Information about Ebola

last updated 15 October 2014

University of Richmond’s medical director, emergency management, international education and others are monitoring the Ebola outbreak. When necessary, the university will communicate health information, disease education, and protective measures to the campus community.

As with any international safety concern, we stay current with the CDC and State Department warnings regarding travel to the affected area and we incorporate those in our monitoring of this issue.

The CDC issued advice for colleges, universities and students.  We have reviewed that guidance to ensure that our university practices align with it.

Currently, the CDC has declared three West Africa countries, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea, to be Warning Level 3 countries and Nigeria a Warning Level II country, telling travelers to avoid nonessential travel to these countries. Additionally Nigeria has declared a national state of emergency over Ebola. 

The U.S. Department of State has issued a Travel Warning for Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

All U.S. citizens traveling abroad should register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at travel.state.gov.

The CDC recommends that anyone returning from one of the affected countries — Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Lagos and Nigeria — within the past 21 days contact their medical caregiver to discuss potential level of exposure and receive instructions on how to monitor their health. This recommendation remains until the outbreak is under control.

  • Students may contact the Student Health Center at (804) 289-8064, if they have additional questions.
  • Faculty and staff should contact their primary healthcare provider.

Ebola is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola, objects (like needles) that have been contaminated with the virus, and infected animals.  Ebola is NOT spread through the air or by water, or in general, food.

For more information, please see the CDC's Ebola Information.  For information specific to higher education please see the CDC’s Advice for Colleges, Universities, and Students.

In addition, please reference and heed the advice of State Department resources.


Outdoor Warning System

The University of Richmond (UR) has an Emergency Notification System (ENS) with multi‐channel communication capabilities.  One component of the ENS is the Outdoor Warning System (OWS).  The OWS consists of clusters of outdoor speakers centrally located on campus. It is capable of playing a recorded message or live audio from the UR Police Department Dispatcher. The system is most frequently used to alert persons outside to seek shelter indoors immediately due to an approaching tornado.

The OWS will be tested once a semester.  The timing of these tests will be announced in advance.

Contact Information

UR Police, emergency

(804) 289-8911 (911 from a campus phone)

UR Police, non-emergency

(804) 289-8715

UR Switchboard

(804) 289-8000

UR Hotline

(804) 289-8760