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Law Student

In light of the recent abduction attempts, we need more police presence on North Grounds. It is very dark and desolate when the sun goes down.

Threat Prevention

Have a UVA student run organization that works in conjunction with the Charlottesville Ambassadors to provide late night threat deterrence around off-grounds student residence areas. Expand the blue light system to include off-grounds student housing areas (Wertland St apartments, 14th St, John St, Virginia Ave, Rugby Rd, Gordon Ave, Grady Ave, etc.). Increase overhead lighting in these areas

Safety in Residential Areas at Night

After multiple Right To Know alerts that have gone out in the last few months regarding break ins and attempted abductions and sexual crimes, I have sensed a heightened fear among students, particularly female students, surrounding getting home safely at night. For example, I walked home on Wertland Street just 30 minutes after the attempted abduction on October 27 and saw absolutely no one around that could have helped in a dangerous situation. This highlights the need for ambassadors or police officers to be spaced out in residential areas beyond just the Corner. Given the large number of students who live around the Wertland, 14th, Rugby, and Gordon areas, it is a necessity to have trained personnel there at late hours of the night to prevent more violent crimes from occurring and to help students feel safe in their living spaces.

Dining Halls on Sundays

The dining halls across campus on Sundays barely have food. They usually only have one station that accumulates a long line. On top of the lack of food, often times utensils and cups will be out and none of the staff is approachable enough to ask for a restock. The UVA meal plan is very expensive and I would expect better service on the weekends, Sunday especially.

Bus System

Have the buses (especially the inner loop) run at nights because getting home for upperclassman is so hard. I understand it is that way to prevent first years to go out but who is really going out at 11:30 at night? I am just trying to go home. Upperclassmen should be considered in addition to 1st years Also, have the bus system run after football games.


Hi there, I am a current student at the law school and have noticed that we do not seem to have the same security benefits at night that may be available to other students on other parts of campus (ex. walking buddies).

At my previous university (University of Florida), we had an app called TapShield with numerous benefits to students that were walking home on or near campus. For instance, you could put a timer in for how long it would normally take you to walk to your car and if it went off before you clicked cancel, a campus police officer would contact you immediately. Another example is where you could have a chat open with an officer while you walked home (like facebook messenger almost) and report any suspicious activity if you felt unsafe. It also used the GPS on your phone for an officer to locate you if you said you were in trouble or did not respond after the timer went off.

I think it would really improve the UVA community if we had a similar app that could increase the security of students.

Thank you,
Sarah Iacomini


Acorns keep falling on me when I walk by Thornton!