Beginning on June 1, anyone who wishes to receive official UVA Alerts via text may opt in by texting “UVA” to 226787. This shortcode subscription service is available to anyone, anywhere.
UVA Alerts is the comprehensive mass notification system that deploys urgent emergency messages to warn people of a threat on Grounds and provide instructions for what to do. The University of Virginia will test all components of the emergency notification system on Tuesday, June 29, from 10:50 am -11:05 am.
The test will include UVA’s siren and public address system, which reaches across Grounds to neighboring streets.
Before the first flake falls, a team of University officials closely monitors developing weather conditions. Although many of UVA's services are currently delivered remotely and many employees work off-site, the team is working as usual this winter to determine when changes to operations on the Grounds are necessary.
The University provides many resources to empower students to take responsibility for their own safety. From late night transportation; to confidential tools to report crimes, harassment, or intimidation; to training classes in fire safety and self defense, UVA helps students look out for themselves and each other.
The University does not take disciplinary action against students who help others get medical attention for emergencies like alcohol poisoning or drug overdose. For signs of alcohol poisoning and other safety tips read the new student safety guide.
Many students, faculty, staff, and members of the community want to exercise their freedom of expression regarding current events at rallies and demonstrations. Although many of these events are safe, crowds can be targets for violence or create opportunity for violence. The following tips are offered for personal awareness and not to discourage participation.
The University of Virginia has invested in personal protective equipment, purchased from local vendors, to distribute to students, faculty and staff members as the University reopens.
Vice President for Safety and Security and University Police Chief Timothy Longo joined local first reponders and health experts in the Live Town Hall sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Health District on May 8. The panel answered questions related to local COVID-19 cases and investigations, re-opening businesses, and other community questions. The full webinar is available.