Posted on July 28, 2020
I hope you are well as we approach the start of Fall Semester 2020.
I know that this time has been challenging for you in many ways within our own, VCU and Richmond communities. At all times, we strive to maintain the university as a safe place for students to exchange ideas and engage with each other and the Richmond community.
On July 26, Dr. Rao sent a message about events that occurred over the weekend. VCU supports free speech and students who protest peacefully. However, we recognize that the destruction and vandalism that occurred recently was different from the peaceful protests of the last few months. In that regard, I wanted to reiterate and highlight some of the resources in place that contribute to the safety and security at the University:
These resources are available throughout the year for all students. University staff are always standing by to support and care for students. The everyday safety of our students as they live in residence halls, dine at various locations on and surrounding campus and attend their classes is enhanced by utilizing these resources.
Richmond is a large and engaged community that supports a free-flowing exchange of opinions and ideals. Peaceful protests and other events do happen and can provide students with the opportunity to experience the concepts they learn in their classes in action. We also understand there are many other ways to express opinions, including through voting, advocacy and community service. One resource available is VCU Votes, which is a network of VCU students, faculty and staff members dedicated to promoting voter engagement on campus.
Thank you for joining us in supporting safety and security while on campus. We remain committed to our mission of striving to provide safe, inclusive and well-maintained communities.
Reuban B. Rodriguez, Ed.D.
Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Students