The College Community
More than lecture halls, more than experiments in the laboratory or the giving of examinations, education is a matter of people. It is the people at Richard Bland College who comprise the campus and animate its character.
Students at the College come from across Virginia, the country, and the world. With the addition of the Patriot and Freedom Residence Halls, RBC became the only residential two-year institution in the Commonwealth. The combination of the rich heritage of our traditional commuter region along with broader perspectives from beyond brings diversity to our campus population, even as our small size helps to ensure a friendly and supportive college community.
The faculty provides students intellectual stimulation and also broad opportunities for cultural enrichment. While their educational preparation and experiences are diverse, the Richard Bland College faculty shares a dedication to teaching and a desire to help each student reach individual potential and achieve academic success.
Through participation in Student Assembly, clubs, athletics, Honors and other organizations and activities, the administration, faculty, staff, and students work together to produce an environment that is optimally conducive to learning and academic success.
Learner Mentors and/or Guided Pathways Specialists
A hallmark of the Richard Bland College journey involves the access to a Learner Mentor and/or Guided Pathways Specialist (LM/GPS) to incoming students. The goal of this program is to hone the knowledge, skills, work habits, and character traits commonly associated with success in the 21st century, and with the RBC journey. LM/GPS utilize data to help keep students on track to graduation while nurturing their development as responsible, respectful, and resourceful citizens. Each LM/GPS provides assistance in navigating the student’s academic journey along their guided pathway to success. LM/GPS will assist students to create an academically sound plan of study that will lead to timely graduation from RBC and allow for a successful transition to the next step in their academic journey.
The Student Village at Richard Bland College currently consists of Freedom, Patriot, and Commerce Halls.
A variety of apartment sizes, including one, two, three, and four-bedroom suites are available. The Office of Residence Life, located in Freedom 104, is responsible for the oversight of the housing program, including room assignments and changes, programming opportunities in the residence halls, leadership development, conflict mediation, and administration of the judicial process for policy violations occurring in the residence halls.
Residence life policies and procedures can be found in detail in the Richard Bland College Student Handbook.
Public Performance Policy
No person or group of persons associated with Richard Bland College shall give a public performance in the name of the College unless prior to the first rehearsal the said person or group of persons shall have obtained written permission from the College to present the entertainment. If certain facilities on campus are requested, the Events and Auxillary Programs Manager will inform Facilities and Campus Security.
Students Requiring Special Accommodations (ADA)
Richard Bland College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the administration of its educational programs and activities, including admissions and employment practices, access to, or treatment in its programs and services. The Office of Academic Resources have been designated to coordinate compliance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulation 28 CFR 35.107. A Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) is available by calling 711-VaRelay/ (804) 863-1615.
Students in need of accommodations must follow the procedures listed below:
Submit their documentation(s) of their disability to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact the Office of Academic Resources at email@example.com or 804-862-6100 ext. 6235 to schedule an appointment to register for academic accommodations and related ADA services.
Bring all documentation to the appointment including (if relevant):
- The most recent psychological educational evaluation of the student (with adult norm scores)
- The most recent IEP for evaluation (preferably from 12 grade or final year of high school)
- Disability Support Services Application
- An evaluation from a therapist or doctor is required in the event that a student is requesting an emotional support animal.
During the meeting, the ADA Coordinator will review and evaluate the documentation and determine the accommodation(s) the student is eligible for based on the documentation provided.
Any information that is provided by the student, high school, or college/university becomes the property of Richard Bland College and will be kept strictly confidential. The Office of Academic Resources, in consultation with the student (and parent/guardian if desired), will make the decisions regarding accommodations. It is the responsibility of the ADA Coordinator for students to communicate directly with the faculty members and/or other school officials as needed to ensure that proper accommodations are made. If accommodations are not made within a reasonable time, the student should notify the ADA Coordinator.
Classification of Students
Richard Bland College classifies students as Traditional Degree-Seeking or Non-Degree Seeking. All students are subject to the general academic policies of the College as presented in this Catalog.