Student Services & Academic Support
The University of Richmond and the School of Professional and Continuing Studies offer the following services and support for students pursuing degrees in the School.
At Richmond, you will be challenged to excel and reach your full potential. To help you succeed, the University offers a wealth of academic resources to assist you in making the most of your experience.
Academic Skills Center
The Academic Skills Center provides academic support to all students (i.e., undergraduate, graduate, etc.). Operating from a holistic vantage point, the Center incorporates counseling and academic skills (i.e., test preparation, critical reading, note-taking, critical thinking, information processing, concentration, time management, etc.) via techniques that address the academic performance of students and their social adjustment to the University environment. Visit the Academic Skills Center website for details.
Advising and Program Planning
An academic advisor will help you plan a program suited to your needs. You are urged to use this service since information about programs and University regulations is important to your academic success. To make an appointment with an advisor, call the School (804) 289-8133. Visit the Academic Advising page for advising assignments and additional information.
The mission of SPCS Alumni Association (SPCS AA) is to support the School, students, and alumni through the adoption of projects that provide scholarship assistance for our students and will provide service and social opportunities for alumni. We strongly feel that a cooperative partnership between students, faculty, alumni, and staff advances our mission and creates a culture of fellowship and giving that benefits the entire SPCS community. If your contact information has changed, please update your UR Online online alumni profile to ensure you receive information from the association. Visit the SPCS Alumni Association online.
The University Bookstore carries textbooks for all courses scheduled for a given term at the University. A comprehensive selection of reference books and general reading materials is also available. The store offers academically priced software, computer and office supplies, greeting cards, gifts, clothing and health and beauty aids. Services include UPS shipping and faxing. Visit the UR Bookstore online.
The Office of Alumni and Career Services provides all degree-seeking SPCS students with access to free career consultations, events, and resources, including SpiderConnect, UR’s exclusive online database, which gives you access to job and internship opportunity listings. Students may also utilize the Career Services website, which contains comprehensive career resources including resume samples, guidance on various career paths, and interviewing skills. The career resources library is also available on the third floor of Tyler Haynes Commons. Degree-seeking SPCS students and alumni can schedule an appointment with their dedicated career consultant by calling (804) 289-8547. Visit SPCS Career Services online for more information.
University of Richmond Dining Services consists of a wide variety of dining venues, retail stores and catering.
Located across Westhampton Lake from Boatwright Library is the award-winning Heilman Dining Center, providing unlimited food options including many cook-to-order selections with continuous service from breakfast to dinner during the week, and brunch through dinner on the weekend. For weekend early risers the Heilman Dining Center offers an early morning continental breakfast. Off the main lobby in the Dining Center is the fully stocked campus convenience store, ETC. Central to campus in the Tyler Haynes Commons are Tyler's, a quick serve style restaurant; and The Cellar, a late-night pub-style eatery. On the Richmond side of campus in Boatwright Library is Eight-Fifteen at Boatwright, a coffee shop serving specialty coffee beverages, assorted desserts, and pastries. For something with an international flair, try The Passport Café in the Carole Weinstein International Center, or grab a quick sandwich wrap, soup or gourmet cupcake and a hot or cold beverage at Lou’s in Queally Hall. Late night grab-and-go snacks and beverages are available in the Dean’s Den, which is on the lower level of the Whitehurst building. If attending events at University of Richmond Downtown, try the newest venue: Richmond on Broad Café located in the heart of downtown Richmond at 7th and Broad Street.
Hours of Operation and Other Services
When classes are in session, food is available somewhere on campus as early as 7:15 am during the week, 8:00 am on weekends, and every night until 1:00 am. A wide variety of additional services including nutrition counseling, meals to go, and catering services are also available. For a complete list of hours, menus, and services visit the Dining Services website.
SPCS students are eligible to purchase the convenient and flexible Spider Red meal plan which saves over 11% for each purchase at any University Dining Services location including Richmond on Broad Café. Please look for more information on the website under Meal Plans.
The University of Richmond's Dining Services team is committed to providing each and every individual with exemplary service, outstanding quality food prepared with passion, and commitment to excellence. We hope your dining experience with us will be both relaxing and enjoyable.
The University seeks to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws regarding the rights of individuals with disabilities. To facilitate such compliance, the vice president for student development serves as the University's disability coordinator. The University does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission. Therefore, applicants are not required to provide information about their physical condition or disability status prior to admission. Individuals with disabilities are invited to contact the disability coordinator regarding any accommodations they may require in visiting the campus or upon matriculation. The University provides reasonable adjustments or accommodations in its academic programs as necessary for equal opportunity and participation for qualified students with disabilities. Visit the Disability Services website for additional information.
The University Honor Statute governs such behavior as cheating, plagiarism, lying and academic theft, and the SPCS Honor Code also incorporates the Policy Statement on Standards of Conduct, Penalties and Disciplinary Procedures regarding issues of conduct of students and their guests, as well as other individuals.
The determination of whether a policy has been violated and imposition of penalties, when necessary, will be effected according to established procedures, with procedural fairness observed and with appropriate appeal procedures available. Penalties for violations range from reprimand to expulsion from the University and, if appropriate, legal action may be invoked. Review the Honor Code page for details.
Identification Card/One Card Services
Each degree-seeking student will be issued a picture identification card (One Card) upon request. This card verifies that the holder is eligible to receive University library and certain other campus privileges. A campus ID is required for check cashing and access to athletic facilities and serves as your meal card if applicable. Neither the card nor its privileges is transferable. Students must present a form of identification (i.e. driver's license, military ID, passport) when applying for their University of Richmond One Card. New students may upload a photo for their One Card after activating their networking ID (netID).
University students who are eligible for the One Card may sign up for the University's Spidercard Account, a declining-balance program which allows students to access previously deposited funds via their University One Card. The Spidercard Account provides students with the ability to make purchases without carrying cash and can be used at the bookstore, the Student Health Center, at most vending machines and at all campus dining locations. Complete information on the One Card is available on the One Card website.
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 assure that both individual and majority rights are appropriately observed and maintained.
Students who wish to file a complaint or grievance pertaining to University policies, procedures, or conditions may address their complaint in written form. Review the University’s Grievance and Complaint policy for details and contact information.
Society of Human Resource Management
The School of Professional and Continuing Studies has a Student Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management.
Recreation and Wellness
The mission of the Department of Recreation and Wellness is to enhance the lives of its members by providing quality recreational and educational programs in an environment that promotes healthy lifestyles, academic productivity and personal growth.
The Weinstein Center for Recreation and Wellness provides a comprehensive facility that includes a two-level fitness and wellness center, three-court gymnasium with an elevated walking and jogging track, two multipurpose rooms, pool, racquetball and squash courts, as well as locker room and sauna facilities. Participants experience a full range of cardio and strength equipment, in addition to a wellness resource center and computer lab. Also available for recreational use when not scheduled for programs are outdoor playing fields, eight tennis courts, a 400-meter track and cross country trails. The Fitness and Wellness program offers a variety of fitness classes and activities throughout the day. In addition, special screenings, assessments and services are offered to address health and wellness needs. Services often include massage therapy, personal training, cholesterol screenings, blood pressure checks and fitness assessments. The Intramural Sports program offers a wide range of team and individual sports at a variety of skill levels. More than 30 sport clubs provide student leadership opportunities as well as competitive options for students who are not part of the varsity athletic program. The Outdoor Adventure and Recreation (OAR) program offers equipment rental, bike share programs and trips throughout the year, such as whitewater rafting, stand up paddleboarding, skiing, snowboarding and hiking. Participants may also experience the Odyssey Challenge Course, our multi-level ropes course designed to promote confidence, self-esteem, communication and team building. The 18-hole HB Clark signature designed Disc Golf Course at the University of Richmond is open for all to play. Many of our facilities are available to reserve for your events. Fees may apply. Visit our Recreation and Wellness website for more information about our facilities, programs and services, or call Member Services at (804) 289-8361.
The Speech Center serves the University community in the pursuit of excellence in public expression. Designed to support undergraduates and graduates in courses emphasizing speech and oral presentations across the curriculum, the Speech Center welcomes students seeking assistance with extracurricular presentations as well. Individuals and groups are welcome to reserve appointments.
For information, call (804) 289-8814, see the Speech Center website, or visit the Speech Center on the fourth floor of Weinstein Hall.
Student Government Association
The mission of the SPCS SGA is to promote student involvement and make the educational experience as memorable as possible. SGA events include the following:
- Welcoming students at New Student Orientation
- The Peer Program for New Students
- Walking Tour for New Students to our campus
- Monthly Breakfast Forums for academic & career management and networking opportunities
- Sponsoring Trick or Treat for SPCS Families
- Participating in service projects like collecting coats for families in need and collecting items for troops serving in Afghanistan
The SGA encourages students to take advantage of the opportunities to meet their peers and members of the SPCS faculty and staff as well as other members of the greater UR community and support each other in accomplishing academic and personal goals and objectives. Visit the SGA page for more information.
Student Identification Number (UR ID)
In an effort to better protect the privacy of each member of the University of Richmond community, the University has discontinued the use of social security numbers as the primary identification for University records. In summer 2004, the University began using randomly generated ID numbers for each student, employee, faculty member and alumnus.
Each student is assigned a University of Richmond ID number as the primary identification for University records when he/she enters the University. This eight-digit number is sent by mail to new SPCS students and is printed on each student's One Card (unless the student requests it not be printed).
A Social Security Number is still required to be on file with the University to fulfill IRS and federal reporting requirements.
The Writing Center provides individual tutoring in writing for undergraduate and graduate students in any course or academic discipline. For information visit the Writing Center website. SPCS students may also receive help online from the Center’s Professional and Continuing Studies specialist.
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a free University of Richmond service offered exclusively to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate SPCS students, and also to the University's faculty and staff. Papers of all types and disciplines can be sent via e-mail to a professional writing tutor for assistance at any hour of the day or night. Papers are returned by e-mail to your UR account in approximately 48 hours or less with feedback that's designed to help improve your writing. Learn more on the OWL page.