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Safety comes first. That’s why VCU has more than 90 sworn officers and 200 security personnel working around the clock for you.

Campus safety

Thanks to the VCU Police Department and the university’s extensive emergency information systems, the VCU community is accustomed to feeling safe, informed and prepared. Students, staff, faculty and parents receive text messages, emails and desktop alert messages on VCU’s wired and wireless networks. Digital TV monitors display information in major academic buildings and all residence halls, and communications are issued through the VCU Alert website.

VCU campus yellow emergency telephone

VCU Police patrolling on bikes, in cars and on foot provide 24-hour protection. You can access them immediately by using one of the 350 easily identifiable yellow emergency telephones located throughout campus. Emergency phones also connect students to VCU’s RamSafe, which provides escorts if you’re headed home from a late-night class or meeting.

In addition, VCU Police offers safety awareness and crime prevention information and services, as well as a victim/witness program to assist members of the university community on and off campus.

For additional information about VCU Police, as well as some helpful safety tips, please read the Campus on Watch brochure PDF. You can also follow the VCU Police on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date campus safety information.

Security and fire safety report

To the VCU and VCUHS Communities,

As required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), this message serves as notification that an amended version of the 2016 edition of the VCU Police Department’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is now available (originally published on Sept. 30, 2016).

On Nov. 21, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) notified the university of a necessary correction to the 2015 On Campus Burglary statistics for the Monroe Park Campus as reported in the 2016 annual security report. The correction pertains to a single reported incident of the burglary of 12 academic offices in a single academic building, which were initially counted as 12 Clery Act crimes. Per additional DOE guidance, this incident should only have been counted as one Clery Act crime. Accordingly, the university has now completed the necessary correction to the crime statistics described. The originally reported 23 On Campus Burglaries are now correctly reported as 12 On Campus Burglaries - see page 37 of the report.

As a reminder, this report is issued each year in compliance with the federal Clery Act and includes VCU's policies concerning emergency notifications, timely warnings, safety and security.

VCU uses several communication methods to notify students, faculty and staff of certain crimes that occur on or near VCU’s campuses in an effort to enhance safety, promote safe behavior and prevent crimes. These methods, depending on the circumstance, include text messages, email, social media and website posts to www.alert.vcu.edu and police.vcu.edu.

As always, all of us in the VCU community are responsible for keeping our campuses safe. The best way to help is by contacting the VCU Police Department immediately if we see something suspicious. For emergencies call (804) 828-1234. For all other incidents, or questions, call (804) 828-1196. We encourage everyone at VCU to download the LiveSafe mobile app; you can use the app to ask questions or submit tips, photos and videos to police at any time.

Do not hesitate to call me at (804) 828-1210 if you have questions or comments about the 2016 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report or any other safety initiatives at VCU.

Sincerely,

Chief John Venuti, VCU Police

Assistant Vice President for Public Safety

VCU police with students