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Richmond's Statement on Peaceful Protests

By Tom Nicholas

February 26, 2018

In light of recent and ongoing national events, the following statement was released yesterday by the University of Richmond via the @urichmond Twitter account:

"In recent weeks, we have all shared in the heartbreak of the devastating loss of life at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and we are all wondering what might be done to stem the tide of gun violence that has taken many young lives.  What we know we can do right now is to ensure that those who choose to peaceably participate in civic protests regarding gun violence will not be impacted negatively in any way in the admissions process to the University of Richmond . We all seek a better way."

Students who participate in peaceful protests — those who have already been admitted to Richmond, and those who may apply in the future — will not be penalized in our admission process, should they experience negative consequences (such as suspension) due to this action.

A few additional words from our Vice President for Enrollment Management, Stephanie Dupaul:

"Students who walk out of class should not be concerned about their admission status. And when these students return to class, I hope they will continue to use their voices. In history class, I hope they will insist on learning about the people and actions that have led to a better world so they can follow in the footsteps of icons of change. In government, I hope they will learn to navigate our systems so they can walk the pathways to legal change. In economics, I hope they will tackle unraveling the impacts of financial forces so they can understand the complicated relationships between economic and political change. In English, I hope they learn the power of the word so they can speak for their generation with a clear and compelling voice. In every class, I hope they find something that expands them; a new way to approach difficult and complex issues."

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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Tom NicholasTom Nicholas
Associate Director of Admission 


A Richmond alumnus (Class of 2007), Tom has been working and blogging for the Office of Admission since he graduated. He loves his alma mater and the city that shares its name.

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Beth Anne SpachtBeth Anne Spacht
Senior Assistant Director of Admission


Beth Anne was a double major at Richmond (English and Latin American & Iberian Studies) and now enjoys helping prospective students discover the best of her alma mater.

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