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Student Initiatives

Across our campus, there are several student initiatives dedicated to ending sexual violence at the University of Richmond and in the greater community.

Spiders for Spiders

Spiders for SpidersSpiders for Spiders is a student movement to end sexual violence in our community. Spiders for Spiders facilitates an interactive training that is intended to empower members of our student community to play an active role in ending sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking.  Participants will learn realistic methods of intervening before, during, and after incidents of violence occur as well as how to support friends.  Participants will leave with information about campus and community resources and with concrete tools to help create a culture where violence is not tolerated and where everyone is expected to do their part to keep our community safe. 


This training is open to students who are interested in joining the movement to end sexual violence in our community and who want to learn ways to support survivors. To join this rapidly growing movement.


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Peer Sexual Misconduct Advisors

Who We Are

Peer Sexual Misconduct Advisors (PSMA) are UR students who serve as confidential peer advisors trained in Title IX policy, procedure, and emotional support resources. PSMAs are RC/WC or Law students who are selected through an application process and complete extensive training from the Title IX Coordinator, URPD, CAPS, St. Mary’s Hospital, Safe Harbor, Spiders for Spiders, the Virginia Anti-Violence Project, and Common Ground. All contact is confidential because the PSMAs are not employees of the University.

How to Contact Us

A Peer Sexual Misconduct Advisor is available at all times and can be connected with a student through:

  • Undergraduate email: psma@richmond.edu
  • Law School email: lawpsma@richmond.edu 
  • URPD
  • Dean's office
  • RA
  • Area Coordinator
  • Greater Richmond Regional Hotline (number on back of SpiderCard)
  • CAPS

What We Can Do For Students

  • Provide information on reporting options, processes, and procedures
  • Attend meetings students have throughout their reporting processes
  • Connect students to resources
  • Provide confidential support
  • Connect students to funding options as need (i.e. transportation home, health care needs, etc.)
  • If desired, help students report sexual misconduct violations to appropriate officials
  • Communicate with Title IX Coordinators on behalf of the student as an emotional support
  • Fill out reporting form with students upon request
  • Accompany students to St. Mary’s Hospital, or other medical provider, as requested

2018 PSMAs

Spiders Against Sexual Assault and Violence

SASAV is a student organization promoting campus, local, and national reform and awareness around the epidemic of campus sexual assault. SASAV's goal is to create a culture that better defends victims and cultivates a community where sexual assault is unacceptable. They strive to affect change through educational and awareness-building events on campus and at local high schools, and to reach out to other universities nationally to encourage similar changes to campus policies and cultures.

White Ribbon

White Ribbon is an international movement of men working to end violence against women. White Ribbon – University of Richmond is asking male identified students, faculty, and staff to promise to be part of the solution in ending violence against women. We believe that men can play a vital role in ending violence against women through their words and actions. Visit their site to get invovled and commit to being a part of the solution.