All of VCU’s safety resources in one place

Don’t be a flea, a rabbit, a camel, a crow or an iguana. Be a ram.

Virginia Commonwealth University is a big school on a bustling, urban campus smack in the middle of downtown Richmond, Va. Let’s just say you’re not exactly in Kansas anymore.

There’s a lot to see, a lot to do and a lot to learn. VCU wants everyone at the university to have a positive — scratch that — fantastic experience. And to do that, you’ll need to take certain steps to make sure you’re safe, healthy and prepared for any emergency that may come your way.

It’s your responsibility, and common sense will take you a long way. But VCU also offers many programs and resources to help you. So many, in fact, that we’re willing to bet you don’t know about some of them. Never fear, we’ve collected them all right here.

Take some time to learn about all the ways VCU can help you be RamSmart.

Sure, we’ve all left something valuable in our car or cut through an alleyway instead of going the long way around. But that’s not being very RamSmart, is it? Nobody asks for a crime to happen to them. But there are concrete things you can do to decrease your chances of becoming a victim. Learn about them here.

Yes, staying healthy means eating right, exercising, getting a flu shot and refraining from doing keg stands, but it also means taking care of your mental and emotional health, and not being afraid to speak up when a friend, roommate or classmate seems to be struggling. The following VCU programs and resources can help you get and stay healthy.

Emergency preparedness. We know what you're thinking. Those monthly siren tests give you a headache. But being prepared for an emergency never hurt anyone. And it could save your life. So take a few minutes to explore these VCU resources.

Numbers to know

VCU phone numbers worth saving in your phone:

  • Nonemergency: (804) 828-1196
  • On-campus emergency: (804) 828-1234
  • Off-campus emergency: 911
  • RamSafe: (804) 828-SAFE (7233)
  • Wellness Resource Center: (804) 828-WELL (9355)