FSEM 100D7: Cities of Nightmare
FSEM 100N1: Learning with LEGO
HISP 105: The American Built Environment
HISP 209: Planning History & Practice
HISP 360: International Preservation
HISP 405: Survey & Preservation Planning
HISP 469: Laboratory in Preservation Planning
HISP 470: Preservation Abroad – Paris
HISP 471VV: Urban Design


Honor Code: All graded work is bound by the provisions of the Honor Code and must be pledged, signed, and dated. You can find out more about the Honor Code here.

Written Assignments: In an effort to safeguard the environment, all written homework assignments (except where noted) are to be submitted in PDF format. Instructions to PDF a document are available here. Assignments are due (via email) by the beginning of class unless otherwise specified. Late submissions will be marked down ten points per day. Spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors will reduce the overall grade on assignments, so students are strongly encouraged to proofread carefully and not rely solely on computer spelling/grammar checkers! Students are also encouraged to take advantage of the Writing Center’s assistance prior to submitting assignments.

Preparation & Participation: Keeping up with readings and assignments, participating in class, and interacting with classmates/teammates in a respectful manner will enrich the learning experience for everyone. Participation will count toward a substantial portion of final grades in all courses, as noted in the grade distribution on the course-specific page.

Attendance & Behavior: Attendance is vital both for learning and for lively class discussion. Attendance for all in-class exercises and presentations is required; these cannot be made up at a later date. Students are expected to display civil and respectful behavior during class. Cell phones must be silenced in class sessions, and laptops may only be used if used in a non-disrupting manner (no instant messaging, games, or sound). Violators will be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs.

Grading Scale

Letter Grade GPA Percentile
A 4 93-100%
A- 3.7 90-92%
B+ 3.3 87-89%
B 3 83-86%
B- 2.7 80-82%
C+ 2.3 77-79%
C 2 73-76%
C- 1.7 70-72%
D+ 1.3 67-69%
D 1 60-66%
F 0 <60%

A mid-semester report of unsatisfactory (U) will be reported if a student has a C- or below in the course at the time reports are submitted.

COVID Policy

All students are expected to adhere to the following policies and expectations to mitigate risk and support the health and safety of the UMW community: MMDC–Monitoring, Masking, Distancing, Cleaning.

Self- Monitoring: all UMW students, faculty, and staff must self-monitor their health status and attest daily in Eagle Health Survey. Students should refrain from attending class and other on-campus events if they feel ill and are encouraged to seek appropriate medical attention for treatment of illness. Should you need to be absent from class due to illness, please inform the instructor so that a plan for making up missed work can be developed.

Face Coverings: face coverings which cover both the nose and mouth must be worn by all students, faculty, and staff, (except for those students with authorized exceptions granted by the Office of Disability Resources), and are required in all classrooms/lab/studios at all times, as well as inside buildings when in the company of others. If a student does not have a mask or appropriate face covering, or an authorized exception, that student will not be permitted in class.Masks are available at the University Center Information Desk and the Parking Desk in Lee Hall. See UMW’s Face Covering Policy for face covering guidelines. Students should contact the Office of Disability Resources for approved exceptions to the face covering requirement.

Physical distancing: all classrooms, labs, studios and any other instructional areas are configured to provide appropriate physical distancing and have established occupancy limits; students MUST adhere to the physical distancing configuration of the classroom/lab/studio and not exceed the occupancy limits of the space at any time.

Self-Cleaning: students and faculty are expected to wipe down their work/seating areas when entering the instructional space and upon leaving; cleaning and disinfecting products such as sanitizing wipes are present in all classroom and meeting spaces, and throughout UMW buildings to support self-cleaning. The time between classes has been increased to 20 minutes to permit self-cleaning of learning spaces.

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 for face coverings, physical distancing, self-cleaning, and monitoring requirements will result in disciplinary action consistent with the Student Code of Conduct.

Office of Disability Resources

The Office of Disability Resources has been designated by the University as the primary office to guide, counsel, and assist students with disabilities. If you receive services through that office and require accommodations for this class, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible to discuss your approved accommodation needs and bring your accommodation letter with you to the appointment. I will hold any information you share with me in strictest confidence unless you give me permission to do otherwise. If you have not made contact with the Office of Disability Resources and have accommodation needs, (note taking assistance, extended time for tests, etc.), please contact them at (540) 654-1266.

Title IX Statement

University of Mary Washington faculty are committed to supporting students and upholding the University’s Policy on Sexual and Gender Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence. Under Title IX and this Policy, discrimination based upon 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, understand that as a “Responsible Employee” of the University, I MUST report to UMW’s Title IX Coordinator what you share. If you wish to speak to someone confidentially, please contact the below confidential resources. They can connect you with support services and help you explore your options. You may also seek assistance from UMW’s Title IX Coordinator. Please visit http://diversity.umw.edu/title-ix/ to view UMW’s Policy on Sexual and Gender Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence and to find further information on support and resources.  

Tiffany W. Oldfield, J.D.
Title IX Coordinator
Office of Title IX – Fairfax House
540-654-5656 – toldfiel@umw.edu

Myranda Thomson
Title IX Deputy for Students
Area Coordinator

Confidential Resources

Talley Center for Counselling Services –  Lee Hall 106
Student Health Center – Lee Hall 112

Empowerhouse – 540-373-9373
RCASA – 540-371-1666