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Ja nua r y 2009

January 2009 Edition (Also available in alternate formats) Copyright: Rector and Visitors of the University of Mary Washington Credits: UMW Office of University Relations and Communications Photographers: Richard Anderson; Ian Bradshaw; Doug Buerlein; Andrew Deci ’06; T. Logan Metesh ’10; AJ Newell; Clint Often; Karen Pearlman ’00; Lynda Richardson ’81; Jerry Slezak



Welcome to UMW! 5 Calendar with Red-Letter Dates 6 Contacts 7 Eaglelink Portal 8 EagleOne Card 9 Technology

Academics First 11 Academic Planning and Advising 11 First-Year Seminar 13 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 14 New General Education Requirements 15 Simpson Library 15 Student Transition Program 15 Tutoring and Study Skills Business Matters 17 Banking 17 Bookstore 18 Copy Center 18 Financial Aid 18 Post Office 19 Student Accounts Campus Dining and Housing 21 Application and Contract for Residential Students 22 FAQ Life at UMW 28 Athletes 29 Commuting Students 29 Disability Services 30 FAQ 31 Great Events 32 Healthy U 32 Campus Recreation 32 Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) 33 Health Center 34 International Academic Services 35 Honor System, Judicial Affairs, and Community Responsibility Orientation 37 Orientation Schedule 37 Directions to Campus 38 Essential Information 39 Avoid the Move-In Blues 41

Parents and Families


UMW Glossary: EagleSpeak


UMW Fredericksburg Campus Map


WELCOME TO UMW Calendar with Red-Letter Dates


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EagleOne Card

Eaglelink Portal




ongratulations on your decision to join the University of Mary Washington community. We are delighted that you have chosen UMW and look forward to your arrival in January 2009. This book is designed to ease your transition during the next several months. A checklist of important, time-sensitive information follows as a guide for submitting the requested forms. Please pay close attention to the deadlines! On November 12, 2008, your NetID and password will be available online. Important updates to the information in this book will be posted throughout the next few months in the Eaglelink Portal at There you will be able to access your UMW email, find academic advising information, register for classes, and learn more about UMW. This book is also available online at

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Calendar Red-Letter Dates


ll forms to become a UMW student can be completed and submitted by email with one exception:

Section 1 of your Health History should be typed and submitted by email, then the entire History should be printed along with the UMW Immunization Record that must be signed by your health-care provider. After the forms are completed and SIGNED, please mail or fax them to the UMW Health Center. An envelope is included in the back of this book for your convenience.

R: REMINDE Check the ortal at Eaglelink P eaglelink.u often for updates!


CHECKLIST: DEADLINES: Please note that University offices are closed on January 1-2, 2009. November 12  Net ID Available Online  Application for Housing Accommodation to Disability Services December 3  New Student Questionnaire January 5 January 5  Foreign Language Testing  Final Grades or Transcripts January 7  Move-in Day and Orientation January 8 January 12  NCAA Intercollegiate Athletic Forms  Scholarship Information Form January 15  Health History, Tuberculosis Screening, Immunization Record forms February 1



New Student Course Registration Schedule Adjustment (drop/add period) *Residence Halls Open (new students) Residence Halls Open (returning students) Classes Begin Last Day to Add Courses Course-Drop Deadline (without penalty) Spring Break Advising Period Individual Course Withdrawal Deadline Advance Registration Classes End/Last Day to Withdraw from UMW Reading Days Final Exams Commencement

December 15 – 16 January 5 – 16 January 8 January 11 January 12 January 16 January 30 *February 27 (5 p.m.) - March 8 March 9-20 March 13 March 23 - April 3 April 24

*Residence Halls Closed

February 27 (9 p.m.) - March 8 (2 p.m.) May 3 (except for graduates) May 10 (for graduates)

April 25-26 April 27-May 1 *May 9



uestions regarding the contents of this book or any other areas of the University should be directed to the following offices.


(Area code 540)



General Information


Academic Services








Business Services


Campus Recreation


Career Services


Copy Center


Counseling and Psychological Services


Dining Services


Disability Services


EagleOne ID Center


Family Weekend


Financial Aid


Health Center


Help Desk

654 -2255

International Academic Services




Multicultural Center


Post Office


Public Safety




Residence Life


Speaking Center


Student Accounts

654-1289 or 1250

Student Activities & Community Services


Student Employment

654-2468 or 1685

Study Skills




University Hotline


University Police




Writing Center

654-1036 From on-campus phones only


Eaglelink Portal


he Eaglelink Portal is your way to stay connected with what’s happening at UMW. The chart below illustrates where to find specific information in the Eaglelink Portal.

Eaglelink Home

Accounts and Financial Aid


University Life


Account Balance

Academic Catalog


Important Dates

E-Bill Addresses

Faculty Advisor

Activities and Clubs

Important Links

Financial Aid Awards

Course Registration

EagleOne ID Card

Downloadable Forms


Fitness Center

UMW Alert Program


Honor Council

Update Personal Information Vehicle Registration


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Mailbox Combination Meal Plan Room Assignment

EagleOne Card


our official UMW identification card is called the EagleOne card. Stop by the EagleOne Card Center in Woodard Campus Center to have your gle D. Ea Sam photo taken and receive your card, or nt Stude submit a photo online (in the required format), and receive your card when X XXX XXXX XXXX X X you check in during Orientation in January. X X Visit for more details. The card has myriad uses on campus and should be carried at all times to...    

gain access to your residence hall, the fitness center, gym, and numerous campus events borrow books from the Simpson Library use in the campus dining facilities and check meal plan and balance information use as a debit card to your EagleOne account (activated with an initial deposit of $25 or more) n for purchases at the UMW Bookstore, Copy Center, Post Office, Health Center, Klein Theatre, Seacobeck, Eagle’s Nest, EagleExpress Cart, and University Tennis Center n in vending machines for snacks, drinks, and laundry n for public copiers and printing at campus computer labs n for participating off-campus merchants


If you lose your card...

All lost cards should be invalidated immediately by deactivating the card online or reporting the loss in person at the EagleOne Card Center during regular business hours. On evenings and weekends, you may report a loss at the UMW Police Office. Replacement cards are available for a fee at the EagleOne Card Center.

Funds can be added to your account 24/7 online (, by mail, at the Office of Student Accounts in George Washington Hall, or at the EagleOne Card Center. With the EagleOne card, you won’t need to carry cash, write checks, or use a bank credit card anywhere that you see this logo:




early all students bring their own computers to campus, and new students are encouraged to bring laptop computers to take advantage of their mobility. UMW has a wireless network in academic buildings, the Simpson Library, Woodard Campus Center, Seacobeck Dining Hall, and common areas in residence halls. In addition, more than 24 computer labs are located throughout campus in academic buildings, equipped with both PC and Macintosh computers and printers, and available at scheduled times for student use.

Each year, the Department of Information Technologies (DoIT) assembles recommended configurations for various types of personal computers, and this information is posted in the Eaglelink Portal. Visit the UMW Bookstore website at for links to vendors with approved computer configurations. The University relies on the network, the Eaglelink Portal, campus mail, and email to notify students of official communications such as deadlines, policies, announcements, and other critical information. Professors communicate with students electronically and use the University network for instructional purposes. On move-in day, support teams will be available in the residence halls to assist you with connecting to the UMW network. After that and throughout the academic year, you may call the UMW Help Desk at extension 2255 to have your questions answered. The University is not equipped to provide hardware repair services for student computers, but will provide a list of manufacturercertified computer repair specialists in the Fredericksburg area.



When do I get a UMW email account?

You will be issued a network identifier (NetID) and a temporary password that will enable you to use the UMW network beginning November 12, 2008. You may find your NetID by going to technology/network/ netid_password and following the step-by-step instructions found there. ďƒœ

Viruses, Worms, and Spam...

All computers on the UMW network are required to have anti-virus software and current security updates installed on their operating systems (such as Windows). UMW provides anti-virus software free of charge, and you can use your log-in credentials to download your copy. Check the Eaglelink Portal for details. We recommend that you remove any previously installed antivirus programs on your computer and install the version provided by UMW before bringing your computer to campus.

ACADEMICS FIRST Academic Planning and Advising

First-Year Seminar

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

New General Education Requirements

Simpson Library

Tutoring and Study Skills

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Academic Planning

Launch your first year at UMW by taking the following steps.

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Complete the New Student Questionnaire found in your UMW email by January 5, 2009, to help us select an appropriate academic advisor for you. Request official copies of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), dual enrollment, and/or transcripts of any college transfer credit be sent to the UMW Office of the Registrar immediately. The UMW CEEB code is 5398. Check the “Registration Tools” channel in the Eaglelink Portal to review your student record for any AP, IB, Cambridge, CLEP, dual enrollment, and/or college transfer credit that has been received and processed by the Office of the Registrar. Read the Freshman or Transfer Academic Planning Guide found at or for general information, courses specifically recommended for new students, and a step-by-step guide that will assist you with the registration process and planning your spring courses. Use the Course Scheduling Worksheet and the New Student Course Registration Request Form found in these guides to assist you when you register for spring classes. The Dictionary of Academic Regulations found at publications/dictionary_ar_fburg may also be helpful as you plan for your academic experience at UMW.



n addition to the above-noted resources, the Academic Services staff will assist you by phone and by email as you make your initial course selection and through the registration process December 15-16. Before you come to orientation, you will be assigned your faculty academic advisor. This faculty member will meet with you individually during orientation and throughout your first year and will serve as your academic advisor until you declare your major.

First-Year Seminar


The Inside


Take classes that you are intere sted in not what your parent s are intere sted in. – Sang-M in Yoon ’07


Put your alarm clock acros s the room so you have to get out of bed. Even missi ng one class can make the cours e hard. – Maggi e Kelley ´08

Classes here at Mary Wash are challenging compa red to what I hear from other schools . The upside is that class sizes are always small, which I like - more chance s to ask questi ons and get to know the profess ors. – Alyssa Lee ’08 The professors won’t look over your shoulder or make sure that you’re doing the work, but they will become your friends – don’t be afraid to stop by during office hours just to say hi. – Joshua Rutherford ’07

irst-Year Seminar courses introduce students to the pursuit of intellectual inquiry. Seminars are designed to be lively and engaging, and to provide an opportunity to interact with outstanding faculty members while exploring nontraditional topics in nontraditional ways. One first-year seminar is now required as part of the new general education program, which took effect starting fall 2008. While transfer students are not required to complete a first-year seminar, those transferring in with fewer than 30 college credits may take a first-year seminar as an elective, if desired. Specific topics will vary from course to course, but all will include n college as you imagined it: a life of the mind taught by great faculty n small classes, capped at 15 students each n active, discussion-based formats n exploration of primary texts rather than textbooks n critical examination of the literature n development of writing and speaking skills


Claudia Emerson

Frequently Asked Questions

Professor of English and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet

My advisor is not in my major department. Does that matter? No. For your freshman year, your academic advisor is typically assigned based on the academic interests that you expressed on your New Student Questionnaire. When you declare your academic major, you will be reassigned an advisor within your major. All faculty members have been trained to advise you in scheduling and fulfilling general education requirements. If your advisor is unable to answer your questions, you may talk to someone in the Office of Academic Services in George Washington Hall. I didn’t get into any classes for my major. What do I do? Majors are designed to be completed in less than four years, giving first-year students time to work on their general education requirements first. Electives – courses that you decide to take to pursue personal interests and goals – also are a part of the degree program. Even if a particular course on your schedule doesn’t meet a general education or major requirement, it will serve as one of your elective credits. In certain programs where it is important to get started in a few major courses right away (such as biology or chemistry) there will be opportunities during orientation for you to adjust your schedule in order to be sure that you are in the necessary courses. If you are still concerned that you may be behind in your anticipated major requirements, then make sure to discuss your concerns with your advisor during the orientation time set aside for individual advising meetings.

I need help with my class. What can I do? No matter how rigorous your high school was, it is not unusual to find the demands of full-time university study to be quite challenging. If you are having difficulty with a class, you’re not alone. Your first step should be to talk about your problems with your professor. All UMW professors keep office hours and most also take appointments if their hours are not convenient to you. Most important, they are there to help their students and are always willing to listen. If you require help in a certain area, you can apply for free tutoring, academic workshops, or advising through the Office of Academic Services. Dates for Tutoring and Study Skill sessions will be posted on the Academic Services web page. If I want to change my schedule, how do I do this? There will be a schedule adjustment period and drop/ add between January 5 and 16, during which you may change your schedule electronically in the Eaglelink Portal. Once the add period has ended, you may continue to drop courses until 5 p.m. on January 30. I want to change my major. Is that OK? Don’t worry! Students often change majors during their college careers. General education and elective courses will expose you to many fields of study that will help you find an interest to pursue as a major. When will I register for spring classes? Registration will be online on December 15 and 16. Students are welcome to make an appointment between December 8 and December 16 for advising and schedule planning with a member of the Academic Services staff. Students can call 540/654-1010 or come to the office in GW 203 to make the appointment. Walk-in requests will be honored as time permits.

Are there any offices on campus that can help me with my papers or presentations? At the Writing Center, tutors will work with you to review a writing assignment’s requirements and address your concerns about your papers. Tutors ask questions designed to help you to discover writing difficulties and what you can do to correct the problems. The Speaking Center will help you develop effective presentation and public speaking skills. Speaking Center consultants are also available to videotape a practice presentation and to provide feedback.

What classes can I take pass/fail? You may take elective courses pass/fail. One course per semester may be taken pass/ fail, up to a maximum of eight pass/fail courses total. Courses fulfilling major or general education requirements may not be taken pass/fail. The only exception is the experiential learning requirement, where a pass/fail internship might count (depending on the policies of the department sponsoring the internship).


New General Education Requirements


fter careful and intensive study, the faculty developed a new set of general education requirements that took effect in the fall 2008 semester. General Education is the foundation of a liberal arts and sciences education and is designed to cultivate the skills, knowledge, and habits of mind that are essential in every field of study and which enable graduates to make effective decisions as citizens of a rapidly changing, richly diverse, and increasingly interconnected world. The new requirements are designed to put the liberal arts in a more contemporary context, and to provide students with maximum flexibility in the way that the requirements may be met. For complete details, students should see the 2008-2009 College of Arts and Sciences Academic Catalog, which will be available online via the Eaglelink Portal. A brief sketch of the new requirements appears below. Summary of n n n n n n n n n n


the New General Education Requirements First-Year Seminar (one course – transfer students are not required to take this course) Quantitative Reasoning (two courses) Natural Science (two-course sequence; at least one course with a lab) Human Experience and Society (two courses from two separate disciplines) Arts, Literature, and Performance (two courses; one exploring the process for creating artistic work, the other course focusing on appreciation and interpretation of artistic works) Global Inquiry (one course) Language (intermediate competency in a second language) Experiential Learning (one faculty-supervised experience) Writing Intensive Requirement (four courses designated WI) Speaking Intensive Requirement (two courses designated SI)

Simpson Library


onveniently located on Campus Walk, Simpson Library provides a skilled staff to help with research. It gives access to a full range of innovative and cost-effective services that satisfy the changing needs of UMW students and faculty – whether for information, education, or even recreation. Your library has in excess of 350,000 volumes, links to more than 22,000 electronic journals, and furnishes a wide array of databases.

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Stop by the “Comfort Zone” with its open-exchange collection of “Just for Fun” books, comfortable chairs, and casual atmosphere that invite conversation and relaxation. A full list of offerings and services can be found on the Library’s extensive website at www.

Tutoring and Study Skills


eer tutors are provided by appointment for almost every lower-level course, and walk-in tutoring is available for both chemistry and math courses. UMW faculty-recommended websites with lessons, quizzes, and tips for your various courses of study can be found at services/tutoring. From Folly to Focus: Studying for Success! is a workshop series developed and presented by students, for students. The following topics are presented twice each semester: note-taking and reading strategies, time management, test preparation and taking, paper preparation, and how to manage studies in and after class. Links to similar information via lessons, exercises, and tips can be found at services/study.




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Copy Center

Financial Aid

Post Office


Student Accounts



here is an ATM in Woodard Campus Center operated by Virginia Credit Union (VACU). Students interested in opening VACU accounts may find it helpful to make arrangements before school starts. Membership applications are available by calling VACU’s member services department at (800) 323-6800 or from the VACU website at Banks in the Fredericksburg area include the following (all area codes are 540):

BB&T Carter Bank & Trust Peoples Community Bank PNC Bank Second Bank & Trust SunTrust Bank Union Bank & Trust Virginia Credit Union Wachovia

WING TIPS books t x e t r e d r O online at .edu/ www.umw bookstore

Need to purchase software? The UMW Bookstore offers Microsoft Office Pro Plus for both PCs and Macs at significant academic discounts.

400 George Street 1204 Bragg Road 175 Kings Highway 2403 Fall Hill Avenue 1016 Charles Street 3557 Plank Road 2811 Fall Hill Avenue 2150 Gordon W. Shelton Boulevard 4109 Plank Road


899-5500 373-0654 371-6889 899-3200 898-1110 899-5630 372-7760 899-4466 786-9485


he Bookstore carries all of the textbooks (both new and used), computer supplies, and related instructional materials required for courses at UMW. It has a large selection of general reading books (including current novels, classics, and recommended outside reading), school supplies, clothing, gifts, UMW memorabilia, and convenience items. The Bookstore also sells computer software at academically discounted prices. UMW does not sell computers directly, but you may order computers that meet the necessary acceptable standards through the Bookstore website.

When you purchase books from the UMW Bookstore, you can take comfort knowing that you have purchased the correct textbooks for your courses. You won’t have to worry about when your books will arrive, there are no shipping costs, and you may return a book without waiting for a refund or paying return shipping charges. Moreover, because the Bookstore is owned and operated by UMW, all profits go toward the enrichment of your life here by supporting Student Life programs, intramural sports, recreational activities, and repair and maintenance of nonacademic buildings and grounds. The cost for books and related materials for the entire first year is estimated to be approximately $950. The Bookstore accepts MasterCard, VISA, and EagleOne dollars. Textbook Return Policy – Any textbook purchased for the current semester may be exchanged or refunded during the course-add period provided the book is in the condition it was when purchased and is accompanied by a UMW Bookstore cash register receipt. Returns will be accepted through the initial course-drop period only when accompanied by an authorized drop slip or a copy of your course schedule with the current date on it and your student ID. No refunds or exchanges will be considered without a UMW Bookstore cash register receipt. At the end of each academic semester, UMW conducts book “buybacks” to purchase used books and grow the availability of the used-book inventory.


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Copy Center

or a nominal fee, you may take care of all your personal copying and printing needs and send or receive faxes at the UMW Copy Center, located in the basement of Seacobeck Hall. Options include transparencies, laminations, specialty paper, personalized stationery, binding, labeling, shredding, inserting, collating, and scanning, as well as digital photo processing.

Financial Aid


he Office of Financial Aid administers a variety of UMW Foundation scholarship programs. To be considered for all scholarships, you must complete and submit the Scholarship Information Form available in the Eaglelink Portal to the Office of Financial Aid by January 15, 2009. Most of these scholarships are needbased and also require you to complete the FAFSA by the published dates. Recipients of UMW Foundation scholarships are notified in July. Most scholarships are not automatically renewable and require a new Scholarship Information Form every year. The Office of Financial Aid communicates with you through UMW email, campus mail, and online. For all forms, special scholarship opportunities, student employment specifics, and the most up-to-date information, visit the Financial Aid website. Parent and student loans will not appear on tuition bills, nor will other financial aid, if your file is incomplete. If you requested a loan through the Office of Financial Aid and completed the appropriate paperwork, you may deduct the amount of your loan from the bill and pay the remaining balance. Be sure to subtract any fees associated with parent and alternative loans to determine the net amount you should deduct from the bill. Student workers must present appropriate work eligibility documents before starting their jobs. Check the Financial Aid website for acceptable documents. Student employment earnings are paid directly to students and are not applied to their accounts.

Post Office


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he campus post office is a full-service postal center. All residential and commuting students will be assigned a mailbox to be used for official mail from UMW and for personal mail, including magazines, newspapers, packages, and accountable mail needing a signature. You may retrieve your mailbox information, including your combination, on the campus Banner system, accessible through the Eaglelink Portal. You will keep the same mailbox as long as you reside on campus; if you move off campus, you will be issued a new mailbox.

Due to space limitations, all students share an assigned mailbox. Check your mail carefully before opening or removing it. Please be considerate of your box-mate’s mail, placing it back in the box each time you check. Packages are not delivered to the residence halls. UPS, FedEx, and other services deliver directly to the campus post office, which will send you an email notice and a package notification slip in your assigned mailbox when a package has arrived. To retrieve your package, present your EagleOne card and package notification slip at the service window. Packages received before January 5, 2009, will be refused due to limited space. Lofts and bikes are to be delivered with your name to: UMW Physical Plant, Attention: Central Storeroom, Hanover Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22401. It is your responsibility to make arrangements to pick up packages from the Storeroom by calling (540) 654-1149.

WING TIPS Advise those writing to you to use the following format: Your Full Name University of Mary Washington UMW Box xxxx (assigned number) 1701 College Avenue Fredericksburg, VA 22401-4661

Note: All full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students (except for BLS), residential and commuting, receive official University communications and critical information in their assigned oncampus post office box in addition to the UMW network, Eaglelink Portal, and email. It is important to check your mailbox regularly.

Student Accounts


verything you need to know about current tuition and fees, room and board, payment options, due dates, and more can be found at

This semester, freshman and transfer tuition bills will be sent to your UMW email address after you have registered for classes. Through Eaglelink, you may add as many as two additional email addresses to receive copies of all e-bills. After your first semester, the billing schedule consists of fall semester bills being emailed during the first two weeks of July, and the spring semester bills being emailed during the first two weeks of November. All new charges or unpaid account balances will be billed periodically throughout the semester. Accounts not covered by financial aid, prepaid tuition programs, or by the installment payment plan are due by the date specified on the bill (typically mid-August for the fall semester and mid-December for the spring). You may pay your account with cash, a cashier’s check, money order, personal check, or credit card. When paying with a credit card, you must make your payment through Nelnet’s e-cashier on the UMW Student Accounts website. There is a convenience fee paid to Nelnet for credit card payments. Your payment can be mailed to the processing center along with the payment coupon; send to University of Mary Washington, P.O. Box 37084, Baltimore, MD 21297-3084. Payments sent by express mail or without the payment coupon should be mailed directly to the UMW Cashier’s Office. You may make payments in person at George Washington Hall, Room 111. If your account is not paid on time, UMW may charge late fees, place a hold on your account, and cancel course registration. Grants, loans, and scholarships are credited to student accounts in the order that UMW receives them. Accounts are reviewed weekly to identify overpayments in order to issue refunds. Refunds are mailed to the student’s UMW campus mailboxe during the academic year and to the student’s home address when school is not in session.


CAMPUS DINING AND HOUSING Application and Contract for Residential Students

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Application and Contract for Residential Students


he education you receive at UMW extends beyond the classroom into the residence halls, where you will meet people whose lifestyles, backgrounds, personalities, and values may be different from your own. You have a unique opportunity to grow and learn about yourself and others through new and important friendships, and you’ll share the good and the difficult times with students facing many of the same challenges. UMW’s goal is to provide a living-learning environment that offers support, fosters academic achievement and personal development, and provides a sense of community to all its members.

Read caref ully the contents o f the official H ousing and Dining Services Contract, then submit it through the Eaglelin k Portal a t eaglelink.u

Complete the application/contract (found under the University Life tab on the Eaglelink Portal) after submitting your admission deposit. (No additional housing deposit is required for new students.) When submitted online, this contract becomes a binding agreement between you and the University for the remainder of the academic year. No housing assignment will be made without a completed Housing and Dining Services Contract record on file.

Students joining the residential community for Spring 2009 will be notified of their housing assignments in December after the end of the Fall 2008 term. Notifications will be made via the Eaglelink Portal.


Frequently Asked Questions ... About Housing When is move-in? Move-in for new incoming students is Thursday, January 8, 2009 beginning at 8 a.m. All new students should check in at the Residence Life Office in Marye House. Early arrivals will not be permitted except in connection with a University activity, nor may personal belongings be moved in early. Please plan accordingly. If you need to arrive in the Fredericksburg area early, you should make arrangements at a local hotel. A schedule of the openings and closings of residence halls for the entire academic year can be found in the Eaglelink Portal.

How many roommates will I have? Residence halls have double, triple, and quad rooms, and every student has the same chance of being placed in any of them. Roommates are randomly assigned based on preferences noted on the Housing and Dining Services Contract.

What are community standards? Community standards are rules and regulations relating to visitation, quiet hours, or any other issue that affects everyone in the community. The community will vote on standards for your residence hall at the first hall meeting of the semester. May I install a window air conditioning unit in my room if my building does not have A-C? No. Window A-C units are prohibited in the residence halls unless you have received an accommodation through the Office of Disability Services, in which case you will receive a letter with further details regarding your A-C unit. What are Resident Assistants, and how can they help me? Resident Assistants are specially trained upperclass students who live in the building and assist residents in their adjustment to life at UMW. They can help with everything from work orders and maintenance requests to providing social and educational programming. RAs are available to answer any question a resident might have about life at UMW. May I smoke in my room? No. Smoking is not allowed in any UMW residence halls. Also, while smoking is allowed outside of residence halls, policy requires that smoking take place at least 50 feet away from the buildings at all times.


Do all residence halls have elevators? No. Halls that do have elevators are Alvey, Arrington, Marshall, South, and Jefferson.

I usually just use my cell phone. May I bring it to UMW? Many students on campus have cell phones and many elect to use them for long distance service. Reception in the area and in the campus buildings varies for some service providers. Can I request to have a certain room or certain style bathroom? Unfortunately it is not possible for us to honor specific requests for room style, such as a double room, corner room, or suite bathroom. Is there a housekeeping service to clean my room and bathroom? No, but housekeeping does clean hall bathrooms that are shared by an entire floor. What are bathroom facilities like? In some residence halls each floor shares a common bathroom containing individual toilet stalls and shower stalls. Others have suite-style bathrooms with two bedrooms connected by a shared bathroom. UMW students will attest that both styles have their own unique advantages.

Where can I get a fridge for my room? For students entering in January, we recommend that you pick one up at a local store (many “big box” retailers are available in the area) or you can check the kiosks around campus to see if anyone is selling one. Do check the Housing and Dining Services Contract for the maximum allowable size.

What is included in my room? Each residence hall is unique, but some standard furnishings include a twin-bed frame and mattress, desk and chair, dresser and closet space for each resident. Rooms are currently equipped for cable television, campus and local phone, and computer network connections for each resident. I have lost my room key. What do I do? Make an effort to find your missing key. If it is not found, report the loss to the UMW Police or the Residence Life Office. Be sure also to tell your RA that you have lost your key. You will be charged for the replacement key.

What size sheets should I buy? All resident rooms have twin beds, and many have extralong mattresses. You will not know until move-in whether or not you have an XL mattress, so it is best to buy XL twin sheets or twin sheets with “expanded” or “deep” pockets.

Can I request to live in a specific residence hall? Assignments for students coming in January are done on a space available basis. Translation: we’re going to assign you where we have space available. If you know someone here and there is space in that room, we’ll do our best to accommodate that request. We also do try to accommodate building preferences but aren’t always able to do so. Please keep in mind that you need to be a junior or senior (by credits) in order to reside in the UMW apartments.

Can I have overnight visitors in the residence halls? Overnight visitation is decided upon by community standards vote. Most communities permit overnight visitors, but check with your roommate first!

Can I have a pet in my room? Only the underwater variety (fish) are permitted in a tank no larger than 20 gallons. Residents found with other animals will be fined and given 24 hours to remove them from the premises. If an animal is not removed, the University will release it to Fredericksburg Animal Control and will file judicial charges against the resident.

Should I bring a loft? The choice to purchase a loft is up to you. However, Russell Hall and the UMW Apartments do not permit lofts, so you should not purchase one until you have received your room assignment. If you are housed elsewhere and decide to bring a loft, you may be responsible for removing and storing the bed frame that is provided in the room. Only pre-fabricated, commercially manufactured lofts are permitted. Check the Eaglelink Portal for a list of vendors and manufacturers.

I don’t think my roommate and I are going to get along. How can I change rooms? We strongly encourage you to make an effort to get to know your roommate. You may find that you have more in common than you expected. However, should the need to change rooms arise, room changes will be considered after the first two full weeks of classes during the open room change process. You would need to speak with your RA first to get the process started.


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Going Green What we’ve done! UMW partnered with an energy service company in 2005 to implement a number of energy and resource conservation projects. We made some changes, including new lights, water fixtures, and energy management systems, in both academic and residential buildings. In 2007, a student light bulb exchange program was implemented along with education to help students conserve energy while protecting the environment. UMW Recycles! In 2007 the faculty, staff and students at UMW recycled 552.90 tons of material that would have gone to the landfill. The UMW Recycling Program currently offers recycling of Corrugated Cardboard, Printer Ink Cartridges, Mixed Paper, Newsprint, Glass, Aluminum and Plastic. Please visit to find out more about what you can do. What you can do! If you’re going to bring a desk lamp or additional lighting for your room, bring a compact fluorescent bulb instead of a traditional incandescent bulb. Whenever possible, purchase only Energy Star-rated appliances. Start practicing the BIG 3 right now before coming to campus – take shorter showers, turn off your fan/AC when you’re not in your room, and turn your computer off when you’re not using it. Do your part and recycle. Each residence hall recycles glass, plastic, aluminum, mixed-paper and newsprint. Want to learn more? Please visit and to find out more about what you can do to help with energy reduction and the environment at UMW.


Frequently Asked Questions ... About Dining The Restaurants at Seacobeck Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday Friday Saturday Continental breakfast Brunch Dinner Sunday Continental breakfast Brunch Dinner

7:15 a.m. - 8 p.m. 7:15 a.m. - 7 p.m. 8 - 10 a.m. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. 9:30 - 11 a.m. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 4 - 7 p.m.

The Washington Diner features “The Grill” with all-American standards like hotdogs, hamburgers, grilled cheese, fries, veggie burgers, and soy “chicken” patties. It also has a “Hometown” station with favorites from home like macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, and more. The South Market features “The Deli” where you can get a sandwich or wrap made to order; “Southwest” with burritos, nachos, and spicy Mexican rice; and “Pacific Rim” with sweet and sour chicken, Szechuan beef and broccoli, vegetable fried rice, and more. The UMW Bistro offers freshly made pizza, a panini and calzone station, and a pasta-action station.

The Eagle’s Nest Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday Saturday Sunday Late Nite Thursday, Friday, Saturday

7:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. noon - 11 p.m. 2 - 11 p.m. 11:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.

Jazzman’s Cafe has coffee, tea, and smoothies to keep you going throughout the day, along with freshly baked specialty muffins, scones, and brownies.

Smart Market offers packaged sandwiches, salads, fresh fruit cups, drinks, and desserts; all are ready to go and convenient if you’re in a hurry and need to be on your way.

Where can I eat on campus? There are two dining locations on campus. The Restaurants of Seacobeck have three rooms with various buffet-style menus, specialty items, and cooking stations. The Eagle’s Nest is a cafe and coffee shop that includes a deli, pizzeria, grill, and Tex-Mex station. How do I choose a meal plan? UMW Dining offers a variety of meal plans tailored to fit any residential or commuting student appetite. First-year dining choices include the Super Meal Plan or the 15 Meal Plan. Upperclass dining choices include several additional options. For a complete list of meal plans, visit What is EagleExpress? EagleExpress is a food cart that can be found along campus walk and at campus events. The cart provides hot and cold drinks, snacks, and ready-to-go food items.You can pay with cash, EagleOne, or flex dollars. Mesa Jake’s provides burritos, tacos, and nachos made the way you want them – choose from a variety of fillings and toppings. Grill 155 offers everything from breakfast sandwiches to hamburgers and veggie burgers to chicken sandwiches. Pete’s Arena offers pizza whole or by the slice for those late nights studying. Eat it in, or get it all to go.

Stacks Deli fixes your sandwich however you like it – choose your bread, meat, cheese, and toppings!

Cyclone Salads provides something healthy and fresh. Make your own creation, choose from 4 different types of lettuce, cheeses, and 12 vegetables, add chicken or ham for variety. 24

I think I have too few/too many meals each week. How may I change my meal plan? Meal plans may be changed before January 26 by emailing your request to umwbills@ There are price differences between meal plans, which will be reflected on your student bill. What are flex dollars? Flex is a meal allowance built into all of the meal plans. Though not real money, flex dollars may be used as a debit account for making additional food purchases at any UMW dining operation, including catering. Any balance left over in your flex account will roll over from the spring to the fall semester. Unused balances at the end of the spring semester will not be refunded. If your flex dollars are exhausted before the end of the semester, purchases may be made using EagleOne dollars.

What’s being served? To check the day’s or week’s menus, visit the dining website at Both vegetarian and vegan menu offerings are available during each meal period. If you are on a restricted diet, contact the General Manager at 654-2230.


What are EagleOne dollars? EagleOne dollars are used just like flex dollars and may be purchased throughout the academic year at the EagleOne ID Center, the Office of Student Accounts, by mail, or online at eagleone. EagleOne dollars may be used at the Restaurants at Seacobeck, the Eagle’s Nest, and most other campus locations. Purchases made with EagleOne dollars are subject to Virginia Sales Tax. Unused EagleOne dollars will remain in your account for the duration of your enrollment. How can I get a job at one of the dining facilities? UMW Dining Services employs many students to work within dining and catering services. Apply at Seacobeck or the Eagle’s Nest, or call 654-1029. What is a meal allowance? Meal allowances are built into all meal plans, allowing you to eat any meal during specified meal zones at the Eagle’s Nest rather than the Restaurants at Seacobeck. Meal allowance on the Super Meal plan is limited to 15 opportunities during the first semester and 25 during the second semester.

How do the meal plans work? Each dining day is split into three meal zones – breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With most meal plans, only one meal may be used per meal zone. The Super Meal Plan is best for large appetites or student athletes, as it offers unlimited access to “all-you-can-eat” meals at Seacobeck, with a limited number of meals that may be used at the Eagle’s Nest. Please note that meals you do not consume during the week do not roll over to the next.

How do I use my EagleOne card? Your EagleOne card is your admission ticket to the dining facilities, and you must have it in order to purchase meals and to use flex dollars.

May I bring a guest for dinner? You are welcome to bring a friend or family member for any meal. Seacobeck Dining Hall guest meal prices are published on the dining website.



Commuting Students

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Disability Services

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Great Events

Healthy U

Campus Recreation

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Health Center

International Student Services

Honor System, Judicial Affairs, and Community Responsibility




MW is a member of the NCAA Division III and is renowned as one of the strongest broad-based programs in the nation. Of the 23 sports at UMW, 22 have competed in national championship events, and the Eagles have brought home national titles in four sports. As a charter member of the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC), the Eagles have won the CAC All-Sports Award 11 times in the 16-year history of the conference. UMW also has produced hundreds of All-America selections, as well as countless all-region and all-conference picks. If you are interested in becoming part of the UMW athletics family as an athlete or member of the support staff, and have not been previously contacted, you should immediately call or email the head coach of your sport listed at Because NCAA Division III programs do not give athletic scholarships, open tryouts are held in every sport. As a candidate for a spring and/or winter team, you must register for a 400-level Physical Education Class in your sport(s). To meet athletic eligibility requirements, several mandatory forms must be completed and returned to your coach by January 12, 2009. Access forms at forms. This information is required prior to participation in any tryout, practice, or game for your sport. No exceptions! In addition, each coach will send you an information package, which may include a questionnaire for your respective sport that must be completed and returned by the dates indicated.


Commuting Students Between Classes: Places to study and relax include the Eagle’s Nest, Seacobeck, Simpson Library, Trinkle study labs, and the Wash Room. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): Services are free to all full-time, degree-seeking students.

Overnight Housing: In the eve nt of seve re weather, y ou may contact th e Office o f Residence Life to arr ange for tempo rary overnig ht housing.

Health Center: Full-time commuting students may obtain Health Center privileges by paying a fee each semester through the Office of Student Accounts. All full-time students, whether commuting or residential, must complete the health history, immunization, and tuberculosis screening form. This form is due to the Health Center no later than February 1, 2009. Please see more information about this form in the Healthy U Health Center section of this book. Lockers: Lockers are available, free of charge, in Woodard Campus Center by making a request at the Office of Student Activities. Priority is given to full-time, degree-seeking students. Meal Plans: Commuting students may participate in all meal plans. To enroll, contact the Office of Student Accounts. Official Notifications: The campus post office box is a channel for official communications and critical information from the University. It is your responsibility to check your assigned box regularly for information.

Disability Services


MW provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. In order to receive accommodations, you must provide professional documentation of a substantially limiting disability and discuss available services with the Director of Disability Services. The director will verify the disability, assist in arranging accommodations, and act as a liaison with faculty.

If you need accommodations in your residence hall room, such as air conditioning or visual fire alarms, you must fill out the Housing Accommodations Application, found in the Eaglelink Portal, by December 3, 2008.


Frequently Asked Questions How can I get around without a car on campus? • Ride FRED for free with your student ID throughout the city and to the Spotsylvania Towne Center and Central Park Shopping Center. On weekends, "FRED Express" travels from the campus on a rotatinghour schedule printed in the campus directory, which you will receive on move-in day. FRED stops just inside the main gates of UMW and on College Avenue in front of Seacobeck Hall. • Walk downtown and to the Fredericksburg Park and Shop Shopping Center. • Ride your bike. • Check out the “Rides Wanted/Needed” bulletin board in Woodard Campus Center and share rides. • Use the Greyhound bus station and local rail station that are just minutes from campus. Apply for student-advantage discount cards through Amtrak. Ride the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) to Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., for less expensive weekday fares. For more information, visit • Airports within a 75-mile radius include Richmond, Reagan, Dulles, and BWI. • Make your holiday travel plans in advance!

How can I get involved in promoting diversity on campus? UMW values and celebrates diversity. The James Farmer Multicultural Center sponsors a Human Rights Lecture Series and a Cultural Awareness Series that bring nationally prominent writers and speakers to campus. In addition, many student organizations focus on celebrating multicultural awareness. You may choose to join such groups as the Black Student Association (BSA), People for the Rights of Individuals of Sexual Minorities (PRISM), Women of Color (WOC), Islamic Student Association (ISA), Asian Student Association (ASA), Spanish and Latin American Student Association (SALSA), Brothers of a New Direction (BOND), Voices of Praise Gospel Choir, Students Educating and Empowering for Diversity (SEED), campus ministries, and others.

Where may I worship? In addition to Fredericksburg-area houses of worship, several campus ministries offer fellowship and activities to support students’ spiritual growth.

Baptist Student Union

Campus Christian Community (Episcopalian, Lutheran, Presbyterian, United Methodist) Catholic Campus Ministry


Grace Campus Ministries

Christ Lutheran Campus Ministry

Fellowship of Christian Athletes What is Club Carnival? Looking to find out what UMW’s clubs have planned for the upcoming semester? Come to Club Carnival and meet the leaders of our 100+ student organizations! Wednesday, January 14 from 4 - 6 p.m. in the Great Hall.

What does UMW offer as weekend entertainment for students? Every weekend is different! Late-night Friday programming features everything from “drivein” movies on Ball Circle to themed dances and barbecues. Many clubs and organizations plan weekend events, host speakers, and offer fun activities. Class Council organizes annual events and school dances. Giant Productions brings bands and comedians to campus, and Cheap Seats Cinema shows recently released blockbuster movies for $1. There are a multitude of outdoor and indoor athletic competitions with free admission. For more information about what’s going on, check out the Student Activities in the Eaglelink Portal.

Hillel (Jewish Culture) Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Islamic Association Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Great Events on Campus that No Student Should Miss Athletic events Homecoming events and games Devil Goat Day ’80s Dance West Fest Victorian Ball Multicultural Fair Powder Puff Football Foam Dance Sadie Hawkins Dance Late Nite in the Nest Plays Concerts Comedians Lecture series Club Carnival Cheap Seats Cinema Barbecues Taste of Asia Mr. UMW IV Friday Nights Drag Show Friday Night Dry Roctoberfest Thanksgiving dinner at Seaco Open mic nights Drive-in Movies Grill Down the Hill Battle of the Bands Victorian and Elizabethan feasts Connections Week 30

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Campus Recreation


MW offers a comprehensive campus program to meet the needs and interests of the campus community. Students, faculty, and staff can work out in the state-of-the-art Fitness Center, participate in traditional Build up y and non-traditional intramural events, join a group our body a t the Center. Re fitness class, or compete as a member of the talented g u l a r semester Eagle sports clubs. The flagship of Campus Recreation, the Fitness Center, features free weight and circuit equipment, the most up-to-date cardiovascular equipment, and a spectacular view of Campus Walk. The facility also houses the Department of Campus Recreation offices and the Wellness Resource Center.

Fitness Monday-Fr hours: iday 7 a.m . - 9:30 p.m Saturday . 0 l a.m. - 6 p Sunday .m. noon - 8 p .m. Summer S ession ho urs: Monday-Fr iday 11 a.m . - 7 p.m.

The intramural sports program provides a variety of events. From the highly competitive flag football and basketball leagues to retro events like dodgeball and kickball, the broad base of programming ensures there’s something for everyone. Non-traditional events include a video game challenge and Tavern Night, a chance to compete in a casual setting in billiards, table tennis, and air hockey.

The Eagle sport club program provides students the opportunity to compete in intercollegiate competition locally, regionally, and nationally. It offers more structure and commitment than the intramural sports events, yet allows the student-athlete to dedicate less time than the intercollegiate varsity teams. UMW currently offers the following active sport clubs: n Men’s Soccer n Baseball n Men’s Ultimate n Boxing n Tennis n Cheerleading n Terrapins (synchronized swimming) n Canoe and Kayak n Women’s Basketball n Color Guard n Women’s Rugby n Cycling n Women’s Soccer n Fencing n Women’s Ultimate n Men’s Rugby

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)


ood health involves more than your body. Managing stress, attending to your emotions, developing as an individual, and building resilience all contribute to psychological well-being, an important part of staying healthy. CAPS offers brief individual therapy and group counseling to full-time, degree-seeking students. Crisis intervention, consultation, educational programming, and referral services are open to the entire UMW community.

CAPS is located on the third floor of Mercer Hall and is professionally staffed by clinical psychologists who are experienced in working with a wide array of issues that confront college students, from homesickness to social concerns to depression and anxiety. Services are free and confidential.


If you have recently been or are currently in therapy... n Learn about the scope of our services – CAPS offers up to 10 individual therapy sessions each year, as well as group therapy, crisis intervention, and consultation services. n Develop a coping plan with your clinician that addresses your transition to college. n Talk with your clinician about warning signs and helpful steps to take if your personal symptoms recur. n Learn about resources at UMW and in Fredericksburg and how to access them. (Remember, freshmen may not bring cars so please plan accordingly.) n Talk with your doctor before making any medication changes and/or about medication refills. Don’t find yourself calling for a refill the day your prescription runs out! n If you anticipate needing longer-term therapy or psychiatric services, CAPS can assist you in locating mental health resources in the community, including providers' insurance information and their respective approaches to therapy. Be sure you have your health insurance information card; many insurance plans require that you use the services from their pre-approved lists of providers in order for the charges to be covered.

Health Center


he UMW Student Health Center provides an array of services to assist students when they are ill, and to help them stay healthy through education, prevention, and self-care. Located on the first floor of Mercer Hall, the Center is open during regular business hours with a medical staff that includes a full-time physician, a nurse practitioner, and three registered nurses. After hours, you may call HealthLink (741-1000), a local nurse-triage service, for a phone consultation for no additional fee. All incoming full-time students must provide a complete health history, immunization record, and tuberculosis (TB) screening form to the Health Center documenting current immunizations for tetanus-diptheria, polio, mumps, measles, and rubella. Immunization for meningitis and hepatitis B is recommended but not required; however, you must sign the appropriate waivers on the immunization section of the form if you elect not to be immunized for meningitis or hepatitis B. The health history, immunization record, and tuberculosis (TB) screening form can be downloaded through the Health Center website or through the Eaglelink Portal. Please type the requested information in section one and print the entire form. Be certain that all questions are answered completely. Your health care provider (physician or nurse) must review all three sections and SIGN the immunization and TB screening sections. Mail or fax the completed forms to the Student Health Center as soon as possible but no later than February 1, 2009. The Student Health Center mailing address is at the top of page 33.

WING TIPS The Self-Care Center is available 24/7 and offers students n free access to disposable


n small quantities of over-

the-counter remedies for colds, headaches, and other minor ailments

n condoms n a large selection of

literature on a variety of topics ranging from cold care to body art.

Other services available for small, additional fees include n an allergy immunotherapy


n a weekly women’s clinic

for gynecologic care, contraceptive counseling, and prescriptions

n lab work (both on site and

by referral to local medical labs)

n referrals for x-rays and

diagnostic imaging procedures

n prescription medications.

Access and download forms through the Eaglelink Portal at


University of Mary Washington Student Health Center/Mercer Hall 1301 College Avenue Fredericksburg, VA 22401 Phone: (540) 654-1040 Fax: (540) 654-1077 IMPORTANT NOTE: Students who do not submit their health history, immunization record, and tuberculosis (TB) screening form to the Student Health Center by the due date will have a hold placed on their accounts and will not be able to register for second semester classes until their completed form is turned in. The Health Center fee is included in the room and board charges for residential students. Full-time students who live off campus may obtain Health Center privileges by paying a small fee each semester. The fee includes unlimited office visits, use of the Self-Care Center, some injections and medications, and access to outreach education programs and materials. The staff works closely with health care providers in the local community and can offer referral assistance to specialists in the area, as needed.

International Academic Services (IAS)

In 2007-08, 3 1 % of UMW students had studied abroa d.


Advises students on study abroad opportunities through regular orientation programs on how to study abroad and through an annual study abroad fair. IAS regularly invites providers to campus to promote their programs, and works with faculty to develop and enroll students in UMW programs.


Promotes global awareness through the new Cultural Envoys Program, which makes international travel available to UMW students through 10 annual scholarships. Envoys research the country to which they will be traveling, participate in a culturally intensive service project abroad, and, upon return, provide service at UMW that builds on the connections they have made.


Assists international students with special arrangements for their arrival and move-in to campus. Provides an orientation session, city tour, and shopping excursion upon arrival to facilitate their adjustment to the United States. Helps with housing, billing, work opportunities, Social Security registration, and other culturally related concerns, including on-going advice on U.S. Customs and Immigration for students on F and J visas.


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Participate in all of the Orientation Week activities and keep your residence hall room door open – you’ll meet more people that way. - Samantha Blackburn’08 Write down everything on a calendar! - Kate Leboeuf ’07

Get involved! Don’t be afraid to try something new just because you don’t know anyone else doing it. The possibilities are endless with sports, student government, and more than 100 clubs. - Jay Sinha ’07 Become a tutor, lead others in community service, become a peer mediator or wellness educator. Participate in an “alternative” break – you can join me to make a difference in Honduras! - Shin Fujiyama ’07

Honor System


he student-run Honor System at UMW is a deeply cherished tradition founded upon the personal integrity of each individual member of the University community. It requires honorable conduct at all times and in all dealings with others, and is the basis for the sense of community that characterizes our campus. The system deals specifically with lying, cheating and stealing in all their forms, and each student is required to verify acceptance of the Honor System by signing the Honor Pledge. Violations of the Honor Code can result in temporary or permanent notations on the student’s transcript. The Honor Council office can be reached at (540) 6541144 and is located on the 2nd floor of Mercer Hall.

Judicial Affairs and Community Responsibility


he Office of Judicial Affairs and Community Responsibility (OJACR) plays a role in helping students to have the best possible living and learning experience at UMW. This is a community in which everyone is asked to accept responsibility for their actions, both for their own good and for the good of others. The vast majority of our students consistently rise to that challenge. However, when they arise, the irresponsible use of alcohol, serious interpersonal conflicts, sexual misconduct, vandalism, noise, and other potentially disruptive or harmful situations need to be addressed. Through education, as well as through a student-centered hearing process, students learn that their behavior has an impact on others. Students whose experience at UMW has been compromised by the behavior of others should view OJACR as a resource and as an advocate for their rights. OJACR can be reached at (540) 654-1660 and is located in Marye House.

Don’t stay up all night just because you can. - Dane Hernandez ´07


ORIENTATION Orientation Schedule

Avoid the Move-In Blues

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Directions to Campus

Essential Information

January 2009 Orientation Schedule For updates or changes to the Orientation schedule as a result of inclement weather conditions, please call the University Information Hotline (540/654-2424) or go to and select the “Campus Advisories” link. THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009 ( means attendance by all new students is required.) 8 – 11:30 a.m.

MOVE IN/CHECK IN Residential Students - Check-in at Residence Life in Marye House. Students who have submitted ID photographs online will receive ID’s during check-in. Students who have not submitted ID photographs on line may visit the EagleOne Center to have their picture taken and receive an ID after checking in at Residence Life. Complimentary coffee and tea available in Marye House from 8 - 11 a.m. Commuter Students - Check-in at Woodard Campus Center, First Floor. Commuter students will pick up ID cards in the EagleOne Center. Complimentary coffee and tea available in the Wash Room, Woodard Campus Center from 8 - 11 a.m.

For move-in day instructions, see

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

EagleOne Card Center open (Woodard Campus Center) Students who have not had an ID photo taken should come by to do so.

11:30 a.m.

 Meet Orientation Leaders (Great Hall, Woodard Campus Center) Get acquainted with your Orientation Leader and orientation group.

11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Lunch (Seacobeck Hall)

1 – 1:30 p.m.

 Welcome to UMW! (Combs Hall, room 139) Brief remarks to new students by a number of UMW officials.

1:45 – 2:25 p.m.

 Advising Group Meetings (Various locations in Combs Hall, as assigned) Students will meet with their assigned faculty advisor and the other members of their advising group. Students will be contacted by their advisor regarding location of this meeting. The list of all assigned advising locations will also be available in the EagleLink Portal.

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.

 Technology Showcase: Tools and Topics for Today’s Students (Combs Hall, room 139) The Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies will host a showcase of demonstrations and conversations about technology resources and issues that affect the lives of university students.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

 You’ve Got Questions; We’ve Got Answers. (Combs Hall, various locations as assigned) Meet with your Orientation Leader and fellow classmates for a short, opening activity. This session also provides you with the opportunity to ask any general questions about the University of Mary Washington.

5 – 5:30 p.m.

Social, hosted by the Judicial Review Board and the Honor Council (Dome Room, Seacobeck Hall)

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Judicial Review Board and Honor Council Community Dinner (Seacobeck Hall)

7 – 8:30 p.m.

Residential Students Meeting (Ball Hall Parlor) Required for all students living on campus.

9 – 11 p.m.

Game Night (Wash Room, Woodard Campus Center) Come for a relaxing evening of fun and friendship with refreshments provided. Hosted by the Office of Residence Life and the Office of Student Activities and Community Services (OSACS)


FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009 ( means attendance by all new students is required.) 7:30 – 9 a.m.

Breakfast (Seacobeck Hall)

8:15 – 10:15 a.m.

 Individual meetings with Faculty Advisors (Faculty offices, various locations) The time and place for this meeting will be scheduled during the group advising meeting on Thursday. Among other tasks, the student and faculty member should review the student’s spring course schedule and determine what adjustments (if any) should be made.

When not meeting with their advisor during this time period (8:15 – 10:15 a.m.), students should go to various offices as required to handle important business – for example, Student Accounts (George Washington Hall, room 111), Registrar (George Washington Hall, room 215), Academic Services (George Washington Hall, room 203), Disability Services (George Washington Hall, room 203), Financial Aid (Annex B), Counseling and Psychological Services (Mercer Hall).

8 – 10:15 a.m.

Tie-Dye UMW (duPont Hall, room 219) The Theatre Department invites you to come to the crafts studio and create your very own UMW tie-dye t-shirt. When you’re not meeting with your advisor or taking care of other necessary business, come and get your own free and personalized UMW shirt!

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

EagleOne Card Center Open (Woodard Campus Center)

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

 Getting Involved on Campus: Activities, Organizations, Leadership Opportunities (Combs Hall, room 139) Hear from representatives from LEAP, COAR, Class Council, Giant Productions, SGA, and ICA about how to get involved on campus and why it’s important. And you will get to learn what these acronyms stand for!

11:40 a.m.–12:15 p.m.  Campus Safety and Security: Issues and UMW Policies (Combs Hall, room 139) 12:20 p.m.

Lunch (Seacobeck Hall)

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

 The Write Stuff: A Few Simple Library Research Techniques Sure to Impress Your Professor (And Probably Amaze Your Friends, Too) (Simpson Library) Join members of the Library staff for an informative introduction to and tour of the many resources available through the Library. You’ll learn just how easy it can be to do great research on those upcoming projects.

2:30 – 3 p.m.

 Academic Program Sessions, Round 1 (Locations are indicated below.) Students pick one session to attend at this time; sessions repeated at a later time.

Internships and Career Services: Bridges to Your Future (Jepson Hall Hall, room 219) It’s never too early to start planning for your future. The Office of Career Services will introduce you to UMW’s active internship program and the variety of services they offer to help students get ready for employment and careers.

Time is on Your Side: Strategies for Success in Your Classes (Jepson Hall, room 313) There are many resources available to help you succeed academically. This session will introduce you to proven methods that will help you get the most out of your studies, and you’ll also learn where to go for help when you need it.

UMW Study Abroad (Jepson Hall, room 100) Increasing numbers of UMW students are taking advantage of the opportunity to study abroad. This program, by the International Academic Services Office, will acquaint you with the ever-increasing range of options that UMW is making available for foreign study.


FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009 ( means attendance by all new students is required.)

Meeting the Experiential Learning Requirement at UMW (Jepson Hall, room 113) The new general education program requires that all students complete one designated experiential learning activity. One way to do that is through undergraduate research. UMW has numerous opportunities for undergraduates to be engaged in individual and group research projects, and you can earn credit and even win grants for these projects. Learn about all the options at this session. This session will also look at the other ways to engage in experiential learning in addition to the research options.

3:15 – 3:45 p.m.

 Academic Program Sessions, Round 2 (Locations are indicated below.) Students pick one session to attend at this time. See the listing under “Round 1” (above) for descriptions of these sessions.

Internships and Career Services: Bridges to Your Future (Jepson Hall, room 219)

Time is on Your Side: Strategies for Success in Your Classes (Jepson Hall, room 313)

UMW Study Abroad (Jepson Hall, room 100)

Academic Work at UMW — What Should You Expect? (Jepson Hall, room 113) The level of work typically expected at UMW may be different from what you’re used to. This session is designed to help you learn a little bit about some of the expectations for the reading, writing, research, and presentation assignments that you’ll be doing.

4 – 4:45 p.m.

 Opportunities at the Center: The Multicultural Center and Fitness Center Programs and Activities (Jepson Hall, room 100) Come learn what UMW has to offer through programs designed to promote inclusiveness and wellness in the campus community.

5 p.m.

Dinner (Seacobeck Hall)

7 p.m.

Friday Night Movie: TBA (Combs Hall, room 139) Presented by Cheap Seats

SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 2009 7:30 a.m.

Breakfast (Seacobeck Hall)

9 a.m. – noon

Shopping at Central Park Transportation provided. Leave from the bus stop by George Washington Hall.

Noon – 1 p.m.

Lunch (Seacobeck Hall)

Noon – 5 p.m.

Trip to Funland Sign up with your Orientation Leader.

5 – 6 p.m.

Dinner (Seacobeck Hall)

7 p.m.

Bingo in the Great Hall (Woodard Campus Center) Come for great prizes and fun in the Great Hall. Washroom will be open.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 2009 – FREE DAY 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Brunch (Seacobeck Hall)

4:30 p.m.

Meal plans begin



Avoid the Move-In Day Blues n Please keep your vehicle on paved areas only, unless directed otherwise by UMW staff. When your vehicle is empty, please move it off campus so others may move closer. n Remember that lofts are not permitted in Russell Hall or the UMW Apartments. n Fredericksburg can be cold in January. Dress appropriately.

Directions to Campus Once in Fredericksburg To Ball, Custis, Madison, Marshall, Russell, Virginia, or Willard halls From Route 3: Turn left onto William Street (Route 3 EastBusiness) at the intersection of Route 3 and the Blue-Gray Parkway. This will be the sixth traffic light past I-95. Continue on William Street one block past College Avenue and turn left at the next intersection onto Sunken Road. From Route 1: Turn onto College Avenue at the traffic light by the Park and Shop Shopping Center. Continue to William Street and turn left. Continue one block and turn left at the next intersection onto Sunken Road. To find Marshall Hall or Russell Hall from Sunken Road: Make the first left into Marshall parking lot or the second left into Russell parking lot. To find Ball, Custis, Madison, Virginia, or Willard halls from Sunken Road: Follow Sunken Road to the University’s main rear gate, turn left, and follow the road up the hill. At the top of the hill, bear to the right – do not enter the circle. Follow that road until you reach Woodard Campus Center. University personnel will direct you from there. To Alvey or Arrington halls From Route 1, traveling north: Make the first right past College Avenue onto Alvey Drive.To Bushnell, Framar, Jefferson, Mason, Randolph, South, or Westmoreland halls From Route 3: Turn left onto William Street (Route 3 EastBusiness) at the intersection of Route 3 and the Blue-Gray Parkway. This will be the sixth traffic light past I-95. Continue on William Street about one-half mile and turn left onto College Avenue. From Route 1: At the traffic light by the Park and Shop Shopping Center, turn onto College Avenue.


To find Mason, Jefferson, Randolph, Bushnell, or Westmoreland halls from College Avenue: Proceed to the University’s main gate (located at a traffic light). Turn onto Double Drive. University personnel will direct you from there. To find South Hall or Framar Hall from College Avenue via Route 3: From College Avenue, take an immediate right into Jefferson parking lot. (Go slowly – the parking lot is easy to miss!) To find South Hall or Framar Hall from College Avenue via Route 1: From College Avenue, proceed through the traffic light at Double Drive and take an immediate left into Jefferson parking lot. (Go slowly – the parking lot is easy to miss!)

Essential Information Administrative Offices: Regular business hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. During certain times in the semester, including the first week of classes and registration period, some offices will have extended hours. Assistance: If you find you are lost, confused, or otherwise bewildered at any time during Orientation, help is available. On move-in day, the central location for answers to your questions during regular business hours is the Office of Student Activities and Community Services in the lower level of Seacobeck. If you need help after 5 p.m. or on weekends, check with the Residence Life staff in your assigned residence hall. Automobiles: First-year freshmen are not permitted to bring cars. This applies to the entire academic year, regardless of UMW credits earned during the fall semester. Any student who attempts to avoid this restriction by parking a car off campus on streets surrounding UMW is subject to disciplinary action, which may include loss of parking privileges as a second-year student and/or other judicial sanctions. Registration: Upperclassmen are permitted to bring a car, which they must register for parking using the Eaglelink Portal. Instructions will be posted prior to the registration period. A $200 decal fee will be deducted from the student’s account upon registering a vehicle. Residential students may register only one vehicle. Failure to register your motor vehicle will result in both a fine and a review of your privilege to have a vehicle on campus. It also may result in towing. Bicycles: Bicycle registration with the University Police is mandatory, but there is no charge. The police will, upon request, engrave identification information on your bike. Bicycles should be securely locked to racks when not in use; they may not be stored or parked on campus walkways, steps, in building hallways, stairwells, doorways, or on stairs. Parking: Parking regulations will be enforced beginning Monday, January 12, 2009, at 7 a.m. If you are qualified to have a car on campus, park in a student parking area. Do not park your vehicle in areas designated for faculty/staff or in the surrounding neighborhoods. Illegally parked vehicles will be ticketed, either by the University or the City of Fredericksburg. It is the responsibility of each student driver to be familiar with the parking regulations. For the complete and comprehensive guide, you may refer to the University Police website or obtain a copy of the “Motor Vehicle Policy and Regulations” from the University Police. What to Bring n This Book! n Packed and labeled belongings n Collapsible dolly or cart to help move larger items n Your sense of humor n Copies of transfer or dual enrollment transcripts and AP, IB, CLEP, and/or Cambridge results n Photo ID n Paper, pens, and pencils for note- and test-taking

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PARENTS AND FAMILIES EagleOne Account: Deposits may be made to your student’s account 24/7 by visiting FERPA (Family Educational Records and Privacy Act): Unless your student signs the “Student Consent for Release of Information Form” and checks the box for “Official Grade Reports,” you will not receive information about your student’s grades. This consent form is available in the Office of the Registrar, George Washington Hall, Room 215. Faculty and UMW staff are also restricted in the information they may share with you about how your student is doing in a particular course and other academic areas, even if you are financially responsible for the student. This is not a University policy. This is a requirement of FERPA, a federal law. For more information about FERPA, visit the Office of the Registrar online at or the U.S. Department of Education online at fpco/index.html. Additional academic resources for parents can be found at As allowed by federal law, the Dean of Student Life will contact parents/guardians of students who are found responsible through the judicial process for an intoxication violation, or who accumulate two minor violations.

WING TIPS Limited housing options are available during Thanksgiving and Spring Breaks for international and out-of-state students, but only for those who apply at least one week prior to the posted closing time. Students should contact the Office of Residence Life to investigate possible housing options during breaks.

In most cases, a student’s judicial records are not disclosed to anyone outside the University, including parents, unless the student has signed the “Student Consent for Release of Information” form and checked the box for “Information Concerning Student Conduct/ Disciplinary Actions and Their Consequences.” Opportunities to Stay In Touch: The Office of Academic Services offers several ways for you to stay connected with UMW, including a quarterly newsletter, The Convocation, which features an update from the Associate Dean of Academic Services, a highlight of different professors’ activities, and an explanation of policies, among other things. A blog is maintained for parents and families that will keep you informed about dates, events, and other UMW topics that parents are interested in. A list of recommended books, articles, websites, and anything else that contains good information for families about college life, student development, and transitions is also available. Learn more about any of this information by visiting and parents. Parking: When visiting your student during the academic year, please use the visitor spaces near George Washington Hall or obtain a free Visitor Dash Pass from the UMW Police Department, located in Brent Hall and open 24/7. Safety and Security: The campus is protected by its own police officers, who are on duty 24 hours a day and operate a safety escort service in the evenings. Students may request a ride from outlying parking areas or an escort across campus to their residence hall.

Students and paren ts are urged to enroll in the Un iversity’s free eme rgency notificat ion syste m: UMW Al erts. This will be t he prima ry (althoug h not th e only) sys tem used in case of emergenc ies. Sign up a t alert.umw .edu


Smoke detectors have been placed in the hallways, stairwells, and rooms of residence halls, and each hall has three fire drills each semester. Violations of fire safety regulations such as false alarms or tampering with fire extinguishers or equipment are taken very seriously. Such violations may result in severe disciplinary action such as suspension or loss of housing privileges in addition to payment of damages. Student Employment: Approximately 25 percent of UMW students work on campus, earning an average of $1,545 each per school year. The Office of Financial Aid provides information to students interested in employment on campus. Students wanting information about employment in the campus dining hall, Eagle’s Nest, or catering operation should contact UMW Dining Services. Study Skills and Tutoring: The Office of Academic Services offers a series of workshops on topics such as note taking, time management, textbook reading, and other important study concerns. It also coordinates a peer tutoring program for students who need a refresher or extra help in their courses. More information is available at and “Will This Go On the Permanent Record?” – Disciplinary issues, even minor ones, are part of the educational record. All disciplinary violations become part of that record and remain there for at least three years after the last attendance. Some violations of the Honor Code are placed on the record as permanent notations. Graduate schools (especially law and medical schools) and many potential employers consider a student’s disciplinary record before making offers. Mail sent to a student’s campus mailbox constitutes proper notification of a judicial charge, sanction, hearing attendance, or other judicial matters. “I didn’t check my mail” is not a valid excuse for not responding to such communications. UMW gives students accused of a judicial violation numerous rights during the judicial process. Urge your student to know them. Understand them. The judicial system is meant to be educational, not adversarial, so students should ask questions and take advantage of all educational opportunities. For example, although pre-hearing conferences usually are optional, they can help a student to understand a charge, his or her options, and possible consequences.


UMW GLOSSARY: EagleSpeak – Words you’ll need to know BANNER – online administrative system accessed in the Eaglelink Portal that provides personal information and transactions such as - registration for classes during appointed times - modification and view of current classes and registration holds - unofficial transcript with final grades for completed classes, term GPA, and cumulative GPA - view of transferred credits from other institutions - retrieval of mailbox number and combination - view of meal plan selection BALL CIRCLE – grassy area across from Lee Hall frequented by flag football players and sunbathers BATTLEGROUND – athletic complex one block from campus, home to the outdoor varsity teams, rugby teams, track, and indoor and outdoor tennis complexes BEACH – lawn area between Mason and Randolph halls frequented by frisbee players and sunbathers BLACKBOARD – online course management system accessed through the Eaglelink Portal that provides course information such as notes, grades, assignments, and class announcements. Usage varies by professor. BLUE LIGHTS – emergency lights located throughout campus with phones that are directly connected to UMW Police BULLET – student-run newspaper published weekly CAMPUS WALK – large brick walkway through the center of campus with lots of benches and great gathering places CENTRAL PARK – 310-acre shopping area located west of campus on Route 3 with more than 100 stores (Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Circuit City, etc.) and almost every major national chain restaurant you can imagine CHEAP SEATS CINEMA – shows latest blockbuster movies on weekends in Dodd Auditorium CLASS COUNCIL – organization charged with maintaining UMW traditions CLUB CARNIVAL – annual event in Ball Circle the first week in September where students can find out about clubs and organizations COAR – Community Outreach and Resources, run by students who coordinate volunteer work on and off campus and service-learning programs DODD – auditorium in GW Hall, home to many UMW traditions including Honor Convocation, Junior Ring Ceremony, Senior Convocation, concerts, and $1 movies DOUBLE DRIVE – U-shaped driveway located off College Avenue at the main gates of the University; also known as GW Circle DOWNTOWN – located within walking distance of campus, featuring shops, restaurants, and historic sites


EAGLE – UMW mascot Eaglelink Portal – important source for UMW information; located at EagleOne – relates to EagleOne card, or funds deposited in EagleOne account eSUDS – online laundry monitoring system used in most residence halls FLEX – (n.) extra money that comes with your meal plan to use at the Eagle’s Nest or Seacobeck (v.) to use your flex dollars to pay for yourself or someone else; ex. “I’ll flex you today.” FOUNTAIN – social center of campus, located in Palmieri Plaza FRED – bus system that can take you almost anywhere you need to go in Fredericksburg GIANT – a student organization that provides concerts and other entertainment for the campus throughout the year GW – George Washington Hall (also known as “Gdub”), home to Dodd Auditorium and the offices of the President, the Registrar, Academic Services, Student Accounts, and others HELP DESK – provides assistance with computers and technology HONOR COUNCIL – judicial body that promotes awareness of and adherence to the honor system and assesses violations related to lying, cheating, or stealing HOT LINE – extensions to call for University schedule updates (x2424) and athletic schedule updates and team results (x1869) JEFFERSON SQUARE – lawn located between Jefferson, Bushnell, and Combs halls JRB – Judicial Review Board holds hearings and issues sanctions regarding violations of the community standards, such as alcohol offenses or property damage Mdub – otherwise known as Mary Washington SGA – Student Government Association, which includes the Honor Council, JRB, Legislative Action Committee, Academic Affairs Council, Association of Residence Halls, Senate, and Commuting Student Association NEST – abbreviation for the Eagle’s Nest food court in Woodard Campus Center OSACS – Office of Student Activities and Community Services, helps students plan events, start a club, request club funding, approve fliers, and more SEACO – abbreviation for Seacobeck Hall, the main campus dining facility SPIRIT ROCK – large boulder located near the Campus Center on which students may paint messages WASH ROOM – recreation room located in the Campus Center with computers, televisions, pool tables, air hockey, ping pong, and more WEBMAIL – email system provided for students and faculty WMWC – student-run radio station on Channel 26


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Varsity Athletic and Club Rugby Fields, Track, Indoor and Outdoor Tennis Complexes

Psychology and Business Administration Departments

Historic Preservation; Modern Foreign Languages; and English, Linguistics, and Speech Departments

Theatre and Dance Departments


Chandler Hall

Combs Hall

DuPont Hall

Physical Education, Pool, Fitness Center

Biology; Chemistry; Environmental Science and Geology; and Physics Departments

Offices of Residence Life, Judicial Affairs, and Student Life

Counseling and Psychological Services, Health Center, Honor Council, and Judicial Review Board

Goolrick Hall

Jepson Hall

Marye Hall

Mercer Hall

George Washington Hall Dodd Auditorium, Administrative Offices

Ridderhof Martin Gallery, duPont Hall Gallery

Art Galleries


Information Map

Handicapped Entrance

Handicapped Parking

Woodard Campus Center Eagle’s Nest, EagleOne Card Center, and Wash Room

Trinkle Hall

Classics, Philosophy, and Religion; Computer Science; Mathematics; and Education Departments

Dining Facility, Student Organization Offices, Office of Student Activities, and Copy Center

Seacobeck Hall Simpson Library

Music Department

History and American Studies, Anthropology and Sociology, Economics, Geography, and Political Science Departments

Art History and Art Studio Departments

Pollard Hall

Monroe Hall

Melchers Hall

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UMW Eagle Essentials - January 2009  
UMW Eagle Essentials - January 2009  

University of Mary Washington's handbook for incoming students in the Spring 2009 semester.