Honor Code: The instructor believes that the Honor Code is an essential, positive component of the Mary Washington experience.  You should know that if you cheat or plagiarize in this class, you will be taken to the Honor Council.  So, do not do it.  On the other hand, I also believe that having friends or family read and comment on your writing can be extremely helpful and falls within the bounds of the Honor Code (assuming the writing itself remains yours).  If you have questions about these issues, then you should talk to me before submitting the assignment in question.

Accommodations: If a student receives services through the Office of Disability Resources and requires accommodations for this class, please make an appointment with the instructor as soon as possible to discuss one’s approved accommodation needs. Bring the accommodation letter with you to the appointment or email it to me ( directly. The instructor will hold any information the student shares in the strictest confidence unless the student gives the instructor permission to do otherwise.

Title IX: Faculty at UMW are committed to supporting students and upholding the University’s Policy on Sexual and Gender Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence. Under this policy and Title IX, discrimination based on sex or gender is prohibited. If you experience an incident of sex or gender-based discrimination, we encourage you to report it. While you may talk to me, please understand that as an employee of the University, I am required to report to UMW’s Title IX Coordinator what you share. If you wish to speak to someone confidentially, you may also seek assistance from the Talley Center or the Student Health Center. For additional resource, please contact UMW’s Title IX office.

Recordings: Students cannot make audio or video recordings of any course activity unless the student has an approved accommodation from the Office of Disability Resources permitting the recording of class meetings. In such cases, the accommodation letter must be presented to the instructor in advance of any recording being done and all students in the course will be notified whenever recording is taking place. Students who are permitted to record classes are not permitted to redistribute audio or video recordings of statements or comments from the course without the express permission of the faculty member and of any students who are recorded. Distribution without permission is a violation of educational privacy law. This policy is consistent with UMW’s Policy on Recording Class and Distribution of Course Materials.

COVID-19 Statement:

All students are expected to adhere to the policies and expectations of the University to mitigate risk and support the health and safety of the UMW community. A comprehensive set of the current policies and expectations can be found at the COVID-19 information page and the policies page. This includes the requirement that all unvaccinated employees, students, and visitors are required to wear masks inside any university building and are strongly encouraged to do so when outside in group settings. The spring 2022 preparedness plan ALSO stipulates that all employees, students, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks indoors in public spaces (which includes all classrooms, laboratories, meeting spaces, foyers and hallways, and auditoriums). Changes to this requirement will be communicated to the campus community by the COVID-19 Director and updated at the university’s COVID-19 information page. No food is permitted in classrooms and other instructional areas; drinks permitted in closed containers only and not in areas where expressly prohibited. Failure to comply with UMW policies and expectations will result in disciplinary action consistent with the Student Code of Conduct.