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Tornado activity Update 6:05 pm Tornadic activity around the University has ended. Expect some thunderstorms, and we will continue to monitor any severe activity that may occur on campus during the evening. Use caution as you exit campus, many roads in the region are closed. Currently College Road at Lakewood Avenue is experiencing minor flooding and will be closed.

Thank you for your patience

Tornado Activity Update 5:00 pm The shelter in place remains in effect. There has been an unusual series of storms crossing the region which has created an extended tornado warning. The siren will continue to sound until the danger has passed.While the tornado warning remains in place, all classes, activities, and events at the University of Richmond are suspended.

Tornado Activity Update 4:42 pm 09/17/2018, anticipated tornadic activity in the area until 5:40 pm. The siren will remain active until the tornado activity is no longer within a 5 mile radius of campus.

Tornado Activity Update 4:20 pm 09/17/2018

Please remain in place, Shelter in place for campus was intiated at 3:17 pm. We continue to monitor the series of cells going across our region.

Tornado Activity Update 4:10 pm 09/17/2018

Please remain in place, there remains active tornadic activity in the area.

Tornado Activity Update 3:50 pm 09/17/2018

Please remain in place, we are closely monitoring 2 cells that are impacting our immediate area. We have verified tornado touchdowns in the area.

Hurricane Florence Information

Updated September 16 2018 10:00 am   FINAL

Normal campus operations return Monday

 Having been spared any significant impact from Hurricane Florence, the University will resume full and normal campus operations tomorrow, Monday, Sept. 17.  All scheduled classes, events, and activities will be held.

 Our entire community extends its thanks to the dedicated staff who worked extensively to ensure the campus was equipped to handle the many possible challenges associated with the impending storm. Our response to the threat associated with the storm was active, conscientious, and student centered.

 Even as we return to normal operations here on the campus, our thoughts remain with those who have been directly impacted by Hurricane Florence.

Updated September 13 2018 3:30 p.m.

Weinstein Center for Recreation hours

Friday           6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday       9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday          9:00 am - 6:00 pm

The Cellar will be closed Friday and Saturday and open on Sunday
Lou's Cafe Closed on Friday

Friday will be a windy day on campus when walking around be aware of possible fallen debris.

Friday Forecast

Updated September 13 2018 11:30 a.m.

The projected track of Hurricane Florence has shifted to the south and, fortunately, Richmond is no longer expected to experience hurricane conditions. As a result, the University will operate on a normal work schedule for faculty and staff Friday through Sunday with the exception of classes, which will resume on Monday. In making decisions regarding classes, campus events, and our operating schedule, the safety of students, staff, and faculty is always our priority. 

 This is an unusual situation and some have asked about our decision to cancel classes but otherwise maintain a normal work schedule. The University had a narrow window of opportunity to make a decision about the University’s schedule in the coming days. On Wednesday morning, the impact of the hurricane on the Richmond area remained uncertain, particularly Friday through Sunday. The potential for high winds and heavy rains that could down trees and cut off power for unforeseen periods of time would have strained repair crews across the southeast. Such a scenario would have put significant demands on our services and the living conditions of students. We acted in an abundance of caution to respond to the needs of our students by cancelling classes, thus allowing time for students to relocate before conditions made travel dangerous.

 We are relieved that Richmond is no longer in the direct impact zone and that the weather is unlikely to be an impediment to our efforts to support the students who have decided to stay on campus. Our concern remains for our friends, families, and colleagues who remain in the path of the hurricane and may be significantly impacted by it.

 We continue to monitor the trajectory of the storm and will provide any further updates on Please remain vigilant as rain and winds could still exceed projections and cause problems. We recognize that travel conditions may vary across the Richmond region, and we encourage staff and faculty to exercise their best judgment in assessing travel conditions between home and campus.

 We are grateful to all those dedicated staff and faculty who are continuing to provide services to our campus and for our students.

Update September 13, 2018 10:45 a.m.

All kick-off events for the Tucker-Boatwright Festival will take place on Thursday, Sept. 13, as scheduled:

  • Film screening of Brasileirinho at 4 p.m. in Weinstein Hall, Brown-Alley Room (open to the public)
  • Opening reception with musical guests Trio Brasileiro in the International Center (by invite only)
  • Concert with Trio Brasileiro in the International Commons (open to the public)

Update September 12, 2018 9:30 p.m.

Weinstein Center for Recreation will be open 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday September 13

Lou's Cafe closed Thursday September 13

Cellar closed Thursday September 13

All other operations on a normal schedule for September 13

Updated September 12, 2018 5:00 p.m.

The Tucker-Boatwright Festival's Trio Brasiliero performance will go on as scheduled at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, in the Carole Weinstein International Center.

Updated September 12, 2018 3:00 p.m.

Community Partners Service Site Shuttles are cancelled for September 13 and September 14

Updated September 12, 2018 12:06 p.m.

Emergency personnel at the University have continued to monitor the expected track of Hurricane Florence and its potential to interrupt operations on the campus. The track of the storm presently suggests its greatest impact will be in the Carolinas and places Richmond outside the scope of the storm’s most significant impact.

In an abundance of caution, and given the unpredictable manner in which the storm may disrupt the campus, University officials have decided to cancel all classes and campus events (with the exception of Youssra El Hawary's performance at the Modlin Center – see more info below) scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 13, through Sunday, Sept. 16. Our cancellation Thursday will permit students time for either travel or preparation to remain on campus during the storm this weekend.

Residence halls and the Heilman Dining Center will remain open throughout the weekend. Our police and security, student and professional residence life staff, and facilities and food services staff will work actively to ensure that we are operational for students who remain on campus. In the event of a power outage or other storm related impact to our campus, we have secured the emergency resources necessary to address student needs.

All University staff are expected to report to campus according to a normal work schedule on Thursday, Sept. 13. Any decision about changes to normal operations on Friday will be communicated by noon on Thursday.

We are urging any students who decide to leave campus for any reason to use an abundance of caution when traveling. Heavy rain can cause flooding on streets and in low-lying areas. Do not try to walk or drive through these areas.

Students, faculty and staff, should take precautions, including:  

  • Charging communications devices and portable battery backups.
  • Gathering basic personal supplies such as food, water, and flashlights.
  • Filling up the gas tanks of vehicles.
  • Refilling any prescriptions.
  • Unplugging TVs, electronic equipment, and lamps.
  • Closing and locking windows, and removing items from window ledges.

Additional helpful suggestions and resources are available at and (How to Prepare For a Hurricane).

We also urge students and parents to be sure they have signed up for UR emergency alerts. To sign up for alerts please go to

The Wyatt Tee Walker symposium, scheduled for Thursday, has been cancelled. The home football game with St. Francis will now be played Thursday, Sept. 13, on the campus of St. Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania. Please visit for details. The Thursday night performance by Youssra El Hawary at the Modlin Center for the Arts will go on as scheduled.

Any additional adjustments to the operations of campus services will be posted at

Please continue to monitor your email and for additional information.

Updated September 11, 2018 11:00 a.m.

Out of an abundance of caution, and concern for those families planning to travel to campus this weekend, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Family Weekend. We are making this announcement as early as possible to allow families the maximum amount of time possible to modify their plans.

Conversations regarding the status of our home football game against St. Francis are ongoing. A variety of possibilities are being considered, but no decision has been made concerning the game at this time. 

University officials continue to meet and to actively monitor the progress and likely impact of the storm. We will continue to communicate with the University community as plans develop in the coming days.

Updated September 10, 2018 8:00 p.m.

As Hurricane Florence continues to move toward the East Coast, the University of Richmond has activated its emergency protocol and is closely monitoring the weather for the possible impact to campus later this week. At this time, the University plans to operate on a normal schedule. We know that there are a number of events planned for the end of the week and weekend that could be impacted by the storm. We intend to update the University community tomorrow regarding any changes to our schedule.

The safety of our community is our first priority. Departments across campus are taking preparatory actions in advance of the storm.

It is too soon to know the exact track Hurricane Florence will take, but models are suggesting that Virginia can expect significant impacts.

We intend to communicate with the campus community as our plans develop. We also encourage everyone to stay alert to emergency messages, which will be posted to

As we monitor the developing storm, our public safety professionals refer you to the following helpful resources:  

Please return to for the latest updates.

Adjustments to Campus Services


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

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.