student safety guide

Safety Starts with You

Take responsibility for your safety and the well-being of others in your community. Become familiar with all the resources UVA makes available by reading the Student Safety Guide.


Cover of the 10 Things to Know presentation

Be Prepared to Act

Knowing what to do in an emergency is critical to your safety. 10 Things to Know in an Emergency is a presentation used for student training.

  • If you discover an emergency situation, call 911.
  • Depending on the situation, evacuate or shelter-in-place. Absent official instructions, use best judgment.
  • For your safest response, refer to the Emergency Procedures Poster. 
  • Make one phone call to let someone know you're okay, but do not use the telephone again unless it is a life-threatening emergency.
  • Protect yourself first. Do not attempt to save property.
  • Assist others, but do not exceed your training or knowledge.
  • Follow instructions from authorities.

Are You Ready?

You can take the following steps now to minimize the impact of an emergency:

  • Get a Kit - Gather personal emergency supplies in a portable container. Include unique items you may need, such as prescription medication.
  • Make a Plan - Plan whom you will contact, what you will do, and where you will meet in different situations.
  • Be Informed - Learn about the potential emergencies that could happen in the UVA community, the appropriate way to respond to them, and where to get up-to-date information.