Safety and Respect in our CHS Community

All members of our community should feel and be safe, welcomed and respected at VCU.
aerial view of hibbs hall on the v.c.u. monroe park campus

Dear faculty, staff and students of the College of Humanities and Sciences,

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful winter break.

As we prepare to start the new semester, I’d like to affirm the message sent from VCU leadership earlier this week: All members of our community should feel and be safe, welcomed, and respected at VCU.

Respect and safety are two of our foundational principles. I am committed to doing everything within my power to ensure they are upheld and made a priority for every individual within our community.

VCU and the College of Humanities and Sciences will not tolerate any instances of threats related to anti-Semitism, anti-Islam sentiments, religious intolerance, or racial and ethnic discrimination.

Students, faculty, and staff who feel they have experienced a violation of the student and employee codes of conduct can use the VCU Helpline (1-888-242-6022 and to make reports 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Reports can be made anonymously and are confidential.

I encourage you to reach out to me directly with any questions or concerns. I genuinely welcome your suggestions on strategies to ensure your safety as we launch a new year.

In my many years at VCU, I have seen the very best from our community. May we all continue to support and care for one another in 2024.

Have a wonderful start to your semester.


Dr. Catherine Ingrassia (she/her)
Dean and Professor
College of Humanities and Sciences
Virginia Commonwealth University

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