News & Events

Although incidents involving an active attacker on university campuses are rare, the impact on the individuals and communities affected cannot be overstated.

UVA sends various types of emergency alerts and other advisories, all designed to help keep our community safe.
UVA provides multiple services inclusive of all members of our community. 
UPD highlights the work of Security Corporal Nikara Feasey and Police Officer Edward Thompson in the Daily Progress "Salute to Our Community Heroes." 

The University publishes an Annual Fire Safety and Security Report in an effort to foster a safe and informed community.

Members of the UVA Security and General Safety Committee donned warm clothing and reflective vests for the November Fall Night Tour. The group viewed areas that were submitted as possible places to enhance night safety in terms of lighting, landscaping, sidewalks, crosswalks, and signage on Grounds and in University parking lots. The Committee reviewed more than 20 sites suggested by faculty, staff and students.
For all their great convenience, e-scooters present some 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. Dean Groves shows you how to ride at
Following a national search, Carey M. Drayton has been named Director of Safety and Security Systems and Technology. In his new role, Carey will oversee existing systems while engaging with community stakeholders to develop a long-term strategy to align UVA with contemporary standards and best practices in the use of safety and security technology. Carey will oversee a vast array of video, alarm, and emergency communication systems throughout UVA. 
Following a national search, the University of Virginia has named one of its own, Melissa Fielding, to become its first Deputy Chief of Police.

The department recently announced a series of moves aimed to increase community engagement, transparency and the professionalism of its force.

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 support our students in so many ways. Handing out free coffee and cookies to students during exams is a popular tradition.

This page contains messages and content produced by the University of Virginia in preparation for, and related to, the one-year anniversary of the violent demonstrations associated with the “Unite the Right” rally on Aug. 11 and 12, 2017.