College provides a memorable experience for everyone. Together, we can make it a safe one as well.

At Christopher Newport University safety is a top priority. Our campus is a community of honor bound by mutual trust and respect, and we are proud to provide students, faculty, staff and guests a safe place to learn, work and visit.

CNU Police
CNU has a full-time, professionally trained police department, responsible for the safety and welfare of all members of the university community and their guests.

University Police enforces all state laws and university regulations, and prevents, detects and investigates any criminal activity on campus, 24 hours a day. Officers have the same power and authority as other state and municipal police, with jurisdiction over all property owned, leased and controlled by CNU, and the adjacent streets and sidewalks. University Police also maintains a mutual aid agreement with the Newport News Police Department.

Officers are sworn and certified by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. All officers have completed 480 hours of law enforcement training from a state criminal justice training academy and are required to complete 40 hours of in-service training biennially.

Learn more about University Police  |  Learn more about campus security policies

Silent Witness
Silent Witness is an online reporting tool that allows students, faculty and staff to anonymously report crimes to University Police. Submit a Silent Witness report.

Campus Crime Prevention

SAVE - Sexual Assault & Violence Education
Christopher Newport University is a community of trust and respect whose existence depends on strict adherence to standards of conduct set by and for the community. Sexual misconduct is a serious violation and will not be tolerated.  Learn more about SAVE.

Campus Watch Programs

CNUAlert, CNU's comprehensive emergency notification system, includes an on-campus siren, Alertus notification system in each academic building and residence hall, and text and email messaging. Learn more about CNUAlert.

Health Emergencies
University Health & Wellness Services (UHWS) supports the academic and personal success and well-being of students, faculty and staff by fostering awareness, attitudes and behaviors that promote active learning and healthy living. UHWS is a partnership between CNU and Riverside Health System, one of the region’s largest health care systems.

After hours and weekends: Call (757) 594-2000 and request to speak to a Riverside nurse.

Learn more about University Health and Wellness Services  |  Off-campus medical options  |  Campus health care information for parents

Counseling Services
The Office of Counseling Services (OCS) provides a wide array of services to address the personal needs of students and the university community, including individual and group counseling for students; consultation with students, faculty, staff, and parents; outreach programming; and crisis response for the campus community. OCS staff members are dedicated mental health professionals devoted to providing the highest quality counseling services.

Counselors are also available 24 hours a day to respond to psychological emergencies. In the event of an emergency, contact University Police at (757) 594-7777. OCS works in close collaboration with University Police and other offices in emergency situations that require crisis response. Mental health emergency information.

Clery Act
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is the landmark federal law, originally known as the Campus Security Act, requiring colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. CNU's Clery Report