Emergency phones 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. At night, outdoor phones are lit by a distinctive blue light.
Emergency Phones on Grounds
Outdoor Emergency Phones
Commonly known as "blue light phones" because of their distinctive blue light on top, these outdoor phones are located throughout UVA's grounds and in the surrounding neighborhoods. Phones on grounds connect directly to the UVA Police Department, while off grounds phones connect to the Emergency Communications Center (911). To operate these phones, press the button in the area labeled "EMERGENCY." A dispatcher will answer and assist you. The dispatcher will also instantly have information on the exact location of the phone you activated.
Indoor Emergency Phones
Some buildings on grounds are equipped with emergency phones. Emergency phones are different from courtesy phones (see below) in that they will only dial the police, and you will be connected as soon as you pick up the receiver. They are generally red phones, or outlined in red or another contrasting color.
Emergency Phone Status
Student, faculty, staff, and visitors are encouraged to report any issues they see with any emergency phone on grounds. To report a problem with an emergency phone (blue light or red indoor phone), or to view the current phone status, go here.
The Office of Safety and Emergency Preparedness is responsible for coordinating the emergency phone program. If you have a question regarding the program, please contact our office.