Community Values

Statement of Community Values

The University of Mary Washington is an academic community dedicated to the highest standards of scholarship, personal integrity, responsible conduct, and respect for the individual. We hold among our foremost common values:

  • The importance of personal integrity as reflected in adherence to the Honor Code
  • The right of every individual to be treated with dignity and respect at all times
  • The appreciation of and respect for diversity in our community and adherence to the University’s Principles on Diversity and Inclusion and the University’s Statement of Non-Discrimination
  • The freedom of intellectual inquiry in the pursuit of truth
  • We accept responsibility to help create the environment we strive to achieve. We will live up to these values and work to support our collective and individual successes.
  • As members of the University community, we will not condone behavior that compromises or threatens these values.

Approved by the University of Mary Washington Board of Visitors
February 19, 2011

UMW Principles on Diversity and Inclusion

The University of Mary Washington strives to create a climate of acceptance and will promote the values of diversity and inclusiveness. These values strengthen our community and are essential to our academic mission and institutional excellence.

The University of Mary Washington values diversity in all forms— including diversity of age, culture, disability, economic background, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, opinion, political affiliation, race, religious background, sexual orientation and veteran status.

The University of Mary Washington recognizes its responsibility to be a model of fairness and equal opportunity, providing intellectual and institutional leadership regarding diversity issues and initiatives.

As a public university in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the University of Mary Washington embraces its obligation to provide educational opportunities to broader communities found locally and nationally, and to then reflect the diversity of peoples, backgrounds, and experiences in the student body, faculty, administration and staff.

The University is committed to providing broad administrative, programmatic and academic support to achieve its institutional goals for diversity.

The University seeks to prepare students from all backgrounds and identities to live, work and thrive in a global society.

The University seeks to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment of mutual respect for students, faculty, staff and community, internally and externally, of all backgrounds and identities.

The University of Mary Washington recognizes that the adoption of this Statement is the responsibility of the entire University community. To ensure the successful implementation of the statement, the University is committed to a system of responsibility, accountability, and recognition for all faculty, staff, and students that carries out the institutional values on diversity and inclusion and all related goals and objectives.

Approved by the University of Mary Washington Board of Visitors
February 19, 2011

Statement of Non-Discrimination

At the University of Mary Washington, the principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action are practiced. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, disability, national origin, political affiliations, marital status, sexual orientation, sex, or age in recruiting, admitting, enrolling students or hiring and promoting faculty and staff members. The University will not recognize or condone student, faculty, or staff organizations that discriminate in selecting members. Complaints of discrimination should be directed to the AA/EEO officer of the University.

Approved by the University of Mary Washington Board of Visitors
May 10, 1991, and Reaffirmed on April 9, 2010