Commitment to Safety

A top priority of the Parents Committee

UVA Parents Fund SafetyThe Parents Committee founded a Safety Task Force in 2006 to discuss safety concerns, proactive ways of promoting safety, and to determine how parents could directly contribute to a safer community. The task force met regularly and included University staff, local law enforcement, parents, and students.

In 2008 the University’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer established the Office of Emergency Preparedness with the related Safety & General Security Committee. This office and committee mirrored the work of the task force.  The Parents Committee folded the Safety Task Force in 2012. Two Parents Committee members now serve as parent voices on the University’s Safety & General Security Committee.

The Parents Committee remains a steadfast supporter of student safety and allocates funding to safety initiatives each year.

Significant, tangible impact across Grounds

Over $400,000 has been allocated by the Parents Committee for safety. Projects and initiatives supported include:

  • A University-wide emergency text message system
  • Emergency flat-screen messaging monitors in libraries and the Admission Office
  • Emergency “blue light” phones
  • Global Positioning System (GPS) for the University bus system
  • Cross-Grounds siren/public address system
  • Development of public service announcements to educate the student body about behaviors and the associated consequences
  • Sexual domestic violence services at the UVA Women’s Center
  • Safe Spring Break program and Foxfield Safety Campaign—projects of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT)
  • Off-Grounds Housing Safety booklet
  • Safety whistles with the Safe Ride phone number
  • Office Emergency Preparedness Supplies: flashlights, safety vests, first aid kits, megaphones and walkie talkies for emergency situations.
  • Support of the Sexual Misconduct Awareness Campaign, #HoosGotYourBack video
  • Substance Awareness and Prevention, including the “Molly” Video
  • Support of the Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
  • University Programs Council Late Night Breakfast series
  • Second Year Council’s Fight the Stigma Week

Fourth-Year 5K

This important UVA tradition made it on the list of “115 Things to Do Before You Graduate.” Each year, hundreds of participants come together to demonstrate their commitment to safe and healthy alternatives to drinking in support of the Leslie Baltz Foundation.