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May 5, 帝豪棋牌: Contingency Planning for the 帝豪棋牌–21 Academic Year


Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

We hope you are faring well. Thank you for all your efforts teaching and supporting our students, operations, and each other in circumstances that have so profoundly affected our work, our families and friends, and our lives. This was an enormous task: we did it by working together and with our formidable Spiders who resolutely continued their studies from across the country and world. On May 9 we will post a virtual celebration of the Class of 帝豪棋牌, stalwart leaders in UR resiliency. We deeply appreciate all you have done to make the completion of the semester possible and to continue to successfully and safely operate the University during this extraordinary time.

We all yearn for some semblance of ordinary life. As a University that means looking ahead to the beginning of fall term, to the return of our students, to the renewal of the residential education and meaningful relationships that make UR special. With health and safety our foremost concern, we are intent on having students in residence in the fall, as President Crutcher noted in his April 29 letter to the University community. We will also be ready to offer a full year of credit to our students, no matter what the circumstances. 

Given the current uncertainty around conditions at the end of summer, it is important to plan for multiple possibilities. Our ability to assess the best path forward and then successfully navigate it will be critical to the education we provide next year and to the well-being of our University community. We want to outline briefly the planning process ahead, one that will depend on each of us and our collective efforts. 

Three Scenarios

Three potential operating scenarios provide the structure for our planning. We are intently focused on some version of a full residential semester, though it may not be “normal” as we anticipate some level of COVID-19 threat will remain. We are preparing to mitigate that risk with a variety of tactics and tools and allow for modified start and end dates to fall semester as needed. 

The second scenario is full remote learning with no students in residence. We would make the choice of remote instruction only if we must. If we have to go with this option, we will prepare to do it well, with the personal attention, services, and support for social interaction that are hallmarks of a cation.

The third scenario involves a hybrid of reduced student residency mixed with remote learning, or a full year of academic credit offered over twelve months versus the typical nine. In both cases, a hybrid option might be desirable should circumstances require fewer students on campus than a full residential approach.

Organization

To explore these scenarios, we have established working groups that will examine the challenges before us along with the possible strategies and approaches to address them successfully. Collectively seventy-five faculty and staff have been asked to participate in particular groups based on the different areas of expertise needed in this complex and expansive planning work. Each group has a specific charge and a steering group will coordinate and integrate their work as needed. The list of the Contingency Planning working groups and their charges can be found here (accessible to faculty and staff; login required).

What Can You Do?

We recognize we are asking much of our community during an extraordinarily difficult time. As we move toward the usually anticipated summer, our individual and collective work, as well as our lives, will continue to look different than ever before. This is hard and will continue to be hard. Through collaboration, communication, and self and community care, we can succeed and ultimately strengthen our campus community.

We are grateful to the individuals in the Contingency Planning working groups for taking on this intense and complicated work in a short timeframe. These groups cannot do the planning and implementation work alone: it will take input, flexibility, and resolve from us all. The stakes for the quality of our education, our ability to serve our students, and the standing of the University are significant. Our success will hinge on our ability to work together to develop and support the best version of Richmond’s exceptional education in the coming year. 

We are also appreciative for the willingness of so many who have sent ideas and offered to help address the unfolding challenges we face. This is critical because each of us has work to do if we are going to succeed — whether it is redesigning a course that might be residential or remote (or both at the same time), preparing how our responsibilities or unit might respond to any of the three scenarios, or communicating with others about how best to partner in this dynamic environment. 

Please do reach out to the appropriate chairs of the working groups with any suggestions or materials you want to share with them. You can also submit ideas and materials on the Contingency Planning website here (accessible to faculty and staff; login required).

Timeline and Communications

Our planning will be informed by governmental and public health guidelines and by the latest knowledge on how we can prevent, treat, and manage COVID-19. By early June we aim to finish an analysis of the scenarios and develop a plan of specific options for how we approach next academic year. We envision a more definitive public announcement regarding the 帝豪棋牌–21 Academic Year at Richmond in July.

The pace of work will be fast but we intend to communicate relevant updates. Groups will be reaching out to different University members and units for information and input on their efforts. We will be meeting virtually with various stakeholders along the way at gatherings such as the University Faculty Meeting, Spiders in the Know, and special forums that may be desirable at particular points.

Thank you again for all your efforts to date and for all the work that is ahead. The University of Richmond is known for a life-changing education and experience. Together we will ensure that standard for next year and the many years that follow.


Take good care,

David Hale
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Jeffrey Legro
Executive Vice President and Provost


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April 29, 帝豪棋牌: Planning for the 帝豪棋牌-21 Academic Year


Dear University of Richmond Community,

As I write, our students are taking their final exams at the end of an unprecedented spring semester, while the University is engaged in planning for the 帝豪棋牌–21 academic year. The educational aspirations of our student body, along with the health and safety of students, staff, and faculty, remain the University’s highest priorities. Guided by these priorities, we are intent on returning to a residential education this fall. Our commitment to support vigorously the University’s academic mission by providing a high-quality, personalized educational experience for our students is unwavering.

The seriousness and fluidity of the global and national health crisis reminds us that our plans remain subject to change and that guidelines from government and public health agencies will be essential factors in our planning. Likewise, progress on testing, health monitoring, treatments, vaccines, and strategies that mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will be critically important.

The University’s planning efforts at this point are both purposely expansive and squarely aimed at ensuring that our students will be able to earn a full year of academic credit. We are also committed to sustaining as many of the personal and residential hallmarks of a UR education as possible. Specifically:

  • We intend to complete a full academic year of on-campus instruction beginning in fall 帝豪棋牌. This may require adjustments to our operations and academic calendar.
  • To ensure safety and continuity, we are developing a multi-pronged approach to enhance our community’s capacity and resilience to manage COVID-19 challenges.
  • In order to align with government and public health guidance and/or mandates, we are working through scenarios that allow for flexibility and adjustments to teaching and campus life as needed.
  • Only if necessary will we consider remote learning. If we must pivot to this scenario, we will provide high-quality remote learning and the developmental, social, and career supports that help our students to grow and thrive at UR and beyond.

We recognize that students, families, staff, and faculty need timely information to make plans. So please know we will communicate regularly about University decisions impacting our students and academic mission. Making prudent, wise, and informed decisions requires time to collect relevant information amid enormous flux and uncertainty. We are grateful for your patience as we identify, plan, and prepare for a range of options. As we strive to provide timely progress updates, we also invite you to visit our dedicated COVID-19 website for updates and answers to frequently asked questions.

Thank you all for working with us on Richmond’s exceptional education. As I have often said of late, Richmond is such a special place because of you. I wish each of you and your families safety, good health, and moments of calm during these difficult times. 

Sincerely,

Ronald A. Crutcher
President

April 16, 帝豪棋牌: Gray Court and Lora Robins Court: Packing and Storage of Belongings

Dear Gray Court and Lora Robins Court Residents,

We are writing to you to provide information on plans for packing and storing your personal belongings in Gray Court and Lora Robins Court. 

We have been working hard to develop a plan to prepare Gray Court and Lora Robins Court for potential summer housing or other needs. As such, we must pack and store all student belongings that are remaining within each room. We will be working closely with Quality Moving 帝豪棋牌, a company that the University has previously had very good experience. They are reliable and licensed professionals that have worked closely with the University community on many past projects.  

The first step in initiating this process is for you to complete by Friday, April 24. The form will help identify your belongings within your room. Beginning, Monday April 27, this information will be used as a much needed guide for our staff and Quality Moving 帝豪棋牌 to appropriately pack and label your belongings. All belongings will be stored on campus within secure climate controlled locations until we are able to reunite you with your belongings. Due to storage space limitations, bulk items (e.g. personal refrigerators and non-University furniture) will be stored separately in a secure location on campus and held for students until they return for the fall semester. All bulk items will be removed starting next week by University staff in order to create additional room for the moving company to work efficiently and effectively.

We understand and appreciate you may have concerns and additional questions. Please know we will take genuine care of your belongings. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff continues to be our top priority. Working within the guidelines provided by the Governor, we are developing a plan for you to pick up your belongings and will communicate it as soon as we are able to finalize the dates. We continue to recognize and regret the disruption that this pandemic has caused our students and their families, and we are grateful for your understanding and patience. 

We wish you and your family the best during these difficult times.

Stay well,

Steve Bisese
Vice President for Student Development

Patrick Benner
Director of Residence Life & Housing

 

April 9, 帝豪棋牌: Budget and Operational Update

Dear Faculty and Staff,

We write to provide the campus community with an important update regarding the financial implications for the University of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We echo the sentiments expressed last week by President Crutcher in his letter to faculty and staff. Our community’s response to the ever-changing challenges presented by the pandemic has been remarkable as the University community has worked collectively to sustain our academic mission and support our talented students. In recent weeks, faculty have swiftly redesigned their courses to engage students remotely, while staff in every unit in the University have assisted students in getting 帝豪棋牌, urgently moved critical operations online, and dedicated themselves to supporting the students who remain on campus and those who must now be supported from afar.

As you know, this pandemic has produced a major global financial disruption with an unpredictable duration and impact. The effects in our country have been sudden, staggering, and for many families and businesses, devastating. The University of Richmond has been a careful steward of its resources — and especially tuition dollars — over many decades, but we are most certainly not immune to this sudden and steep economic downturn. As a result, we must take thoughtful, swift, and appropriate action to ensure that the University is able to advance our educational mission throughout this crisis and beyond.

The University has incurred significant expenses (totaling several million dollars) this spring in responding to the pandemic, putting significant pressure on our FY20 budget (i.e., the current fiscal year ending on June 30, 帝豪棋牌). Those expenses have included pro-rated room and board refunds and one-time expenses related to the transition to remote learning. We are also committed that through the end of this fiscal year (June 30), we will continue to compensate regular full-, part-time, and limited-term non-exempt, hourly employees based on their regularly scheduled hours even if their schedules have been reduced. Through offsetting savings and other means, however, we estimate that the University can avoid a budget deficit for the current fiscal year ending June 30. That cannot be said for many institutions, and indeed at present, it cannot be said for the University of Richmond for the next fiscal year.

As we work to finalize the University’s operating budget for the next fiscal year (July 1, 帝豪棋牌, through June 30, 2021, or “FY21”), we anticipate that the financial downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will have a material, adverse impact on the University as every significant University revenue source will fall short of what had been planned originally. The current crisis will have unpredictable effects on enrollment. Steep declines in financial markets will require the University to decrease expected spending from the endowment. And students are likely to require more financial aid next year as families also face the financial consequences of this pandemic. As a result, we are forecasting a shortfall in the range of $10 to $12 million in the FY21 University budget.

Working in consultation with President Crutcher, we have determined that in order to address our budget challenges and ensure that the University can continue to effectively pursue its educational mission, the University must take the following actions:

  1. Effective immediately, the University will implement a hiring freeze for currently unfilled faculty and staff positions. We recognize that it will be essential to fill some positions in the coming months and we will establish a process to review requests from schools or divisions to exempt specific open positions from the hiring freeze policy.
  2. There will not be a merit salary pool increase for employees in FY21 as the University will implement a salary freeze for all faculty and staff for next year. We fully recognize the impact of this measure on our faculty and staff and their families, and we regret that it is necessary. It is especially painful as so many members of our community have worked so tirelessly and effectively this spring in response to the extraordinary challenges COVID-19 presented to our academic mission. In addition to this salary freeze for faculty and staff, President Crutcher, along with the two of us, will take a 10% reduction to our salaries throughout FY21. We are grateful that all vice presidents and academic deans have agreed to take a 5% salary reduction to each of their respective salaries.
  3. Working with the University’s Facilities Management team, we will delay or defer many smaller capital projects originally planned for this summer. The University will also scale back plans for future campus construction projects and associated spending.
  4. We are asking each division and school at the University to identify continuing budget savings equivalent to 5% and 10% of the division/school’s non-compensation operating budgets. The University’s Planning and Budget Office has provided instructions to each vice president and academic dean to identify these specific budget reductions, which are envisioned for FY21 (i.e. beginning July 1, 帝豪棋牌).

We recognize that these are significant steps, but this is the fiscal reality that all higher education institutions now face. It is imperative that the University responds proactively to the financial challenges associated with COVID-19 so we can sustain our mission, vision, and values in both the near term and, as is our responsibility, for years to come.

Meanwhile the University must also continue contingency planning work for the coming academic year, as it is impossible to predict at this time the extent and duration of COVID-19 — or its effects in our region — and when we will be able to resume regular operations of our residential community. As you know, we have already reoriented our summer sessions to remote instruction even as we hold on decision-making regarding campus residency after June 15. It is fully our hope and intention — as we know it is yours — that the University will be able to operate in the fall as planned. That will depend, however, on the public health circumstances at that time. Thus, it is imperative to be prepared for a range of scenarios and the operational, financial, and teaching and learning implications of those scenarios.

We will certainly keep the University community apprised as the FY21 budget and other plans for the coming year continue to develop.

We deeply appreciate your cooperation and goodwill as we collectively work to successfully navigate this global health crisis and its attendant financial impact on the University of Richmond. The University has, as you know, weathered extreme financial circumstances over its nearly 200-year history. With generosity, determination, and remarkable resilience, the University community has always risen to the occasion and as a result, the institution has, each time, emerged still stronger. With your help, we know that we will do so again. We are grateful for your partnership.

Sincerely,

David Hale
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Jeffrey Legro
Executive Vice President and Provost

April 1, 帝豪棋牌: Information on Summer Sessions, Student Research, and Internships

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, and Parents,

Change and uncertainty have become our constant companions, but so has the ability of our community to work together to adapt during these challenging times. It has not been easy, and we have been asked to do many things we never imagined would be needed. Yet our classes are meeting, students are advancing in their coursework, and we are making progress. Thank you for all you have done and for your efforts ahead.

I write today with important information that will allow you to plan for undergraduate (A&S, Jepson, and Robins students) summer sessions, student research and internships, and activities on campus in the coming months. Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus, all classes for Summer Session I and most classes for Summer Session II will be taught online. University of Richmond courses for Summer 帝豪棋牌 that are approved for general education credit will count toward general education requirements regardless of the format of delivery (i.e., in-person or online).

The campus will not open for face-to-face instruction for Summer Session I. This means that there will be no students in residence on campus before June 15. For the period after June 15 and Summer Session II, we continue to plan for the possibility for on-campus residency depending on conditions.

This has implications for the following:

Summer Session I Classes

Most classes in summer school that had been scheduled to begin in May are now scheduled for online delivery. Those that are not offered online will either switch to that format or be cancelled. Instructors should contact their summer program directors for further information. 

Summer Session II Planning: Two Paths 

Many faculty and students are making decisions now regarding Summer Session II. To facilitate their planning, most Summer Session II classes are already listed as being offered online. This provides certainty that courses that may be needed for academic progress or graduation will be available, even as we continue to evaluate the right time to return to on-campus residence for students.

We have a number of programs and research opportunities for students that would benefit from being on campus even as most classes are remote. We are intent on resuming normal operations as soon as is safely possible and are hoping to return to campus by the start of Summer Session II. A decision for residential opportunities during Summer Session II could be made as late as early June. We are delaying decision-making on residency in the hopes that students and programs that need to be on campus will be able to return to campus for Summer Session II after June 15.

Those classes or programs that cannot be held remotely, or cannot await a later decision on residency, will either be cancelled, postponed, and/or instructors will be in touch with students with additional information. 

This two-path plan allows for the possibility of residency while providing certainty around the courses and credit opportunities that will be available this summer. Information on summer housing, should it be available after June 15, will be sent later this spring.

Summer Research with Students

The current situation raises a number of challenges for faculty-mentored summer research for undergraduate students planned for this summer. Summer research is an important opportunity in a University of cation, but we must prioritize the health and care of our community. Therefore:

  • Given that we are in the midst of a pandemic, some faculty may no longer be able to mentor students either in person or remotely, and some students may no longer be able to participate in the experience.
  • The decision to continue to offer the student research experience depends on both faculty and students. In the first instance, the faculty member must decide if it is feasible. If the faculty member is able to proceed, then the option to continue with the research experience this summer lies with the student.
  • Research projects can be pursued using online mentoring as early as May 11.
  • Research projects may be able to commence in person June 15 and run for 7 weeks, pending the decision on Summer Session II residency.

For more information on summer research, including details regarding these options for faculty and students, please carefully review the Guidance on Summer 帝豪棋牌 Student Research.

University Sponsored Internships

The UR Summer Fellowship deadline for internships, which had been suspended, will be moved to April 17, 帝豪棋牌. In order to provide students with more time to find an internship, students may also submit URSF applications by a second deadline of June 1, 帝豪棋牌.

Given the current circumstances, in-person internships for which undergraduate students are receiving University funding or course credit (University-sponsored internships) will not be permitted to begin before June 15, and all planned in-person internships will need to occur in the student’s 帝豪棋牌 community or in Richmond, Virginia, to ensure maximum flexibility given the current uncertainties about mobility and safety. Students planning in-person internships should be prepared for the possibility that in-person work will not be able to commence as planned in June, as that decision will be made based on then-current public health guidance.

If an internship can be pursued remotely, remote internships will be eligible for URSF funding; URSF guidelines, including the requirements for remote internships, can be found here.

Required information sessions will be available online. Other University-sponsored internship and clinical placement programs for undergraduates will follow the same guidelines, with in-person placements prohibited until at least June 15.

Students should contact their dean or program director for more information about their specific program. Career 帝豪棋牌 is also available to assist students as they continue to pursue internship and job opportunities; please find more information and schedule an appointment here

Thank you for your adaptability, creativity, thought, and care in how we can best conduct great courses and meaningful research opportunities and internships that work within our circumstances. And thank you for engaging and supporting each other. This online world can be lonely at times; please don’t hesitate to reach out.

I hope that you and yours are faring well.

Take good care,

Jeffrey Legro
Executive Vice President and Provost

March 31, 帝豪棋牌: Governor Northam's Executive Order and Extension of Compensation for Non-Exempt Employees

We write to address Governor Northam’s most recent executive order and announce an extension of compensation for regular full, part-time, and limited term, non-exempt employees through May 9, 帝豪棋牌.

As the University of Richmond conducts its second week of remote education, we encourage each of you to consider the remarkable manner in which you have responded to the ever-changing conditions we face. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the University of Richmond, as it has on colleges and universities across the country. In the past two weeks, you have had to develop and implement practices for the delivery of remote education, assist our students as they return to their 帝豪棋牌s across the country and the world, maintain support for those students who must continue to reside on campus, and shift to remote work arrangements, even while others remain on campus working to serve our students and maintain the safety of our community. Our shared strength, resilience, and commitment to our students and each other made all of this possible.

As we respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation, we have been and must continue to be guided by our highest priorities, which are ensuring the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff, making certain our students can complete their coursework this term, providing support to students in need, and contributing to the community-wide effort to “flatten the curve” of the pandemic. We are closely following and complying with guidance and directives from the state and federal government.

Governor Northam’s March 30 Executive Order

Yesterday, Governor Northam issued a new, temporary “stay-at-帝豪棋牌” order that will remain in place until June 10, 帝豪棋牌, unless rescinded earlier. The full text of the order is available . The order allows people to leave their 帝豪棋牌s for a number of reasons that are applicable to our work on behalf of the University and to each of you personally. The order permits, among other things:

  • Traveling to and from one’s residence and place of work;
  • Traveling to and from an educational institution; and
  • Institutions of higher education to continue to operate for purposes of facilitating remote learning, performing critical research, or performing essential functions, provided that social distancing requirements are maintained.

These provisions are critical to us, as some members of our community must continue to have access to our campus for student support and research purposes.

The University’s Compliance with the Executive Order

The University is already in compliance with the key aspects of the Governor’s new order. The University has shifted to remote work to the fullest extent possible and will continue remote work through June 10, unless the executive order is lifted. The University has also moved to remote education, prohibited gatherings of 10 or more individuals, and adjusted staff and work schedules. The residence halls, the Commons, the Heilman Dining Center are accessible to the students who remain on campus, but all other academic and administrative buildings are accessible only to faculty and staff. We will monitor our operations to ensure continued compliance with the executive order.

Support for Employees On Campus

We recognize that a number of you have responsibilities that cannot be accomplished on a remote basis and your work is critical to supporting the students who remain on campus, remote learning, research, and other essential functions. We are grateful for your dedication to the University and we are committed to protecting your health and safety. We are asking all individual division and department leaders to continually assess their staffing needs and work schedules and to use all possible means to promote social distancing for employees who must remain on or travel to campus.

We recognize how stressful this situation is on you and your families and know that many of our non-exempt, hourly employees have experienced a reduction in the number of hours worked. As a result, through the pay period ending May 9, 帝豪棋牌, the University will continue to pay regular full, part-time, and limited term non-exempt, hourly employees based on their regularly scheduled hours if their work hours are reduced as a result of the move to a modified work schedule. We are continuing to consider our options for pay periods following May 9. We are continually updating the University’s COVID-19 response webpage with the latest information available. We invite you to review the page here.

Once again, we are so grateful to all of you. Through your outstanding efforts and your care and compassion for our students and each other, we will emerge from this time of fear and uncertainty as a stronger and more united Spider family. There is no doubt that there will be more questions than answers over the next few weeks, but we will do our best to respond to your questions and concerns and to communicate new information promptly.

Sincerely,

David Hale
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Jeffrey Legro
Executive Vice President and Provost

March 30, 帝豪棋牌: Important Update Re: Retrieving Student Belongings

I am writing in follow-up to the message I sent to you on March 18, 帝豪棋牌, to provide information on plans for reuniting students with their belongings.

As you are aware, the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve. The White House and CDC in recent days issued more stringent guidance regarding social distancing and travel. Today, the Governor of Virginia issued a “stay-at-帝豪棋牌” order that will remain in effect until June 10, 帝豪棋牌.

Given the new guidance and orders, we are suspending the previously shared plan for retrieval of belongings that was to start the week of April 13. The University will communicate with students and families regarding the protocol for the retrieval process once a final plan is determined. Our continued goal is to provide a safe environment and organized procedure for students to retrieve their belongings when we are able to allow them to return to campus. 

We understand and appreciate your concerns. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff continues to be our top priority. Our Emergency Management Team’s work is informed by the advice of public health experts and guidance from the CDC and Virginia Department of Health.  

We recognize and regret the disruption that this has caused our students and their families, and we are grateful for your understanding and patience. 

I wish you and your family the best during these difficult times.

Stay well,

Steve D. Bisese

Vice President for Student Development

March 26, 帝豪棋牌: Important Information Regarding Refunds

Dear Students and Families,

I am writing, as a follow up to President Crutcher’s message of March 16, 帝豪棋牌, to provide additional information regarding prorated adjustments of student housing and board charges for the Spring 帝豪棋牌 semester as a result of our community response to the COVID virus. First and most importantly, please accept our sincere gratitude for your grace and patience as we work through the many details associated with the University’s move to remote instruction for the remainder of the Spring semester. We recognize that this decision has significant and varied implications for our students and families but, as President Crutcher shared in his earlier message, ensuring the health and well-being of not only our students, faculty, and staff, but also the wider community, is essential at this time.

In determining the adjustments for student housing and meal plan charges, the University calculated the time away from campus as constituting 43.75% of the semester. Accordingly, we will be issuing a credit of 43.75% of the Spring semester room rate, adjusted to reflect the pro-rata portion of any University scholarship or grant aid received for the semester. Students living in University housing will receive a minimum credit of $330.

Credits for meal plans will be calculated in two parts. First, students will receive a credit of 43.75% of the portion of the meal plan not attributable to dining dollars, adjusted to reflect the pro-rata portion of University scholarship or grant aid received for the semester. Second, students with dining dollars will be credited for the unused cash balance as of March 25. Students will be credited dollar-for-dollar for the unspent balance — it will not be prorated nor will it be adjusted for University scholarship or grant aid.

In addition to housing and meal charges, students will also be credited for parking and graduation fees. Students holding University parking permits will be credited for 43.75% of the cost allocable to the Spring semester. For those students who applied to graduate in May, your graduation fees will be fully credited to you.

The Bursar’s Office is currently working to update each student’s account for these adjustments. For accounts that have a credit balance after these adjustments have been applied, a refund will be issued in the student’s name no later than Friday, April 3. Students with direct deposit will receive a confirmation email from the University’s Accounts Payable department. All others will receive checks mailed to their off-campus address. The Bursar’s Office (bursar@) stands ready to assist you with any questions regarding these adjustments to your account.

Once again, thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through the numerous issues associated with the COVID-19 crisis. We are pleased with the effective manner in which our students and faculty have adapted to the educational realities of our current situation. Still, we know that the crisis has disrupted the close level of personal interaction which is and will always remain a hallmark of a University of cation. We look forward to the day we can resume our normal operations and welcome everyone back to campus.

Sincerely,

David B. Hale
Executive Vice-President & Chief Operating Officer

March 23, 帝豪棋牌: Changes to Fall Registration

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

As faculty and students reconnect with one another on this first day of remote classes, I write to share some information regarding changes to the undergraduate registration process for fall 帝豪棋牌 courses in Arts & Sciences, Business, and Jepson. We are implementing these changes to provide students with more time to meet with their advisor as we move to remote learning, support students in meeting their academic requirements, and ensure that students who are currently planning to study abroad in fall 帝豪棋牌 also have the opportunity to express their course registration preferences, should they need to have a change in plans. Please note that planning for fall study abroad is proceeding as usual; we are adopting this new process so that all of us are prepared for any contingency.

The changes are as follows:

Students Planning to Study Abroad in Fall 帝豪棋牌
While the current circumstances have resulted in some students returning to their 帝豪棋牌 communities before their spring 帝豪棋牌 study abroad experience was complete, we know that global learning and reflective experiences in another culture are essential elements of a cation and have long been a hallmark and point of pride for us. For students planning to study abroad in fall 帝豪棋牌, the Office of International Education will be conducting the usual orientations for students remotely. During these meetings and in the materials students receive from IE and/or the program abroad, students will be given information regarding course registration at the university or program in which they plan to participate abroad in the fall. This is all the standard procedure for study abroad.

While we remain hopeful that students will have these opportunities in the fall, we can’t predict what will happen over the next several months around the world. We recognize that students may choose to change their plans or may be constrained by lingering disruptions in access to global travel. To prepare for these possibilities, we are also inviting students who plan to be abroad in the fall to provide their preferences for fall classes at UR. In order to provide those preferences, please log into BannerWeb to complete the fall 帝豪棋牌 registration survey beginning April 13 (see schedule below). Under the Personal Information tab choose Answer a Survey. The fall 帝豪棋牌 registration survey and related instructions are available there. Please do not attempt to register through the regular process; the system will not be available to those who have committed to a study abroad program.

Students Planning to Study on Campus at UR in Fall 帝豪棋牌
For students who are planning to study on campus at Richmond in the fall, there will also be a few adjustments to the registration process.

Rising seniors will be able to register for up to 5.5 units, as is customary.

Rising juniors, sophomores, and entering first-year students will be able to register for a maximum of 4 units when registration opens.

We know that many students enroll in more than four units each term in order to complete their major(s) and degree requirements, and that some programs require additional units for professional licensure or post-graduate opportunities. We plan to expand to the usual 5.5-unit limit for sophomores and juniors during an additional registration period in the summer, but it is important to create a 4-unit limit for the period of spring registration, so that we can adjust for additional course capacity if there are areas to which study abroad remains restricted next fall.

Registration Dates
The fall 帝豪棋牌 course schedule will be live Wednesday, March 25, for students and advisors to view available courses. As Provost Jeff Legro mentioned in his update last week, advising and registration dates have been changed to provide students and advisors more time to connect with one another remotely:

  • Begin Advising Monday, April 6
  • Priority Registration Monday, April 13–Friday, April 24
  • Course Preference Survey for Fall Study Abroad Students: available beginning Monday, April 13
  • Extended Registration: Monday, April 27–Friday, May 29

The link to the Registration Rotation can be found here: http://registrar./registration/undergraduate/rotation.html. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Office of the Registrar (registrar@).

Thank you for your understanding and your flexibility as we make these adjustments to ensure that we can support all of our students and their academic plans for next fall. We are eager to have everyone back on campus and look forward to your return and the reconstitution of our vibrant Spider campus community.

Thank you,

Susan Breeden
University Registrar

 

March 20, 帝豪棋牌: Temporary Academic Policies/Advising

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, and Parents,

These days are filled with our efforts to adapt to new circumstances and transition to remote teaching and learning that will begin next week. We face highly unusual and trying times and we need to address them with appropriate measures. Today I write with important and encouraging news about temporary changes to grading procedures and academic rules as well as advising for undergraduate students in Arts & Sciences (A&S), the Robins School of Business (RSB), and the Jepson School of Leadership Studies (Jepson).

Temporary Academic Policies

We recognize that the day-to-day turmoil and uncertainty is stressful; conditions students and faculty are facing vary widely both in dealing with the COVID-19 threat and in managing remote learning. To address our unparalleled conditions, forward-thinking faculty have introduced, and yesterday the Faculty Senate thoughtfully deliberated and recommended, proposals to change grading options as a special exception limited to courses undertaken in the spring of 帝豪棋牌. The Senate also recommended a temporary policy change for summer 帝豪棋牌 related to general education credit. I approve of the recommendations (full information here), which provide for the following:

  • For each course they are enrolled in, undergraduate students in A&S, RSB, and Jepson will have the option to receive a standard letter grade (A-F) or to opt for Credit/Credit with a D/No Credit (C/CRD/NC). If a student earns a CR or CRD, they will earn a unit toward graduation for the course. Grades of CR/CRD/NC will not affect a student’s grade point average. Those who opt for a standard letter grade would have those grades count as usual in their GPAs.
  • Students may choose Credit/Credit with D/No Credit until the last day of classes, Friday, April 24, 帝豪棋牌, at 5 p.m. EDT.
  • The withdrawal deadline has been extended. Undergraduate students in A&S, RSB, and Jepson may now withdraw from a course until Friday April 24, 帝豪棋牌, at 5 p.m. EDT. The transcript will note the withdrawal with a ‘W’.
  • For the spring 帝豪棋牌 semester courses only, I, M, and V grades will not be permitted for undergraduate courses offered in A&S, RSB, and Jepson. 
  • For students who may be planning to enroll in summer school at the University of Richmond, courses offered for A&S, RSB, and Jepson students during summer 帝豪棋牌 that are approved for general education credit will count toward general education requirements regardless of the format of delivery (i.e., in person or online).

The aim of these options is to allow students flexibility in deciding what makes most sense for them in these exceptional and fluid circumstances. The spring grading options and extended withdrawal deadline have different implications for student GPAs, plans for subsequent semesters, and post-graduate work, as well as progress toward the degree. Please read this information closely. I strongly encourage students to talk with your academic advisor about your plans for grade options this semester along with your fall schedule during academic advising.

Advising

To facilitate the shift to remote instruction and to allow time to prepare for remote advising this year, we will shift the beginning of Fall 帝豪棋牌 registration from April 6 to April 13. Registration advising week will now begin on April 6. The full schedule for registration and advising can be found here. Helpful information for advisors can be found in Academic Advising Online.

I was proud yesterday to be part of a collective effort and discussion that advanced both student welfare and the quality of our education. I want to acknowledge and thank students who reached out on this issue, our faculty who proposed novel ways to address the challenges, and a Faculty Senate that moved thoughtfully and swiftly to advance recommendations. We will continue to learn, work, and help each other. I am confident that we will make the shift, bumps and all, to high quality remote instruction and learning. We can do this: together.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Legro
Executive Vice President and Provost

March 18, 帝豪棋牌: Retrieving Student Belongings

I am writing in follow up to President Crutcher’s message of March 16, 帝豪棋牌 to provide information on plans for reuniting students with their belongings. 

As you are aware, the COVID-19 situation continues to worsen, including here in Virginia. The White House and the CDC have just issued stringent new guidance limiting group interactions to no more than 10 and some communities are considering “shelter-in-place” orders.

The University of Richmond is working diligently to safeguard the health and well-being of the students who remain on campus, as well as its faculty and staff, by adapting our operations to be consistent with the most recent public health guidance. For that reason, students are not permitted to return to campus to retrieve their belongings at this time. We understand and regret the disruption that this has caused our students and their families and we are grateful for your understanding and patience.

We have developed a plan to allow students to obtain essential materials now and to retrieve their other belongings later this spring. This plan is consistent with public health guidance and minimizes the risk to the campus community. The key elements of that plan are as follows:

  • Academic Materials and Medications. Students who have an immediate need for academic materials or medications, must complete .  We will gather the requested materials and pack and ship them to you as quickly as possible.
  • Retrieving Belongings. Provided that conditions permit, the University will allow students to return to campus to retrieve their belongings on a designated schedule beginning the week of April 13.   Students must follow the following schedule:
    • April 13 – 19: Students living in Lora Robins Court, Keller Hall, Westhampton Hall, Thomas Hall, Robins Hall, and Marsh Hall may return;
    • April 20 – 26: Students living in Gateway Village Apartments, Jeter Hall, Moore Hall, Gray Court, and South Court may return;
    • April 27 – May 3: Students living in Dennis Hall, Wood Hall, North Court, and University Forest Apartments blocks 160, 470, 472, 474, 476, 481, 483, 486 may return; and
    • May 4 – 10: Students living in Freeman Hall, Lakeview Hall, Atlantic House, Pacific House, Law Housing, and University Forest Apartments (blocks 162, 164, 166, 168, 170, 172, 191, and 193 may return.
  • Storing Belongings. The University is developing a plan for those students who cannot return to campus and wish to store their belongings over the summer. Detailed information regarding storage options and assistance will be provided as soon as these plans are finalized with campus and community partners. 
  • Extraordinary Circumstances. If you are facing extraordinary circumstances that cannot be met by the plan outlined above, please complete this . For health and safety reasons, the University will only consider extreme situations for a possible exception to this plan.

As we have all experienced, the COVID-19 situation is evolving rapidly and may necessitate changes in our plan. We will notify you promptly if any changes are necessary.    

Once again, I understand how difficult this is for each of you and appreciate your flexibility and understanding.

Sincerely,

Steve D. Bisese
Vice President for Student Development

 

 

March 16, 帝豪棋牌: COVID-19 Update

Dear Members of the University Community,

I write to convey important further decisions necessitated by national efforts in response to COVID-19. The University will move to remote learning for the remainder of the spring semester, shift to remote work for employees to the greatest extent possible, and celebrate the Class of 帝豪棋牌 Commencement at a later date this year.

These are decisions that we do not take lightly, but that we nevertheless believe are important. They are undertaken in response to the now clear guidance from the Centers for Disease Control recommending that throughout the United States for the next eight weeks, any gathering consisting of 50 people or more be cancelled or postponed.

I know how disappointing this news about classes and Commencement is, especially to our graduating students and their families. During our initial planning, we held open the option for students to return to campus to complete the spring semester and to hold Commencement in May as scheduled. However, the continued rapid spread of COVID-19 in the United States and the quickly evolving guidance from public health officials have forced us to conclude that these options are no longer possible. I regret that these circumstances require us to significantly change how we live, work, and study together this spring.

Remote Instruction Extended Through Remainder of Spring Semester

I am so grateful to our exceptional faculty and staff for their efforts to transition to remote instruction while maintaining our standards of educational excellence and close collaboration with our students. The care and concern that our faculty and staff have for our students is a hallmark of a cation, and that commitment will continue to guide us as we teach and engage with students remotely through the regularly scheduled semester and exam period.

In line with the strong recommendation of public health authorities, I am also notifying the students currently remaining on campus to make plans to return to your 帝豪棋牌. We recognize each of you has a different situation and some of you may need to reside on campus. Be assured we will take care of you and work with you to find the best possible solution for the remainder of the semester. In the next day or two, Student Development professionals will write to you with further information.

Students who are no longer on campus will receive detailed instructions in the next couple of weeks for moving or storing your belongings that remain in University housing. Should you have an immediate need for academic materials or medications, please complete . I ask that you do not return to campus to retrieve belongings until instructions for how to do so are communicated to you by Housing and Residential Life.

I know this decision will significantly inconvenience those who traveled to campus to retrieve belongings over the weekend. I am sorry we were not able to make this determination sooner; as you know, public health guidance has changed rapidly and significantly with yesterday’s announcement from the Centers for Disease Control.

In addition, the University will determine the most appropriate and expedient ways to process prorated adjustments for room and board expenses, as those fees assumed students would remain in residence for the remainder of the semester. More information about this process, which we know is very important to students and families, will be forthcoming as soon as feasible.

Class of 帝豪棋牌 Commencement Celebration

As noted above, in line with the updated CDC guidance regarding limiting gatherings, the University will celebrate the Class of 帝豪棋牌 Commencement later in the year. I deeply regret this outcome. Members of the Class of 帝豪棋牌, you have worked so hard and deserve every celebratory moment that traditionally accompanies the final weeks of the semester and our Commencement exercises. You will always be a special class for us, known for your grit and ability to weather difficult circumstances, people you want by your side when there is a challenge. Hear me when I say that I and other University leaders will do everything we can to reunite you on campus and celebrate your many accomplishments and your unique place in University history as soon as we can. We will be in touch directly with information as plans develop.

Shift to Remote Work for Employees

As noted above, for our staff and faculty, we are shifting to remote work to the fullest extent possible until further notice. Thank you all for your determination, dedication, and ingenuity in adapting at breakneck speed to support our students and the community. I am especially grateful to those who have worked to ensure the well-being of our students who have remained on campus, those working to ensure the operations of the University continue smoothly, and those supporting our faculty in transitioning to remote education. While we ask that those who can work remotely do so, and at the direction of the leaders of their division, the campus will remain accessible to employees and to students preparing to transition off campus. Facilities such as labs, computer rooms, studios, practice rooms and classrooms, however, are closed to all except faculty who need them for remote teaching and/or research.

Employee Payroll and Leave Adjustments

To our faculty and staff, we know the rapid and near-constant changes to the ways we all go about our lives at and outside of work are causing significant distress and difficulties for everyone. We have extended the Interim Pay Policies for non-exempt employees through April 11 and we have broadened employee eligibility for paid leave. Please refer to the University’s for more information.

Conclusion

In the days ahead, I humbly ask for your empathy, patience, and understanding. This global public health crisis has upended so many established norms in so many aspects of life, including those that have long governed university life. Responding has required change at a pace unfathomable just a week ago. But please know that caring for our community and delivering on our educational mission will always guide our decisions.

We realize that this communication will leave you with questions and concerns. We pledge to remain in frequent contact with you in the days ahead, and urge you to visit our regularly for updates. I hope that you and your families weather this threat in good health. Please take care of yourselves and one another.

Sincerely,

Ronald A. Crutcher
President

March 11, 帝豪棋牌: COVID-19 Update

Dear Members of the University Community,

I write with an update on the University’s planning regarding the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19. As president of the University, my highest priorities right now are ensuring the health and wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff — and making certain our students can complete their coursework this term.  

To ensure we can continue to advance these goals, we will suspend classes next week to allow our faculty time to prepare for a likely move to remote instruction beginning March 23. Unless the situation regarding COVID-19 improves dramatically, we plan to continue remote instruction until at least April 3. We will be reassessing conditions during that period to determine opportunities to return to the classroom.

Students who are currently out of town for spring break should not return to campus during the period of remote instruction. Students presently on campus should return 帝豪棋牌 immediately, if at all possible.

These are difficult decisions to make, but I believe they are necessary to fulfill our educational mission and protect the health of our community and the many other communities to which we are connected. Public health authorities predict COVID-19 will continue to spread, with potentially severe impacts on the healthcare system's ability to provide critical care. Our actions will minimize our community's exposure to the disease and ensure the ability of our students to complete their course work this semester. This action also reduces the risk of substantial disruption in university operations that might arise from a COVID-19 outbreak on campus. In particular, if COVID-19 cases occurred on campus, we would be unable to maintain a quarantine system that meets required public health standards for our students, and successfully conclude the semester. As those entrusted with not only the education but the care of our students — as well as the health of our faculty, staff, and community members — these are risks we are quite simply unwilling to take. 

One of the hallmarks of a cation is the close faculty and student collaboration in which we all take such great pride. I know our actions represent a significant disruption to our educational model, as well as to our daily operations and routines, and will require considerable sacrifices from each of us. I especially regret the impact a transition to remote learning will have on our graduating seniors, whose time remaining on campus is the most limited.

While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus, a case was diagnosed just today in nearby Hanover. We are taking the following immediate and proactive measures to reduce the risk of community exposure to COVID-19: 

  • Classes will be suspended next week. If a student must return to campus to pick up belongings, we ask that they limit their time in their residence halls to no more than two hours. You may access additional information on our student instructions page.
  • Students with extenuating circumstances, such as international students, will have until Friday, March 13, at 5 p.m. to request an exemption to remain in on-campus housing. Those wishing to request an exemption from this directive must  (DUO login required). We expect that exceptions will be extremely limited.
  • Faculty will prepare next week for the transition to remote instruction beginning March 23. Our community should be prepared for an extended period of distance learning.
  • Currently we are not closing the university campus. We expect most buildings, such as the libraries, to remain open. Recognizing that the situation can change, deans and managers should consult their continuity of operations plans and assess functions that could be supported by faculty and staff working remotely, should that need arise in the future.
  • The University will continue to support a limited on-campus population. Students who are given permission to remain in campus housing should be aware that access to most facilities and services will be limited and student activities and gatherings suspended, until further notice.

We recognize that our community will have many questions in the days and weeks ahead and have established a dedicated webpage where you can find the latest information and announcements regarding our institutional response to COVID-19. We invite you to refer to the page regularly for updates. We will be in contact at the end of the week regarding additional aspects of our operations, including previously scheduled campus events and university travel. 

I am especially grateful to our Emergency Management Team, who continue to work tirelessly to monitor the situation, assess the risks we face, and develop proactive contingency plans in line with expert public health guidance. I also want to thank all of you for your patience, understanding, and resilience during this challenging time for our campus, our nation, and indeed our world.

To our students, I know that being away from this place we all call 帝豪棋牌 will be difficult. But I am confident that you are well-equipped to adapt to these unique circumstances and successfully continue to learn and grow. 

To our faculty, I know that transitioning to remote instruction mid-semester presents many challenges. But I am grateful for the extraordinary efforts you will make in continuing to provide our students with the excellent education for which Richmond is known.

And to our staff, I know that responding to this situation will ask much of you as we work to extend the University’s operations in new ways. But I am grateful for everything you have done and will continue to do to ensure we fulfill our institutional mission and our commitment to our students.

While today we face a novel health threat, time and again, I have watched our community come together to care for and support one another through extremely difficult situations. I know this moment will be no exception. Take good care of yourselves, and each other.  

Sincerely,  

Ronald A. Crutcher 

March 9, 帝豪棋牌: COVID-19 Update

We write with a brief update on the University’s planning regarding COVID 19. We will provide you with a more detailed communication of the University’s plans and interim policies by the end of this week, including policies for travel and returning to campus.  

As you know, the COVID-19 situation is evolving rapidly both in the United States and abroad and we are planning for a range of scenarios from now into the fall semester. Currently, there are no cases on campus and three confirmed cases in Northern Virginia. As outlined in our emergency management plans, the University’s Executive Policy Group and Outbreak Control Team are meeting regularly to assess the situation, develop contingency plans, and make decisions to support the health and safety of our community and the operations of the University.

Planned Travel

We encourage all members of the campus community to give serious consideration to cancelling or postponing any non-essential professional or personal travel plans that you have between now and June 1, 帝豪棋牌. As noted above the University will be issuing interim policies, including travel policies, relating to COVID-19 by the end of this week. If you are making travel arrangements, you should avoid buying non-refundable tickets.

All students, faculty, and staff who are traveling over Spring Break internationally or to New York, Washington, or California or other domestic locations significantly affected by COVID-19 must complete University’s travel reporting form before their return. This is required for both University-sponsored and personal travel. 

Recommended Health Precautions for COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Risk of contracting COVID-19 is dependent on individual exposure. As we are beginning to see community transmission of COVID-19 in the United States and around the world, it is important to practice good self-care habits, including: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • Cover your cough;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Don’t share food or drinks;
  • Get adequate rest and maintain healthy lifestyles (e.g. proper nutrition, exercise) to help ensure health;
  • Avoid close contact, including handshakes and hugging; and
  • If you get sick, stay 帝豪棋牌 and rest.

If you suspect that you may have been exposed to COVID-19 or are exhibiting symptoms, please call your physician right away and follow the advice that they provide to you. 

Cleaning of Campus Buildings 

University Facilities has made the cleaning of high touch areas, such as door knobs, the priority and established defined cycles for disinfecting. University Facilities continues to closely monitor the situation and follow recommendations from the CDC for higher education settings.

Signs regarding proper hand washing are being placed in all public restrooms across campus.

Also, we encourage campus community members to make use of the UR hand sanitizers located in high traffic areas including the Commons, Boatwright Library, Heilman Dining Center, and all other retail dining locations. 

Additional Information, Updates, and Questions

The University has developed a specific website for University of Richmond COVID-19 policies, updates and FAQ’s, which can be found here. This website will be updated regularly.

You may submit questions regarding COVID-19 planning to: em@. We are getting a number of questions from across campus and will respond to your message as quickly as possible.

Thank you for your cooperation as we work to protect the health and safety of the campus community.

Sincerely,

David Hale
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Jeffrey Legro
Executive Vice President and Provost

March 2, 帝豪棋牌: Spring Break Travel and COVID-19 Update

Dear University of Richmond Students, Faculty, and Staff:

We continue to closely monitor the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The current situation both globally and in the United States is dynamic and we have seen rapid increases in confirmed cases in affected locations. The safety and health of our students, faculty, and staff remains our highest priority. We write today to notify the campus community about the cancellation of University-sponsored student travel over spring break. We also urge all those in our community to be conscientious regarding personal travel over spring break and to register your international travel with the University as indicated below. Additionally, the University’s Outbreak Control Team has been and will continue to meet regularly to prepare for a range of scenarios in which COVID-19 could further impact our campus. 

Update on International Travel

Regrettably, the University has decided to cancel all University-sponsored international travel involving students over spring break. As we have seen over the last week, COVID-19 cases are increasing rapidly and we expect the situation to remain extremely fluid over the next two weeks. We are concerned about the potential for exposure to COVID-19 and the evolving impact that this health situation is having on international mobility. There is too much uncertainty about the ability of our community members to return to the United States without interruption of travel due to quarantine or other restrictions. We recognize that this decision will be deeply disappointing for the students and faculty scheduled to travel over spring break, but after much consideration we determined that it is in the best interest of the members of our campus community. The Office of International Education will work with affected faculty and staff regarding the cancellation of these trips. 

We will continue to closely monitor this evolving situation and have not yet made any decisions regarding University-sponsored travel during the summer or fall.

The Office of International Education is in close communication with students who are currently studying abroad to provide support and information, and to help them make informed decisions about their travel plans.

For those of you planning personal travel abroad over spring break or in the next few weeks, please be advised that the conditions in your international travel destination may change without warning, especially in locations severely impacted by COVID-19. As such, if you are planning an international trip, be mindful of potential disruption to your reentry to the United States.  

All students, faculty, and staff who have recently traveled or are planning to travel internationally this semester for any reason — personal or University-related — are asked to complete the online travel reporting form. The information gathered via this form will help insure the safety of our campus and will be used by the Office of International Education and/or the Office of Human Resources to proactively communicate with individuals or groups as necessary. 

The following general resources may be helpful if you have international travel plans, including:

  • The CDC with FAQs, situation updates, and travel information
  • U.S. Department of State Information regarding
  • The to facilitate contact with local U.S. Embassies

As a reminder, the residential buildings and many dining facilities on campus remain open over Spring Break.


COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

University officials remain in communication with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) regarding COVID-19. As of today, there have been 86 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States. There are no reported cases in Virginia as of this time.  

Individual risk is dependent on exposure. As with any virus, we remind you of the importance of using good self-care habits, including:  

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Cover your cough
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Don’t share food or drinks
  • If you get sick, stay 帝豪棋牌 and rest.

The University’s Facilities team continues its ongoing practice of disinfecting high touch areas, such as door knobs, across campus. Also, we encourage campus community members to make use of the UR hand sanitizers located in high traffic areas including the Commons, Boatwright Library, Heilman Dining Center, and all other retail dining locations. 

For additional information about COVID-19, please see the and the .

The University continues to prepare for the potential impact of COVID-19 and will continue to provide updates to the campus community.

Sincerely,

David Hale
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Jeffrey Legro
Executive Vice President and Provost

Feb. 14, 帝豪棋牌: Coronavirus and International Travel

Dear Members of the UR Community:

We write to provide additional information regarding the coronavirus and University-sponsored travel to China帝豪棋牌, and to express solidarity with our community members who may be affected by this health challenge.

Coronavirus Update

The World Health Organization has officially named the 2019 novel coronavirus COVID-19. You may hear references to the coronavirus or COVID-19 in public health announcements and in the news media.

University officials have been closely monitoring the evolving news about this illness for several weeks and have been in communication with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). As of today, there have been 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, and there are no reported cases in Virginia. All of the confirmed cases involved individuals who either traveled to Wuhan, China帝豪棋牌, where the virus was first detected, or were in close contact with someone who had traveled to Wuhan.

For additional information about COVID-19, please see the and the .

As with any virus, we remind you of the importance of good self-care habits, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your cough.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Don’t share food or drinks.
  • If you get sick, stay 帝豪棋牌 and rest.

University-Sponsored Travel to China帝豪棋牌

The U.S. State Department recently issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory stating “Do Not Travel,” to mainland China帝豪棋牌. The CDC also issued a warning against all nonessential travel to China帝豪棋牌. The University of Richmond will not approve University-sponsored travel to China帝豪棋牌 by students, faculty, or staff while these alerts remain in place. It is possible that this situation could change or will continue through the spring and into the summer, and we will provide updates as appropriate.

The Office of International Education is in contact with and has been supporting students whose study abroad plans for the spring semester included travel to China帝豪棋牌. The University will also provide support and guidance for UR students who live in China帝豪棋牌 as they contemplate options for returning 帝豪棋牌 at any time.

The University stands ready to support members of our Spider family who are from or have personal ties to the impacted areas. We recognize this can be an anxious time and encourage you to reach out to any of the resources available on campus including the College Deans Offices, the Office of International Education, Counseling and Psychological 帝豪棋牌 (CAPS), the Office of Human Resources, or the Chaplaincy.

The University will continue to closely monitor this health risk with the expectation that guidelines and recommendations will change and will provide updates when warranted.

Sincerely,

David Hale
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Jeffrey Legro
Executive Vice President and Provost

Jan. 30, 帝豪棋牌: Health Alert

Dear Members of the University Community,

Your health and safety is always a priority for us. We write to share that the University is monitoring reports regarding the novel coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, China帝豪棋牌. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the symptoms for patients with this coronavirus have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

We are following guidance provided by the CDC and Virginia Department of Health (VDH). The risk to the people currently in the United States is deemed low; however, it is flu season and there are precautions we can take to prevent the spread of all communicable diseases, like the flu.

All members of the campus community are encouraged to get a flu shot and to see their physician if they develop flu-like symptoms. Additionally, the best preventative steps for any communicable disease include simple but important measures to practice as part of your daily routine, but especially during flu season:

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water;
  • Avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with saliva, whether in your living or social environments;
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue and wash your hands immediately after; and
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.

The University will continue to work closely with partners at VDH to prepare for, screen, and prevent the spread of illness and keep our community safe. For additional information and the most up-to-date details, visit the VDH website (). If the situation warrants, we will follow up with additional communication, and we are always available to respond to individual inquiries.

Sincerely,

Lynne Deane
Medical Director, Student Health Center