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VCU’s Division of Student Affairs joins President Rao, Provost Hackett and the entire VCU community in extending our sincerest condolences to Cody Woodson’s family, friends and all who knew him, during this difficult time.

Cody Woodson, 20, a Computer Science major in the College of Engineering and student from Buckingham, Va., was shot and killed on Monday, April 5th. Starting on April 6, police will increase patrols for the next 30 days in Carver. VCU Police is assigning designated officers to Carver for high visibility and patrol operations seven nights a week.

In addition to these increased patrols, VCU’s year-round safety initiatives will remain available to all students including:

  • RAMSWay, a walking route connecting key locations on the Monroe Park Campus, such as classroom buildings, gyms, libraries, residence halls and parking decks.
  • The LiveSafe Mobile App, where users can send VCU Police information 24/7 about crimes or ongoing incidents.
  • The more than 350 Emergency Reporting Telephone System (ERTS) phones, which provide a direct connection to the VCU Police Emergency Communications Center and identify the location of the call to the dispatcher.
  • The VCU Alert website, which displays information on current VCU’s current status, including inclement weather advisories, university closings, and other operational impacts to VCU and VCU Health. Anyone can sign up to receive text alerts on a cell phone, which will receive notifications about campus emergencies. 

This is a time of great sorrow for the entire VCU community. As we grieve together, please know that VCU Counseling Services resources are available to students who need assistance in dealing with this tragic event. Call 804-828-6200 for counseling services. For those wishing to share their remembrances, the College of Engineering’s home page has been converted into a memorial for Cody, with a special page that is curating all social media tributes using the hashtag #VCURemembersCody.


Charles Klink, PhD

Senior Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Categories Fall 2020 - Spring 2021