Policies & Privacy

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.

  • Disability Services

    Disability Services

    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.

  • FERPA/Privacy


    Directory Information

    University of Richmond procedures and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prohibit the unauthorized release of confidential information about individual students. However, directory information is not considered to be confidential and may be published or otherwise released. Directory information includes: name; addresses, including permanent, campus, local (off-campus), email, and campus computer network (IP) address; associated telephone numbers; date and place of birth; school or college; major and/or minor fields of study; degree sought; expected date of completion of degree requirements and graduation; degrees conferred; awards and honors (e.g., dean’s list); full- or part-time enrollment status; dates of attendance; previous institutions attended; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; weight and height of members of an athletic team; and photograph. A full list of information considered directory information is available on the Office of the University Registrar’s website at registrar.richmond.edu/ferpa/statement or by contacting the Office of the University Registrar. Students may opt to have their directory information withheld. To exercise this option, the appropriate form must be obtained from the Office of the University Registrar, completed, and returned to that office. Once filed, this form remains in effect until withdrawn by the student in writing to the Office of the University Registrar. For further information, contact the Office of the University Registrar.

    Rights with Respect to Education Records

    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:

    1. Access to Education Records: students have the right to inspect and review their education records within 45 days of the day the University receives a written request for access. Students should submit their request to the Office of the University Registrar and specify the record(s) they wish to inspect. Arrangements will be made for access and the student notified of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

    2. Request for Amendment of Education Records: students have the right to request amendment of their education records if they believe the records are inaccurate. They should write the University Registrar, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate. If the University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the University will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

    3. Disclosure of Education Records: students have the right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

    One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interest. A school official is a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the University has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

    Upon request, the University discloses records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

    4. Right to File a Complaint: Students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University of Richmond to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-4605.

    The University’s complete policy statement can be found on the University Registrar’s website at registrar.richmond.edu/ferpa/statement

    Note: Because of the access afforded by a University ID, this number is not considered directory information and will not be released without a student's consent except in situations as listed above. Students should treat the University ID as confidential-it should be protected and not carelessly shared with others. It will be used for a student's entire time at the University of Richmond, so it should always be treated in a confidential manner.

    Right To Know

    In accordance with the Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act, the University of Richmond makes graduation rates available to all current and incoming students. These figures can be found at at richmond.edu/facts/consumer-info/graduation.html.

  • Honor Statute

    Honor Statute

    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.

  • Sexual Misconduct

    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.

    As a recipient of federal funds, the University of Richmond complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX). Title IX provides: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

    This sexual misconduct policy (“Policy”) also applies to sexual misconduct complaints involving applicants for admission, or students aggrieved by third parties such as contractors or vendors serving the University.

    For cases involving students, either as the victim or the accused, contact:

    • Maura Smith, Title IX Coordinator & Director of Compliance, at (804) 289-8654.
    • Tracy Cassalia, Interim Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Manager of Health Education & Wellness at (804) 289-6484.

    For cases involving faculty or staff as the victim, contact:

    Carl Sorensen, Title IX Coordinator and Associate Vice President of Human Resource at (804) 289-8166.

    Further information about Title IX and sexual discrimination in education is available from the Office of Civil Rights, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC, 20202-1100; (800) 421-3481; OCR@ed.gov. Additional information is located at studentdevelopment.richmond.edu/student-concerns/sexual-misconduct.