Safety, Health and Wellness
A number of resources are available to help ensure your safety. Faculty and staff work hard to make sure that all students take care of themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally.
- Department of Student Health and Wellness
The Department of Student Health and Wellness includes Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Medical Services, the Office of Health Promotion (OHP), and the Student Disability Access Center (SDAC). In addition to providing students with quality, confidential counseling, health care, and disability services, we strive to educate our students and our community on wellbeing and healthy practices through evidence-based outreach and programming.
All appointments with professionals are pre-paid through the comprehensive student fee; therefore, visits with a provider are free. Certain services and equipment do incur a fee, such as injections, crutches, copies of medical records, etc. In addition, Student Health and Wellness houses both a satellite pharmacy and laboratory operated by the UVA Medical Center, and if a student needs a prescription or lab testing, their insurance will be billed by the UVA Medical Center.
Please note that the University requires that every student at UVA have health insurance. For more information on costs and insurance, visit the Student Health insurance page.
- Intramural-Recreational Sports (IM-Rec)
Intramural-Recreational Sports (IM-Rec) offers a variety of programs and opportunities for students at both indoor and outdoor facilities. Use of these facilities is included as part of your tuition and fees. Whether you are interested in club sports, competition through intramural teams, individual workouts, personal training, massage, or group recreation instruction, IM-Rec has what you need to maintain a healthy body and mind. Facilities are available all over Grounds, and with hours that accommodate even the busiest schedules.
- Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC)
UVA’s Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC) promotes student flourishing through classes, activities, and initiatives that combine contemplative learning with systemic changes to education. You can access CSC’s ongoing virtual classes including various types of yoga, mindfulness, and T’ai Chi at their website. All classes are free and open to the public.
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
All students have access to Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Students are encouraged to use CAPS to face challenges, manage stress, or simply to find someone to talk to.
- Student Disability Access Center (SDAC)
The Student Disability Access Center (SDAC) works to ensure that all students can participate fully in UVA programming and opportunities across Grounds. We achieve this goal through the provision of academic accommodations, support services, advocacy, and educational training throughout the University community. Our work is guided in accordance to the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
- Sexual Violence Education & Resources
The Hoos Got Your Back campaign works to create a culture of sexual respect where the UVA community can be free of sexual harm. Resources are focused on building and recognizing healthy relationships and educating students who have questions or concerns about sexual or interpersonal violence. In addition, these offices are available to assist students who have experienced sexual harm:
- Women's Center
The Maxine Platzer Lynn Women's Center provides programs and resources promoting gender equity, including counseling, diversity and advocacy programing, sexual and domestic violence programming, publication of Iris Magazine for young women, and more.
Call 434.242.1122, display your student ID when the distinctly marked SafeRide vehicle arrives, and you will be driven home for free.
- UVA Yellow Cab Service
The Charge-a-Ride Program provides taxi service within the Charlottesville area to UVA students who find themselves in situations with no reliable or safe means of transportation and no money for cab fare. Students can call Yellow Cab (434.295.4131), show a UVA student ID, charge the ride to UVA, and pay via the Student Information System - no questions asked. The Charge-a-Ride Program is not to be used for out-of-town trips.
Call 434.924.8805 with questions about the program or the billing process.
- Dean on Call
The Office of the Dean of Students provides 24-hour crisis management services for University students. To reach the Dean on Call:
Contact the Office of the Dean of Students in Peabody Hall at 434.924.7133 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) On-Grounds residents can contact a Resident Staff member after hours After hours, contact the University Police Department at 434.924.7166 and ask them to refer the issue to the Dean on Call
- Incident Reporting & Response
Just Report It! is a system that offers multiple ways for students to report hate or bias-related incidences they have witnessed or experienced.
- University Police
The University Police Department provides the same level of services offered by a municipal police department, as well as others unique to an academic institution. The department is responsible for the well-being of everyone at the University.
Should you have an emergency, dial 911 to reach the University Police.
- Collegiate Recovery Program/Recovery Housing
Additionally, Housing & Residence Life is partnering with Student Health and Wellness to offer a new housing option in Fall 2022 for students (both undergraduate and graduate) who are in recovery from a substance use disorder. Residents in the Collegiate Recovery Program/recovery housing will engage in a supportive University living and learning community while building lifelong recovery skills.
Located in a house near the Student Health and Wellness building, Recovery Housing will accommodate up to six students in three double-occupancy bedrooms, and offer a full kitchen, living area, and meeting space. Students can lease the house for nine months, with the potential for arranging summer housing accommodations as well.