In general, our philosophy at the University of Mary Washington is to treat students as adults. Thus, we believe each student has the primary responsibility for the quality of his or her educational and residential experience and for meeting the University’s academic and social expectations. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate and maintain communication with parents or guardians. This is especially true when problems arise – for example, when circumstances may affect a student’s ability to maintain good academic or social standing, to remain enrolled, or to meet the requirements for graduation.
We strive to help students fashion a rich and rewarding experience at UMW, one that fosters their ability to take responsibility for their own lives and their own surroundings. When you as a parent call a staff member about a concern regarding your student, please recognize that because of our commitment to encourage student responsibility and accountability, we will usually want to involve the student in the conversation. We will also want to be certain that your son or daughter has attempted to address the matter directly and thoroughly through the many resources available at the University.
Please talk with your student before calling us. Then, ask your student to take the first step.
At UMW, it is our philosophy to treat students as adults. Our primary communication will be with students, and we will encourage them to maintain communication with their parents or guardians. We ask you to encourage them to take the initiative to talk with us about academic or social concerns that they (or you) have. In cases when you might contact us, we will involve your student in the conversation to make sure that he or she fully understands the situation and feels confident about utilizing the many resources available here. Students may choose to waive their privacy rights by signing the FERPA waiver form. We urge you to discuss these privacy issues with your student prior to arrival to campus.
It is our expectation that students will accept responsibility for adhering to UMW’s rules and regulations, holding other students accountable for their behavior, meeting deadlines, talking with professors when concerns arise, and creating an environment that helps them gain all they can from their college experience. Thank you for helping us help them!