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E-Scooter Safety

E-scooter parked improperly on sidewalk in front of UVA Rotunda

Along with their great convenience, e-scooters pose new safety risks on Grounds. The University is committed to the safety and well-being of pedestrians, people with disabilities, bicyclists, and other users of the public rights-of-way in and around University Grounds, including the Medical Center. It's important to review the rules of the road for riding and parking on Grounds. Dean Groves shows you how to ride.

Safe and respectful riding

UVA’s official policy


Ariel view of Scott Stadium filled with football fans

UVA Emergency Management (EM) has wrapped up another season of providing spectator safety and security support for all home football games. With the help of a new state-of-the-art event management software platform used for the first time this year, EM helped plan and coordinate the combined efforts of police and public safety departments from the University, Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and the State of Virginia. Due to their crowd size, UVA home games offer a golden opportunity for state and local resources to manage large-scale non-emergency events in real time, while remaining ready to rapidly respond to small or large-scale emergency situations if needed.  Home games attract anywhere from 30,000-50,000 fans to Scott Stadium, making them the single largest gathering of people on Grounds.

Stayin' Alive with New AEDs

A womans hands hold AED pads over a dummy on the floor

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device used to administer an electric shock to the heart and restore its normal rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest. UVA Emergency Management is replacing 225 strategically placed AEDs across Grounds with new ones. Unlike the traditional red-colored cases, the new AEDs cases are colored lime green.

Muki Honored for 56 Dog-Years of Service

UVA students sitting outdoors pet a police dog while an officer holds his leash

Muki, the 10-year-old Belgian Malinois who served as the University Police Department’s explosive-detection canine for eight years, was recognized at a reception in the Rotunda in April. UVA Police Chief Tommye Sutton highlighted Muki’s career in the Department’s K-9 program. Chief Sutton presented Muki and his handler, Officer Audrell Ragland, with a plaque honoring Muki’s career and the years he worked to keep our community safe. Highly trained and using powers beyond the capability of humans, Muki’s job was to sweep athletic and concert venues, such as Scott Stadium and John Paul Jones Arena, by sniffing for explosives.