Student Policies

The University of Richmond is governed by policy statements that guide individual members in their actions toward each other and toward the larger community. These policy statements support the University's educational mission while seeking to ensure that both individual and group rights are appropriately observed and maintained.

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  • Alcoholic Beverages and Other Drugs

    The legal age for the consumption and possession of beverage alcohol is 21 in the Commonwealth of Virginia; the law governs all sites within the Commonwealth and all persons including temporary visitors from other places. The University supports the laws of the Commonwealth and has policies to educate and regulate its campus constituencies regarding the consumption of alcohol. Similarly, statutes as well as University policies prohibit the possession, distribution, sale, or use of illegal drugs or narcotics, including marijuana and hallucinogens. Moreover, each person is responsible for his or her destructive, obstructive, or otherwise inappropriate behavior, whether under the influence of any substance or not. Persons in violation of the law are subject to prosecution by law enforcement agencies as well as disciplinary proceedings by the University.

    More information about the University’s alcohol and drug policy can be found online at wellness.richmond.edu/common/pdfs/factsheets/alcohol-drug-policy.pdf..

  • Emergency Information
    To report an emergency, call 911 or 289-8911 (cell phone). The non-emergency number is 289-8715

    (Download a PDF of the Emergency Procedures)

    Getting Information

    During an emergency, UR will distribute information to the campus community via:

    • Audio–Tornado siren and PA system
    • Web–This website, alert.richmond.edu
    • Email–Blast email to ’@richmond.edu’ accounts
    • Text/voice messages–UR Alert text messages and/or voice messages to faculty, staff, and students who register a cell or home phone through BannerWeb
    • Campus phones–Telephone messages to campus telephones
    • TV–UR TV channel 16 broadcasts
    • People–Resident assistants and area coordinators
    • Hotline–UR Emergency Hotline: (804) 289-8760 or toll free at (866) 386-0403

    Emergency Terms

    Shelter in Place: Choose an interior room or one with as few doors and windows as possible. Remain there until the danger has passed. Examples: Tornado or other severe weather, nuclear alert, or hazardous materials spill.

    Seek Secure Shelter: Get into a lockable space, like an office or classroom, and remain there. Lock and barricade doors, turn off lights, and turn cell phones to silent or vibrate mode. Get under a desk or other surface to hide. Wait for further instruction from law enforcement. If the threat is in your building and you can safely flee, then do so. Examples: Active shooter or dangerous person immediately threatening the campus.

    Evacuate: Immediately leave the building that you are in, exiting through the nearest and safest exit. If the fire alarm has not been activated, do so. Examples: Fire, smoke.

    Avoid Area, Warn Others: In these types of incidents, the emergency is localized on campus. University officials do not want anyone near the area and want you to alert others of the emergency. Examples: Hazardous materials spill, flooded roads, aircraft accident, bomb threat, civil disturbance, fire, gas leak, or power lines down.

    What to Do

    Tornado

    • Listen for the tornado siren. A single siren blast will sound continuously until the danger has passed.
    • Seek shelter inside a building until notified by University officials that it is safe to leave.
    • Stay away from electrical lines and devices.
    • There is no “all-clear.” The danger has passed when the siren silences.

    Fire

    • Activate the nearest fire alarm and call 289-8911 if possible to report the location and cause of the fire.
    • Everyone must leave immediately when a fire alarm is activated, even if there are no obvious signs of an emergency.
    • Do not use the elevator.
    • Remain calm and assist others in safely getting out.
    • Confine the fire by closing all doors and windows if possible. Follow directions given by emergency personnel and go to the location designated by your building coordinator to await further instructions.
    Earthquake
    • Stay inside the building until the shaking stops. Don’t run downstairs or rush outside while the building is shaking.
    • Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall.
    • A sturdy table or desk can provide cover.
    • Once the building stops shaking, exit the building calmly and check for others in need.
    • Do not use elevators.
    • If outdoors, stay in the open until the shaking stops, avoid any falling debris fields such as buildings, power lines, etc.

    Active Shooter/Dangerous Person

    • Remain calm, do not engage the intruder.
    • A quick and quiet escape is suggested, if it can be done safely.
    • If attempting to escape, keep your hands elevated with open palms visible, especially if encountering law enforcement officers. Follow all instructions officers may give you.
    • If you cannot safely exit the building, seek secure shelter.
    • Close and lock windows, lower blinds, remain out of sight, and turn off lights.
    • Once secured inside, take cover behind concrete walls, thick desks, and filing cabinets that are away from windows and doors.
    • Remain quiet, and turn off cell phone ringers.
    • Only one person from the room should call police at 289-8911 and tell them where you are, where the dangerous person is, and the condition of others with you. Follow their instructions. If you cannot speak, leave the line open so the dispatcher can hear what is going on.
    • Assist others if they are injured.
    • Do not respond to any unfamiliar voice commands until you can be sure they are coming from a police officer.
  • Grievances and Complaints

    Students who wish to file a complaint or grievance pertaining to University policies, procedures, or conditions may address their complaint in written form to the appropriate department head or official who oversees the area of concern. If in doubt as to whom to direct the complaint, the following officials may be contacted:

    Student Life Concerns

    Housing
    Patrick Benner, Office of Undergraduate Student Housing

    Financial policies
    David Hale, Vice President for Business and Finance

    All other concerns
    Steve Bisese, Vice President for Student Development

    Academic Concerns

    School of Arts and Sciences
    Joe Boehman, Dean of Richmond College
    Mia Reinoso Genoni, Interim Dean of Westhampton College

    Robins School of Business
    Joyce van der Laan Smith, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Business Programs
    Rich Boulger, Associate Dean of the Reynolds Graduate School of Business

    Jepson School of Leadership Studies
    Sandra Peart, Dean

    School of Law
    Alex Sklut, Associate Dean for Student Services and Administration

    School of Professional and Continuing Studies
    Ellen Walk, Associate Dean for Administration

  • Harassment & Discrimination
    The University of Richmond prohibits any form of harassment or discrimination against applicants, students, faculty, or staff on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, status as a veteran or any classification protected by local, state, or federal law. . The University prohibits such discrimination or harassment by all students, faculty and staff, and Affiliates of the University.

    For more information, please see the Policy on Preventing and Responding to Discrimination and Harassment Against Students.

  • Hazing
    The purpose of this policy is to ensure that students at the University of Richmond are not subjected to any type of hazing when joining a fraternity, sorority, athletic team or any other University of Richmond sponsored student organization. For more information, please see the Hazing Policy.
  • Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act

    University of Richmond is committed to assisting all members of the university community in providing for their own safety and security. The annual security and fire safety compliance document is available on the University of Richmond website at police.richmond.edu/reporting/index.html.

    If you would like to receive a copy of the security and fire safety report which contains this information, you can stop by the University Police Department at Special Programs Building, #31 UR Drive, University of Richmond, VA 23173 or you can request a copy be mailed to you be calling (804) 289-8722.

    The website and document contain information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, University police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures and other matters of importance related to security on campus. They also contain information about crime statistics for the three previous calendar years concerning reported crime that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by University of Richmond, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

    This information is required by law and is provided by the University of Richmond Police Department.

  • Official University Communications
    The University of Richmond uses email as an official means of communication within the University. Examples include notification of financial aid, tuition bills, academic or disciplinary action, instructor feedback, and correspondence from University offices. Students are required to activate their @richmond.edu email account and to check it regularly. Students are responsible for reading the content of University communications sent to their email account. If students choose to forward their University emails to an external email provider, they are responsible for ensuring that the external email account remains active.
  • Response to Troubled Students

    If immediate assistance is needed because of a threat to someone’s safety, call the police:

    On-campus situations: Call UR Police emergency (804-289-8911); or 911 from any campus phone

    Off-campus situations: Call 911 to access local police responders

    For all other types of mental health or safety concerns, please fill out an Incident Report Form, which will be routed to the appropriate office(s):

    • Undergraduate women: Westhampton College Dean’s Office (804) 289-8468

    • Undergraduate men: Richmond College Dean’s Office (804) 289-8061

    • Law students: Alex Sklut (804) 289-8013

    • MBA students: Richard Coughlan (804) 289-8553

    • School of Professional and Continuing Studies students: John Zinn (804) 287-6378

    • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): (804) 289-8119.
    • AFTER-HOURS: Contact University of Richmond Police: (804) 289-8715 (non-emergency), (804) 289-8911 (emergency).

    Be alert to signs of difficulty:

    • Deterioration in classroom performance or quality/quantity of work
    • Missed assignments
    • Repeated absences from class
    • Disorganized or erratic performance
    • Frequently falls asleep in class
    • Comes to class bleary-eyed, hungover, or smelling of alcohol
    • Continually seeks special provisions (late papers, extensions, postponed examinations); NOT including accommodations granted by a UR Disability Accommodation Notice
    • Essays or creative work which indicate extremes of hopelessness, social isolation, rage, or despair
    • Inappropriate or atypical behavior in class (e.g., hostile glances; highly argumentative; leaving class abruptly)

    General behavioral indicators:

    • Direct statements indicating distress, family problems or other difficulties
    • Unprovoked or excessive anger or hostility
    • Exaggerated personality traits (e.g., more withdrawn or more animated than usual)
    • Excessive dependency
    • Tearfulness
    • Dramatic mood swings
    • Flat affect (i.e., no display of emotion at all)
    • Deterioration in physical appearance, or lack of personal hygiene
    • Impaired speech; disjointed thoughts
    • Social withdrawal
    • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
    • Excessive fatigue
    • Significant changes in weight
    • Marked worries, fears, anxiety
    • Marked restlessness, tension, or agitation

    Safety risk indicators:

    • Hints about not being around in the future, or saying goodbye
    • Any statement, written or oral, which has a sense of finality or a suicidal tone to it
    • Essays or papers which focus on despair, rage, suicide or death
    • Gives away prized possessions
    • Self-injurious or self-destructive behaviors
    • Active substance abuse and/or increase in use of drugs or alcohol
    • High degree of agitation, or impulsivity
    • Any other behavior which seems out of control
    • Has been a victim of bullying by others
    • Enjoys hurting animals
    • History of previous violent acts
    • Frequently starts or participates in fights
    • Extreme hostility toward peers or authority figures
    • Loses temper and self-control easily
    • Becomes easily frustrated and converts frustration into physical violence
    • Access to or preoccupation with weapons
    • Possesses or creates media depicting graphic images of death or violence
    • Statements indicating harmful intentions toward others
    • Detailed plans for committing acts of violence

    Take these signs seriously

    Don’t disregard what you’ve observed. At the very least, convey your observations and concerns to the appropriate dean’s office. The dean’s office usually has the most holistic picture of each student, and is best able to gather information from a variety of sources. The dean’s office can call a student in, express concern and make referrals to appropriate sources of help.

  • Right of Privacy (FERPA)
    Student academic and personnel records are administered under the procedures and requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-380), as amended. This act generally prohibits the unauthorized release of confidential information about individual students; however, directory information usually may be released. For more information, see Confidentiality or contact the Office of the University Registrar, located in the Queally Center.
  • Sex Offender
    In accordance with the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, the Virginia State Police will advise the University of Richmond Police Department if a registered sex offender is employed, carries a vocation, or is a student at the University of Richmond. This information is also available at the Virginia State Police Sex Offender registry.
  • Sexual Misconduct

    As an educational institution, the University of Richmond values a learning community in which all members feel secure, physically and intellectually. Behavior that harms others or threatens campus security challenges the institution’s key mission to "sustain a collaborative learning and research community that supports the personal development of its members and the creation of new knowledge." Sexual misconduct is such behavior and is prohibited at the University of Richmond. Sexual misconduct is a broad range of behavior that includes but is not limited to non-consensual sexual intercourse, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, and stalking.

    Please see the complete policy at policy.richmond.edu/documents/policy-pdfs/Public/Governance/policy_prohibiting_sexual_misconduct.pdf.
  • Standards of Student Conduct

    The University of Richmond considers cultivation of self-discipline and resolution of issues through process of reason to be of primary importance in the educational process and essential to the development of responsible citizens. All members of the University community have a responsibility to comply with local, state, and federal laws and with all published University policies and regulations. In a community of learning, individual or group conduct that is unlawful disrupts or interferes with the educational processes, causes destruction of property, or otherwise infringes upon the rights of others or of the University itself cannot be tolerated.

    The trustees of the University of Richmond have authorized a policy statement on standards of conduct, penalties, and disciplinary procedures to guide the conduct of students and their guests. This statement sets forth those standards of conduct that the University of Richmond deems essential for fulfilling its educational mission. Any person who violates the standards of conduct and regulations of the University of Richmond shall be subject to disciplinary action and, if need be, legal action. Disciplinary action may range from disciplinary warning up to and including suspension or expulsion from the University. Sanctions will be imposed after proper determination has been made in accordance with established disciplinary procedures of the University, with fair procedures observed and with appropriate appeal procedures available, as outlined in the policy statement and any approved revisions thereof.

    A copy of this policy statement and/or any officially approved revisions thereof is readily available in the Student Handbook for each student who matriculates. All members of the University community should familiarize themselves with this policy statement and revisions and with any other official publications, handbooks, or announcements issued on occasion by the University of Richmond or by individual colleges and schools of the University.

  • University Academic Honor Code Statute
    The School of Arts and Sciences, the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, and the Robins School of Business each operate under the University Honor Code Statute. Cheating, plagiarism, lying, academic theft, disclosing honor council information, registration irregularity, and failure to report an Honor Code Statute violation are all considered breaches of the code. Any person who violates these standards shall be subject to disciplinary action ranging from reprimand up to and including expulsion from the University. Guilt or innocence will be determined and sanctions imposed, when necessary, according to established procedures, with procedural fairness observed and with appropriate appeal procedures available. The University Honor Code Statute is available from any dean’s office.
  • University Police
    The University of Richmond Police Department, a nationally accredited police department, is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The University of Richmond Police Department provides 24-hour uniformed response to calls for service, provides routine and directed patrol activities, performs vehicular crash investigation, and investigates criminal offenses. Additionally, all police officers are Red Cross First Responder/CPR-certified. Uniformed security officers also assist with building security and other calls for service as needed. All crimes that occur on campus should be reported to the University Police in person or by calling 911, (804) 289-8911 or (804) 289-8715. More information about the police department, including crime statistics, can be found online at police.richmond.edu.
  • University of Richmond Honor Councils
    The University of Richmond Honor Councils provide information about the Honor System to new students and instructs them as to its meaning and operation. During new student orientation, students are given information about the honor system. Each student is required to pass a test to demonstrate an adequate knowledge of the honor system. The University of Richmond Honor Councils’ policies and procedures are described in greater detail in the University’s Undergraduate Student Handbook and online at studentdevelopment.richmond.edu/student-handbook/honor/guide.pdf.