August 17, 2018

Honor System Updates

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome back (nearly) to the 2018-19 school year.  I hope you had a great summer.  I’m writing today to let you know about some changes to the UMW Honor System for the upcoming year and to encourage you to join in our efforts to promote academic integrity at UMW.

First, I’d like to introduce this year’s Honor Council President, Sarah Balenger.  She is a Biology major with an interest in Neuroscience.  She is serving her fourth year on the Council.  Feel free to reach out to her with any questions or thoughts you might have at honor@umw.edu.

Next, there have been substantial changes to the Honor Constitution for 2018-9.  If you would like a copy on paper, please let Sarah know and one will be put in campus mail to you.  If you prefer an electronic copy, one is available here.  Some key changes are:

  1. There is now only one Honor Council, serving all UMW students.  Graduate students will be represented on the council after elections in the Fall.  Please encourage your students to run for these spots.
  2. We have created more flexibility in sanctioning, including educational options and discretion for honor panels in cases of second offenses.  Suspension is no longer mandatory for second offenses, although it is for a third offense.
  3. Seniors under suspension are not eligible to participate in commencement.
  4. Appeals of verdict will now be heard by an appeals board to determine if a new hearing is warranted.

All changes are available here.

Finally, the Center for Honor, Leadership, and Service has been reorganized.  I will still be supporting the Honor System and academic integrity more generally.  My new title is Director of Academic Integrity Programs, reporting to the Provost.  Our new home on the web is: http://academics.umw.edu/academicintegrity/ .  Please be on the lookout for faculty development events, particularly town hall meetings to get your input on what would be useful in the future.

Faculty, as we begin the school year, please take 15 minutes to have a meaningful discussion about academic integrity as it applies to your course and discipline with all of your classes, not just first year students.  There is no more effective way to prevent to cheating than that.  It is also helpful to ask students to pledge everything.  Students notice your support.

Thanks, and see you soon!

David A. Rettinger, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Director of Academic Integrity Programs

A Message From President Troy Paino

Dear A/P Faculty, Classified, and Wage Employees, 

Every job at UMW has a purpose, and the work you do every day is important; it is therefore important to UMW that employee salaries are fair and competitive.  To that end, we had a market study conducted last year in order to understand the differences in compensation between UMW and comparable public and private sectors.  Each job was assigned a grade based on the details of the job description, or EWP.    

After reviewing the results of the market study, I am pleased to announce that we have allocated $300,000 toward staff salary adjustments.  These adjustments will bring all classified and wage staff salaries above the state minimum salary for each grade, and to at least 90% of the UMW minimum for each job, which is called the sub-band minimum.  These adjustments will bring all A/P Faculty salaries to at least 80% of the market midpoint.     

Salary adjustments will be made for classified and wage employees whose salaries fall below 90% of the sub-band minimum, which will result in 102 adjustments.   

Salary adjustments will be made for A/P Faculty whose salaries are below 80% the market midpoint, resulting in 18 adjustments. 

Additional information, including a list of FAQ’s, will soon be provided by Human Resources.  You will also receive an email from Human Resources the week of September 10 that will include information about your title, job grade and whether or not you are eligible for an adjustment based on your current compensation.  Salary adjustments will appear in the paycheck dated September 28.   

Thank you for all you do for UMW; the actions described above are a positive first step toward bringing UMW salaries to a more competitive level, and I assure you we are continuing to look at compensation as we move forward.  

Sincerely, 

Troy D. Paino, J.D., Ph.D.

President

 

Faculty Participation in Honor Convocation: Friday, August 24

In our annual celebration of honor, UMW’s Honor Convocation will take place on Friday, August 24 at 4:30 p.m. in the Anderson Center.  New students will recite and sign the university’s honor pledge, signifying their promise to uphold UMW’s ethical code.  Faculty members are strongly encouraged to attend and are reminded to please wear UMW regalia and arrive no later than 4:10 p.m.  Robing will be held in Goolrick Gym.

City Parking Changes Will Impact UMW Beginning August 16

As a reminder, the Fredericksburg City Council passed some ordinances in late June that will impact UMW employees and students effective August 16, 2018. The areas affected around the UMW campus are shown in the attachments.

Parking Map – College Heights – June 2018

Parking Map – College Heights South – June 2018 2

Parking Map – CollegeTerrace – April 2018

A Resident Permit Parking (RPP) program is being implemented in the College Heights, College Heights South, and College Terrace neighborhoods. In order to legally park on streets designated as RPP (as noted by signage) Monday thru Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., cars must display a resident permit sticker (in College Terrace the hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.).  See the sign above regarding this.

   

While the UMW side of College Avenue will remain open parking, the College Heights side will be RPP except for the area between Dandridge and Rowe, which will be 2 hour parking only (there is an actual sign from this area attached). The blocks in front of UMW properties on College Avenue (e.g., between William and Buckner and in front of the Steam Plant) will remain open parking. In College Terrace, there will also be 2-hour parking except by permit, Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. See the attached maps for clarification.   

Additionally, the Sunken Road gate that leads to the parking lots below Woodard and Mercer (that is normally closed!) will now be open Monday-Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. during the academic year. Therefore, it will not be open during summer term or when UMW is closed.    

Please review these changes in light of where you normally park and plan accordingly.   

Contact Vice President for Administration and Finance Lynne Richardson at lynne.richardson@umw.edu if you have specific questions.

 

Call for UMW Social Media Directory Updates; Relaunching Monday, August 27

The following message is from the Office of University Relations:

Social media accounts are constantly changing, and it’s hard to keep up. All university social media account managers are asked to submit their account information to the UMW Social Media Directory (http://www.umw.edu/social/directory/) by Friday, August 24 for the directory’s relaunch on Monday, August 27. Account information already listed in the directory will need to be re-submitted; that’s the only way to ensure the university is publicizing the most up-to-date information.

UMW-affiliated social media accounts are authorized through UMW’s Department of University Relations and are the sole property of UMW. For more information about how to authorize an account, please view the Social Media Policy at http://www.umw.edu/social/toolkit/policy/.

Comments and questions can be directed to Erika Bush at espivey@umw.edu

Nominate Your Co-Workers for University Recognition Awards

As we do each fall, it is now time to recognize our co-workers for their exceptional service to the University by nominating them for staff awards.

What: Hurley Presidential Commendation
Coleman Memorial Service Award
Atkins Staff Awards (Presented by the SAC)

When:  Nominations close at 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 6, 2018

Awards will be presented at the Fall Luncheon (October 16 – 11 a.m.)

How: See University Recognition Awards for nomination criteria and the nomination form.

Important Contract Authorization Reminder

The following message is from the Office of Administration and Finance:  

I’m writing to remind you that all contracts, regardless of source of funds, must be coordinated through the Procurement Office. In addition, please be reminded that only four individuals at UMW are authorized to sign contracts: President Paino, Jeff McClurken, Lynne Richardson, and Melva Kishpaugh.

It has come to my attention that there is some confusion regarding when contracts must be handled through the UMW Procurement Office, particularly when the source of funds is from the UMW Foundation, student registration fees, or some other non-UMW source. Please note that, when UMW or any department or subpart of UMW is a party to a contract, the requirements of the Virginia Public Procurement Act must be followed, and the Procurement Office must be involved. This is also the case regardless of the vendor or contractor, even when the contract does not involve money, and even if funding is provided by some third party.

The authority to sign contracts must be explicitly granted, and at this time, only the four individuals listed above have that authority.

If you have any questions, please contact Melva Kishpaugh at mkishpau@umw.edu or Lynne Richardson at lynne.richardson@umw.edu.

Title IX Training

The following message is from the Office of Human Resources. 

You may have received a message entitled Required Student Success Course from UMW.  The information contained in this message refers to the product that will be used for Title IX training.  The message was launched prematurely, please disregard that email.  The training will be released at a later date; you will be notified prior to the official release. 

Contact Terri Arthur at (540) 654-2051 or the Office of Human Resources at (540) 654-1214 with questions. 

 

 

 

Science Museum of Virginia Discount for State Employees

Virginia Department of Human Resource Management 

August 1, 2018

Dear State Employees:

From August 1 to September 3, the Science Museum of Virginia will offer Commonwealth of Virginia employees a more than 26 percent discount on membership. Anyone employed by the state can purchase a Supernova membership for just $99.

The Museum’s Supernova membership level includes two adults and all children (18 years old and younger) in the household. It provides free regular exhibit admission, guest passes to bring friends and family along for a visit, discounts in the café and shop, and Dome passes to see films on the largest screen in Virginia, and more.

The membership is valid for an entire year, giving state employees, like you, the opportunity to see “BODY WORLDS: ANIMAL INSIDE OUT” at the discounted member rate of $5 before it leaves the Museum on Labor Day. This enlightening touring exhibition celebrates the animal kingdom by displaying preserved specimens of creatures large and small, exotic and familiar, whole and in various forms.

A membership purchased during this promotion is also valid to come next summer when the Museum will host “Pompeii: The Immortal City.” That show, which features more than 100 authentic items found during the archaeological excavations of the Italian city destroyed in 79 A.D., will be making its North American debut at the Museum in June 2019.

For more information about becoming a Museum member, visit http://www.smv.org/join or call (804) 864-1449.

The Science Museum looks forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,

Department of Human Resource Management

Employee Programs

 

 

 

Message from Business Services about Pearson Products

Dear campus partners, 

Over the past few weeks stores, faculty and students nationwide have experienced service and access issues with Pearson products and services.

What is known is that Pearson is upgrading their systems, and it appears to be affecting many aspects of operations:

–          Oasis

–          Revel:  (functional again as of 7 a.m. 7/25/18)

–          Order entry

–          Shipping

–          Customer Service

–          Support  

Delayed shipments of materials ordered through Oasis have been reported by other stores.  While there are no indications at this time of delays for UMW, it is important to be aware of the possibility.   

A list serve message from Pearson representative Tom Hoffa indicates that Pearson is working to resolve the issues as quickly as possible.

We will share any information regarding delays for UMW as it is learned. 

Sincerely, 

Kathy Sandor

UMW Business Services

540-654-1648

kunderwo@umw.edu