RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman has been found dead in a bathtub at her Richmond home, and police are now investigating her death as a homicide.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Commonwealth University professor is suing the school over his suspension regarding allegations that he racially profiled a visiting black professor; meanwhile some...
Student accuses former governor of sexual harassment
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia student who worked with the nation's first elected African-American governor is accusing him of sexually harassing her by kissing her without consent.
VCU fraternity suspends operations after hazing allegation
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A fraternity at Virginia Commonwealth University has suspended operations months after a hazing allegation.
VCU spokesman Mike Porter tells The Richmond Times-Dispatch that VCU police received a report in early October about possible hazing in late September.
College changes mind about canceled commencement ceremony
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia college that canceled its university-wide commencement ceremony last week has announced that it will now be hosting one.
VCU to conduct test of emergency sirens
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Residents and visitors in Richmond should expect to hear emergency sirens as Virginia Commonwealth University conducts a full test of its emergency communications and alerting systems.
The university said in a news release that the sirens will sound at noon Wednesday.
The full test will also include text messages, mass email, digital signs, desktop alerts, social media posts and other outreach.
Ex-Federal Reserve Bank leader to join Virginia university
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond is joining the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Jeffrey M. Lacker will be a teacher and researcher at VCU's business school.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder has dropped a lawsuit filed against officials at the university where a school of government and public affairs bears his name.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Commonwealth University doctor has filed a $15 million defamation lawsuit against four colleagues and the VCU Health System's physicians group.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Commonwealth University has renewed its contract with former Gov. Doug Wilder despite his ongoing lawsuit against school officials.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Wilder's contract as was recently renewed by the university.
The former governor makes $150,000 a year as a part-time professor.
Wilder parts ways with lawyer in VCU lawsuit
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Doug Wilder has parted ways with the attorney representing him in a lawsuit against the former dean of Virginia Commonwealth University's government school.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Commonwealth University's medical center is planning to build a 16-story outpatient facility in Richmond.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Amanda Watts wanted her son close to home.
Brandon was considering the U.S. Air Force or schools in Blacksburg and Fairfax, but she pushed him to pick Virginia Commonwealth University, a 45-minute drive from the family's home in Prince George County.
He could study computer science anywhere, and she wanted a front-row seat when he walked across the stage and became the first in his family to receive a college degree.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Actor Boris Kodjoe will address graduates and their families at Virginia Commonwealth University's commencement exercises this weekend.
The ceremony starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Richmond Coliseum. Students will receive undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.
Kodjoe was a 1996 graduate of the VCU School of Business and a standout tennis player. He was inducted into the school's Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Commonwealth University's government school is getting a new dean after former Gov. Douglas Wilder sued the department's previous leader, accusing him of harassment.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports professor Susan Gooden will fill in for John Accordino.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A dozen or so people sit around a conference room table on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus. It's a cozy space with students leaning back in their chairs and having intimate discussion.
Guided by English professor David Coogan, they go around the table reading summaries of their memoirs that they've written for the class. It's finally Whitney Ligon's turn, where the Richmond resident details her memoir, "Dancing with the Devil."
Correction: CNS-Rising Tuition story
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An April 26 story by the Virginia Commonwealth University Capital News Service distributed by The Associated Press erroneously reported that the average debt owed by students who graduated from VCU in 2016-17 was $29,000. It is nearly $31,000. Also, the story erroneously said the College of William & Mary has raised tuition 6.5 percent for the coming academic year. That is the increase for incoming in-state undergraduate students. Current students will continue to pay the tuition in effect when they were admitted.
New art gallery raises ‘important but difficult’ topics
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — With an inaugural exhibit that challenges the city's Confederate history and racial divide, Virginia Commonwealth University will open its Institute for Contemporary Art next week, and it's generating excitement not only in Richmond but also in national and international art communities.
VCU dean says he’s been removed from job
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A dean at Virginia Commonwealth University says he's been removed from his job after being accused of mistreating the personal assistant of a former governor.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Zakia McKensey began her male-to-female transition more than 20 years ago. She said she had to travel over 500 miles to Atlanta, Georgia, to find a plastic surgeon willing to perform her sexual reassignment surgery.
"I had to go to Baltimore for hormone therapy," McKensey said. "There were not any medical providers in Richmond doing that work."
Free health screenings offered at ‘wellness block party’
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Commonwealth University students will provide free health screenings and wellness education at the 11th annual wellness block party.
The event will take place Saturday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Richmond.
Students will provide a variety of general health screenings, including glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure checks. Vision services and HIV screenings will also be offered. Physicians and clinical psychologists will be available for consults.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder is suing Virginia Commonwealth University and top school officials after he says his personal assistant was harassed and mistreated.
Continuing education program to focus on addiction studies
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Commonwealth University has created a new noncredit continuing education program focused on addiction studies.
The program will unite addiction counseling professionals with professionals in health, law and education, along with community members who have personal experience with addiction.
Man sentenced for killing university student in Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A man who prosecutors say accidentally fatally shot a Virginia Commonwealth University student has been sentenced to one year in prison.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports 20-year-old Emmanuel E. Jordan was sentenced Monday on an involuntary manslaughter conviction for the death of Samuel O. Kwarteng.
Report shows increase in rapes at VCU’s Monroe Park campus
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A new report shows that the number of rapes on Virginia Commonwealth University's Monroe Park campus nearly doubled last year.
The university's annual security report says the number of rapes jumped from eight in 2015 to 15 in 2016. Seven rapes were reported in 2016 at the university's MCV campus.
VCU to conduct test of emergency alerting systems
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Outdoor sirens will sound, digital signs will light up and alerts will be sent to phones and computers when Virginia Commonwealth University conducts a test of its emergency communications and alerting systems.
The full test will be conducted Wednesday at noon. In addition to sirens, it will include text messages, mass emails, desktop alerts, and notifications through social media and VCU's website.
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VCU to conduct review of Confederate symbols on its campuses
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Commonwealth University says it will conduct a review of any symbols of the Confederacy, slavery or white supremacy that may exist on its campuses.
Poll: Dem leads Republican in Virginia governor’s race
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A new poll shows Democrat Ralph Northam leading Republican Ed Gillespie in Virginia's race for governor.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Tuesday that Northam has a 5-point lead over Gillespie in the new poll by Virginia Commonwealth University.
VCU to hold active shooter training exercise on Thursday
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Officials will hold an active shooter training exercise this week at Virginia Commonwealth University.
The VCU Police Department will hold the exercise at the Monroe Park Campus on Thursday. VCU police will be working with other agencies, including Virginia State Police and the FBI.
There will be a simulated emergency inside the University Student Commons that includes sounds that simulate gunfire and crowd panic.
American universities said branch campuses in Qatar were operating normally Monday while they monitored diplomatic developments in the Gulf nation.
After Saudi Arabia and other Arab powers severed diplomatic ties and shut down land, sea and air links with the energy-rich nation, Northwestern University, Texas A&M University, Georgetown University, Virginia Commonwealth University said they were keeping their Qatar faculty and students informed while summer classes continued.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Tuition is going up next year for Virginia Commonwealth University students.
Local news media outlets report that the VCU Board of Visitors approved a 3.8 percent increase in tuition and fees for in-state undergraduate students. That means that in-state undergrads will pay about $494 more next year in tuition and mandatory fees for a total of $13,624.
Sen. Kaine to give commencement speech at VCU graduation
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine will address Virginia Commonwealth University graduates next month.
The school announced this week that the former vice presidential candidate will be the speaker at the Richmond university's commencement ceremony in May.
Before serving as senator and becoming presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's running mate in 2016, Kaine served as Richmond mayor and Virginia governor.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Commonwealth University Health System is notifying roughly 2,700 patients that their medical records have been improperly accessed.
VCU report: School has $6B impact on Virginia economy
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A new report by Virginia Commonwealth University says the school generates almost $6 billion in economic activity in the state.
The recently released report also shows that VCU supports roughly 63,000 jobs across the state. That includes about 47,000 jobs in Richmond and the surrounding area.
The report was completed by the school's Center for Urban and Regional Analysis.
Girl, 2, dies; was focus of fight over brain death test
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A 2-year-old Virginia girl whose parents went to court to block a hospital from performing a brain death test on the child has died, the hospital said Monday.
Mirranda Grace Lawson passed away Nov. 1, said Michael Porter, a spokesman for Virginia Commonwealth University Health System. Lawson had been on life support at VCU Medical Center since May, when she choked on a piece of popcorn and went into cardiac arrest at her parent's home.
Hundreds of anti-Trump protesters hit streets of Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of people protesting Donald Trump's election are marching through Richmond, blocking streets near Virginia Commonwealth University.
Online video shows marchers Wednesday night chanting "No Trump. No KKK. No fascist USA." Some are carrying banners reading "Not my president."
Images show a small group moving onto Interstate 95 as police block others from the road.
VCU to study employment of people with disabilities
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Commonwealth University will use a $4.4 million federal grant to study the employment of people with disabilities.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2flR5Vx ) that the grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will fund work over the next five years.
2nd VCU student dies in fall from apartment building
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richmond Police say a student who died after falling from a window in an apartment building near campus is the second such fatal incident in five week.
Grant aims to curb youth violence in Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Commonwealth University will use a $6 million federal grant to help curb youth violence in Richmond.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2dYuOOe ) that researchers will help communities develop programs aimed at preventing violence among youth.
Man attacks victim inside university campus restroom
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Commonwealth University police say two incidents of sexual violence have been reported on the school's Medical College of Virginia campus, including one in which an attacker pushed the victim against a restroom wall and attempted to unbutton the victim's pants.
Police said in a campus alert that the two instances of sexual battery were reported Monday afternoon.
VCU pays $2M for property assessed at $562K
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Commonwealth University has bought property in Richmond's Fan District near the site of the VCU Institute for Contemporary Art.
The Richmond-Times Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2d7Ey92 ) the VCU Real Estate Foundation paid $2 million last week for the 0.2 -acre site, according to city records. The property's assessed value is $562,000.
Sex assaults on, near VCU campus cause concern for students
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Students at Virginia Commonwealth University are expressing concern about a number of sexual assaults on and around campus the last few weeks.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2d8DXTO ) that VCU police fielded reports about three alleged sexual assaults the first week of classes in late August.
Those three incidents occurred around the school's Monroe Park campus.
VCU to test emergency alert systems
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Commonwealth University will test its sirens and other emergency communication systems this week.
The school says the testing will take place Wednesday at noon.
VCU will be testing its 10 sirens throughout the Monroe Park and MCV campuses and sending test alert messages via text message and email.
Police: 3 sexual assaults in a week near VCU campus
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Campus police at Virginia Commonwealth University say they're investigating three sexual assaults in the span of a week.
Police said in an alert to the campus that all three sexual assaults occurred at residences near campus and that the victims had just recently met their attackers.
Police are urging students to socialize in groups and be aware of their surroundings.
The most recent reported assault occurred on Thursday.
Active shooter training exercise to be held at VCU
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Police are preparing to hold an active shooter training exercise at Virginia Commonwealth University.
City of Richmond and VCU Police will hold the exercise Wednesday at the Monroe Park Campus.
Officers will simulate a situation in which a single shooter is in the Shafer Street Playhouse, a building that includes performance spaces used by the Department of Theatre. There will be simulated sounds of gunfire and crowd panic.
Richmond Police: 1 dead, 2 hurt in shooting at party
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richmond police say they are continuing to investigate a shooting near Virginia Commonwealth University that has left one man dead and two people injured.
A police press release says the early Sunday morning shooting possibly stemmed from an argument between two groups of people. Police say the victims are not VCU students and that the incident is unconnected to the university.
Responding to a report of people being shot, officers found two...
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on a shooting in Virginia that left three people injured early Sunday (all times local):
Richmond police are reportedly seeking a suspect they say shot three people near the Virginia Commonwealth University campus on Sunday.
WTVR-TV reports (http://bit.ly/29XnNL4 ) that two of the victims were transported to VCU Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. WTVR says police do not believe the victims are university...
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richmond police are leading an investigation into a shooting on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University that injured one person.
VCU police said in an alert to students that the shooting happened at about 2:42 a.m. Saturday at Harrison and Broad Streets. They say the victim was transported to VCU Health System, and that the injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.
The alert says the suspect was still at large and "may pose a...