The Department of Student Health & Wellness at UVA has confirmed cases of norovirus in our student population. Cases have also been confirmed in other areas of the Commonwealth. Because norovirus is highly contagious, students and employees are encouraged to take protective measures against the illness, and to stay home if sick with norovirus symptoms. The most effective protection is frequent hand-washing with soap and water. Hand sanitizers are not a substitute for washing hands as sanitizers do not remove norovirus particles.
Persons in Charlottesville and Albemarle have a new option for contacting local emergency services – text-to-911. Text-to-911 is designed to help people in three types of emergency situations: when it’s not safe to speak, such as in an active shooter or domestic abuse situation; when a person is deaf or hard of hearing; or when a speech disability or medical condition makes a person unable to speak. People should always call 911 if they can, but text-to-911 when they can’t. This video depicts the use of text-to-911.
Winter has arrived with the potential for ice and snow to impact the University’s operating schedule. Here is what you need to know about how UVA makes inclement weather decisions, and how to stay informed if classes are delayed or cancelled.
The University of Virginia and Charlottesville Fire Department took to the streets in September in the annual neighborhood “Stop and Knock” fire safety campaign. Staff from UVA's Office of Environmental Health and Safety along with Charlottesville's Fire Department and Neighborhood Development Services checked for working smoke alarms and fire safety plans and offered to install a new smoke alarm on the spot. The effort was initiated in 2013 following a fire on Wertland Street that left 13 students homeless. The campaign also targeted the danger of upholstered furniture outdoors.
Having an emergency kit ready with critically needed supplies can help you get through an unexpected need to shelter in place or evacuate quickly. The University recommends that every student pack an emergency kit. If you are a student who hasn't received a red go-bag and would like one, contact our office at (434) 982-0565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow us on Twitter. We will tweet tips and information to help you stay safe, focusing especially on what is occuring on and near the University.
The Student Safety Guide puts safety resources in every student's hands. First year students receive a copy of the guide from their Resident Advisor. From the emergency notification system to the Ambassador program, the Safe Ride van to safety-related student organizations, the guide is a one-stop shop. Students are encouraged to become familiar with the services the University offers to help them stay safe. We are all safer when everyone is working together.
President James Ryan sent a message to the University community about UVA's precautions to ensure safety this weekend, as well as his hope to "come together to mark and past and, just as importantly, to start thinking about the path forward."
With the one-year anniversary of the violence of last August approaching, the University continues to updates its community regarding safety and emergency planning efforts for the weekend and to provide information to enable individuals to make decisions regarding their plans for these days. The city has launched a dedicated website, www.charlottesville.org/resilientcville, with important resources including Frequently Asked Questions.