Policies & Resources

General Policies

Computer Policies

Law School Computer Program

The University of Richmond initiated a laptop requirement program in 1994 to provide students with the technological expertise necessary to practice law in today's society. The law school was the first law school in the United States to require all entering students to own a laptop as a condition of enrollment. By choosing the University of Richmond as the place to study law, students use computers just like they are used by lawyers in the practice of law, as a personal, portable tool to gather, organize, produce, and store the kind of information that is the lifeblood of the modern legal practitioner.

Students entering law school at the University of Richmond must own a laptop, either Windows-based or Mac, with software that fully complies with the technical specifications and requirements necessary to connect effectively with the University network. Students who indicate plans to enter the University of Richmond Law School receive detailed information about satisfying the laptop requirement prior to enrollment.

Students use laptops at the University of Richmond in the classroom and in the in the classroom, in clinics and trials, in the library, and in student informal spaces, such as the DownUnder. Wireless access to the Internet and the University network is available throughout the law school building, including the classrooms and the library, and some classrooms also include wired access. Students use laptop computers for Westlaw, LexisNexis, Bloomberg Law, and Fastcase access, email, discussions with professors and fellow classmates, and searching the Internet, as well as many other uses. Students also can access the law school network from home.

The library staff provides extensive training about connectivity and other computer issues. Computer professionals offer beginning and review sessions about word processing, email, Internet searching, and other topics throughout the year for students and faculty.

Computing Facilities

The University of Richmond has a strong commitment to prepare students to work in technology- and information-centered environments. The University provides computers, software, and specialized equipment for student use in labs, public areas, classrooms, and residence hall lounges. All students in the residence halls have their own wired network connections, and the entire campus is blanketed with a high-speed wireless network that provides students, faculty, staff, and guests with secure access to a wealth of resources.

The University maintains a robust network infrastructure. A wireless network supports mobile computing in every building on campus, and provides coverage in most outdoor locations and public gathering spaces. Information Services maintains University-owned systems loaded with up-to-date versions of the latest software tools and anti-virus software. All users must have an active University computer account to log into any lab machine. To help ensure the security of the University systems and network, the University requires all users to change passwords regularly in order to maintain an active account.  Policies regarding the use of technology and information resources are posted on the Information Services Policies website.

The ground floor of Jepson Hall houses many computing resources, including a general purpose computer lab; five PC classrooms with full multimedia capabilities; and two computer classrooms running Windows, Linux, and Unix designated for use by the math and computer science department. When classes are not in session, the Jepson Hall computer classrooms are open for student use. Jepson Hall is also the location of the Computer Help Desk, a resource that provides assistance with computing-related issues for the entire campus. A listing of the current hours of operation for all of these resources may be found on the Information Services website.

The Center for Technology Learning Center (CTLC) is a unique resource located on the third floor of Boatwright Memorial Library. It is devoted to servicing the multimedia needs of students, faculty, and staff. This area offers PC and Mac workstations equipped with high-end Web development, multimedia, animation, 3-D modeling, and audio-video recording and editing software. Scanners, high quality printers, large-format plotters, digitizers, and digital video and still cameras also are available. In addition, the CTLC contains a photography studio and a small recording studio. The CTLC also supports media production in the Media Resource Center on the second floor of Boatwright Library. Most importantly, the CTLC is staffed by professionals and well-trained student assistants are available to assist students, faculty and staff. Students not only have access to the hardware and software, but also to experts who can help them effectively use the specialized tools.

Technology training for students, faculty, and staff is available in a variety of formats, including books and CDs available in the CTLC and searchable through the Library catalog; online video tutorials; technology training classes offered throughout the school year; and one-on-one training sessions available through appointments at the CTLC. CTLC hours of operation and current technology training classes may be found on the Information Services website.

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
Carolyn Bigler, 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
Jim Monks, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Business Programs
Richard Coughlan, Senior Associate Dean and Director 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

Inclement Weather Policy

In case of inclement weather, the law school generally follows the lead of the University. University closings will be announced on the University Emergency Hotline, (804) 289-8760, and on following stations:

TV Stations

  • WCVE/WCVW – (PBS)
  • WRIC – (ABC)
  • WTVR – (CBS)
  • WWBT – (NBC)

Radio Stations

  • WCVE – FM 88.9
  • WRVA – AM 1140
  • WRVQ – FM 94.5

If the University is NOT closed in the inclement weather, individual professors may still decide to cancel certain classes if weather conditions make it unsafe or unrealistic for a faculty member to make it to school. In that event, the faculty member will take steps to notify students about the class cancellation.

Students should always exercise their best personal judgment with regard to road conditions and other safety concerns.

Student Complaints (ABA Standard 512)

Student Complaints

The faculty and administration of the School of Law are continually searching for ways to improve the delivery of legal education.  As such, the faculty and administration are receptive to student suggestions and concerns.   In an effort to provide a vehicle for this valuable information, the following procedure has been instituted.

Any student at the School of Law who wishes to bring a complaint to the Administration of the School of Law about a significant program that directly implicates the School’s program of legal education and its compliance with the ABA Standards (https://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/standards.html) should take the following steps:

  1. The student complaint should be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
  2. The writing should describe in detail the behavior, program, or process complained of, and demonstrate how it implicates the School’s program of legal education and the School’s compliance with a particular identified ABA Standard.
  3. The writing must provide both the name of the student submitting the complaint, the student’s University of Richmond email address and a street address for further communication about the complaint.

Procedures for Addressing Complaints

  • The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs should acknowledge the complaint within three business days of receipt of the written complaint.  Acknowledgment may be made by email, U.S. Mail, or by personal delivery.
  • Within two weeks of acknowledgment of the complaint, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or his designee shall either meet with the complaining student or respond to the substance of the complaint in writing.  The student should either receive a substantive response to the complaint or information about what steps are being taken by the School to address the complaint or further investigate the complaint.
  • Appeals may be taken to the Dean of the Law School.  Any decision made on appeal by the Dean shall be final.
  • A copy of the complaint and a summary of the process and resolution of the complaint shall be kept in the Office of the Dean of the School of Law for a period of eight years.

Student Conduct Policies

Alcohol and Drug Policy

The legal age for the consumption and possession of alcohol is 21 in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Each member of the University community is encouraged to make risk-aware choices regarding the consumption of alcohol or the use of other psychoactive drugs. Members of the campus community who choose to use such drugs are expected to consider the risks of harm to self, others, and the community-at-large. To mitigate the harmful behavior associated with such drugs, the University has established policies to eliminate the use of illicit drugs and to limit the consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus. It is our individual responsibility to understand and abide by the regulations as defined by the University, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the federal government governing the use and distribution of alcohol and other drugs. These regulations apply to all members of the University community and its guests and visitors. Persons who infringe upon the rights of others, break the law, conduct themselves in a disorderly manner, or damage University property are accountable for their actions. Such persons are subject to University disciplinary sanctions (up to and including removal from this community) and/or criminal action. Such harmful behavior is absolutely at variance with the mission of the University. Because the University of Richmond strives to achieve a healthy living and learning environment, the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on the University's property, or as a part of its activities, is prohibited.

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

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.
Honor Code
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: Kris Henderson (804) 289-8186

  • 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.

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. Additionally, the University prohibits retaliation against anyone who reports or witnesses an incident of possible sexual misconduct.

Please see the complete policy at policy.richmond.edu/documents/policy-pdfs/Public/Governance/policy_prohibiting_sexual_misconduct.pdf.

Standards of Student Conduct