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VCU Police maps a road to reform

Since 2010, the department has implemented policies, training and technology to be at the forefront of inclusive public safety.

Nicole Dailey named assistant chief of VCU Police

The Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department’s new assistant chief is no stranger to the university. Nicole Dailey, a 21-year veteran of the agency, was promoted to assistant chief in a ceremony yesterday at police headquarters.

What’s new at VCU for 2019-20

New academic programs and a host of campus changes — Free Store! Wider sidewalks! — greet students as the fall semester begins.

VCU names interim police chief

Assistant Chief of Police Howard “Mike” O’Berry will serve as interim chief of police starting Aug. 1.

Lane closures and new traffic pattern planned for VCU’s MCV Campus

Starting Saturday, April 6, a new traffic pattern will be in effect on Virginia Commonwealth University’s MCV Campus due to lane closures for multiple construction projects. Patient and visitor parking will not be affected, however, drivers are encouraged to allow extra time for travel as heavy traffic is possible. This new traffic pattern will be in effect for several months.

VCU unveils fleet of tall bikes

“We encourage everyone to explore Richmond from a new perspective,” said Erin Stanforth, the university's director of sustainability.

Health equity expert to speak about efforts to close racial health gaps

A few months before unarmed black teen Michael Brown Jr. was shot to death by a white police officer in the suburban St. Louis town of Ferguson, Jason Purnell, Ph.D., an associate professor at Washington University in St. Louis, published a report on health disparities that found, among other things, that blacks in St. Louis were 17 times more likely to be injured by firearms than their white neighbors.

Trauma symposium to address Richmond’s youth violence and opioid crisis

The 2019 VCU Health Rao R. Ivatury Trauma Symposium will feature panel discussions on youth violence prevention and the opioid crisis. Panelists from local government agencies, Virginia Commonwealth University and VCU Health will discuss achievements, challenges and next steps in working together to increase the success of preventative efforts.

Who needs Cupid when you’ve got VCU?

Countless relationships are formed at Virginia Commonwealth University — friendships, mentorships, professional partnerships, academic collaborations and, of course, romantic connections, some of which last a lifetime. Below we share the love stories of couples whose relationships were formed or strengthened with help from VCU.

What's new at VCU for 2018-19

Every year, VCU introduces exciting new programs, people and places to the university and local communities.

Social work students explore Richmond history at the intersection of race and mental health

Princess Blanding, sister of Marcus-David Peters, a 24-year-old black man shot and killed by a Richmond police officer in May, stood before a crowd of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work students, faculty and alumni. Her message: People experiencing mental health crisis deserve help, and we need to break down the stigma preventing them from getting it.

50 reasons to love VCU

It’s impossible to identify everything amazing about Virginia Commonwealth University. Here are our top 50.

Accreditation assessment team for VCU Police invites public to comment

VCU Police Chief John Venuti announced today that a team of assessors from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators will arrive on Aug. 26 to examine all aspects of the Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services.

Au Bon Pain, Shake Smart to open on VCU’s Monroe Park Campus

Virginia Commonwealth University students will soon have two new on-campus restaurants to choose from: Au Bon Pain, the Boston-based bakery and café chain, will open at 944 W. Grace Street, and Shake Smart, a healthy lifestyle smoothie bar, will open in the former Market 810-2-GO space inside Shafer Court Dining Center.

VCU earns 36 prizes at annual Virginia Public Relations Awards ceremony

Virginia Commonwealth University was recognized for outstanding communications work with 36 prizes at the annual Virginia Public Relations Awards on May 24. The event, hosted by the Public Relations Society of America’s Richmond chapter, recognizes creative and effective communications strategies and tactics.

Richmond International Airport hosts bleeding control training

The Central Virginia Coalition to “Stop The Bleed” (a collaboration of regional health care providers including VCU Health System and HCA’s Chippenham, Johnston-Willis and Henrico Doctors hospitals) is hosting a hands-on bleeding control training for Richmond International Airport personnel on how to stop severe bleeding in emergencies before professional help arrives.

VCU to conduct test of emergency communications

Virginia Commonwealth University will conduct a full test of its emergency communications and alerting systems, including 10 sirens throughout the Monroe Park and MCV campuses, at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 7.

VCU's Project Empower helps victims of partner violence when they need it the most

On the night Nakisha Spellman was beaten, strangled, stabbed, dragged through her home and thrown down the stairs into her front yard by her partner, the 24-year-old Richmond resident hobbled to her neighbor’s house for refuge. The next morning, in such severe pain that she was unable to stand, she got a ride to VCU Medical Center.

VCU’s new ‘Agency’ provides Richmond-area nonprofits with pro bono PR, communication strategies

At the Richmond campus of the nonprofit UMFS on Tuesday, a team of Virginia Commonwealth University public relations students is laying out its best PR and communications ideas to boost the number of parents interested in fostering teenagers. “There are 400,000 American children who are in the foster care system. The majority of those are males and the vast majority are between the ages of 11 and 20 years old,” said Lilia Souri, a senior PR major in the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture in the College of Humanities and Sciences. “We need to get these teens adopted and fostered.”

Faculty and Staff Features for August 2017

John F. Butterworth IV, M.D., professor and chair, Department of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine, has been named chair of the International Anesthesia Research Society board of trustees.

Annual Spirit Walk will briefly close roads near VCU’s Siegel Center

Virginia Commonwealth University will host its annual New Student Convocation and Spirit Walk on Tuesday, Aug. 22. The VCU Police Department will close roads for an estimated 20 minutes to allow students to walk from the Stuart C. Siegel Center to the 900 and 1000 blocks of Floyd Avenue.

Sights and sounds from move-in day

A swarm of volunteers surrounded every car or truck that rolled up to 710 W. Franklin St. A dorm room worth of supplies was swiftly moved to the curb, then loaded into a huge cardboard box on a roller to go upstairs. Spirits were high as the newest Virginia Commonwealth University students moved into their new homes in Brandt and Rhoads halls on the Monroe Park Campus on Saturday.

VCU opens 2017-18 academic year

Virginia Commonwealth University will welcome freshmen this week when the class of 2021 moves into the university’s on-campus residence halls, launching the annual Welcome Week schedule of activities that marks the opening of the academic year. For the first time, freshmen students who live on campus will not be able to bring cars, which is expected to reduce pressure on street parking in surrounding neighborhoods and encourage use of public transportation.

Police help Richmond campers beat the heat

More than 60 summer campers took a timeout from the sweltering heat last week to learn more about policing in Richmond. On July 19, officers and academy recruits from the Virginia Commonwealth University and Richmond Police departments met with campers, aged 8 to 12, from the Mary and Frances Youth Center’s Lobs and Lessons tennis program and the Police Athletic League.

Division of Administration honors staff

The division includes hundreds of employees who work for VCU Police, Technology Services, Parking and Transportation, Safety and Risk Management, Facilities Management and Human Resources.

Faculty and Staff Features for May 2017

Jeffrey Ferguson, M.D., recently received the 2017 Old Dominion Emergency Medical Services Alliance’s Outstanding EMS Physician of the Year award.

VCU wins 32 prizes at annual Virginia Public Relations Awards ceremony

Virginia Commonwealth University was honored for its outstanding communications work with 32 prizes, including the prestigious “Best in Show,” at the 70th Virginia Public Relations Awards, an event of the Public Relations Society of America’s Richmond chapter recognizing creative and effective communications strategies and tactics.

Fulbright scholar engages the politics and poetics of space and place in Johannesburg

Levester Williams experienced racial profiling firsthand when police stopped him and a friend as they drove to Atlanta. “They wanted to search the car, and they didn't find anything,” said Williams, who received his M.F.A. from the VCU School of the Arts in 2016. “They didn’t find any traffic violations … they didn’t find any drugs. And my friend was like, ‘Well, you all just pulled us over because we’re black.’”

French Film Festival marks 25th anniversary

The 25th French Film Festival begins next week with screenings and live performance events at the historic Byrd Theatre, featuring 14 feature films, 11 short films and three special events that showcase French cinema.

Officer honored with VALOR Award for lifesaving efforts

Ian McAllister had recently been promoted to sergeant on night patrol for the Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department when he found himself in an alleyway rendering first aid to a critically wounded woman.

Haunts of VCU

At colleges and universities around the world, tales of haunted elevators, mysterious noises and ghostly apparitions are as abundant as the tomes found in campus libraries. The older the institution, the more these tales are whispered from one freshman class to the next. Virginia Commonwealth University is no stranger to these specters. Surrounded by a historic city and with buildings dating back to the mid-1800s, this 178-year-old institution has plenty of things that go bump in the night.

Richmond residents say race relations are a major problem and getting worse, but police are doing a good job in the community

Ahead of next week’s Wilder Symposium on Race and American Society, the Center for Public Policy at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University has released the results of a poll conducted in the spring that found a majority of Richmond-area residents (72 percent) saw race relations in the United States as a major problem and that race relations have grown worse over the past five years.

Public invited to campus events inspired by ‘Just Mercy,’ VCU’s Common Book

Virginia Commonwealth University’s University College is organizing a series of three public events related to the themes of this year’s campuswide Common Book. “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” is a 2014 autobiography by Bryan Stevenson that tells the story of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, providing a window into the lives of those he has defended and making an argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.

VCU Police seek persons of interest in robbery

The Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department is releasing photos of persons of interest following a robbery. On Sept. 25, at approximately 5:34 a.m., a strong-armed robbery was reported by phone to the VCU Police Department as having occurred at 4:50 a.m., in the 1100 block of W. Broad St.

Fashion is focus of Campus Sustainability Day

Fashion is the focus of this year’s Campus Sustainability Day, with events planned for Monday, Sept. 26 and Friday, Sept. 30 on the Virginia Commonwealth University Monroe Park Campus.

VCU social work students tour Richmond to explore ‘school-to-prison pipeline’

Nearly 100 VCU School of Social Work students, faculty and staff members spent Wednesday engaging with Richmond community organizers, formerly incarcerated youth, Virginia policymakers and others about the school-to-prison pipeline that leads so many young people in the Richmond region — particularly African Americans — to end up in jail, or worse.

What’s new at VCU for the 2016-17 academic year

Another school year has begun at Virginia Commonwealth University, and along with the many new faces are plenty of new programs, spaces and other things to know about around campus. Here’s a selection of the latest developments.

Keeping the Class of 2020 healthy and safe

Virginia Commonwealth University students are healthier than you — and they — think. That’s the message registered nurse Linda Hancock, Ph.D., conveyed to the Class of 2020 at the interactive Welcome Week event Love & Liquor.

VCU opens 2016-17 academic year with record freshman class

Virginia Commonwealth University will welcome the largest group of freshmen in its history this week when the class of 2020 moves into the university’s on-campus residence halls, launching the annual Welcome Week schedule of activities that marks the opening of the academic year.

Criminal justice majors gain law enforcement experience at Student Basic Jailor Academy

Agustin Hussain hopes to follow in the footsteps of his late uncle, Robert Ellis, a former Navy SEAL and narcotics detective for the Newport News Police Department. “I’ve always been interested in law enforcement,” said Hussain, a rising senior and criminal justice major at Virginia Commonwealth University’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. “But it was my uncle and mentor who pushed me to pursue my dream of becoming a special agent for the FBI’s counterterrorism division.”

Human trafficking survivor: ‘Richmond has the moral imperative to lead’

Many Virginians have an outdated notion of human trafficking: Where it takes place, who controls this criminal world and what kind of people become victims. Virginia Takes the Lead, an initiative announced Monday during a summit at Virginia Commonwealth University, aims to put the commonwealth on the cutting edge against human trafficking.

VCU launching nation’s first master’s degree focused on digital sociology

This fall, Virginia Commonwealth University will launch the United States’ first master’s degree in sociology with a focus on digital sociology. The degree will provide students with the tools to collect and analyze data from online sources, such as social media, to explore questions of social inequality and social justice.

VCUPD chief: U.S. law enforcement ‘needs a new scorecard’

People are clamoring to improve trust between communities and the police, even as fatal events across the country widen divisions between law enforcement and the public, Virginia Commonwealth University Police Chief John Venuti said Thursday.

Sociology professor on racism, inequality: ‘We get better’

The recent shootings of African-American men by police in Louisiana and in Minnesota, followed by the shootings of five police officers in Dallas, have once again sparked protests across the country and debate over racial bias and disparities in the criminal justice system.

Virginia’s campus law enforcement leaders honor VCU’s police chief

Virginia Commonwealth University’s chief of police has been honored by his state peers for outstanding contributions to campus law enforcement. VCU Police Chief John Venuti received the Robert C. Dillard Award on June 9 from the Virginia Association for Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

Art as activism: Using art to tackle ‘the human rights issue of our time’

Do you remember what it was like to be 8 years old? Did you have a gap-toothed grin and perpetually skinned knees? Did you love to play baseball or soccer? Did you spend your childhood incarcerated? That last one may seem preposterous until you consider that in 2014, 40 percent of Virginia’s incarcerated youth were between 8 and 14.

VCU Police officer, alumna honored with Governor’s Public Service Awards

For the second consecutive year, a Virginia Commonwealth University employee has been honored by Gov. Terry McAuliffe for outstanding service to the commonwealth. On May 12, VCU Police Department Officer Ellsworth “Sonny” Pryor was recognized at the governor’s mansion with the Governor’s Workplace Health, Wellness and Safety Award.

Student journalist visits White House, receives press briefing from Obama

Sarah King, a political science major and philosophy of law minor in the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Humanities and Sciences, was among 50 student reporters from colleges and universities across the country who were selected to take part in the White House’s first College Reporter Day, which featured meetings with senior administration officials, interactions with the White House press corps and a briefing by President Barack Obama.

Volunteers prepare care kits for sexual assault survivors

Somewhere between 800 and 1,000 child abuse survivors are treated by VCU Health personnel every year, according to Robin Foster, M.D., a physician in VCU’s Department of Emergency Medicine and chair of the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

VCU Health sexual assault awareness advocates address key questions in Twitter chat

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, VCU Health hosted a Twitter Chat on April 21 with Caitlin Shiflett, victim advocate and Project EMPOWER coordinator, and Lisette Johnson, a domestic violence survivor and Project EMPOWER peer advocate, who answered questions about healthy sexual behavior and clear definitions about consent in relationships.

Tragedy leads to celebration of life at Theatre VCU

In just a 10-minute walk covering no more than three blocks in the Richmond neighborhood of Jackson Ward in July 2013, 18-year-old Jett Higham was gone - fatally shot during what police called a “robbery gone bad,” according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Public shows strong support for public safety agencies throughout Virginia

A new Virginia Commonwealth University poll shows strong support for law enforcement across Virginia amid heightened public scrutiny of policing nationwide In the recent 2016 Commonwealth Poll: Public Safety — conducted by the Center for Public Policy at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University — more than seven out of 10 (78 percent) respondents felt that people in their local community receive fair treatment from law enforcement.

Black History Month at VCU aims to spark dialogue, celebrate black excellence

Virginia Commonwealth University will celebrate Black History Month with a variety of events throughout February that are meant to provoke thought and conversation. “I am truly excited for this year’s Black History Month events and the dialogue that may come as a byproduct of these programs,” said Yolanda Avent, director of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs in the Division of Student Affairs, which coordinates VCU’s Black History Month activities.

Wilder Symposium examines race in American society

At a daylong symposium to examine the role race plays in American society, participants discussed the many ways race affects the life and culture of the country, while searching for solutions to problems that remain entrenched.

VCU Wilder School honors Excellence in Virginia Government

The L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University will honor individuals and organizations who have made noteworthy contributions to the practice of government and the betterment of Virginia on Friday, Nov. 13.

VCU screens ‘The Hunting Ground’ on Oct. 1

Virginia Commonwealth University students, faculty and staff are invited to a screening of “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary that details the prevalence of sexual assault cases on U.S. college campuses and criticizes the response of university administrators to those cases.

Richmond's rare bike guy

While studying English at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond resident Jesse McCauley rode his bicycle all over the city and commuted back and forth to his job at Diversity Thrift, as his car at the time frequently broke down.

VCU Spirit Walk to briefly close streets near Siegel Center

On Tuesday, Aug. 18, Virginia Commonwealth University will hold its annual New Student Convocation and Spirit Walk. As part of the celebration to welcome new students to the university, there will be brief road closures that evening.

Class prepares Richmond-area immigrants for U.S. citizenship test

Anita Nadal, an assistant professor of Spanish at Virginia Commonwealth University, stood before a classroom full of immigrants at Ramsey Memorial United Methodist Church on a recent Saturday morning, quizzing them on questions likely to appear on the U.S. citizenship test.

Research Weeks 2015

From art to science and everything in between, VCU students dig deeper on research projects in every discipline

VCU Police plunge into local fundraising efforts

In less than two weeks, officers and staff from the Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department have helped raise more than $5,500 for the Massey Cancer Center, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, FRIENDS Association for Children, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

VCU Commonwealth Education Poll finds 92 percent of Virginians think colleges and universities should be required to report sexual assaults to police

In the wake of significant media coverage about sexual assaults on college campuses, a new VCU Commonwealth Education Poll indicates strong support among Virginians for legislative proposals that would require university faculty or staff to report to police within 48 hours any alleged criminal sexual assaults that come to their attention.

Book explores how to best help African-American boys succeed

The challenges faced by African-American boys and adolescents, such as negative stereotyping and racial profiling, have received a great deal of attention recently, from the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, to President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative, which aims to support young black males despite opportunity gaps.

What’s new at VCU

The fall semester is in full swing, but VCU wasn’t exactly resting on its laurels over the summer. The university is always changing and growing, so much so that it can be hard to keep up. To help, here’s a brief selection of what’s new around campus this school year.

VCU Police help students, faculty and staff prepare for new semester

VCU's Police Department reported a significant reduction in robberies and aggravated assaults on campus over the past year – though Chief John Venuti said that drop in crime is only part of the picture of safety at VCU, and that everyone can play a role in ensuring their personal safety and the safety of others.

Never Forget Memorial Run is May 26

The VCU Police Department, in partnership with VFW Post 6364, will host the second annual Never Forget Memorial Run on Monday, May 26.

Meet the graduates

Graduation season is upon us, and printing presses everywhere are busy producing diplomas for educational degrees of all kinds.

Dunk-A-Cop tradition continues

The water was cold, the doughnuts were fresh and VCU Police Department officers were more than willing to take the plunge for two well-known charities.

Working for alma mater

April is Alumni Month at VCU, and scores of alumni will be returning to campus for events and festivities. Some of them, however, won’t have far to go, as they’re already on campus 12 months of the year.

VCU Police Department recognized for hiring veterans

The Virginia Department of Veterans Services Virginia Values Veterans program has awarded its Silver Level Certification to the VCU Police Department for the department’s commitment to hiring and retaining veterans.

VCU representatives join state task force on mental health services

Ananda Pandurangi, M.D., medical director and chair of inpatient psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry in the VCU School of Medicine, and VCU Police Chief John Venuti have been named to Virginia’s new Task Force on Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis Response.

Professor assists police, urges community to speak up

Situated in Virginia’s capital city with a combined student, faculty and staff population of nearly 51,000, VCU is the largest public school in the state, presenting a unique challenge for the VCU Police.

Phi Delta Chi to assist in National Take-Back Initiative

Members of VCU School of Pharmacy’s Alpha Delta chapter of Phi Delta Chi will volunteer with the Henrico Police Department on Oct. 26 to offer safe drug disposal in conjunction with the seventh National Take-Back Initiative.

Homeland security nominee could bring changes, professor says

William Pelfrey, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness program at VCU, said the potential appointment of former Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson as the next Homeland Security secretary could bring changes to the department’s handling of security and policy issues.

Professor’s debut book collects awards

Harrison Candelaria Fletcher, assistant professor in the Department of English, part of the College of Humanities and Sciences, released his first book last year, “Descanso For My Father: Fragments Of A Life,” which won a 2013 Colorado Book Award and 2013 Independent Book Publisher Bronze Medal.

VCU Police seeks men and women to join force

Virginia Commonwealth University, the premier urban research university in Virginia, is also home to the largest campus police force in the state and one of the largest in the country. With more than 90 officers, 200 security personnel and an on-campus dispatch center, VCU Police works around the clock to make sure VCU’s campuses are safe and inviting places to learn, live, work or visit. Several men and women will soon have the opportunity to be a part of this mission as the department recruits new officers for its 39th Basic Law Enforcement Academy.

You can run one

Kristen Lessig and Jenni Yocco developed the idea for Sportable, a nonprofit organization that provides resources and opportunities for athletes with physical and visual disabilities, in 2005, while they were students in the VCU School of Education.

Great Bike Roundup 2013

VCU RamBikes hosted the 20th Great Bike Roundup in the University Student Commons plaza on Thursday, Aug. 22.

Are you RamSmart?

President Michael Rao takes seriously the responsibility of keeping VCU’s campuses safe.

July Faculty and Staff Features 2013

Patricia A. Trimmer, Ph.D.; Robert Balster, Ph.D.; Dom Puleo; H. Michael O'Berry; Judy VanSlyke Turk, Ph.D.; Aradhana "Bela" Sood, M.D.; Lauren Goodloe, Ph.D.; Colin Banas, M.D.

Nursing Professor Aids Bedouin in Israel

In the Negev Desert region of Israel, many remote villagers have special health needs that require long treks through the desert heat or freezing winter winds to catch a bus to the nearest big city for treatment.

Finding a New Home for Unwanted Student Items

It’s a challenge at the end of every student apartment rental cycle: student tenants move out and unwanted furniture, mattresses and household items get left behind, piling up on curbs in the neighborhoods surrounding VCU.

VCU Police Deliver Results in Spring Semester

At the beginning of the 2012-2013 academic year, VCU Police Chief John Venuti had a simple message for would-be troublemakers on campus: “If you are here with bad intentions, we will respond very aggressively.”

VCU Police Readies Officers for Bike Patrol

As part of its ongoing efforts to engage, protect and serve the VCU community, the VCU Police Department is preparing more of its officers to patrol the streets on two wheels instead of four.

VCU Police Takes the Plunge for Charity

For the second year in a row, VCU Police partnered with Phi Kappa Sigma’s Delta Upsilon Chapter at VCU for the Dunk-A-Cop fundraiser to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Special Olympics Virginia.

Buckle Up, Phone Down

The VCU Police Department is joining the National Highway Safety Administration and DRIVE SMART Virginia in recognizing April 2013 as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

VCU Holds Safety Town Hall Meeting

VCU Police and the VCU Division of Student Affairs will host a university safety town hall meeting on Wednesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in Harris Hall Auditorium, 1015 Floyd Ave.

VCU’s Year-Round Sweet 16

It could be called VCU’s hidden benefit. New employees are often excited to find out about pay, vacation time and health care benefits.

The Stall Seat Journal: 10 Years of ‘Aha and Ha-Ha’ Health News

For nearly a decade, The Stall Seat Journal has provided the inside scoop on health and wellness to VCU students, covering topics as varied as the significance of liver health, ways to handle stress, the length of time it takes for alcohol to leave the body and the importance of getting enough vitamin D.

A Tasty Competition for a Good Cause

Competing chefs submitted pre-cooked and homemade chili dishes, which were submitted to a panel of judges and sold to the public. The event raised more than $500 for the Virginia Public Safety Foundation to build a memorial for fallen public safety officers

University Safety Town Hall Meeting

VCU Police and the VCU Division of Student Affairs will host a university safety town hall meeting on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Harris Hall Auditorium, 1015 Floyd Ave.

Message from the President

Safety is a top priority at VCU. We have put unprecedented resources towards crime prevention and the safety of the university community, resulting in a low overall crime rate on our campuses

Safety Issues Follow-up

This is a follow-up to my message earlier today about the robbery-related incidents last evening at VCU.

Share the Road, Save a Life

Virginia Commonwealth University Police took to the streets on Sept. 12, to remind drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists to share the road with one another.

Dangerous Designer Drug Packs a One-two Punch

Hear the words “bath salts” and an image of a relaxing day at the spa may come to mind. But lately, the term has been in the news with a whole new connotation. Bath salts is the name for the latest synthetic drug that is characterized by strange, violent behaviors in those who take it.

A Smart Move

VCU and the neighborhoods surrounding both campuses will be a hub of activity in the coming weeks as students begin moving out at the end of the semester.

May Faculty and Staff Features

Gregory S. Walsh, Ph.D., Life Sciences; Janett Forte, VCU Institute for Women’s Health; William Pelfrey Jr., Ph.D., Wilder School; Buie Harwood, VCU School of the Arts

VCU LifeEvac Participates in Mock Accident

Members of VCU LifeEvac, the university’s helicopter transport program, participated this month in a mock accident in Isle of Wight County with area first responders and EMT students.

Christopher Preuss Named VCU Assistant Police Chief

Lt. Christopher Preuss has been named assistant chief of the Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department, one of the largest university police departments in the country with 83 sworn officers, more than 250 security personnel and an accredited training academy.

VCUarts Cinematheque Series Releases Spring Schedule

Ten art films from around the world are the featured presentations on the spring schedule of VCUarts Cinematheque, an ongoing film series developed by the Cinema Program in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts.

VCU Police Officers Compete in LawFit Challenge

Four officers from the Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department competed in the 10th annual LawFit Challenge, which took place on Oct. 13, 14 and 15 at George Mason University

Virginia Capitol Police Dog Visits VTCC

Representatives from the Division of Capitol Police, Commonwealth of Virginia, recently visited patients at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Virginia Treatment Center for Children (VTCC) to introduce them to Cheno, a 6-year-old Belgian Shepherd and a Capitol Police K-9 unit.

September Faculty and Staff Features

Shannon D. Jones, associate director for research and education at Tompkins-McCaw Library, named to a national leadership fellowship program for health sciences librarians

Back-to-School Safety

VCU Police help students protect their property and report crimes anonymously

August Faculty and Staff Features

Sandra Wilkins, professor and chair of Department of Fashion Design, VCU Qatar, has been named the “Best Professor in Fashion Designing" by the World Education Congress.

A Night Out with Neighbors

The VCU community took to the streets of surrounding neighborhoods to participate in “National Night Out,” an opportunity to band together against crime and drugs and strengthen the relationship between residents and law enforcement agencies.

VCU Police Raise $1,200 for Special Olympics

The VCU Police Department held a bowling tournament fund-raiser on July 22 for Special Olympics Virginia. More than 70 officers, family members and other supporters participated, raising $1,200.

VCU Police Will Hold an Administrative Checkpoint this Weekend

VCU Police will operate the checkpoint from 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, until 3 a.m. on Sunday, May 29, along the 700 block of West Main Street. Officers will check operator licenses and vehicle registrations and review seatbelt compliance and other safety issues. Any drunken or drug-impaired drivers will be arrested.

VCU Police Seek Help in Identifying Man Wanted in Larceny Case

VCU Police said the larceny took place on April 7, 2011, between 3:20 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the parking deck at the VCU Medical Center at Stony Point. Several cars were tampered with and a purse was taken from one. The purse contained checks, credit cards and passports.

Answering the Call

VCU police communications officers honored during National Public Safety Telecommunications Week

VCU and City of Richmond Police Seeking Three People in Postgame Property Damage

The Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department and the City of Richmond Police Department are seeking the public's help in identifying several individuals who caused property damage on March 27 during the celebration in the streets after the VCU men's basketball team earned a visit to the NCCA Final Four.

Something to be Thankful For

To help student drivers avoid a costly or dangerous breakdown on the road, the VCU Police Department is offering a vehicle safety check on Friday

VCU Police operate "Click It or Ticket" campaign

Virginia Commonwealth University Police are participating in a “Click It or Ticket” campaign to increase seatbelt usage. The effort is designed to reduce traffic-related injuries and fatalities by persuading drivers and passengers to buckle up every time they get into a vehicle.

VCU Police Help Students Protect Laptops from Theft

The Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department conducted an “Operation PCID” theft prevention program on Oct. 12 at Cabell Library. Students registered their laptops with police, who recorded serial numbers and other identifying information in a database for easier recovery if the laptop is lost or stolen.

Making Customer Service Fun

Finance and Administration Division takes a break from the daily grind to celebrate outstanding customer service among its employees

VCU Police Set Safety Checkpoint

Virginia Commonwealth University Police will check for operator licenses and vehicle registrations during a traffic safety checkpoint this weekend

Fit for Duty

“Chief Venuti’s Fitness Challenge” promotes “healthy” competition among VCU police and security employees

VCU Medical Center to Present Trauma and Life Evac Conference

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine’s Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Emergency Surgery and VCU Life Evac will present “Trauma Update for the New Decade,” an educational conference on the current challenges and solutions in trauma management.

John Venuti Named VCU Police Chief

Richmond Police Maj. John Venuti has been named chief of the Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department, one of the largest university police departments in the country with 82 sworn officers, more than 200 security personnel and an accredited training academy

University hosts campus crime prevention training

Police from VCU, the University of Richmond, the University of Virginia and Bridgewater College took part in “Making Your Campus Safer: Assessing Risks and Liabilities” Nov. 12-13.

It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq

Virginia Commonwealth University is pleased to announce that it will host It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq, a new exhibition by Turner Prize-winning British artist Jeremy Deller commissioned and produced by Creative Time and the New Museum.

A writing workshop in the city jail

Dave Coogan’s daughter, then a 4-year-old, finally asks why he packs up his car and leaves the house nearly every Saturday morning, headed for the Richmond City Jail

Statement of Thomas Rosenthal, Rector, Virginia Commonwealth University Board of Visitors

Last month, I received an anonymous complaint alleging that the university awarded an undergraduate degree without the student meeting what is known as the residency rule – a requirement that 25 percent of the credit hours required for a bachelor’s degree must be earned at VCU. The complaint also alleged this was a result of undue influence, including that of the president of the University.

VCU Police Seek Public Help in Locating Driver

Virginia Commonwealth University is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a Richmond man wanted for dragging an officer with his car following a traffic stop in February.

Vigil for Slain VCU Student Set for Wednesday

The vigil is set for 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at the park’s Roundhouse, near Fountain Lake. The park is at Boulevard and Idlewood Avenue. The VCU community is invited to attend

VCU Police Set Sobriety Checkpoint

The Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department will target drunken and drug-impaired drivers on Friday night, July 13.

VCU Awarded Elder Abuse Training Grant

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women has awarded Virginia Commonwealth University a grant to offer multidisciplinary elder abuse training to police officers, prosecutors and court officials in the Richmond metropolitan area.

Top administrator bids farewell to VCU

After 10 years as VCU’s chief finance and administrative officer, Paul Timmreck is retiring from the university as senior vice president for Finance and Administration

Whose bright idea was this anyway?

Approximately 100 people turned out for the Finance and Administration Division's annual Customer Service Awards ceremony — a university tradition since 1997 — that recognizes those who foster better communication, promote higher productivity and improve relations among faculty, staff and students.

Spring Cleaning

VCU students and Fan residents may drop off residential furniture, trash and other bulk items at large-capacity roll-off dumpsters that will be placed throughout the Fan as part of the spring "Throw It Out! Program" from April 28 through June 5

Five recount experiences with Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina was an indisputable tragedy that placed overwhelming pressure on the people, animals and institutions that lay in its path, according to a panel of speakers at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business Auditorium on Nov. 3.

VCU’s Department of Sociology announces resource center for crime victims

The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services has awarded the department a $70,000 grant to establish the program in an effort to increase both the rate of reporting and the number of services offered to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking among students, faculty and staff

VCU Police Academy honors 14 graduates

Richmond Police Chief Rodney Monroe congratulated 14 new graduates of the Virginia Commonwealth University Police Academy for choosing “a noble profession” during commencement exercises on Oct. 14 at the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

VCU partners with fan district to combat graffiti

Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts has partnered with members of Richmond’s Fan District Association to fight graffiti with a billboard and poster campaign that sends a message to graffiti criminals – also known as “taggers” -- that defacing city and personal property results in serious consequences.

VCU to host theatrical performance in celebration of 26th Annual Living the Dream program

In celebration of the 26th annual Living the Dream Program and the life of Martin Luther King Jr., Virginia Commonwealth University will present "Free Jujube Brown", a one-man, multi-character driven hip-hop performance about Jujube Brown--a young writer who is provoked to shoot and accidentally kill a police officer. The audience will experience the voices of those who support his imprisonment, those who love and know him best, and those who feel the need to free Jujube Brown.

VCU awarded $1.5 million to provide bioterrorism training

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Department has awarded a $1.5 million grant to Virginia Commonwealth University to provide continuing education for health professionals to better respond to bioterrorism emergencies.

VCU Police Golf Tournament to benefit Special Olympics, June 6

The Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department will host the Sixth Annual Virginia Special Olympics Law Enforcement Golf Tournament to raise funds for the Special Olympics. Four-person teams will compete for prizes, including a Jeep donated by Haynes Jeep Chrysler, a year-long membership at American Family Fitness, and gift certificates for dinner at fine area restaurants.

Statement form the wife of the Ashland sniper victim

I’d like to thank everyone for being so kind to my husband and me. I want to thank MCV Hospitals for their excellent care of my husband and my family. I want to thank law enforcement officials for their diligence. I want to thank the Richmond community for being so caring.

VCU Forensic Science Techniques uses bugs to help crack crimes

When police discover a badly decomposed body, it's hard to tell how the person died, leaving many crimes unsolved. Now, researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University are testing a concoction of flesh-eating bugs that could provide the break police need to determine how and when the person died.

VCU's Jason Byrd is international forensics expert

First, there was the odor from an outbuilding that resulted in the police being called. Then, there were the bloodstains on the walls of the outbuilding. But there was no body -- only a foul-smelling residue infested by maggots on the shed’s floor.

Patricia Cornwell launches Forensics in Literature series

Best-selling author Patricia Cornwell held an audience of 400 book lovers captive with accounts of her Jack the Ripper research as she opened the new Forensics in Literature series sponsored by the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine.

Child violence intervention project to treat child witnesses of violence

Each year in the United States, millions of children are victims or witnesses to acts of violence. But often only the physical wounds are tended to leading to long-term psychological problems for the child. But now, thanks to a new pilot program launched by Virginia Commonwealth University, families arriving at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital’s Emergency Department will have the opportunity to receive mental-health services for their children.

Child violence intervention project to treat child witnesses of violence

Each year in the United States, millions of children are victims or witnesses to acts of violence. But often only the physical wounds are tended to leading to long-term psychological problems for the child. But now, thanks to a new pilot program launched by Virginia Commonwealth University, families arriving at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital’s Emergency Department will have the opportunity to receive mental-health services for their children.

VCU's MCV Hospitals re-approved as level 1 trauma center

The Office of Emergency Medical Services in the State Department of Health recently re-verified Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College of Virginia Hospitals as a Level I Trauma Center. The verification is for three years – the maximum period allowed.

VCU names new police chief

A former Virginia Commonwealth University police lieutenant is returning to VCU, this time as the university’s new chief of police. William (Willie) B. Fuller, currently the police chief at Virginia State University in Petersburg, will begin work at VCU next month.

VCU makes parking recommendations for opening game at Siegel

The Virginia Commonwealth University men’s basketball team will host its opening game against the University of Louisville at 8 p.m., Nov. 19 at the Stuart C. Siegel Center, 1100 W. Broad St. VCU officials have made parking recommendations to help fans access the arena.

Environmental index offers first integrated measure of statewide conditions

A new Virginia Environmental Quality Index, created by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center for Environmental Studies, offers the first-ever, objective measure for citizens and policymakers to use in tracking an array of statewide environmental indicators. The VEQI was developed with a $38,500 grant from the Virginia Environmental Endowment.