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Alcohol Awareness

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.

More information on the effects of alcohol and substance abuse, including screenings and campus resources, is available from the University's health and wellness program, URWell.

The following is a list of programs currently offered by University Police.

Reducing Impairment through Supplemental Knowledge (RISK)

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. This is an ongoing program and students are assigned to participate as the need becomes apparent.

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.

Narcotic Identification, Detection, and Abuse

A University Police presentation that identifies the most commonly abused narcotics and controlled substances, and 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.

Alcohol Abuse

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 Virginia. The seminar is available upon request and the audience consists of students from the Westhampton and Richmond College residence halls, fraternities and sororities, and other interested student groups.

UR Aware

A mandatory alcohol education and prevention program for all incoming University of Richmond freshman students, this four-hour block of instruction is given by wellness instructors in the Student Development campus recreation division.

Drug and Alcohol Policy

Use of illegal drugs and the unlawful use of alcohol by students and employees on University property are prohibited. Violators are subject to University sanctions as well as prosecution through the appropriate legal channels. The University annually publishes the University Alcohol and Drug Policy in the University of Richmond Student Handbook. For employees, by law, the University workplace is drug-free. No one is allowed to use, make, sell, distribute, possess, or be under the influence of any controlled substance (including alcohol) while at work.

University of Richmond Police

Special Programs
490 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Emergency: (804) 289-8911
Non-Emergency: (804) 289-8715
Toll-Free: 1-833-531-4414
Fax: (804) 289-8720

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