The University Police Crime Prevention function encourags students and employees to be responsible for their own security and the security of their property. The University of Richmond Police Department has a comprehensive and interactive crime prevention program available to all students and employees of the university. The University community is asked to support University Police by reporting any unusual circumstances that might be observed. Our crime prevention and awareness programs include:
Crime Alerts are posted throughout the University community on our webiste whenever there is a need to target a particular crime and inform the community as to the nature of the crime. The description of the possible suspects and detailed instructions on actions to take may help reduce the possibility of becoming a victim.
Notification of Sex Offenders
In accordance with the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, the Virginia State Police will advise the University of Richmond Police Department if a registered sex offender is employed, carries a vocation, or is a student at the University of Richmond. This information is also available at the Virginia State Police Sex Offender registry.
Educational Seminars and Demonstrations
Personnel from the University Police Department are available to host educational seminars and demonstrations on self-defense, alcohol abuse, driving under the influence, rape awareness, residence hall and apartment and upcoming presentations are advertised through sponsoring student organizations, the college paper and radio station and fliers posted through-out the University community.
Help Eliminate All Thefts (H.E.A.T.) Program
“H.E.A.T.” sheets are designed to promote University crime prevention activities and to provide crime prevention tips by posting bulletins throughout the community. Property identification, residence hall and apartment security and vehicle theft protection tips are examples of information found on the “H.E.A.T.” sheets. As a part of the “H.E.A.T.” programs, engravers are available at the Police Department to mark personal property.
The GOTCHA program is conducted through the University Police Department and the RA’s of campus dorms including the University Forest Apartments. The program is designed to find unlocked doors in residential units and alert students living in these residences that their door(s) were found unlocked.
Vehicle Safety Checks
During the spring and fall semesters, the crime prevention unit and the university police hold vehicle safety checks. This check includes a vehicle inspection for minor mechanical problems before students drive home for the holidays.
Student Voice Against Violence
The University of Richmond provides students with various programs and services relating to sex offenses. We believe that education is an important tool in the fight against sexual assaults. Stealing Home is an educational program intended to promote awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, and other sex offenses. This student peer-group program consists of a series of vignettes, lasting 30 to 45 minutes, and is followed by a short question and answer period for the audience. This ongoing program is designed for sororities, fraternities, student government organizations, residence halls, and other interested groups.
THe University of Richmond provides various drug and alcohol education programs. We subscribe to the philosophy that an "Ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." We continually seek more effective means of education, prevention and enforcement. The following is a list of the programs that are currently offered:
R.I.S.K. (REDUCING IMPAIRMENT THROUGH SUPPLEMENTAL KNOWLEDGE)
An education program providing prevention and intervention services for those students at the University of Richmond identified as demonstrating a possible problem with substance abuse (i.e., alcohol and/or other drugs). This is an ongoing program and students are assigned to participate, as the need becomes apparent.
NARCOTIC IDENTIFICATION, DETECTION, AND ABUSE
A University Police presentation that identifies the most commonly abused narcotics and controlled substances; it also highlights the most popular methods of obtaining and concealing these drugs. Participants are advised of the health risks associated with drug abuse and the legal ramifications resulting from illegal usage. This program is available upon request and is normally presented in residence hall programs and/or other university social groups.
This program conducted by the University Police outlines the University of Richmond's Alcohol Policy and emphasizes the University Police Department's commitment to enforcing the laws pertaining to alcohol possession and consumption in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The seminar is available upon request and the audience consists of students from the Westhampton and Richmond College residence halls, fraternities, sororities, and other interested student groups.
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
This University Police presentation explains the criminal offense of driving under the influence of drugs or other intoxicants. Students are advised of the penalties of the crime and the long-term hardships experienced if convicted of driving under the influence. This program is available upon request for University groups or organizations.
URAWARE (ON CAMPUS TALK ABOUT ALCOHOL)
Mandatory alcohol education and prevention program for all incoming University of Richmond freshman students. It's a four-hour block of instruction given by Wellness Instructors of the Student Affairs Campus Recreation Division.
ACTIVE SHOOTER PRESENTATIONS
"Active Shooter" presentations are conducted throughout the year on campus to faculty, staff, and students. The program is designed to define an "Active Shooter", provide signs to be aware of, and tips on what to do in the event of such an incident.