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Participating in The Richmond Endeavor Program

The Richmond Endeavor is designed for students to create meaningful bonds and friendships with their fellow classmates, develop a relationship with a faculty member during their first year at Richmond, and connect their interests both inside and outside of the classroom.

Students are expected to agree to the terms outlined in the student contract that they receive when they are offered a place in the community.

Updated: June 1, 2018

Terms for Student Participation for the 2019–20 Academic Year

Academic Requirements
  • Commit to enrolling in the fall semester and spring semester courses
  • Students must successfully pass the fall semester course to be able to continue to participate in the spring semester course

The Office of Living-Learning & Roadmap Programs will pre-enroll all Endeavor students into their respective Endeavor course prior to regular course registration each semester. Students cannot drop or change the course within BannerWeb without first contacting the director of living-learning programs.

Residential Requirements
  • Arrive to campus and move-in on Sunday, August 18, 2019
  • Students participating in Endeavor will live with another student(s), of the same gender, within a double room within Lora Robins Court. Roommates may not necessarily be participating within the same Endeavor community
  • After a student accepts their offer to participate in the program, they will be notified of all other members within the program
  • Roommates: students may request a roommate. If both students request each other as a roommate and the roommate situation meets the above conditions, every effort will be made to honor the request. Requests should be submitted directly to Andrew Gurka, director of living-learning programs, no later than June 15, 2019
  • Read and agree to the terms of the Housing Contract
  • Housing accommodations are available for students whose medical-related conditions or disabilities substantially limit their housing needs.  However, to be considered for such special housing, they must submit a completed disability accommodation application and documentation to the University Disability Coordinator, Dr. Tinina Cade, by May 15.  Applications are accepted after these deadlines but may delay review. Submitting a disability medical accommodation request does not automatically guarantee a space in University housing. Students are encouraged to consult and meet with their disability advisors each year or as indicated. Annual applications are encouraged should there be changes in accommodation needs and medical conditions
  • Gender flexible housing (GFH): Incoming students who identify beyond the binary, including but not limited to genderqueer, gender questioning, or trans students are encouraged to contact the Dean of Richmond or Westhampton College, or the Director of Common Ground, to ensure that the University is meeting their housing needs
Co-Curricular Requirements
  • Attend co-curricular events planned by the faculty that do not interfere with another academic course; these events (dates and times) will be listed in the course syllabus or given by the faculty member
  • Participate in the Roadmap to Success program between August 18–21, 2019
  • Complete the online consent/release for off-campus experiences in BannerWeb
  • Be an active member of the Endeavor program by participating in programs sponsored by the Endeavor Navigators, fellow community members, and the living-learning programs office
Withdrawing from The Richmond Endeavor

Because participation in The Richmond Endeavor includes both a student's academic and residential experience, withdrawing from the program can have multiple implications. If a student wants to withdraw from the program, the student will need to meet with the director of living-learning programs to discuss the reasons they wish to withdraw, and determine which actions are appropriate.

If a student chooses to withdraw, the following actions could occur:

  • Change in residential housing assignment
  • Dropping the fall and/or spring course(s)
  • Reassignment of academic advisor

The actions listed above depend on the timing of when the student withdraws from the program, whether there is available housing within the first-year residence halls, and the reasons why the student wants to withdraw.

Removal from The Richmond Endeavor

The Office of Living-Learning Programs may remove a student from The Richmond Endeavor program should the student not follow-through with the terms of this participation agreement. Prior to a student’s removal, the student will be required to meet with the director of living-learning programs to discuss their involvement in the community and determine any corrective course of action. 

The Richmond and Westhampton College Deans’ Offices, as part of the student disciplinary process, may also remove a student from a living-learning community who violates conduct outlined in the Student Handbook.

A student who is removed, may be required to move out of the residence hall the community is housed in and withdraw from the course associated with the community, withdraw from the fall and/or spring course(s), and be reassigned to a new academic advisor.