Student Information

This information is primarily focused on the spring and summer 2020 terms. For the latest information about the fall semester, please see our Fall 2020 Planning information.

General Information

Academics: Classes & Grading

  • What are the plans for summer classes, research, and internships?

    Summer Residency: Courses and Research

    All Summer II course instruction will be conducted remotely. We realize that this decision also affects the planned research projects of many students and faculty. We regret that in-person research opportunities will not be possible this summer. 

    Students who were planning to participate in faculty-mentored research on campus after June 15 should consult with their faculty research advisor about the possibility of deferring their award to summer 2021. Students who have begun their research remotely and had planned to be on campus for research later in the summer should consult with their faculty research advisor to determine if the project will conclude or remain online. 

    Internships

    Students who are interested in pursuing University-sponsored internships with external employers and organizations may apply for a UR Summer Fellowship by Monday, June 1, at 5 p.m. Remote internships may begin as soon as the fellowship is awarded. In-person internships are permitted to begin as early as June 15, contingent on compliance with local public health guidance and the availability of opportunities with external employers and organizations. Students may only pursue a University-sponsored in-person internship in their home community or in Richmond. For Richmond-based internships, on-campus housing will not be available. Please direct questions to ursf@richmond.edu.

  • Are classes still in session?

    The academic calendar will remain the same while spring and summer classes are conducted remotely. All Summer II course instruction will be conducted remotely. 

    For the latest information about the fall semester, please see our Fall 2020 Planning information and information about academic instruction.

  • What is the schedule for spring final exams?

    Final exams are scheduled between April 27–May 8.

  • Can I reschedule the time that my class meets?

    For the spring 2020 semester, online synchronous instruction will occur during scheduled class times. Adjusting class times might conflict with other scheduled courses.

    For the latest information about the fall semester, please see our Fall 2020 Planning information and information about academic instruction.

  • How will grading work this semester?

    For the spring 2020 semester only, undergraduate students in Arts & Sciences (A&S), Robins School of Business (RSB), and Jepson School of Leadership Studies (JSLS) will have the option to earn a standard letter grade (A-F) or to opt for Credit/Credit with a D/No Credit (C/CRD/NC) for each Spring 2020 course they are enrolled.

    If a student earns CR or CRD, the student will earn a unit toward graduation. Courses taken CR/CRD/NC will not affect a student’s grade point average. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their advisor before making a change to their grading selection.

    In addition, for the spring 2020 semester only, I, M, and V grades will not be permitted for undergraduate courses offered in A&S, RSB, and JSLS.

  • Will there be adjustments to the withdrawal deadline?

    The withdrawal deadline has been extended to 5 p.m. EDT on April 24, 2020. Students may withdraw from a course by the last day of class, Friday, April 24, 2020. The transcript will note the withdrawal with a ‘W’. Students may not fall below a 3.5 unit load for the semester. 

  • When will spring classes meet?

    For classes convening via Zoom or other technology, faculty have been encouraged to continue classes at their regularly scheduled times to avoid scheduling conflicts. In many cases, faculty will also hold synchronous activities to boost community, but in all cases, they have been encouraged to be understanding of those students who cannot participate due to time zone differences, poor internet access, or similar factors. Students are encouraged to contact their professors directly to address any specific scheduling concerns or other questions related to class times.

    For the latest information about the fall semester, please see our Fall 2020 Planning information and information about academic instruction.

  • Will students be required to purchase specialty software or other required materials as a result of online teaching?

    No. The University has institutional licenses for most specialty software. If additional resources beyond are required, please complete this request.

  • Does Zoom have accessibility tools built in?

    Zoom does have built-in accessibility tools for students, including closed captioning, automatic transcripting, and screen reader support. Learn more at https://zoom.us/accessibility#nested .

  • What are the plans for the fall semester?

    As conveyed in President Crutcher’s recent message, the University intends to complete a full academic year of instruction on campus beginning in fall 2020. To that end, we are eagerly but intently focused on preparing for the safe return of faculty, staff, and students to campus.

    For the latest information about the fall semester, please see our Fall 2020 Planning information and information about academic instruction.

Refunds & Financial Resources

  • Will refunds be provided for students who cannot get their full room & board term?

    Yes, the University will provide prorated adjustments of student housing and board charges for the Spring 2020 semester. 

    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@richmond.edu) stands ready to assist you with any questions regarding these adjustments to your account. 

     

  • Will I be credited for my housing charges?

    Students will be credited for 43.75% of the Spring semester room rate, adjusted to reflect the proportion of billed costs (tuition, housing, and meal plans) funded by University scholarships or grants received for the semester, if any.

  • Is the University providing refunds for off-campus housing rental costs?

    No. Individuals living off-campus are encouraged to speak directly with their rental agent regarding the possibility of reimbursements or other adjustments to leasing arrangements.

  • How will my meal plan credit be calculated?

    Students will receive a credit of 43.75% of the portion of the meal plan not attributable to dining dollars, adjusted to reflect the proportion of billed costs (tuition, housing, and meal plans) funded by University scholarships or grants received for the semester, if any.

    Students with dining dollars will be credited for the unused cash balance as of March 25th. This credit will be dollar-for-dollar — it will not be reduced based on University scholarship or grant aid.

  • How was the 43.75% factor determined?

    This is based on the University’s housing calendar, which drives when rooms and meal plans are available. The Spring calendar began the week of January 12 and would have ended the week of April 26, for a total of 16 weeks. Students were unable to return to campus the week of March 15, following Spring Break, so 7 of the 16 weeks (43.75%) of the semester’s housing and meal plans were unable to be used.

  • What is the methodology for adjusting the prorated meal plan and housing refunds?

    A student who has University funded merit or need-based aid has that aid applied to the balance on their account. Essentially, the aid received is allocated proportionately across the specific charges, such as tuition, housing, and meal plans, that make up the balance, and any payment from a student is also applied across these charges. As a result, any credits or refunds must also be calculated and allocated proportionately, or on a “pro-rata basis” among those categories. For students receiving University funded aid (both merit and need-based), credits for housing and the portion of the meal plan not attributable to dining dollars were adjusted to reflect how aid is applied to their tuition, housing, and meal plan charges.

  • How was the adjustment factor determined?

    The total amount of Spring semester University merit and need-based aid was divided by the sum of tuition, housing, and meal plan charges to arrive at a percentage. That percentage was multiplied by the housing charge and the non-dining dollar related meal plan charge to arrive at the amounts to be credited.

  • But I have a full tuition scholarship, why didn’t I receive a full credit for housing and meal plan charges?

    University funded merit or need-based aid is applied to the balance of a student’s account. The aid received is allocated proportionately across the specific charges, such as tuition, housing, and meal plans, that make up the balance. As a result, any credits or refunds must also be calculated proportionately among those categories. This same approach applies even for students who have aid indexed to tuition, such as Richmond Scholars, who have scholarships that are equivalent to the cost of tuition.

  • How will I be credited for my unused Dining Dollars?

    You will be credited dollar-for-dollar for your unspent dining dollars balance as of March 25.

  • Will a portion of my parking pass be credited?

    Yes. If you purchased an annual pass, you will be refunded for 21.87% of the cost for your pass. If you purchased a pass only for the Spring semester, you will be refunded 43.75% of the cost of your pass.

  • Will I receive a credit for tuition?

    The University is continuing its academic program for the remainder of the semester so that students may earn their full complement of academic credits. As a result, the University will not be issuing any credits or adjustments for tuition.

  • Will I get a refund as a result of these credits?

    All credits will be applied first to any outstanding balance on your student account. If your account has a credit balance after these have been applied, that amount will be refunded to you via check or direct deposit no later than Friday, April 3.

  • When will I receive my refund?

    Refunds will be issued no later than Friday, April 3.

  • What address will my refund check be mailed to if I don’t have direct deposit?

    Checks will be mailed to the off-campus permanent address listed in Banner. Please note that it may take several days for your check to arrive in the mail. If you haven’t received your check by April 7, please contact the Office of Student Accounts at bursar@richmond.edu.

  • Who do I contact if I have additional questions about these adjustments?

    For any questions or further information, contact the Office of Student Accounts at bursar@richmond.edu.

  • Is the Office of Student Accounts open?

    Bursar’s Office staff is available to assist you via telephone or email Monday through Friday from 8:30-5:00. You can reach us as follows:

    • Main line — (804) 289-8147
    • Toll free number — (866) 241-8893
    • Email — bursar@richmond.edu
  • How will the University disburse CARES Act funds to students?

    The University will disburse CARES Act funds to students in early June based on federal requirements, recommendations, impact of disruptions, and level of funding available. Students who qualify for CARES Act grants will be notified by the Office of Financial Aid.

Other Academic Resources

  • How can I access the library?

    Students off campus can access online library resources here.

  • How can students access the services of the Speech Center?

    The Speech Center remains open and will resume practice appointments Monday, March 23. Appointments may be scheduled with student consultants by means of Zoom, using your UR account. Students can reserve an appointment by linking to “Appointments” on the Speech Center’s website.

  • How can students access the services of the Writing Center?

    The Writing Center will resume writing conferences Monday, March 23. Writers may request a video conference or simply ask for written feedback on a draft. We will need 72 or more hours before due-dates to provide assistance. More information, as well as a meeting-request form, can be found at https://writing.richmond.edu/appointments/index.html.

  • How can students access services to the Academic Skills Center?

    Remote peer-tutoring will be available beginning March 23, 2020. These tutoring sessions will be held virtually as on-call appointments in 50-minute sessions and can be made by emailing the tutor with whom you would like to work from your UR email address. More information can be found at https://asc.richmond.edu/.

  • Who do I contact if I have problems with the internet or technology related to my classes?
  • How can I access the Career Services Center?

    Virtual advising is available and we are currently planning potential alternative platforms for Career Services programs. Likewise, some companies will be conducting virtual recruiting activities coordinated through the university. If you have any specific questions, please contact careerservices@richmond.edu.

  • What about campus recruiting?

    Many employers have transitioned their on campus recruiting to virtual recruiting. For updated information regarding interviews and information sessions, please consult SpiderConnect.

  • What happens to my student employment?

    All student employees will be paid through March 21 for actual hours worked. If you worked during this pay period, your paycheck will be released as scheduled on March 27. If you have not established direct deposit, this paycheck will be mailed to your permanent address. Students who do not utilize direct deposit should confirm their permanent address on file in Banner as in-person check pickup is not an option. If you need to change your permanent address, contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar@richmond.edu as soon as possible.

    In addition to this final paycheck, most student employees will also receive a one-time payment from the University no later than April 6, 2020. The amount of this payment will be based on prior work hours and the expectation that students would have worked similarly scheduled hours for the remainder of the spring student employment period. This payment will also be mailed to the permanent address on file for students who have not established direct deposit. Students are strongly encouraged to establish direct deposit. To set up direct deposit, go to BannerWeb and click on Manage/Sign Up for Direct Deposit. Please allow several days for direct deposit to be activated.

    This one-time payment does not require that a student work after March 21, 2020; it is being provided to offset lost wages and to support student success. Spring student employment will be suspended effective March 21.

  • How do I maintain my F-1/J-1 student visa status as an international student?

    As long as you are taking a full-time course load online, wherever in the world that may be, you will be maintaining your student visa status as long as you do the following:

    • File the AR-11 Change of Address form online with USCIS within 10 days of the change if you choose to leave Richmond for another location, including another location in the US
    • Enter your change of address and other contact information on our Google doc so that we can update your SEVIS record
    • Maintain valid immigration documents – If your passport is expiring, you need to renew it in the U.S. through your home country’s embassy or consulate, which you should contact about renewal procedures. If your visa stamp in your passport is expiring, it does NOT need to be renewed for you to maintain your status in the U.S. You must have a valid passport and I-20/DS-2019 at all times, but the visa stamp only needs to be valid when you are re-entering the U.S. from abroad - you do not need to make a special trip abroad just to renew it. If your visa stamp is expiring, please realize that the next time you go abroad, you will need to renew it before being able to enter the U.S. If you need another I-20 or DS-2019 because of an update, travel signature, or to replace a lost form, please complete the I-20 or DS-2019 Request Form on Box at https://richmond.box.com/v/intlstudentrequestforms.
    • For off-campus work authorization, please follow the procedures on our employment website. Please scan and email your application to us and we will mail a hard copy of your new I-20/DS-2019 to your current address. Work authorization is only required for students who will be physically present in the U.S.