sexual assault, both on- and off-Grounds
9- If you see something, say something. Call 911 if you note shady activity or stalking.
10- Keep up with Hoos Ready for more fun facts about student safety at UVA!