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NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION – FALL 2020

The ultimate aim of orientation is to provide an academic and social introduction to the university and help you transition to campus life. Richmond has put a comprehensive and dynamic programme into place so that you are still able to do this – even virtually!

Orientation will take place in two phases:

  1. Virtual Orientation
  2. Campus Orientation

Participation with both events is mandatory.

1. Virtual Orientation Week

  • Visiting Student Virtual Orientation: 2 September – 4 September 2020*
  • Undergraduate Student Virtual Orientation: 21 September – 25 September 2020
  • Postgraduate Student Virtual Orientation: 24 September – 25 September 2020

Virtual orientation week (which will take place online) will cover the information you need to know prior to attending Richmond as a virtual student when remote classes start.

During this induction period, we will also be connecting you with other Richmond students, both current and new. Incoming undergraduate and visiting students will also be provided Peer Mentor groups. Find out more about our Peer Mentor programme.

Review the Virtual Orientation Week Step-by-Step Guide below for more information on how to prepare for virtual orientation.

Virtual orientation week (which will take place online) will cover the information you need to know prior to attending Richmond as a virtual, student when remote classes start.

During this induction period, we will also be connecting you with other Richmond students, both current and new. Incoming undergraduate and visiting students will also be provided Peer Mentor groups. Find out more about our Peer Mentor programme.

Review the Virtual Orientation Week Step-by-Step Guide below for more information on how to prepare for virtual orientation.

2. Campus Orientation Week

  • Campus Orientation will start the week of 26 October 2020

The campus orientation will wrap up any details that we were not able to fully explore virtually – such as in-person campus tours, administrative tasks, optional London social events and more.

More information about Campus Orientation will be released in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding orientation, please let us know. If you have any additional needs or accessibility issues, please flag this with us so that we can do our best to ensure you have a smooth induction.

Email: studentaffairs@richmond.ac.uk

The campus orientation will wrap up any details that we were not able to fully explore virtually – such as in-person campus tours, administrative tasks, optional London social events and more.

More information about Campus Orientation will be released in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding orientation, please let us know. If you have any additional needs or accessibility issues, please flag this with us so that we can do our best to ensure you have a smooth induction.

Email: studentaffairs@richmond.ac.uk

*Visiting Students are students attending Richmond as part of a short-term exchange or study abroad opportunity for a semester or year. For example, students here as part of a University of Southern California, Tulane University, Southern Methodist University, AIFS, Institut Supérieur de Gestion or Paris School of Business exchange, and any students applying directly for study abroad would fall under this category.

Have any questions?
Visit our FAQs section for more details about Fall 2020 Virtual Orientation.

“I am excited to welcome you to new student orientation fall 2020. We’re offering a full week of remote activities to get you ready to join classes with us. Please get involved, stay connected and take part!”

Allison Cole-Stutz
Vice President for Student Affairs/ Dean of Students

ORIENTATION STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

Note: Visiting Students will NOT have to fill in a Pre-Orientation Checklist. You will be given access to Blackboard directly (see step 3 below), in the week leading up to your orientation. Who is considered a Visiting Student?

Step 1: Complete your Pre-Orientation Checklist

In late August, you will be given access to your university email account. We will send to this account a Pre-Orientation Checklist for you to complete. This is a final confirmation of your attendance at Richmond. (It should only take you a few minutes to fill out!).

The Pre-Orientation Checklist is due Monday, 7 September 2020.

Step 2: Access to Orientation

If the steps within the Pre-Orientation Checklist have been completed and we do not need any additional information from you, then in the week leading up to Orientation you will receive an email invitation to the university portal, Blackboard. This is where the majority of orientation will take place.

Keep an eye on your inbox!
If you submit the Pre-Orientation Checklist, but it is incomplete or a staff member contacts you for additional information based on your responses, those tasks need to be completed prior to receiving an invitation to Blackboard.

If you are having any trouble with this please email studentaffairs@richmond.ac.uk.

Step 3: Log into Blackboard

Once you receive an invitation to Blackboard, log into your account to test it out and make sure you see the Orientation course. You are welcome to explore the content available right away, but please note live sessions and virtual social events won’t begin until Virtual Orientation week starts.

Follow these tips from our IT Department to have the best Blackboard experience.

If you are having any trouble logging in please email studentaffairs@richmond.ac.uk.

Step 4: Virtual Orientation Schedule

Take a look at the Virtual Orientation Schedule and make note of any live sessions that you would like to join. We have provided a mix of academic and social activities to help you get started on your Richmond journey.

Step 5: Meet Your Student Leaders & Other New Students

Orientation is not just about academics and administrative tasks. It is also about getting to know current Richmond students as well as other new students. We have provided opportunities to do this in a number of ways:

  • Peer Mentor Weekly Sessions
  • Student Government Sessions
  • Virtual Social Activities
  • And more!

See the Meet Your Student Leaders webpage and the Orientation Schedule for more information.