Presidential Annual Report


Safety and security


VCU’s success as a premier urban, public research university depends on a safe and secure environment for learning, discovery and creative expression.

To that end, several new strategies are being employed to enhance safety and security communications at VCU. They include:

  • Presidential Committee on Safety and Student Wellness, appointed by the president, to develop and execute effective communications that address safety and security issues
  • Safety Action Team, headed by VCU Police Chief John Venuti, which will focus on safety and wellness issues particularly related to safe behaviors, alcohol and drug abuse and interpersonal violence prevention education
  • Student Safety Campaign, a peer-to-peer initiative developed by the Division of University Relations with assistance from mass communications students to promote safe behaviors and information focused on drug and alcohol use and sexual assault prevention
  • Ready Ram Community Preparedness Campaign, a multimedia communications initiative led by VCU’s emergency planner that engages the entire VCU community in emergency preparedness and hazard awareness through social and digital media