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Handbook for Parents and Families 2009-2010

Washington and Lee University

Handbook for Parents and Families 2009-2010 Contents Letter from the President......................................................................................... 2 Letter from the Vice President for Student Affairs and   Dean of Students................................................................................................. 3 Directory................................................................................................................. 4 Campus Map.......................................................................................................... 6 Parents and Families at Washington and Lee........................................................... 8 Classes Begin Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009................................................................... 9 Staying Connected................................................................................................ 10 Visiting Lexington................................................................................................. 11 Local Services........................................................................................................ 18 Things To Do In Lexington................................................................................... 19 Heritage................................................................................................................ 21 Academic Life....................................................................................................... 22 Student Conduct................................................................................................... 27 University Policy on Alcohol and Controlled Substances....................................... 28 Student Affairs...................................................................................................... 32 Campus Activities/Campus Recreation.................................................................. 44 Fees and Expenses................................................................................................. 47 Undergraduate Calendar....................................................................................... 48

Acknowledgments Organization by Nellie Rice, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, and Jessica Huss ’10, Assistant in Student Affairs Layout and Design by Denise Watts, Publications Office Photos by Patrick Hinely and Kevin Remington © Washington and Lee University 1

Dear Washington and Lee Parents and Families: In a few short weeks, your children will officially join the student body at Washington and Lee University, the nation’s ninth oldest institution of higher education. You already know much about Washington and Lee. Your children were no doubt attracted to the University for our small classes, widely known Honor System, beautiful historic campus, the town of Lexington, the Elrod University Commons, and the other distinctive features we offer for students. But some of our finest attributes will become apparent only with the passage of time and days spent on campus. They deserve special mention: • Teaching is our faculty’s highest priority. But we define teaching broadly. The commitment of our faculty to your son or daughter’s education goes well beyond the hours they spend together in the classroom. Faculty become advisers and mentors, demanding yet compassionate and supportive. • Your children are about to become members of an accomplished and talented student body. They were admitted from a pool of over 6,300 applicants hailing from many foreign countries, 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories of Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. They should view their friendships with classmates as the beginning of a life-long bond of mutual support. For in joining Washington and Lee, they will become part of a community of students with honor and character who excel in their careers and seize opportunities to serve their communities and professions. • Your children will have a helping hand from one of the most welcoming and accomplished groups of alumni in higher education. Alumni have tremendous pride in Washington and Lee. They celebrate the achievements of students and assist them whenever they can. • As Washington and Lee parents, you too are about to become members of this community. Parents and Family Weekend is one of the liveliest and best attended weekends on any campus. Over 50 percent of current parents were able and willing to make a philanthropic gift in support of the University last year. Like our alumni, parents open doors for our students with internships, employment, and expertise. We are grateful to these parents and welcome your participation as well. I look forward to welcoming you and your children. Until then, please feel free to contact me or any of my colleagues if you have questions or if we can help with the transition. Sincerely,

Kenneth P. Ruscio President 2

Dear W&L Parents and Families: This handbook for parents and families will help familiarize you with many aspects of W&L, including academics, activities outside the classroom, W&L traditions, and opportunities for parents to be involved on campus. There is also information to help you plan your trips to Lexington. We hope you will visit often and enjoy all that Lexington and the surrounding Shenandoah Valley have to offer. The first year of college is a time of great transition for students as well as for their families at home. I hope this handbook and the Washington and Lee faculty and staff with whom you’ll interact in the next few months will be able to assist your students at this exciting time in their lives. For some parents, this will be your first child going off to college, and you swear you’re feeling as much, or more, anxiety than your son or daughter! For others, it might be your fourth or fifth child making this move, and you’re making plans for your new workout room, formerly your child’s bedroom. Regardless, we want you to know that we will do all we can to support your students as they begin their college experience. Our goal is to partner with families as their Washington and Lee first-year students begin to make decisions and formulate new goals that shape their futures. Your child faces many challenges over the next year. We want to help first-year students make good decisions in the process. We will talk more about these challenges during Parents’ Orientation, which I hope you will attend. Meanwhile, please review this handbook, visit the First-Year Program Web site at x7465.xml and, in particular, the Parent section of the First-Year Program Web site. And please don’t hesitate to call, stop in, or drop a line as you and your students prepare for this exciting new time in their lives. Both the Dean of First-Year Students, Dave Leonard, and I are available to you and to your child. I look forward to meeting you soon!

Dawn Watkins, Ph.D. Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students


Directory Emergency Numbers

Vice President for Student Affairs.............................................. (540) 458-8754 Dean of First-Year Students....................................................... (540) 458-8752 Public Safety............................................................................. (540) 458-8999 Student Health Center.............................................................. (540) 458-8401 Student Information................................................................. (540) 458-8718

Campus Directory

President’s Office Kenneth Ruscio ’76, President — (540) 458-8700 June Aprille, Provost — ................................. (540) 458-8418 James Farrar, Secretary of the University and Assistant   to the President — (540) 458-8465 Valerie Cushman, Executive Assistant to the President — (540) 458-8702 The College Hank Dobin, Dean of the College — (540) 458-8746 Janet Ikeda, Associate Dean of the College — (540) 458-8746 Elizabeth Knapp ’90, Associate Dean of the College — (540) 458-8746 Law School Rodney A. Smolla, Dean — (540) 458-8502 Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics Larry Peppers, Dean — (540) 458-8602 Human Resources Amy Diamond Barnes, Executive Director of Human Resources — (540) 458-8920 Admissions and Financial Aid William Hartog III, Dean — (540) 458-8710 Athletics Janine Hathorn, Director of Athletics — (540) 458-8671 Sports Information.................................................................... (540) 458-8676 Alumni Office Waller “Beau” Dudley ’74, ’79L, Executive Director of Alumni Affairs — (540) 458-8470 Business Office ....................................................................... (540) 458-8730 Career Services Beverly Lorig, Director — (540) 458-8595 Center for International Education Laurent Boetsch, Interim Director — (540) 458-8145 Amy Richwine, International Student and Scholar Adviser — (540) 458-8144


Communications Jeff Hanna, Executive Director of Communications and   Public Affairs— (540) 458-8459 Student Affairs Office . ........................................................... (540) 458-8754 Dawn Watkins, Vice President for Student Affairs and   Dean of Students— (540) 458-8754 Dave Leonard, Associate Dean of Student Affairs & Dean of   First-Year Students — (540) 458-8405 Tammy Futrell, Associate Dean of Students, — (540) 458-8766 Brandon Dotson, Associate Dean of Students, — (540) 458-4070 Dining Services Alexandre da Silva, Director of Auxiliary Services — (540) 458-8596 Catering Services . ................................................................... (540) 458-8025 Elrod University Commons and Campus Activities ............. (540) 458-5000 Jason Rodocker, Director of Elrod University Commons and   Campus Activities — (540) 458-8753 Finance Steven McAllister, Vice President for Finance and Administration   and Treasurer — (540) 458-8942 Financial Aid John DeCourcy, Director — (540) 458-8716 Housing .................................................................................. (540) 458-8405 Lenfest Center Box Office . .................................................... (540) 458-8000 Parent Relations Jane Stewart, Director of Parent Giving — (540) 458-8976 Public Safety Mike Young, Director­— (540) 458-8427 Registrar Scott Dittman, University Registrar — (540) 458-8455 Barbara Rowe, Associate University Registrar — 458-8454 Religious Life William “Burr” Datz ’75, Coordinator — (540) 458-4045 Student Health and Counseling Services Jane Horton, Director, Student Health and Counseling Services — (540) 458-8401 University Advancement Dennis Cross, Vice President — (540) 458-8232 University Development Tres E. Mullis, Executive Director — (540) 458-8165 University Store ...................................................................... (540) 458-8633 5

Campus Map 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Archaeology Laboratory (Archaeology Museum) Baker Hall (Faculty Offices) Beta Theta Pi Fraternity Castle House Chavis House Chi Omega Sorority Chi Psi Fraternity Davis Residence Hall (including Student Health Center) Development Building Doremus Gymnasium (Physical Education, Fitness Center, Sports Information)

17 John W. Elrod University Commons (Auxiliary Services including Dining Services, University Identification and Meal Plan; Bookstore, Career Services, Commons/Campus Activities Director, Community Service Coordinator, Health Education, Outing Club Director, Public Safety, Stackhouse Campus Theater, Student Affairs, Student Organization Offices, WLUR-FM)

11 duPont Hall (Society and the Professions, Faculty Offices) 12 Early-Fielding (Business Office, Copying Center, Counseling Center, Human Resources, Institutional Effectiveness, Mail Services, Student Executive Committee, Special Programs, Telecommunications, University Registrar)

13 East Asian Language Center 14 11 University Place (Lee Chapel Museum Administration) 15 Facilities Management Maintenance and Operations Buildings 16 Financial Aid Office


18 19 20 21 22 23 24

Letitia Pate Evans Hall Gaines Residence Hall Gilliam Admissions House Gilliam Residence Hall Graham-Lees Residence Hall Heating-Cooling Plant Hill House (Teacher Education)

25 Holekamp Hall (Environmental Studies, Faculty Offices, Shepherd Poverty Program) 26 Hotchkiss House (Alumni Office) 27 Howard House 28 Howe Annex 29 Howe Hall (Biology, Physics and Engineering) 30 Huntley Hall (Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics, including Accounting and Business Administration)

31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40


42 43 44 45 46

Center for International Education International House Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority Kappa Delta Sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority Lee Chapel (Lee Chapel Museum) Lee House (President’s House) Lee-Jackson House Lenfest Hall (Theater Department, Lenfest Offices, Lenfest Box Office) Sydney Lewis Hall (The School of Law, Wilbur F. Hall Law Library, Powell Archives) James G. Leyburn Library (including Special Collections, Information Desk) Liberty Hall Mattingly House (News, Publications, Shenandoah) Memorial Gate Morris House Newcomb Hall

47 Parmly Hall (Computer Science, Psychology) 48 Payne Hall (Vice President for University Advancement, English, Writing Center) 49 Phi Delta Theta Fraternity 50 Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity 51 Pi Beta Phi Sorority 52 Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity 53 Reeves Center 54 Reid Hall (Journalism and Mass Communications) 55 Robinson Hall (Mathematics, Public Speaking) 56 Science Addition (Chemistry, Geology, Science Library) 57 Sigma Nu Fraternity 58 Spanish House (Casa Hispanica) 59 Student Activities Pavilion 60 Train Station (Facilities Management Administration) 61 Tucker Hall (German/Russian, Romance Languages, Tucker Multimedia Center, University Computing)

Duchossois Athletic Complex:

62 Warner Athletic Center 63 Washington Hall (Classics, President, Provost, Treasurer, Other Administrative Offices) 64 Watson Pavilion (including Japanese Tearoom) 65 Wilson Hall (Art, Music, Staniar Gallery) 66 Woods Creek Apartments


P Parking VP Visitor Parking

ATHLETIC FACILITIES 10 Doremus Gymnasium 62 Warner Athletic Center


Artificial Turf Field Richard L. Duchossois Tennis Center Fuge Field/Richard (Dick) Miller Cross Country Trail (start) D Liberty Hall Fields E Alumni Field F Cap’n Dick Smith Baseball Field G Upper Tennis Courts H William C. Washburn Tennis Courts I Alston Parker Watt Field J Wilson Field

Parents and Families at Washington and Lee Parents and families are an important constituency of Washington and Lee University. We extend most of the same services and opportunities to you as our alumni receive, including invitations to local chapter events and Alumni College trips and programs. Parents also receive most University publications, including calendars and the Alumni Magazine.

Family Events We look forward to seeing you on campus throughout the year and invite you to visit often. Special events include: New Student/Parent Orientation The University conducts a four-day orientation program for first-year students beginning Sept. 5, 2009. Residence halls will be available for occupancy between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. that day. Leading Edge: The University’s Leading Edge program is a great way for first-year students to settle into the University and become acquainted with other students. Students arrive on Sunday, Aug. 30, to participate in one of several pre-orientation trips, including back-packing and exciting service opportunities. For more information, consult the First-Year Student Guidebook or first-year program Web site at x12813.xml. Leading Edge participants may move into their residence halls Sunday, Aug. 30, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Fall athletes and international students also move into residence halls early at designated times. International Student Orientation: International students take part in a special orientation Aug. 30 – Sept. 4, provided by the Center for International Education, to help make the transition to the U.S. and Washington and Lee as seamless as possible. International students also report to campus Aug. 30. All new students must participate in First-Year Student Check-In on Sep. 5. That day the President’s Welcome for parents and family members is at 2 p.m. in Lee Chapel and is followed by a brief Parents’ Orientation. Dress for the event is informal and relaxed. A number of sessions are available for family members to make sure all questions are answered before they leave campus. Families with students who have arrived early for special programs are invited to attend a Parents’ Orientation and welcome by the President in Lee Chapel at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30.


Arrival and Check-In Dates Fall Athletes (football, soccer, volleyball, cross country, lacrosse, field hockey) Contact respective coach Leading Edge Participants Sunday, August 30, 2009 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. New and Transfer Students Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Classes Begin Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009 Tips for Move-In Day We know . . . this is an emotional day. We’ll try to make it as easy as we can. The city of Lexington will close the street in front of the first-year student residence halls to through traffic. You may park along the curb, but please move your car as soon as you have unloaded heavy belongings. Our Public Safety staff will be on hand to encourage compliance, and returning students as well as University staff will be available to help with some of the heavy lifting. Rain on first-year student move-in day is considered a W&L tradition. Be prepared! Even if it rains, there is a silver lining: as the saying goes, if it rains on first-year student move-in day, the sun will shine on graduation day. The Marketplace will NOT be open for lunch on arrival day, but first-year students and their parents are cordially invited to dinner in the Marketplace that evening. For your convenience, free hot dogs and other refreshments will be available in the BakerDavis-Gilliam Quad from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. You may also visit downtown, where a number of Lexington restaurants eagerly welcome your patronage. (See restaurants, p. 13.) Dinner for parents and students will be served in the Marketplace at 5 p.m. for approximately $9 per person.

Events for Parents and Families Parents and Family Weekend Parents and family members are invited to join us on campus Oct. 30-31, and Nov. 1, 2009, for a weekend of activities and events to acquaint you with academic and student life at Washington and Lee. This is one of our most popular weekends of the year. Parents are welcome to attend classes, tour the academic buildings, attend concerts and sporting events, and enjoy the beauty of the historic campus and 9

the Great Valley of Virginia in the fall. A complete schedule of events is mailed in September. Due to the popularity of this weekend, local hotels accept reservations up to one year in advance. Commencement This is a very important time in the lives of graduating students and their families. The campus bustles with celebratory events, including lunches and receptions, Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises, all of which capture the history, ceremony, and tradition of Washington and Lee University. Commencement for the Class of 2010 will be held May 26-27, 2010. Baccalaureate is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 26, with Commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 27, on the beautiful front lawn in front of Lee Chapel. Many academic departments host activities and awards ceremonies earlier in the week. For more information, visit our commencement site on the Web at wlu. edu/commencement/. Beginning this year, Commencement will typically be held on the last Thursday in May.

Staying Connected Here are some suggestions from parents for gaining a better understanding of your student’s experience at Washington and Lee: • • •

Visit the W&L Web site at You’ll find all the latest news and sports scores. You can even listen to live coverage of the Generals! Visit the parents’ page at for news and topics of particular interest to parents and family members. Read the student newspapers, The Ring-tum Phi and The Trident. 10

Participate in local alumni chapter activities. Washington and Lee has a very active alumni network, which may one day be instrumental in assisting your students with internships and jobs. Many alumni are fellow parents, too. Local chapter events range from sports outings to evenings featuring speakers from campus.

Thoughtful Touches Your student will appreciate special treats such as birthday cakes, fruit baskets and exam care packages. This is a particular pick-me-up for first-year students as they adjust to life away from home. Most local businesses will happily deliver a gift. • The University’s Dining Services Catering Office publishes a brochure of goodies for students. Contact Dining Services at (540) 458-8025 or visit the Web site at • Flowers:   Flowers and Things: (540) 261-6300   Jefferson Florist and Garden: (540) 463-9841   University Florist: (540) 463-6080 • Bakeries:   Blue Sky Bakery: (540) 463-6546   Sweet Treats: (540) 463-3611 •

Chocolate: Cocoa Mill Chocolate: (540) 464-8400;

Visiting Lexington The following tips will make your visits in Lexington as pleasant and comfortable as possible: •

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Make reservations for dining and overnight accommodations as early as possible. Local lodging and restaurants fill up very quickly, especially during Parents and Family Weekend and Commencement. (See Lodging, p. 14, and Restaurants, p. 13.) If you find yourself without hotel reservations during Parents and Family Weekend or Commencement, be patient. Put your name on the waiting lists of several local hotels. Student volunteers usually organize extra lodging in faculty/staff homes in exchange for a contribution to Habitat for Humanity; watch for that announcement on the Web. Wind and large daytime-nighttime temperature variances are common in the Shenandoah Valley. Be sure to pack appropriately. Local police actively enforce parking regulations on campus and in the city of Lexington. Please park in the campus parking garage or follow local restrictions carefully. 11

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Lexington is easily accessible from four local airports: Roanoke, Charlottesville, Lynchburg, and Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport. For travel and road conditions, telephone the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) at (800) 578- 4111 or check the Web at www.511virginia. org/.

Traveling to Lexington

By Car: From Northbound I-81: Exit 188B to Lexington, west on Route 60 to Lexington. (Route 60 becomes W. Nelson St.) Turn right on Lee Ave. and travel one block to Washington St. Turn left on Washington St. From Southbound I-81: Exit 195, turn left (south) on Route 11. Follow the signs six miles to historic Lexington, bearing right at the fork onto Business 11. Continue past the VMI campus, and turn right onto Washington St. By Air: Roanoke Airport is closest to campus and offers service via Allegiant Air, Delta, Northwest Airlink, United Express and USAirways. The Charlottesville, Lynchburg, and Shenandoah Valley Regional airports are all located about one hour’s drive from Lexington. By Rail: Amtrak service is available to Staunton and Charlottesville. By Bus: The Greyhound bus line passes through Roanoke to the south, Richmond and Lynchburg to the east, and Clifton Forge to the west. 12

Getting to Campus A number of shuttle services are available to area airports and bus terminals. This service is normally available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Local vendors include: • Executive Town Car and Limousine Services Inc., Roanoke (888) 854-1998 • Roanoke Airport Limousine Service, (800) 288-1958 During scheduled breaks, students should also consult or Estimated Travel Times: 55 minutes from Roanoke, Virginia 1 1/4 hour from Charlottesville, Virginia 2 1/2 hours from Richmond, Virginia 3 hours from Washington, D.C. 3 1/2 hours from Charleston, West Virginia 4 hours from Charlotte, North Carolina

Restaurants Lexington offers many choices, most within walking distance of campus, but restaurants can be crowded on busy weekends. Please make reservations well in advance. Here is a partial list. Bistro on Main: Located downtown at 8 N. Main St. Casual dining with a southwestern flair. (540) 464-4888 Café Michel: 640 N. Lee Hwy. French fare. (540) 464-4119 Canton Chinese Restaurant: Located at 2172 Sycamore Ave. in Buena Vista, just a few miles from campus. (540) 261-1886 Crystal Chinese Restaurant: 1225 N. Lee Hwy. (540) 464-1828 Domino’s Pizza: Delivers to colleges, hotels, and homes. (540) 463-7375 Don Tequila: 455 E. Nelson St., Mexican fare. (540) 463-3289 Joyful Spirit Café: 26 S. Main St., downtown Lexington. Veggie wraps, salads, etc. Take-out. (540) 463-4191 Macado’s: 30 Main St., downtown Lexington. Appetizers, sandwiches, chicken wings etc. (540) 464-8200 Salerno’s: 115 S. Jefferson St, Lexington. Pizzas, subs, deli, Italian fare. (540) 463-5757 Sheridan Livery: 35 N. Main St., downtown Lexington. American and Italian cuisine. Outdoor terrace dining. (540) 464-1887 Southern Inn: 37 S. Main St., downtown Lexington. American and European cuisine. (540) 463-3612 13

The Palms: 101 W. Nelson St. in downtown Lexington. American fare, popular with students. (540) 463-7911 Todd’s Barbecue: 1176 Magnolia Ave. Buena Vista. Also offers catering services. (540) 261-7427 Tuscany: 24 N. Main St., downtown Lexington. Italian cuisine with daily lunch specials.(540) 463-9888

Lodging Following is a partial list of area hotels. Please visit our Web site at parents.wlu. edu for additional choices and a list of local bed-and-breakfast establishments. America’s Best Value Inn: 2814 N. Lee Hwy. Lexington..............(540) 463-6666 Best Western Lexington Inn: 850 N. Lee Hwy. Lexington............(540) 458-3020 Best Western Inn at Hunt Ridge: 25 Willow Springs Rd. Lexington ..........................................................................................(540) 464-1500 . ..........................................................................................(800) 528-1234 Comfort Inn: 62 Comfort Way, Lexington................................ (540) 463-7311 Country Inn and Suites: 875 N. Lee Hwy. Lexington.................(540) 464-9000 EconoLodge: U.S. 11 N. Lexington............................................(540) 463-7371 Hampton Inn Col Alto: 401 E. Nelson St., Lexington.................(540) 463-2223 Historic Country Inns: 3 W. Washington St., Lexington.............(540) 463-2044 Holiday Inn Express: 880 N. Lee Hwy. Lexington......................(540) 463-7351 Howard Johnson: 2836 N. Lee Hwy. Lexington.........................(540) 463-9181 Magnolia House Inn: 501 S. Main St. Lexington........................(540) 463-2567 Natural Bridge Inn and Conference Center: U.S. 11 Natural Bridge ..........................................................................................(800) 533-1410 . ..........................................................................................(540) 291-2121 Sheridan Livery: 35 N. Main St., Lexington...............................(540) 464-1887 Sleep Inn & Suites: 95 Maury River Rd., Lexington...................(540) 463-6000 Wingate Inn: 1100 N. Lee Hwy. Lexington ..............................(540) 464-8100

Shopping Downtown Lexington offers a wide selection of gifts, crafts, and local artwork, but clothing and shoe shops are in short supply. Pack with care! Women’s Apparel Molly Gilbride: 7 N. Main St. Pumpkinseeds: 1 N. Main St The Ladies’ Habit: 22 W. Nelson St. The Pappagallo Shop: 23 N. Main St. Things Unique, Inc.:   23 W. Washington St.


Men’s Apparel Alvin-Dennis: 102 W. Washington St. George & Bob: 20 W. Washington St. Department Stores Burris: 1217 N. Lee Hwy. Peebles: U.S. 11 North Wal-Mart: U.S. 11 North Area Malls Valley View Mall, Roanoke: I-81 S. to 581 S., Exit 3 E., follow signs Barracks Road Shopping Center, Charlottesville: I-81 N. to 64 E. Exit 118B (Route 29 N.). Exit at Barracks Road and turn right. Fashion Square Mall, Charlottesville: I-81 N. to 64 E. Exit 118 B (Route 29 N.). Exit at Barracks Rd., turn right. Left at second light onto Route 29. Proceed several miles to mall on right. Staunton Mall, Staunton: I-64 to Route 262W, exit 220, right onto U.S. 11 (90 Lee Jackson Highway) Antiques Shop owners keep irregular hours. We suggest you call before visiting. Antiques by Braford: 11/2 miles east of Natural Bridge on Hwy. 130 ......................................................................................... (540) 291-2217 Duke’s Lexington Antique Center: 1495 N. Lee Hwy. . .............. (540) 463-9511 Francesca’s Antiques: 5 W. Nelson St.......................................... (540) 464-1400 Lexington Antiques: 25 W. Washington St. . ............................. (540) 463-9519 Old South Antiques: 8 Hays Creek Rd., Brownsburg................. (540) 348-5360 The Antique Mall: 760 N. Lee Hwy.......................................... (540) 464-5555 Local Artisans Artisans on Washington Street: 22 W. Washington St. . ..............(540) 464-3625 Artists in Cahoots: 1 W. Washington St. ...................................(540) 464-1147 Lexington Art Gallery: 13 W. Nelson St. . .................................(540) 464-8080 Nelson Fine Arts Gallery: 27 W. Washington St. .......................(540) 463-9827 Pharmacies Bierer’s Pharmacy: 146 Main St. . .............................................(540) 463-3119 CVS: 506 E. Nelson St.............................................................(540) 463-7126 Kroger: 422 E. Nelson St..........................................................(540) 464-1600 Lexington Prescription Center: 112, Site B, Houston St..............(540) 463-9166 Wal-Mart SuperCenter: 1233 N. Lee Hwy. ..............................(540) 464-3522 15

Places of Worship AME Bethel AME Church, 5056 Pleasant Hill Dr., Roanoke Ebenezer AME Church, 1563 Lafayette Blvd. NW,   Roanoke Mount Zion AME Church, 2128 Melrose Ave.,   Roanoke Anglican St. Paul’s, Nelson and Davidson Streets, Lexington Assembly of God Faith Assembly, 205 Greenhouse Rd., Lexington Baptist Faith Mountain Baptist Church, 270 Valley Pike,   Lexington First Baptist Church, 103 N. Main St., Lexington High Street Baptist Church, 2302 Florida Ave. NW,   Roanoke Manly Memorial Baptist Church, 202. S. Main St.,   Lexington Maple Street Baptist Church, 902 Fairfax Ave. NW,   Roanoke Pilgrim Baptist Church, 1415 8th St NW, Roanoke Brethren Calvary Brethren, 1365 Woodland Ave., Buena Vista Church of the Brethren, 2162 Forest Ave., Buena Vista Buddhist Bodhi Path Center, 449 Galloping Path, Natural Bridge Dharmapala Buddhist Center, 4119 Franklin Rd.,   Roanoke Catholic St. Patrick’s, 221 W. Nelson St., Lexington Church of Christ, 522 S. Main St., Lexington Church of God of Prophecy, 310 Miller St., Lexington Church of God in Christ The Gospel Way, 109 Henry St., Lexington Holiness Tabernacle, 1130 Melrose Ave. NW, Roanoke New Hope, Varner Lane, Lexington Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Buena Vista Stake, Buena Vista C.M.E. Carter Memorial, 1110 16th St. NW, Roanoke Episcopal R.E. Lee Memorial, 123 W. Washington St., Lexington


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Four Square Gospel Four Square Gospel Church, 21 Snowy Egret Lane,   Lexington (540) 463-5456 Generals’ Christian Fellowship, Lexington (540) 291-8348 Jehovah’s Witness, Lexington Congregation, 2063 N. Lee Hwy. (540) 463-6524 Jewish (540) 458-8443 Beth Israel (Conservative), 4405 Starkey Rd., Roanoke (540) 343-0289 Temple Emanuel (Reform), 1163 Persinger Rd., Roanoke (540) 342-3378 Temple House of Israel, 15 Market St., Staunton (540) 886-4091 Lutheran Good Shepherd, 617 S. Main St., Lexington (540) 463-2021 Muslim League (540) 458-8475 Pentecostal Pentescostal Holiness Church, 408 Houston St.,   Lexington (540) 463-3752 Abundant Grace Assembly, 1230 Rugby Blvd. NW,   Roanoke (540) 343-7832 Presbyterian Grace Presbyterian (PCA), 506 S. Main St., Lexington (540) 463-2374 Lauderdale AR Presbyterian, 300 S. Main St., Lexington (540) 463-4661 Lexington Presbyterian, 120 S. Main St., Lexington (540) 463-3873 Reformed University Fellowship, Lexington (540) 463-9896 Quaker Maury River Friends Meeting, 34 Waterloo Dr.,   Lexington (540) 463-7017 Seventh Day Adventist Seventh Day Adventist, 2335 Magnolia Ave., Buena Vista (540) 261-2050 United Methodist Randolph St. United Methodist, 118 S. Randolph St.,   Lexington (540) 817-0398 Trinity United Methodist, 147 S. Main St., Lexington (540) 463-4053 Young Life (540) 817-0211 Other Denominations Loudon Ave. Christian Church, 730 Loudon Ave. NW,   Roanoke (540) 342-8852 Mount Calvary Glorious Church of God and Christ,   1806 Loudon Ave. NW, Roanoke (540) 344-3685 Non-Denominational VMI Chapel, Lexington (540) 464-7390 Good Shepherd Community, 906 Magnolia Ave.,   Buena Vista (540) 264-0303


Local Services The following directory of local businesses and services is provided for your convenience. The University makes no endorsement of service or quality.

Service Stations and Automobile Repair Ballard & Parker Auto Service – 207 N. Main St. . ................... (540) 463-4575 Engleman’s Texaco – 622 N. Lee Hwy. . .................................... (540) 463-3842 H&J Tire Co. – 110 S. Randolph St. ....................................... (540) 463-2178 Lee-Hi Travel Plaza – 2516 N. Lee Hwy. . ............................... (540) 463-3478 Oil Exchange and Lube – 754 N. Lee Hwy................................ (540) 463-5020 Rockbridge Farmer’s Co-op – 750 S. Main................................. (540) 463-3656

Banks Several major banks are located within walking distance of the University, including First Union/Wachovia and SunTrust Bank. Others are located within an easy drive. SunTrust provides an ATM in the Elrod University Commons. Bank of Botetourt – 65 E. Midland Trail....................................(540) 463-7224 Bank of Rockbridge – 744 N. Lee Hwy.......................................(540) 464-9884 BB&T – 537 E. Nelson St.........................................................(540) 463-6690 Carter Bank and Trust – Stonewall Shopping Square.................(540) 464-9654 Community Bank – 102 Walker St.............................................(540) 464-9400 Crestar Bank – 708 S. Main St...................................................(540) 463-8228 StellarOne – 1197 N. Lee Hwy..................................................(540) 464-6319 SunTrust – 45 S. Main St. (ATM in Elrod Commons)..............(540) 463-8200 Wachovia – 101 Main St............................................................(540) 463-7321

Cellular Service Nextel – ..........................................................(800) 639-6111 nTelos – 1231 N. Lee Highway, Lexington – ..(540) 461-0141 Sprint PCS – ..............................................(888) 253-1315 . ............................................................................(877) 225-5786 US Cellular – 602 E. Nelson St., ...............(888) 289-8722 Verizon Wireless – 93 E. Midland Trail, . ......(540) 462-7899

Local Newspapers The News-Gazette (subscription can be mailed home weekly)...(540) 463-3113 The Rockbridge Weekly............................................................(540) 464-6600 The Rockbridge Advocate (monthly)........................................(540) 463-2062

Lexington Visitor’s Center The Web site for the area’s visitor center, which covers Lexington, Buena Vista, and Rockbridge County, is


Things To Do in Lexington Recreation We highly recommend the University’s Outing Club as an excellent source of information on trips, maps, equipment rental, and much more. The Outing Club Guidebook can be purchased by calling (540) 458-4066 or e-mailing The following list is just a sample of the many recreational opportunities available in Lexington and Rockbridge County. Visit the Outing Club on the Web at outingclub. •

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The Blue Ridge Parkway: Extending 470 miles along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia and North Carolina, this drive offers beautiful views and a look at the natural and cultural history of the region. It is easily accessible from campus, on Route 60 E. through Buena Vista. Natural Bridge: One of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World,” Natural Bridge is located just 12 miles from downtown Lexington. The 215-ft. bridge was surveyed by George Washington, who carved his initials into the rock. Thomas Jefferson owned the bridge for more than 50 years. While you’re there, visit the Natural Bridge Hotel, known for its Southern hospitality. Goshen Pass: This great mountain gorge is the place where the Maury River cuts through a range of the Allegheny Mountains. Located just 12 miles north of Lexington on Route 39, the pass offers three miles of rushing river dotted with rhododendron, mountain laurel, dogwood, beautiful pines, hemlocks, and maples. Recreational opportunities include swimming and tubing, canoeing, fishing, hiking, and picnicking. Woods Creek Park and the Chessie Nature Trail: The Woods Creek Park Trail follows Woods Creek for two miles from one end of Lexington to the other. Hikers can access the Chessie Nature Trail by crossing the Maury River on the Route 11 bridge over the river. Trail maps are available at the Lexington Visitor Center and from the campus Outing Club. Lexington Golf and Country Club: 141 Country Club Rd. Parents and students are welcome to play on this beautiful par-71 course located just outside the city limits. Pro shop: (540) 463-3542 The Vista Links: New public golf course in Buena Vista, 100 Vista Links Drive, (540) 261-4653, pro shop: (540) 261-3618 19

Tourism, Entertainment, and Resorts •

Stonewall Jackson House: Located at 8 E. Washington St. This house was occupied by Stonewall Jackson immediately before the Civil War, while he was a professor at the Virginia Military Institute. (540) 463-2552 • The George C. Marshall Museum: This museum and library celebrates Marshall’s life from his boyhood to his cadetship at VMI to World Wars I and II and his postwar years as Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (540) 463-7103 • Lee Chapel: You’ll visit Lee Chapel during first-year student orientation, but come back for a closer look. Robert E. Lee himself supervised the construction of the chapel during his presidency of then-Washington College. The museum is located on the lower level. (540) 458-8768 • Hull’s Drive-In: For a real Rockbridge County experience, take in a drive-in movie at Hull’s. Located four miles from town on Route 11 N., Hull’s is one of only eight drive-in theaters remaining in Virginia. A community-wide effort was undertaken to save the drive-in from the wrecking ball. As a result, this is the only non-profit, community-operated drive-in in the U.S. The snack bar sells a full grill menu. For show times, check the Web site at www. • Downtown Lexington: Visit the many shops in this historic 19th-century town. Children of all ages will love Sweet Things, purveyor of eclectic candy and homemade ice cream, and Cocoa Mill Chocolate, which gained instant fame after the Wall Street Journal awarded its Valentine chocolates “best overall.” • Theater at Lime Kiln: Enjoy plays and concerts on a limited schedule, from May through October at this unique outdoor theater, founded by two W&L alumni. For a complete schedule visit or call (540) 463-3074. • Lexington Carriage Co.: Tour the historic sites and 19th-century residential district in a horsedrawn carriage. Tours begin at the Lexington Visitor Center, located at 106 E. Washington St., and operate daily from April 1 through October 31. • The Virginia Horse Center: Located at the intersection of Rt. 11 and I-64 on Rt. 39, this center hosts a variety of state, national, and international equine competitions. For a schedule of events, call (540) 463-2194 or see www. • Historic Wade’s Mill: A working, water-powered grist mill on the National Register of Historic Places. Exit 205 on I-81: 4 miles west on Raphine Road (R>S/ 606) Kitchenware and gift shop. (540) 348-1400 • Blackfriar’s Shakespeare Theater: Located at 11 E. Beverly St. in Staunton, it is the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s original indoor theater. (540) 885-5588; • The Homestead: Located in Hot Springs, among Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains, the historic Homestead Resort offers a gracious atmosphere, dining, golf, and recreation. (800) 838-1766; 20

The Greenbrier: Located in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, the elegant Greenbrier offers fine dining, golf, and recreation in a beautiful setting. (800) 453-4858;

Heritage Washington and Lee University is the ninth oldest college in the nation. Few individuals have had a greater impact on the University than the men whose names it bears, George Washington and Robert E. Lee. Founded as Augusta Academy by Scotch-Irish pioneers in 1749, its name was later changed to Liberty Hall and subsequently to Liberty Hall Academy. George Washington saved the school from possible oblivion in 1796 with an endowment gift of $20,000—at that time the largest gift ever made to a private educational institution in America. This gift remains part of the University’s endowment, with income now exceeding $500,000. Thus, George Washington continues to this day to help fund the education of all Washington and Lee students. In appreciation of his gift, the school’s name was changed to Washington Academy and then Washington College. In 1865, the trustees offered General Robert E. Lee the presidency of Washington College. He initially refused, fearing his name would inevitably burden the institution with the lost Confederate cause. After many entreaties he agreed, hoping to undertake the revision of a college and curriculum dedicated to the spiritual and material reconstruction of the South and reunification of a divided people. Lee was president for only five years, but it was long enough to prove himself one of the most far-sighted and innovative educational statesmen of the 19th century. He inaugurated courses in journalism, broadened science offerings, joined the Lexington Law School with the University, and instituted programs in business instruction. Today, Washington and Lee is the only university ranked in the top 25 liberal arts schools to have accredited programs in both journalism and business. After Lee’s death, the trustees added his name to the college.

The Honor System The Honor System has been Washington and Lee’s defining feature since Robert E. Lee’s presidency. The commitment to honor is recognized by every student, faculty member, administrator, staff member, and alumnus/a of the University. It forms the cornerstone of trust and mutual respect within the community. Both academic and student life are shaped by the commitment to honor. Assuming that students will behave honorably, the faculty grants wide flexibility in the scheduling of many final examinations, and most are taken without supervision. It 21

is expected that students will behave honorably both in and out of the classroom by respecting each other’s word and intellectual and personal property, not just on campus but throughout their lives.

The Speaking Tradition Washington and Lee students are courteous to each other and to visitors on the campus. Both students and faculty traditionally exchange greetings with one another and with others as they pass on campus, a practice known as the speaking tradition.

Motto The University motto is non incautus futuri: not unmindful of the future.

Academic Life Washington and Lee emphasizes teaching as its central mission. We believe the personal association of our students with a highly qualified and motivated faculty holds the greatest promise of inspiring in them a lifelong respect and search for knowledge. Close student-faculty relationships, small class sizes, and a faculty of eminent teacher-scholars are the hallmarks of a W&L education. The aim of the work of a student’s first two years is the achievement of breadth; the work of the junior and senior years is directed toward depth in a particular field of study. Washington and Lee has a broad curriculum of more than 1,100 courses recently made richer by interdisciplinary programs in African-American studies, East Asian studies, environmental studies, Latin American and Caribbean studies, women’s and gender studies, and the Shepherd Poverty Program. For specific listing, please consult the course catalog available online from the University Registrar’s Web page, registrar., or purchase in print from the University Store.

Academic Year The academic year is divided into two 12-week terms (fall and winter) and one 4-week term (spring term). Students must carry a minimum of 12 credits during the fall and winter terms. The normal academic load during spring term is one course, beginning this spring. Many students study abroad or off campus, or participate in concert tours or service projects during spring term. Upper-division students may also avail themselves of the spring option to do internships or other non-credit educational activities. 22

Educational Rights and Privacy

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (commonly referred to as the Buckley Amendment or FERPA) protects the confidentiality of the records that educational institutions maintain on their students and gives students access to their records to assure the accuracy of their contents. The act affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records. Generally speaking, these rights include the right to inspect and review their educational records, the right to request amendment of their educational records if the student believes they are inaccurate or misleading, the right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information in their educational records, and the right to contact the Family Policy Compliance Office with a complaint concerning the University’s compliance. Information that W&L may disclose at its discretion is called Directory Information and includes the following: name, current enrollment, local address, permanent address, local telephone number, campus e-mail address, date and place of birth, dates of attendance, class standing (e.g., sophomore), schedule of classes, previous institution(s) attended, major field(s) of study, awards and honors, degree(s) conferred (including dates), full-time or part-time status, photographic or videotaped image, past and present participation in officially recognized sports and activities, including fraternities and sororities, and physical factors of athletes (e.g., height, weight). Examples of information which are NOT directory information and which are thus not releasable without advanced student permission include grades, grade-point averages, race or ethnic group, religion, and parent names. Currently enrolled students may withhold disclosure of directory information. To withhold disclosure, written notification must be received on an annual basis (usually at matriculation with a written request on the matriculation form). Directory information will then be withheld until the student releases the hold on disclosure or until the end of the current academic year, whichever comes first.

A Special Word About Grades

Grades and all other student education records are protected by FERPA. In compliance with the law, this nondirectory information requires the student’s written consent prior to its release by a school official to any source outside the college (including parents). Students are encouraged to forward copies of their e-mail grade report to their parents each term or to print a copy of the WebAdvisor grade report. As an alternative, students may request that a transcript be sent home to their parents, but this Grades must be requested each term. A+, A, A- Superior Only the unofficial report of fall-term midterm B+, B, B- Good grades for each new student is sent home to parents, C+, C, C- Fair which encourages this transition of the studentD+, D, D- Marginal record rights from the parents (during the secondary E – Conditional Failure school years) to the student in college. F – Failure Specific and detailed information on FERPA I – Incomplete and student rights can be found at WIP – Work in Progress policies/ferpa.htm. P – Pass 23

Requirements for the Degree Students may earn a Bachelor of Arts and/or a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington and Lee University. The curriculum at W&L permits students flexibility and individual responsibility in their choice of courses. A student earns a degree by completing all requirements set by the faculty, including appropriate credits, grade-point averages (GPAs), and courses for general-education (breadth) and major field (depth). For more detail on any of these requirements, you may reference the full catalog from the University Registrar’s web page at registrar. For the Class of 2013, a candidate for a bachelor’s degree must present a minimum of 113 credits with passing grades, including one credit (four courses) for 100- and 200-level work in physical education. The following GPAs are required: 2.000 on all work attempted at W&L; 2.000 on all W&L work used to meet degree requirements; and 2.000 on the work of the major, both as a whole and in the major subject. Students must attend W&L for at least six terms to earn a W&L degree. All students entering Fall 2007 and later must complete the Foundation and Distribution Requirement (FDRs) courses, usually taken during the first year and sophomore year. The FDRs expose students to various modes of thought and to the variety of ideas and values in today’s world and are summarized in a 4-4-4 scheme. The Foundations require competency (through native ability or coursework) in four areas: writing, foreign language, mathematics or computer science, and physical education including swimming proficiency. The Distribution requires four courses in the humanities and four courses in science and social science, as follows: one course in the arts, one in literature, two additional courses in the humanities, a laboratory science, an additional course in science or mathematics, and two social science courses. A student must also complete the requirements of at least one major which leads to the selected degree. All first-year students enter W&L as “undeclared” and normally declare an initial major during the winter term of the sophomore year. After completion of requirements for a BA or a BS degree, the other degree may also be awarded to students who finish a major leading to the second degree and an additional 27 credits.

Honor Roll The Honor Roll consists of those students whose fall or winter term grade-point average is 3.750 or higher, whose cumulative grade-point average is 2.000 or higher, and who have no grade of F in the term.


Dean’s List The Dean’s List consists of those students whose term grade-point average in the fall or winter term is 3.400 or higher.

Progress Toward Degree

All students at Washington and Lee are expected to make progress toward attaining their degrees. Their progress is judged by the quality of their academic work as measured by their grade-point averages. Failure to make the minimum progress as defined below for undergraduate students will result in academic probation or in the student being suspended under the Automatic Rule.

Academic Probation At the end of any term, the Committee on the Automatic Rule and Reinstatement places students on academic probation for the following term for failing to meet one or both of the following standards: 1. if the term grade-point average for any term falls at or below 2.000; 2. if the cumulative grade-point average falls below 2.000 Students placed on academic probation are warned of their precarious position and advised to limit their participation in extracurricular activities during the period of their probation. Students whose probationary status is not removed by the end of the next term fall under the Automatic Rule.

Automatic Rule

At the end of any academic term, the Committee on the Automatic Rule and Reinstatement suspends students who are on probation if they fail to meet either the term grade-point average or cumulative grade-point average standards described above. Suspension from the University severs all connections and privileges associated with being a student at Washington and Lee. The following also fall under the Automatic Rule: or

1. First-year students whose first-term grade-point average falls below 1.000,

2. Those students who have been reinstated on probation and who have failed to meet the grade-point standard required by the Committee on the Automatic Rule and Reinstatement; or 3. Those students withdrawing from the University during any term for reasons other than medical and having a cumulative grade-point average below 2.000; or 4. At the end of the winter term, those students unable to remove their probationary status by attempting no more than four credits during the spring term. A student who has been suspended from the University under the Automatic Rule may apply for reinstatement after a minimum absence of one year. Such students are placed on academic probation if reinstated. Though rarely granted, a student 25

may appeal for immediate reinstatement. Application for immediate reinstatement must be made in writing within 72 hours (three business days) of the notification of suspension to the Associate Dean of the College, Chair of the Committee on the Automatic Rule and Reinstatement.

University Scholars The University Scholars program offers extra challenge and opportunity for some of our best prepared, most able students. The program combines broad yet intensive studies in the liberal arts, with independent study leading to a thesis. Students with outstanding records are invited to apply for admission to the program in January. Eighteen or fewer scholars are selected early in the winter term. No more than six of these may be sophomores, and the rest will be first-year students.

Honors in the Major In order to encourage independent work and scholarly investigation by students and to foster intellectual curiosity, most departments have established programs leading to a degree with honors in the major. Such programs provide an enhancement of the regular program for departmental majors as well as interdepartmental and independent majors. Interested students should make inquiry when they declare a major.

Graduation with Distinction Candidates for a degree with distinction must earn a grade-point average sufficient to place them in the top 30 percent of the class with the honors awarded at the following more specific percentages: Summa cum laude: top 5% • Magna cum laude: next 10% • Cum laude: next 15%

Study Abroad International experience is considered an important part of a comprehensive Washington and Lee education. There are numerous opportunities to participate in an overseas project or study program during the academic year or summer. Many students study abroad through programs offered by other U.S. institutions or through direct enrollment as a visiting student at an overseas university or college. Washington and Lee also offers a number of courses that include overseas study through its Spring Term Abroad program. These have included courses in Barbados, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Since 2001 the University has co-sponsored a fall-term overseas program, the Washington and Lee-University of St. Andrews Cooperative Program for Premedi26

cal Students. This program enables students, including those preparing for medical school in the U.S., to complete their required studies in a manner acceptable to the American Medical College Application Service, while still enjoying the benefits of a quality abroad experience. W&L also has exchange agreements with several universities around the world. Students should contact the Center for International Education early in their thinking about study abroad. The Center for International Education maintains a comprehensive library of catalogs of study abroad programs and foreign institutions. For more information, visit the Web site at

Student Conduct The Student Executive Committee In accordance with the University’s long-standing commitment to student autonomy, the Board of Trustees has granted students the privilege of overseeing administration of the Honor System. The Executive Committee of the Student Body, elected annually by law and undergraduate classes, hears cases of breaches of trust such as lying, cheating, and stealing. The EC President, Eric Hoffman ’10L of Austin Texas, reports directly to the Board of Trustees. A student found in violation of the Honor System is subject to a single sanction—dismissal from the University. In recent years, Internet plagiarism has been the most frequent Honor violation. Students may appeal a guilty verdict in an Open Hearing before the student body.

The Student Judicial Council The Student Judicial Council has primary responsibility for deciding misconduct cases and imposing penalties, with the exception of Honor System violations or cases that fall under the jurisdiction of the Student-Faculty Hearing Board. The SJC’s jurisdiction includes violations of University policy on alcohol and controlled substances. Crighton Allen ’10, of Thomasville Georgia, is chair of the SJC.

The Student-Faculty Hearing Board The Student-Faculty Hearing Board hears cases of prohibited discrimination and harassment, sexual misconduct, student retaliation, and hazing. The SFHB consists of eight students appointed by the Executive Committee and eight faculty appointed by the Provost.


University Policy on Alcohol and Controlled Substances

One of the most important discussions you can have with your student is the issue of drug and alcohol abuse. The choices students make regarding personal conduct will affect every facet of their lives as students, especially academic performance. At Washington and Lee we believe much of a student’s education occurs outside the classroom. The University sponsors educational programs, provides guidance about making responsible choices, and endeavors to inform students about the adverse consequences of irresponsible decisions. Students must ultimately make their own choices, however, and regrettably cannot be sheltered from the consequences of drug and alcohol abuse. Washington and Lee is neither a sanctuary from the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia nor a guarantee of immunity from the harm associated with the abuse of alcohol and controlled substances. The Student Judicial Council (SJC) enforces a three-strike system with specific consequences for violations of University alcohol/other drug policies by individuals. The Student Judicial Council is advised by a professional staff member through the Office of the Dean of Students, and all action is reported to the University faculty through the Student Affairs Committee. While a probationary period is normally associated with an alcohol/other drug violation, at a minimum, action may remain on a student’s permanent disciplinary record after the completion of any assigned probationary period. To the extent required by federal and state laws, a record will be maintained of any processes including those procedures resulting in not-guilty verdicts. Conviction of an alcohol- or drug-related violation of the law in the City of Lexington and Rockbridge County shall be a strike and is handled administratively. The exception to this are convictions related to Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol/or Other Drugs; this policy is outlined below. The following confirmed violations of the University Initiatives on Alcohol and Other Drug policies and standards may or may not be determined by the University’s administration or the Student Judicial Council to constitute a strike: • • • •

A violation of University residential alcohol or drug policies (handled administratively); Misconduct that violates other University alcohol or drug policies; Drunkenness, when it results in behavior that draws attention to oneself or endangers self or others; Alcohol or other drug violations within first-year student residence halls, including possession of alcohol or other drugs, are handled administratively and are not heard by the Student Judicial Council.

Conviction of possession/use of illegal drugs within any campus residence results in removal from the residence without refund. A court’s imposition of First-Offender’s Status, or deferred adjudication, including any continuance of the case under advisement for an alcohol or drug-related offense (other than DUI as described below) where the student admits to the misconduct, enters a plea of nolo contendere or did not contest, and where an affirmative sanction is imposed by the court (e.g., fine or community service), will result in a strike under these guidelines and shall be handled administratively. 28

Sanctions as follows: •

First Strike: Mandatory education and counseling, plus $100 fine. Parents or legal guardian(s) of undergraduate students notified upon a finding of violation. One calendar year probationary period from date of incident.

Second Strike (within 12 months of the first incident): Mandatory education and counseling plus a minimum of a $100 fine and maximum of a $200 fine, up to and including suspension for a full term or full semester. Parents or legal guardian(s) of undergraduate students notified upon charge and disposition. These cases are automatically heard by the Student Judicial Council.

Third Strike (within 12 months of the first incident): Sanction up to and including dismissal from the University plus a minimum of a $200 fine and maximum of a $350 fine. Mandatory education and counseling for those students not dismissed. Parents or legal guardian(s) of undergraduate students notified upon charge and disposition. These cases are automatically heard by the Student Judicial Council.

Alcohol and Drug Use at Washington and Lee Washington and Lee University participates in two national surveys that help us understand the drinking beliefs, myths and realities of student behavior. Student responses indicate that the majority of W&L students (74%) drink twice a week or less and have five or fewer drinks when socializing. Most report they have refused an offer of alcohol or drugs and that they don’t experience peer pressure to drink. We provide educational programs and media campaigns throughout the year to dispel the perception that students are consuming greater amounts and with higher frequency than they actually are. Our students are knowledgeable and most make healthy choices. We offer many intellectual and social activities and organizations that do not involve or emphasize alcohol or other drug use. Parents are encouraged to talk with their students about alcohol and drug use. We ask your help in reinforcing our institutional values of learning, leadership, and honor, which extend beyond the classroom and into the daily lives of the extended W&L community.

Alcohol Course for Students and Parents­

Washington and Lee University takes the issue of high-risk drinking and underage consumption of alcohol very seriously. The decisions and choices students will make (including choosing not to drink) will affect the interactions and experiences they have at Washington and Lee in both the academic and social arenas. We have implemented a comprehensive alcohol prevention program to help our students— your children—make the safest, healthiest decisions possible. We begin this process before they arrive on campus. All first-year students will receive an e-mail the summer before enrolling, requiring that they complete a science-based, on-line course called AlcoholEdu, beginning in late July. We believe this to be an excellent educational tool to ensure that all incoming students have the 29

same baseline information about alcohol and its impact on college life. We follow up after first-year students arrive on campus with a program called Pieces of the Puzzle, and throughout the year with various other strategies to reinforce the messages they have heard. We are also pleased to offer the AlcoholEdu course to you—the parents. We encourage you to take the course and use it as a way of talking with your student this summer before departure for college, and to continue the conversation during the college years. Log on information will be sent in a separate mailing. We are confident AlcoholEdu will give students the tools they need to make good, healthy decisions. If you have any questions please contact David M. Leonard, Dean of First-Year Students (540-458-8752), or Jan Kaufman, Director of Health Promotion (540-458-4501).

Driving under the Influence of Alcohol or Other Drugs

Independent of the three-strike system, the Student Judicial Council (SJC) may suspend or dismiss a student found to have driven a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs in the City of Lexington or Rockbridge County. Students who are convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .15 or greater are suspended from the University without hearing. There is a presumption of suspension as the sanction by the Student Judicial Council for students who are convicted of refusal when arrested for a DUI offense. Students who are suspended for any alcohol/other drug-related reason, whether administratively or by the Student Judicial Council, are required to participate in alcohol/other drug education prior to consideration for reinstatement to the University. All disciplinary actions are subject to appeal to the University Board of Appeals as provided in the Student Handbook. For more information please consult the Student Handbook or contact Brandon Dotson, the Associate Dean of Students, at (540) 458-4070.

Safe Ride/Traveller Traveller is a safe-ride system that serves the Washington and Lee community as both a safe-driver system and a convenient bus route between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. Traveller is operated as a local transportation bus system and private vehicle system, with a student dispatch system and a single call number, which is (540) 458-8900. Traveller buses, driven by professional drivers, complete a circuit around the perimeter of the Washington and Lee campus three nights a week, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, during the academic school year. This circuit includes bus stops that are identified by metal benches. Maps of this circuit are posted on campus and at This system is supplemented by drivers using University-owned automobiles seven nights a week during the academic school year. These drivers respond to requests from students for safe rides to and from locations outside the route, within a five-mile radius of campus. 30

STATE AND LOCAL ALCOHOL LAWS* Selective laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The minimum legal age for the PURCHASE, POSSESSION AND CONSUMPTION of alcoholic beverages is 21 years of age.

LAW MIP---Minor in Possession Underage Consumption and Possession Drinking while Driving Underage Drinking and Driving Persons under 21 with a BAC of .02 or more; requires no signs of impaired driving. Drinking and Driving .08 presumes intoxication, but can be convicted on a lower BAC. Also includes specified levels of certain drugs.

Drinking and Driving BAC is .15 - .20 Drinking and Driving BAC is over .20 Driving on a restricted license with BAC of .02 or more Drinking and Driving with a passenger 17 years or younger Implied Consent for BAC Test---Unreasonable refusal to take a BAC test Use of Fake ID to purchase alcoholic beverages**

PENALTIES Misdemeanor---Mandatory loss of license for six months (up to 1 year) and mandatory minimum $500 fine or 50 hours community service. Misdemeanor---Fine not to exceed $250 Misdemeanor--- Suspension of driver’s license for 1 year AND either a mandatory minimum fine of $500 or performance of a mandatory minimum of 50 hours of community service. Attend VASAP educational program. Misdemeanor---Fine not to exceed $2,500 (mandatory minimum of $250) and/or jail for 12 months. Immediate impounding of car and loss of drivers license for 1 year. Immediate 7-day license suspension. Ignition interlock system may be required for restricted license after the first offense and is mandatory after the second offence.. Mandatory jail time of 5 days plus above fines and penalties. Ignition interlock system required for restricted license. Mandatory jail time of 10 days plus above fines and penalties. Ignition interlock system required for restricted license. Fine not to exceed $2,500 and/or jail time for 12 months, plus one to three-year license suspension. Misdemeanor---Fines of $500-$1,000. Mandatory minimum 5 days in jail, beyond penalties for DUI. Loss of drivers license for 12 months

DIP---Drunk in Public Purchase of alcoholic beverages for intoxicated individuals

Misdemeanor---Mandatory loss of license for six months (up to 1 year) AND $500 mandatory minimum fine or 50 hours community service Misdemeanor---Fine not to exceed $250 Misdemeanor---Fine not to exceed $2,500 and/or jail up to 12 months and mandatory license suspension of up to 1 year.

Purchasing, giving, providing or assisting in providing alcohol to person under age 21 City of Lexington Noise Ordinance (11pm-7am) If heard from 50 ft of premise If permit expires at 12 am

1st visit by police---written warning 2nd visit by police---citation & court appearance---Fine + Court costs


* Current as of 2008 The Executive Committee has found in previous cases the use of a false ID constitutes a violation of the Honor System. Brought to you by LIFE and the Office of Health Promotion Division of Student Affairs


Student Affairs The office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students is primarily responsible for the welfare of the student body and the administration of a wide range of student services. Student Affairs professionals administer health and counseling services, public safety, housing, residential and extracurricular affairs, multicultural life, religious life, auxiliary services and new student orientation. They also work with student government leaders, residential staff, and other campus student leaders. In keeping with the University’s policy of student autonomy, students are encouraged to take primary responsibility for their own academic and personal affairs. In some circumstances, however, parents may wish to consult with the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs on matters pertaining to: • • • • • • • • • •

The University’s policy on alcohol and substance abuse Residential life Advising for students of color Educational planning Withdrawals and transfers Conduct/disciplinary matters Health and counseling services Issues of community safety Campus activities and Greek life Auxiliary Services including Dining Services and Mail Services


Staff in the division of Student Affairs can also assist in connecting students and parents with the appropriate academic administrators to discuss: • Academic policies, regulations, and requirements • Changes in courses, majors, advisers • Leaves of absence/withdrawals

Student Health and Medical Care The Student Health Center is located on the lower floor of Davis Residence Hall. It connects with the 10-bed student infirmary on the lower floor of Gilliam Hall. The Health Center is used for out-patient care, and the Infirmary is used for in-patient care of non-critical illnesses and injuries. The Health Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week when undergraduate classes are in session. A physician and counselor are on call after hours. University physicians offer regular office hours by appointment. Physician services and most medications dispensed at the Health Center are available to students without charge. Other services (such as allergy injections, lab tests sent to an outside lab, contraceptive supplies, and immunizations) are charged at cost. Emergency medical situations beyond the scope of care at the Student Health Center are normally evaluated and treated at Stonewall Jackson Hospital, located one mile from campus. In cases of alcohol poisoning, Washington and Lee University places the welfare of its students before disciplinary procedure. Because we do not wish to discourage students from seeking medical treatment, the Health Center is a safe haven. Judicial action is not applied against students seeking treatment for alcohol consumption. For more information about student health and medical care contact the Student Health Center at (540) 458-8401.

Counseling Services University Counseling Services assists students with a broad range of issues, including peer relationships, self-esteem, sexuality, anger management, academic achievement, and family matters. Some students experience more severe problems in college such as depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, or sexual assault. Counseling can help students cope more skillfully with a wide variety of issues. If medication is prescribed, the medical staff works with the counseling staff to assist with adjustment to the appropriate medication. University Counseling is staffed by four full-time counselors, who may be assisted by graduate students in training. There is no cost for individual or group sessions and no restrictions on the number of appointments a student may have. All meetings with a counselor are confidential. For more information, contact Counseling Services at (540) 458-8590.


Peer Counseling A team of peer counselors is trained to listen and to assist students with a wide range of problems. Peer counselors work with residential life staff to assist with issues that may arise in a student’s living environment.

Confidential and Impartial Resolution (CAIR) Resources Undergraduate and law faculty and staff serve as CAIR resources, offering confidential information and conflict resolution under the University Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation and Sexual Misconduct. CAIR resources help students know their rights and options. Informal resolution may take many forms, from taking a complaint to mediation between a complainant and respondent. Informal resolution attempts do NOT preclude other options, such as taking a case to the Student-Faculty Hearing Board or filing charges with the local Commonwealth’s Attorney. For more information, contact the CAIR Info Line at (540) 458-5800 or see

Public Safety The Office of Public Safety is staffed by 13 full-time public safety officers with a combined 150 years of security and professional law enforcement experience. While public safety officers are responsible for all rules and regulations prescribed by the University, they do not have arrest authority. Public safety officers patrol the campus grounds 24 hours daily. Escorts are provided to distant parking areas, and residence halls are patrolled with extra emphasis on major weekends. All residence halls are equipped with card access systems. There are 24 emergency phones located at various on-campus locations to allow contact with public safety personnel at all times. At Washington and Lee University, we take great pride in a community of trust and care for one another. The Washington and Lee campus and the city of Lexington are relatively safe places, but no community is immune to incidents of crime. We encourage our students to take appropriate precautions. If you would like more information about emergency management at W&L, we encourage you to visit the Emergency Management Web site at At that Web site, you will find information about how we communicate in the event of minor or major emergencies, a summary of the University’s Emergency Management Plan and other details about how the University responds in the event of a crisis. With this said, our primary goal in emergency management is to prevent crises from occurring through nurturing a community of care for one another. If you have questions about the Office of Public Safety, please contact Michael Young, Director, at If you have questions about emergency managememt at the University, please contact Dawn Watkins, Vice President for Student Affairs, at 34

Student Privacy and Parenting: How W&L Does Business

We value the role of parents as partners in the education of W&L students. Our institutional philosophy is to encourage communication between students and parents about the student experience at Washington and Lee. Students have much to learn from their parents as they make their way through the college years. With that said, parents often wonder, “How much communication should I have directly with the University about my son or daughter?” We hope the information below explains how you can best access information while continuing to encourage the growth of your young adult during the college years. Like you, we want the very best for your student. We work hard to assist students in making the next step to full-time adulthood. To do this, students must understand and administer their rights and responsibilities as adults in the University setting. Students mature and develop by working through difficult issues. You can aid them in this development by encouraging them to work through concerns that arise on campus.

Grades and Academic Progress

Students may provide copies of their grades and academic records to anyone they choose and students may authorize faculty and staff to discuss their academic progress with anyone. The former is done by sharing e-mail or web copies of grades or requesting a paper transcript; the latter is handled by students signing and submitting informed consent regarding the discussion of academic performance with family members. The form is available on the web at Faculty and staff are already free to share with families information known personally and which does not compromise the written record. Typically, this would include general conversations about their ability, attendance, and interest in academic or nonacademic activities.

Student Conduct

For students involved in matters related to student conduct, a provision of Washington and Lee’s “University’s Initiatives on Alcohol and Other Drugs” requires parental notification of all undergraduate students found responsible for an alcohol/ other drug related incident. In all matters of student conduct, we encourage students to be in communication with their parents for both emotional support and so parents understand what is happening in their students’ lives. If a student is suspended or withdrawn from the University, a confirmation letter of this action is sent to the student at the home address as the student has provided to the University Registrar’s Office.

Matters of Student Health and Safety

In cases where a student is determined to be a potential danger to self or others, parents (or guardians) will be included in discussions as to the most appropriate course of action. In most cases, the student will be sent home for treatment. Washington and Lee University is not and cannot be a treatment center for students with severe illnesses. Students in that situation are best treated under the care of family and, often, in specialized treatment centers. With that said, we are proud of the on-going care we provide in both physical and mental health services for our students. You can learn more about Student Health and Counseling Services by visiting x24694.xml. 35

Information sharing is a two-way street. Accordingly, if you as a parent know of a potential problem with (or special need of ) your student, by all means, you should provide it to Washington and Lee. We hope this overview is helpful in understanding how University processes work related to communication with parents between the University and the student. In summary, in cases where students are facing more serious trouble, you’ll be hearing from us. We encourage you to talk about what information you expect your son or daughter to share with you before and during your student’s college career. In all other cases, we’ll be encouraging your son or daughter to be in conversation with you so we’re continuing to facilitate a strong relationship between you and your student. If you have additional questions about this, please contact Dr. Dawn Watkins, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at or 540-458-8754.

Career Services The them to: • • • •

mission of Career Services is to contribute to students’ success by helping Assess their interests and values Recognize and use their skills and talents Promote the strengths of their liberal arts education Develop and implement their academic/career plans

Career awareness is enhanced by an early visit to the Career Services Office for: individual career counseling, a career exploration class, interest testing, Web-based resources, and an introduction to Colonnade Connections (the alumni database). Career Services also offers a series of workshops to prepare students for job and internship searches: résumé and cover letter preparation and critique sessions, interview training, professional etiquette and practice interviews. Nationally recognized companies and organizations recruit on campus to fill full-time positions and internships. Career Services provides Web-based employer recruitment including an electronic résumé book and interviewing opportunities. Through the Selective Liberal Arts Consortium, Washington and Lee seniors are chosen for employment interviews conducted in Boston, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. The Big Apple Recruiting Consortium provides Washington and Lee seniors with interviews in New York City with the leading advertising, public relations, media, publishing, and e-commerce firms. For more information, visit the Web site at or contact Director of Career Services, Beverly Lorig, at 540-458-8595.

International Students Washington and Lee values the contributions of international students on campus and in the community and hopes to make the experience of studying and living in the U.S. successful for its students as well. The Center for International Education provides a comprehensive orientation program for new international students prior to the start of each fall term, and continuing support services for these students 36

throughout the year. For more information, contact Amy Richwine at (540) 458-8144 or

Students with Disabilities It is the policy of Washington and Lee University to provide qualified students with physical and mental disabilities equal access to educational opportunities. Students must request accommodations from the Associate Dean of the College at (540) 458-8746 and provide for her review appropriate documentation to support such requests. The Associate Dean can, in turn, provide specific information pertaining to procedural issues. As a first step we recommend that students consult information contained online at and review specific policy and documentation guidelines outlined in the links at the bottom of that Web site. To ensure a prompt response, students should contact the Associate Dean of the College within one business week of the start of the academic term to initiate their request.

Housing Residential Life at Washington and Lee University is divided into four distinct areas: First-Year Housing, Upper-Division Housing, and Fraternity/Sorority Housing. For questions, contact the office of Residential Life at (540) 458-8405. The First-Year Residence Halls The first-year residences are divided into sections of between 12 and 20 students, with each section supervised by a trained upper-division student who serves as a Resident Adviser. First-year students reside in Graham-Lees, Davis, Gilliam, and Gaines Halls. Residence hall living is based on the principle of student self-governance. Except for regulations pertaining to health, safety, alcohol, and drugs, regulations governing residence hall life—quiet hall hours and inter-visitation policy, for example—are formulated by the residents of each section in statements of social responsibility. Each student is provided with a closet, chest of drawers, study desk and chair, mirror, and single bed. Rooms for physically disabled students are available in both singles and doubles. Students provide their own linens and other furnishings as desired. Window dimensions in all of the first-year residence halls are 48 x 64 inches. Beds are extra-long twins. Coin-operated washers and dryers are provided for the convenience of students. Bed and bath linen may be rented for the year on a weekly exchange basis through a local laundry service, which will contact first-year students during the summer. All of the articles mentioned above are available in the local stores for students who do not wish to bring them from home. Upper-Division Housing Sophomores are required to live in University housing. The Francis P. Gaines Residence Hall is a 200-bed facility with attractive, apartment-like suites. The resi37

dence hall will accommodate students who request to be grouped by interest. Upperdivision and law students seeking on-campus, apartment-style accommodations are housed in the Woods Creek Apartments, which feature three-, four-, and five-student units complete with kitchenettes, living rooms, and single-occupancy bedrooms. The Spanish House, the Chavis House, the Outing Club House, and the International House also provide limited residential accommodations. Many sophomores reside in fraternity/sorority houses. Off-Campus Housing Most juniors and seniors live off campus. The University strongly encourages parents to play an active role in the selection of off-campus housing prior to signing leases and making security deposits (generally equal to one or two months’ rent). The University works with the city of Lexington to ensure that rental housing is clean and safe, and the city has adopted minimum maintenance standards. In the end, however, the lease of private property is a transaction between landlord and tenant, and the University has no jurisdiction over rental properties. If you have any doubt about the standards of a rental property, contact the Lexington-Rockbridge Health Department at (540) 463-3185. A guide for off-campus student housing can be found online at x9648.xml or by contacting the office of the Dean of Students at (540) 458-8754.

Information Technology Services Technology is an integral part of the academic experience at Washington and Lee University. Guided by its mission statement, “Providing innovative leadership and excellent support to empower the University community in the successful use of information technology”. Information Technology Services (ITS) continually assesses the changing environment of technology. The process for updating hardware, software and support strategies is part of the on-going effort by ITS to provide stateof-the-art computing resources to meet the growing technology needs of students. The University’s academic computing resources are available to students and professors for instructional and research purposes, independent study and self education. These resources include • Information Help Desk (located in Leyburn Library) and the Web Help Desk (available through an Internet connection); • technical aids for using technology resources o Element K self-paced tutorials via the Internet o on-line technology books o individual help from Information Help Desk consultants; • coursework and personal network file storage and backup; • Sakai course management system - an enterprise-ready collaboration and courseware management platform that provides student and faculty users with a suite of learning, portfolio, library and project tools; 38

• public and departmental computing labs with several hundred workstations, outfitted with all of the software necessary for students to complete assignments and projects, as well as monochrome and color laser printers, • e-mail accounts with secure network message store, • reduced cost personal computer purchase programs for Windows and Macintosh based systems, • free software for student owned Windows and Macintosh computers o Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. o Symantec Anti-Virus (prerequisite for connecting to W&L network); • fast campus network (gigabit network backbone) and high speed internet connection (100 megabit with failover provisions); • secure Internet access to network storage and the W&L library databases from off campus via the W&L Virtual Private Network (VPN); • wireless network access within and around classroom buildings, Leyburn library and Elrod Commons as well as most campus area student residences; • networked printer access from students personal computers via wired or wireless connections; and • dial-up internet access for students located in areas of the non W&L neighborhood lacking high speed internet connectivity. Network Connectivity – Wired and Wireless Washington and Lee University has a high speed (100Mb) Internet connection and a fast (Gb) campus network infrastructure to enable each wired port or wireless connection to access the networked campus resources and the Internet. All residence hall rooms are equipped with wired Ethernet ports. These wired Ethernet connections provide fast, convenient access to the campus network resources (personal and shared network data storage, class information, Leyburn Library resources, laser printers, personal calendar, etc.) as well as e-mail and the Internet. To connect to one of these wired ports, a computer must be equipped with a “wire based” 10/100/1000-BaseT Ethernet card, an Ethernet cable and comply with the University Safe Computing Policy. These requirements specify the minimum conditions that a computer must meet in order to have full access to the W&L network. Details about the Safe Computing Policy can be found at Currently, the W&L computing network infrastructure is undergoing upgrades and expansion. The completion of the current phase of the network enhancement project will, among other things, enable University supported wireless (WiFi) networking (“WireLessOne”, “WireLessTwo”, etc) in all of the residence halls. University policy ( - Section 3 bullet point 5) explicitly bans non-W&L devices, such as wired or wireless routers, which create roadblocks to network access for students. The W&L wireless network is already available in several areas across campus including the Elrod Commons, Leyburn Library and most classroom buildings. Most of these areas have wired ports 39

available too. Wireless connectivity is provided in these areas of campus to provide flexible network access both inside and the immediate area outside of selected campus buildings. For up to date information about wireless networking at W&L visit Resources – Network Accounts, Software Licensing, Instruction Each W&L student has several personalized computing accounts which enable them to access network resources (library content, course work folders, shared and personal network file storage, public printers, technology training, etc.) as well as their university e-mail. This account information (username and password) is mailed to each new student before they matriculate. The network account is only useable on University computers connected to the campus network. On the other hand, the e-mail account is available for use as soon as the student obtains their W&L e-mail account information. In fact, it is a good idea for the new student to read over the information sheet containing the e-mail account information and go ahead and check for messages immediately, after receiving the account information. Most likely there will be important e-mail communications from the registrar, faculty advisors or other W&L staff waiting for them to read. If for any reason your son or daughter does not have their network account information (they did not receive it or it has been misplaced), contact the ITS Information Desk (e-mail: or phone: 540-458-4357) for assistance. ITS has made arrangements with Microsoft and Symantec to provide certain software to the students as part of their W&L technology fee. This means that students do not have to buy productivity or anti-virus software for their personally owned desktop, laptop or tablet computer, Windows or Macintosh. Depending upon where such software is purchased at retail prices, your savings could amount to several hundred dollars. The software licenses are available for Windows and Macintosh based PCs. The agreement with Microsoft provides not only the latest version of the Microsoft Office Professional suite of applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) but also the option to update the operating system (OS) on each student’s personally owned Windows system. If new versions of the Office suite or Windows OS are released by Microsoft while a student is enrolled at W&L, each student is entitled to upgrade to those latest releases. Additionally, when a student graduates from W&L, they are granted a “perpetual license” for the versions of the Office suite and Windows OS they installed on their system through this W&L/Microsoft agreement, while enrolled at W&L. A “perpetual license” is a license that is paid for once (W&L paid for it through student technology fees) and does not need to be renewed ever. There is a similar agreement with Symantec for Symantec Anti-Virus Corporate Edition (SAVCE). This agreement provides that each W&L student can install the latest version of SAVCE on their personally owned Windows or Macintosh computer and get virus signature updates in order to maintain the integrity of the anti-virus protection. However, unlike the arrangement with Microsoft that allows the student 40

to have a licensed copy of software after graduation, SAVCE must be removed from the students computer when they graduate or are no longer enrolled at W&L. Students are legally obligated to remove from their personally owned computer any and all of the software, which was installed under the Microsoft and Symantec licensing agreements, available to them as an enrolled student of Washington and Lee University, at the time they withdraw from W&L without graduating. Labs and Student Organizational Facilities There are approximately 300 computers located in labs across the undergraduate campus. Two thirds of these computers are in public labs which are available to students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, when classes are in session. The other third of these systems are in departmental labs and provide software unique to the respective departmental needs. These labs also provide monochrome and color laser printing for the students use. Each student is allocated fifty dollars of free printing for the school year. Any printing charge in excess of this subsidy is debited to the student’s account and is billed at the end of each term. Monochrome printing is charged at the rate of $0.10 per sheet; color printing is charged at $0.35 per sheet. In addition to these lab facilities, the University provides additional computers throughout the Elrod Commons and Leyburn Library for student use. In the Elrod Commons, there are eight Internet access kiosk computers configured for use by the public, no W&L account required. There are eight systems in the Career Development office suite for students to use as they research career opportunities in consultation with the Career Development staff. Located on the ground floor of Elrod Commons are several systems for student use in the Cultural Resource Center. Another 40 systems are located on the 3rd floor for student run organizations including the offices of the student-run newspapers (Ring-tum Phi and Trident), magazine (InGeneral) as well as the yearbook (Calyx). These systems are reserved exclusively for the use of each organization’s staff members. In the newly renovated Leyburn Library there are 7 Internet kiosks as well as a cluster of high performance computing systems available. These high performance systems are outfitted with enhanced software for creating special project work. Personally Owned Computers Although students are not required to own their own computer, nearly 100% of W&L students own at least one computer. More students than ever are bringing notebook computers to school. Much of the University’s campus, including most of the residence halls, is covered by a wireless network. Therefore, a notebook computer with both a 10/100/1000-BaseT network card (for fast, wired connectivity) and a wireless (802.11 a/b/g/n) network adapter (for slower paced, convenient connectivity in areas where there is a W&L wireless signal) would be a valuable student resource. Washington and Lee University does not sell computers but does have recommendations for what to consider when buying a system for a student at W&L. 41

The University’s primary recommendations are Dell Latitude notebooks, available at reduced pricing through the W&L/Dell website. Macintosh systems, also at reduced prices, are also available from Apple through the web site wlubookstore.collegestoreonline. com/ of the W&L University Store. ITS publishes its recommendations for computer purchases on the ITS web site Please consult the aforementioned web site to see the latest information regarding computer recommendations for W&L students. Before you make any decisions about what computer to bring to campus, be sure to study the recommended systems’ characteristics very carefully. Questions about computer purchases for campus use or about computing at the University should be directed to Earl Edwards via e-mail at or phone at 540-461-1015 For more information about student computing at Washington and Lee University, contact the HelpDesk (e-mail: or phone: 540-458-HELP) or the Student Computing Director, Earl Edwards (e-mail: or phone: 540-461-1015). Talking with Your Student about Technology Use You have already likely had conversations with your son or daughter during middle and high school years about use of the Internet and how easily information is shared, whether wittingly or unwittingly, across networks. Even if you have already had this conversation, we urge you to do so again before your son or daughter matriculates at the University in the fall. Students will have full use of the University’s network when enrolled. Violation of the University’s network policies will result in termination of that access. The related policies are found in the Student Handbook. Additionally, please remind your student to think carefully about how they portray themselves and others on blogs such as Facebook and My Space. While the University does not monitor such blogs, should complaints be brought to the attention of the University about content on personal blogs, the University will respond and can employ the University conduct system in doing so. While freedom of speech is surely something we all value, Washington and Lee University also expects our students to conduct themselves with integrity and civility toward one another.

Mail The University does not maintain mailboxes for students; letter mail and packages are held in the mailroom and students are notified by e-mail. To ensure prompt receipt of mail after students arrive, all envelopes and packages must be properly labeled with ALL of the following information regardless of the carrier used (UPS, FedEx and DHL deliver directly to W&L Mail Services): Your Name Residence Hall & Room Number Washington and Lee University 204 W. Washington Street Lexington, VA 24450 42

We will notify students of the arrival of the letter or package by e-mail, and students may pick it up at Mail Services during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. –4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, between mail runs. Some students elect to rent a post office box at the U.S. Post Office just one block from campus. Representatives of the postal service will be available on movein day should students decide a box will be necessary. Students must have two forms of ID with them in order to pick up the box key on move-in day. International students are required to present additional documentation. For more information about Mail Services at the Univer­sity, please contact Chris Adkins at (540) 458-8573.

Telephone Service Telephone service is provided to each residence hall room as part of the on-campus room rate with no installation or monthly service charge. Digital phones are provided in each room. Students are given individual codes for long distance charges, which are billed monthly. For more information go to the Web page at telecommunications.

Change of Address It is the student’s responsibility to inform the University of changes to the home address. Change of Address forms are available online through the WebAdvisor and in the University Registrar’s office. No changes will be made based on notification by the parent or guardian.

Vehicles on Campus First-year students are not encouraged to bring motor vehicles to the University but may do so subject to certain restrictions and regulations. Because parking on campus is limited, first-year student parking is restricted to sites that are some distance from the residence halls and the main campus. Student vehicles must be registered with the Director of Public Safety at the start of fall term or within four days of acquisition. Registration fee is $50.

Check Cashing Personal checks cannot be cashed on campus. Students should open checking accounts and use ATM machines at one of several local banks, many of which are located a short walk from campus, or the SunTrust ATM located in the Elrod University Commons.

The University Card All new students receive a University Card during Orientation. This multifunctional card serves purposes such as access to residence halls and book checkout in the libraries. It also acts as cash for many University services including the 43

University Store, food services, copying, and laundry facilities. This is done through the combination of debits and charges to the student’s accounts. A student can charge debits ($25 minimum deposit) or University Store purchases of greater than $10 to his or her account which will be sent home on the student bill. A parent who wishes to place a limit on this account should contact the Business Office. If you need additional information regarding the card, please contact the Auxiliary Services Office.

Campus Activities/Campus Recreation The University’s curricular and extracurricular activities are so numerous and diverse that students must budget their time carefully to achieve a desirable balance among academic, social, and recreational experiences. Clubs and activities range from Greek organizations to the Student Association for International Learning (SAIL), from deejaying at the campus radio station to rock climbing with the Outing Club. Students can participate in a variety of volunteer opportunities through the nationally known Nabors Service League which offers service opportunities with Lexington Rescue, tutoring in the elementary schools, building Habitat homes, and more. For more information about the broad array of campus activities, contact the Director of Elrod University Commons and Campus Activities, Jason Rodocker at (540) 458-8753 or look online under campus life at

Intramurals and Sports Clubs Washington and Lee University has a diverse and growing intramural and sports club program which offers activities ranging from basketball to disc golf. Each year teams compete for the IM Cup which is awarded to the team that accumulates the most points from participating in all the different events offered throughout the school year. If you have further questions about Intramurals and Sports Clubs please contact the Assistant Director of Campus Recreation, Ray Ellington at (540) 458-8244.

Multicultural Programs Understanding that diversity strengthens the academic enterprise, Washington and Lee University commits itself to welcoming and nurturing all members of the community. The University seeks to implement initiatives to achieve an increased multicultural presence and a more inclusive community and provides 44

programming for all students wishing to explore critical issues related to race, class, ethnicity, nationality, gender, and sexual orientation. Programs include the Joyful Noise Gospel Choir, the Multicultural Student Association, and historically black Greek organizations. For more information, contact Associate Dean of Students Tammy Futrell at (540) 458-8766.

Hillel Washington and Lee Hillel is dedicated to building Jewish identity while nurturing intellectual and spiritual growth. Programs include social, religious, community service, cultural, educational, and Israel-related activities. Events include First Fridays at Five, a Shabbat service and dinner held on campus each month, the Very Interesting Professors luncheon series, Passover Seder, High Holy Day services, and holiday parties, lectures, and trips. For more information contact Hillel Director Joan Robins at (540) 458-8443 or Ground-breaking for a new Hillel House is scheduled for September 2009.

The Muslim League Now in its sixth year, the Muslim League provides cultural, social, and religious activities for Washington and Lee undergraduates and law students and VMI cadets, as well as for students interested in Islamic studies. The group organizes a public fast during Ramadan and holds lectures and discussions on campus and in the community to broaden understanding of Islam.

Generals’ Christian Fellowship Generals’ Christian Fellowship is a campus-wide organization open to Christians of all backgrounds. Its purpose is to provide a meeting time on campus for both fellowship and instruction to help students better understand their faith. They are advised by an InterVarsity staff member and a W&L staff person.

Athletics The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education administers a program that features courses for men and women. For more information call (540) 458-8670.

Intercollegiate Athletics

Washington and Lee has a strong, diverse athletic program in which participants are motivated by their love of the game and a desire to excel in competition. The University follows the guidelines and philosophy established for NCAA Division III and is a charter member of the 14-college Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). W&L currently sponsors 12 varsity sports for men and 11 for women. Athletic Facilities The University offers a wide array of facilities for athletic competition. The Warner Center, which is connected to the Doremus Gymnasium, houses many of the 45

school’s indoor facilities. The fivestory complex includes a 1,550-seat main arena, pool, training room, handball/raquetball/squash courts, sauna, and state-of-the-art, 10,000-square-foot fitness center. Wilson Field is the center of the outdoor facilities and has recently been completly renovated. The new facility includes an artificial turf field. It is surrounded by a 400-meter artificial surface track and bordered by a 7,000-seat stadium. It is home for the Generals’ track, football, and men’s lacrosse teams. Surrounding the area near Wilson Field are a 14-court outdoor tennis area, the fourcourt Duchossois Tennis Center, the Cap’n Dick Smith Baseball Field, the five-mile Dick Miller Cross Country Course, a lighted artificial turf stadium, and Alston Parker Watt Field, which is a natural surface stadium that houses both men’s and women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse. The area also includes several multi-purpose, natural grass practice fields. Washington and Lee students may play golf on the par-71 Lexington Golf & Country Club Course or the par-72 Vista Links Golf Course in nearby Buena Vista. Ice skating and ski facilities are located at the Homestead, Massanutten, Wintergreen, and other nearby areas.

Greek Life Sixteen national fraternities and eight national sororities are represented at Washington and Lee. Approximately 75% of students are members of fraternities or sororities. Two fraternities and two sororities are historically black Greek organizations. Greek organizations are governed by the Interfraternity Council (IFC), the Panhellenic Council (Panhel), Black Greek Council (BGC), the Student Affairs Committee (SAC), and supervised by the Office of Student Activities and Greek Life. Greek organizations at W&L are expected to develop the personal and professional skills of their members by seeking intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual wellness through awareness, balance, moderation and other characteristics of holistic success. All students are asked to help Greek organizations exceed their expectations by behaving appropriately and taking personal responsibility for their actions. Informal recruitment for organizations occurs during fall term. Formal recruitment occurs early in winter term. New Member Education (NME) lasts no more than eight academic weeks and has strict guidelines. Parents may have concerns about hazing as a part of New Member Education (aka pledgeship).The University takes such concerns very seriously. Working with the student-governed councils and national Greek organizations, the University spends significant time and attention assisting Greek organizations to develop positive and productive New Member Education programs. New Member Education activities that 46

are inconsistent with the ideals of the University and national Greek organizations are discouraged. If you or your son or daughter have concerns about any aspect of Greek life, please contact the Director of Student Activites and Greek Life at (540) 458-4111. All calls will be treated confidentially. For more information, go to

Fees and Expenses The expenses for a full academic year in 2009-2010 approximate the following: Comprehensive Undergraduate Tuition Fee Room First-year (required) Upper-division Students Board (Dining Hall) Books and Supplies Personal Expenses Student Activities Fee Traveller Fee Technology Fee Health Services Fee

$37,990 $3,285 to $5,370 $3,285 to $6,115 $5,125 $1,650 $1,848 $ 225 $ 162 $ 250 $ 250

The average cost for all necessary expenses mentioned above for the first year approximates $52,200. That figure does not include travel costs or fraternity/sorority membership. Fraternity/sorority charges for first-year students in 2008-2009 averaged $1,488 for men and $497 for women. Fraternity/sorority charges for upper-division students averaged $5,024 for men, $2,046 for women, with average room and board charges adding approximately $8,147 for men, $6,990 for women.

Financial Aid Washington and Lee is committed to providing the resources necessary for qualified students to attend the University. The University annually administers over $6 million in grants and scholarships and $1 million in student loans for incoming first-year students. Qualification is based upon institutional evaluation of need, the applicant’s personal and academic record, and the availability of funds. Student need and academic progress are reviewed annually. Qualification for state and federal financial assistance is governed by appropriate eligibility determinations and regulations. University assistance is typically a combination of grant/scholarship, loan, and work study on campus. Financial need will be met with institutional grant or scholarship assistance, loan and work are also offered to offset any additional educational expenses. For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (540) 458-8717.


Financial Aid

UNDERGRADUATE CALENDAR Washington and Lee is committed to providing the resources necessary for qualified students to attend the University. The University annually administers 2009-2010 over $5.8 million in grants and scholarships and $700 thousand in student loans for FALLfirst-year TERMstudents. incoming Qualification Septemberis 5 First-Year Student Check-in; based upon institutional evaluation of need, the applicant’s   Orientation begins personal and academic record, and the availability of funds. Student need and academic progress are10 reviewed annually. Qualification for state and federal financial September Classes begin assistance is governed by appropriate eligibility determinations October 9 Homecoming Weekend Beginsand regulations. University assistance is typically a combination of grant/scholarship, loan, October 15-16 Reading Days - No classes and work study on campus. Financial need will be met with grant or scholarship October 30 Parents and Family Weekend Begins assistance in addition, student and parent loans as well as work/study are usually November 23-27 Thanksgiving Break available. For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office at November 30 Classes resume (540) 458-8717. December 12 December 18 December 23 WINTER TERM January 11 January 19 February 22-26 March 1 April 9 April 10 April 16 April 21 SPRING TERM April 26 April 30 May 22 May 26 May 27 May 31

Examinations begin Examinations end, Winter Break begins Grades to students via e-mail and Web Classes begin Founders’ Day/ODK Convocation Washington Break Classes resume Classes end Examinations begin Examinations end, Spring Break begins Grades to students via e-mail and Web Classes begin Alumni Reunion Weekend Begins Examinations begin Baccalaureate Service Commencement Grades to students via e-mail and Web


Washington and Lee University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran’s status in its educational programs and activities or with regard to employment.  Undergraduate student inquiries about this policy should be directed to the Vice President for Student Affairs, Elrod University Commons, (540) 458-8754, law student inquiries to the Associate Dean for Student Services at the School of Law, (540) 458-8533, and employment inquiries to the Executive Director of Human Resources, Early-Fielding, (540) 458-8920, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia 24450-2116.

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W&L Parent and Family Handbook  

The 2010 edition of the Parent and Family Handbook at Washington and Lee University.

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