Studying Remotely

While we are eager to reconvene our academic community in-person, we recognize that not all students will be able to return to campus to study. We are committed to helping every student continue to make academic progress, even if they are unable to be in residence this fall. Students who wish to remain in their home community and enroll in classes remotely may do so by completing the form at the bottom of this page.

Although most courses taught in-person will be available to students studying remotely, some courses may not be available. Important information about registration, campus housing, and tuition while studying remotely can be found below.

The deadline to request remote study is August 5, 2020.

Students in the School of Arts & Sciences, Jepson School of Leadership Studies and Robins School of Business 

Registration for returning students will begin again Monday, July 20 and will follow the registration rotation schedule here. Students may view the updated schedule of classes and their current schedule, which include courses for which they previously registered, on BannerWeb beginning Wednesday, July 15.

Students who plan to study remotely may enroll in courses that are scheduled for either online or in-person instruction, but they are encouraged to select courses that will be offered fully online when possible. Online classes are identified in BannerWeb as "Online" in the physical location of the classroom.

Students enrolled remotely should plan to attend all of their courses remotely during the scheduled class meeting times.

Grading will follow the standard grading format offered during the traditional term.

Please check your registration carefully, as some class meeting times have changed and may be in conflict with other scheduled courses. Students should adjust their schedules to correct time conflicts. Additional registration information and instructions may be found here.

New First Year Students

We are excited to welcome all of our new Spiders to Richmond, and first-year students are particularly encouraged to begin their studies in-person. First-year students who are unable to get to campus or do not wish to study in-person in Fall 2020 may begin their studies in January 2021. More information about deferring your admission to January may be found hereYou will need your admission login information for this form.

First-year students who are not able to join us in Richmond in the fall may choose to enroll remotely in a First Year Seminar. Incoming students who wish to take only this First Year Seminar may do so tuition-free in the fall term and begin their full-time enrollment at Richmond in January. Several sections of the First Year Seminar will be offered in remote-only format for those students planning to take this course in the fall before arriving in Richmond in January. Space in these courses is limited, and students who are interested should contact the Westhampton College or Richmond College Dean’s office.

Incoming students may also enroll for a full-time remote course load, but first-year international students on F-1 visas must be located outside of the U.S. in order to study remotely. Students interested in this option are strongly encouraged to talk with their advisor about their plans to study remotely and choose courses carefully. 

Registration for first-year students will begin on Monday, August 3. Some courses are now being offered online, and students who plan to study remotely are encouraged to select courses that will be offered fully online when possible. Online courses often utilize Zoom; to participate you will need a computer with camera and audio, reliable internet access, and the ability to access Zoom. Students should plan to attend any course in which they are enrolled remotely during the regular class meeting times.

Students in the Law School, SPCS, and the MBA program

Please contact your school for advice in course registration for remote study:

Law School: Alex Sklut, Associate Dean of Students

SPCS: Gretchen Flynn-Morris, Director, Strategic Management SPCS

MBA: Amanda Ennis, Program Manager

International Students

Our students who live abroad are facing particular challenges with international travel restrictions to the United States. International students on a non-immigrant visa who wish to study remotely should contact International Education for advising before submitting a request.

On-Campus Housing

Students who are studying remotely may not live on campus. Housing contracts for students who had planned to live on-campus in fall 2020 will automatically be cancelled for the year once the request for remote study is submitted, and that room will be reassigned. Information for students who wish to return to residence and live on campus in Spring 2021 will be available in October.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition for courses taken remotely will be the same as for study on campus. Undergraduate students who had planned to live on campus will be provided with revised bills, reflecting elimination of room and board charges. Any financial aid awarded will also be reduced to reflect the fact that the student will not be in residence. Students who will be enrolled remotely will not be required to submit a health insurance waiver nor purchase University-provided health insurance.