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Making Excellence Inclusive

The University of Richmond strives to be a leader in higher education, preparing students to contribute to, and succeed in, a complex world; producing knowledge to address the world’s problems; and modeling the way that colleges and universities can effectively meet the challenges of our time. Enacting this vision means ensuring Richmond is a community that attracts and retains talented students, faculty, and staff with diverse life experiences and backgrounds. 

Though much has been done, much work remains to ensure we foster and sustain a community and a culture that enables its members to thrive. As such, the President convened several campus-wide committees, grounded in the outcomes of prior efforts, to identify the most significant needs and opportunities in our community and determine actions that will result in meaningful, sustained change. Making Excellence Inclusive: Report and Recommendationspublished in July 2019, summarizes our results and provides a work plan to guiding our shared efforts over the next three years.  

Learn more about the Making Excellence Inclusive initative and our progress.

President’s Student Cabinet

In February 2020, President Crutcher announced the creation of a President’s Student Cabinet, comprising current students from across the institution and intended to foster communication, engagement, and collaboration among students, the President, and the University’s senior leadership. Student Cabinet members will be selected to represent the broadest possible range of student backgrounds, interests, experiences, identities, and ideologies. The Student Cabinet will meet with the President and other senior leaders several times each semester, and with the President’s Cabinet once each semester. The Student Cabinet may also be convened ad hoc at the request of the President to provide feedback and insights to University leaders on key issues. 

The inaugural President’s Student Cabinet will convene in fall 2020. The nomination process is tentatively scheduled to begin in August 2020, pending improved conditions in response to COVID-19.

Learn more about the President's Student Cabinet.


Freedom of Expression

In May 2019, President Crutcher convened the Task Force to review the University’s practices and policies related to free expression and academic freedom. The Task Force was charged with determining whether the University would benefit from a definitive statement on free expression, and if so, with drafting a statement for our community’s consideration.

Over seven months, and under the leadership of constitutional law professor Kurt T. Lash, the Task Force carefully studied the national discussion regarding free expression in higher education. They reviewed free expression statements from a range of other colleges and universities and ultimately determined the University would benefit from having a statement, rooted in our educational mission and institutional values. The recommended statement will be reviewed and discussed by the campus community over the coming months.

Learn more about our statement on Free Expression.

Sexual Assault Response & Prevention

The prevention of sexual misconduct, particularly sexual violence, is an institutional priority at the University of Richmond. The University is unwavering in its commitment to support survivors of sexual assault, to respond promptly to reports of any type of sexual misconduct, and to investigate and adjudicate reports in a manner that is fair and equitable to all parties involved. The University is also committed to continually assessing and improving its policies, prevention initiatives, and educational programs based on input from the campus community, best practices at other institutions, and regulatory guidance.

Through thoughtful engagement from students, staff, faculty, alumni, and parents, a clear consensus has emerged around specific initiatives that would be most valuable and effective for the University in addressing this important work. We will be taking up this work immediately and invite our community to continue to engage in this critical area.