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To our new UR students and families,

The fall semester will soon be here, and all of us at the University of Richmond look forward to welcoming you to our campus community. As the Vice President for Student Development, I have the honor of working with many of the offices that are committed to providing a vibrant extracurricular experience for our students. Our motto in the Student Development Division is “partners in learning.” We strive to provide opportunities that complement student academic goals and help provide meaningful new experiences in a wide range of areas. The staff in the Division is committed to making the University of Richmond experience a personal one for each student. We are available to counsel students through personal challenges and we encourage students to accept challenging leadership positions in areas such as residence life, student government, civic engagement, sport clubs, and student organizations. The University is primarily residential; therefore we are full-time in our focus. We believe it is important to facilitate meaningful experiences both in and out of the classroom.

I am proud to say that I work on a campus dedicated to a team approach to the well-being and safety of our students. Personnel in many areas including Emergency Management, Police, Residence Life, Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health, Communications, Information Services, and Auxiliary Services are committed to ensuring our campus is as prepared as possible to respond to campus crises. For more detailed information about the kinds of well-being services we offer, please visit our UR Well website: Additionally, our UR Alert portal provides access to emergency notification messages for parents of current students, family of faculty and staff, visitors, and community members. During an emergency impacting campus, the University of Richmond will use UR Alert to provide critical safety information via text messages, email, and phone calls. UR Alert is dependent on an individual “opt‐in” registration in order to receive alert messages. To do so, simply click here: click on"Register" and follow the prompts.

It is equally important for your student to sign up for UR Alert. Students can sign up for UR Alert by:

  • Logging in to BannerWeb
  • Clicking on "Personal Information"
  • Selecting "Emergency Information Collection"
  • Clicking "Submit/Confirm" to save changes

I hope you have a wonderful summer. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can provide additional information.


Steve Bisese

Dr. Steve Bisese
Vice President for Student Development