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Safety, Health, & 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.


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 and 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.

University Student Health

The Elson Student Health Center is a fully accredited health care facility that provides students with quality, confidential healthcare. Student Health services, including general medicine, gynecology, and counseling and psychological services appointments are pre-paid through the comprehensive student fee. Individual visits are free.

Every student at the University is required to have health insurance. There may be costs for associated prescriptions, lab tests, or medical equipment (e.g. crutches), and the Student Health insurance specialist can help you understand how to submit claims for those costs against your insurance as applicable. Visit the student health insurance page to learn more about the health insurance requirements.

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.

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) supports students with disabilities through the provision of academic accommodations, support services, advocacy, and educational training throughout the University community.

Sexual Violence Education & Resources

The Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights , the Office of the Dean of Students, and the Office of Student Health all work together to create resources for students at the University with questions about sexual or domestic violence, such as Hoos Got Your Back.

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.


A partnership between Student Council and UVA Parking & Transportation, SafeRide is available after midnight for students who need to get safely from one location on Grounds to another.

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.