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.
A veteran law enforcement official with more than 22 years of service at higher education institutions across the nation, Gloria Graham is the new associate vice president for safety and security at UVA. Formerly assistant vice president for safety and security and deputy chief of police at Northwestern University, AVP Graham will serve as the principle administrator in planning, directing, and managing the comprehensive law enforcement, general security, workforce safety and emergency preparedness services for all components of the University.
An active shooter is intent on killing people in a confined and populated area, usually without a method for selecting victims other than causing the most harm in a short amount of time. Because active shooter situations evolve quickly and usually end within 10-15 minutes, people must know how to act in advance. Get in the habit of being alert to your surroundings and notice potential threats as you move through your day, especially in crowded areas. Wherever you are, identify the two nearest exits. In an active shooter situation, you must quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your life. Seconds count.
Around the world people dream of competing in the Winter Olympics, but how about dreams of surviving a natural disaster? Not so much. Yet, your chances of being caught in a natural disaster outweigh your Olympic prospects hundreds of thousands of times to one!
Winter is here, along with the potential for unexpected weather to impact the University's academic schedule. The University's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Pat Hogan explained UVA’s decision-making process and the criteria involved in any decision to cancel classes in a recent message to the University community.
The University is committed to providing information that will help members of our community take measures to protect their own safety. In a society where technology provides immediate access to information, instant communication has become an expectation for many people. As the primary source of information for students, faculty and staff, the University provides four types of safety communication, each with different criteria.
The Deans Working Group, charged by President Sullivan to review the events related to August 11, has presented its findings and key recommendations to the President. The full report and a timeline of events of August 11 are publicly available. President Sullivan said, "I encourage members of the University community to continue to visit the Working Group’s dedicated website, response.virginia.edu, to share your ideas."
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