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The University of Richmond strongly supports and encourages prompt reporting of sexual misconduct. Reporting provides resources to survivors and contributes to keeping the campus safe. 

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual misconduct, you should report incident(s) to the University's Title IX Coordinator and to the University Police Department. Instances of sexual misconduct may violate both the University's sexual misconduct policy and the law.

Unless designated as a confidential resource, all Responsible Employees are required to report incidents of possible sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinators and those employees designated as Campus Security Authorities must also report to the University Police. 

To file a Title IX Report, click here.

To file police report, call URPD at 804-289-8911. 

File a Title IX Report

All reports made to the University are taken with the utmost seriousness. Reporting incidents allows the University to respond in an effort to stop such misconduct, eliminate any hostile environment, take reasonable steps to prevent a recurrence of such misconduct, and address any effect that such misconduct may have on the larger University community. You do not have to make a formal report to receive medical care, academic or other support. You can make a report without any further participation in any investigation.

In an emergency, please contact the University of Richmond Police Department, 24 hours a day, at 8911 (from on-campus phones) or (804) 289-8911 (from cell phones or off-campus phones). 

You can file an online report here.

Student may file an anonymously. Faculty and staff must provide their name.

File a report with URPD

University of Richmond encourages prompt reporting to law enforcement consistent with the survivor's wishes. The University of Richmond Police Department (URPD) is a Safe Zone Ally and the primary law enforcement agency to investigate all criminal offenses that occur on campus.

If at any time, you feel threatened or are in immediate harm on campus call the URPD at 289-8911. If off campus, call 911 for immediate assistance.

If a victim calls URPD at 804-289-8715, they can request to speak or meet with one of our detectives regarding options within the criminal justice system. URPD recommends that any survivor of sexual violence contact and meet with a detective and an advocate of your choice to discuss your situation and resources that the criminal justice system can provide. All of URPD detectives are trained in trauma informed investigation applications. Following this meeting, a survivor is better informed on reporting options and rights as a survivor, and then may elect to make a formal police report which is a document of fact, not a commitment at this time, to move forward with the prosecution of the case. 

URPD investigates crimes committed on campus as defined by the Code of Virginia. Crimes of interpersonal violence include dating violence, stalking, domestic violence, and assault.

Crimes of sexual violence range from sexual battery to rape. Each specific crime has a different statute of limitations, which can be explained to any victim by URPD.  Policy definitions and the code of Virginia requirements for elements of a criminal prosecution may vary slightly due to the different processes.

URPD will educate any community member on Virginia Protective Order requirements and provide any assistance necessary to include transportation to obtain one.

URPD coordinates investigations with the Commonwealth Attorneys’ Office in the City of Richmond and Henrico County depending on the location of the incident.

Where you can go for medical attention

Within 5 days:

  • Mary’s Hospital 5801 Bremo Road, Richmond, Va.
    • Non-emergency (804) 281-8574
    • Emergency (804) 281-8184

After 5 days:

  • Student Health Center, Special Programs Building, (804) 289-8700

St. Mary’s provides a trained forensic nurse to conduct a physical evidence recovery kit (PERK) as well as assess your physical and emotional condition. A PERK is evidence collected to aid in the prosecution of a case if a survivor chooses to do so. It is provided at no cost, and the University police or a Peer Sexual Misconduct Advisor (PSMA) psma@richmond.edu is able to provide transportation.

A survivor may request that the PERK be completed anonymously. If selected, the PERK is given a confidential number, shipped to the Virginia Division of Consolidated Labs, and stored for a minimum of two years. During that timeframe, a survivor may choose to report the incident to law enforcement and then that agency can retrieve the PERK. Currently, URPD will maintain a PERK for a minimum of 10 years, which could be extended.

Evidence

Successful prosecution or a finding in favor of a complainant is greatly enhanced with evidence collected at or near the time of the offense. Delayed reporting of sexual violence incidents occurs across the country regardless of where the incident may have occurred. There are many reasons that create delayed reporting. URPD is working to minimize certain reasons and our actions include:

  • URPD will collect and store any items of evidentiary value regardless if a victim has decided to make a formal report at the time of the evidence collection.
  • Items include clothing, sheets, and photographs of any injuries to include the neck region, photographs of the scene, and all e-messaging pre and post incident.
  • URPD will maintain all items for a minimum of 1 year or longer depending on the crime.
  • This protocol will aid the victim in future decisions.

The following URPD officers are available for individual or group discussions related to sexual violence and our response to it. 

  • Assistant Chief of Police Beth Simonds, 289-8722
  • Detective Tim Meacham, 289-6690
  • Detective Angie Dubose, 289-8543
  • Detective George Mihalcoe, 289-8018 
What is the difference between a Title IX Report and a Title IX Complaint?

One common misconception about the reporting process is that making a report will automatically lead to a Title IX investigation. While a report can become a formal complaint, initiated by the Complainant or the University, not every report becomes a complaint.

Making a report is the act of notifying the Title IX Coordinator of an incident of sexual misconduct. A report may be accompanied by a request for resources and accommodations, no further action, and/or to initiate the formal complaint process.

Filling a complaint is making a request to initiates the University’s formal Title IX administrative process. A report may become a formal complaint, initiated either by the Complainant or by the University. At the time a report is made, a Complainant does not have to decide whether to file a formal complaint. The University recognizes that not every individual wants to file a complaint with the University or URPD, and individuals are not required to pursue a specific course of action.

How does the University respond to reports of sexual misconduct?

When a report of sexual misconduct is received, the first concern is the safety and well-being of the student involved. The Title IX Coordinator can assist the student in connecting with medical and mental health resources, connecting with sexual assault support and advocacy services, such as Safe Harbor; implementing a No Contact Order; and assessing the need for interim accommodations, such as changes to class schedule or living arrangement of either the student reporting or the student accused of misconduct.

The second step in the response is to ensure that the student understands their rights and options for filing a report with the police and commencing an investigation by the Title IX Coordinator. If the student chooses to move forward, the Title IX Coordinator begins the formal investigation. 

Would the University investigate even if I did not want to move forward?

In most situations, the University will be able to respect your choice and will not proceed with an investigation. However, there are times where you might choose not to participate in an investigation, but the University will still move forward. These are limited circumstances, like if the accused student had been alleged to have committed sexual violence previously, your report stated that a weapon was used or that there were threats of future sexual violence against you or others. If the University needs to move forward, you will be notified about that choice. From there, you can choose not to participate at all, or you can choose to participate at a later point in the investigation.

What if I am afraid to report because alcohol and drugs were involved?

 

We know students may be hesitant to report incidents or seek help if they were under the influence of alcohol or drugs for fear of getting in trouble. If you have been sexually assaulted while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, neither you nor the friend(s) assisting you will be charged with a violation of the University’s Alcohol & Drug Policy. For your safety and well-being, the University may initiate an educational discussion about the use of alcohol or other drugs and the impact they have on your well-being.

How does the University handle retaliation against someone who brings a complaint or serves as a witness in the Title IX Administrative Process?  

All members of the University community, including faculty, staff and students, who have a good faith concern regarding possible violations of this policy are expected to report such concerns to the Title IX Coordinators.

The University prohibits retaliation or retribution, in any form, against an individual who reports, in good faith, an actual, potential or suspected violation of this policy. As used in this policy, reporting “in good faith” means the individual making the report has a reasonable basis to believe that there has been or may have been a violation of this policy.  Individuals who make frivolous or false reports shall not be deemed to be acting in good faith.

Anyone who engages in or attempts to engage in retaliation or retribution against an individual who reports, in good faith, an actual, potential or suspected violation of this policy shall be subject to discipline in accordance with the policies and procedures of the University.