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Off-Campus Housing

We know that many parents are currently talking with students about possibly living off-campus in the coming years. Many students sign leases well in advance of the beginning of the lease term. As you begin this process with your student, please be aware that the conditions of student rentals in the City of Lexington and Rockbridge County vary widely. We encourage you to look carefully at the property and to consider having a qualified third-party conduct an inspection as well.

City of Lexington
The City has adopted and enforces the Virginia Maintenance Code which is Part III of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code. Under this Code, and upon request, the city will perform routine inspections of rental properties within an established rental inspection area. Contact the City Building Inspector’s Office to request a copy of the most recent inspection for the property you are considering and for a map of the rental inspection area.
If a student or parent believes that unsafe conditions exist in their residence call
Steve Paulk, the City’s Building Inspector (540-462-3738;, or
Joan Neel(540-462-6313; who is also certified to inspect existing buildings. Please be aware the City’s focus is on health and safety rather than cosmetics.
Rockbridge County
The county will inspect properties only upon request by the current tenant and only for safety issues. The county doesn’t have a routine inspection program and has not adopted the more rigorous Virginia Maintenance Code.
Private Inspections
We strongly encourage you to consider having an inspection done by a private inspector if there is not a current inspection available.
The City provided the names of two local inspectors:
Apex Home Inspections 540-460-2580;
Feldspar Home Inspection 540-520-9417
There may be other local inspectors who can do this work as well, although W&L is not in a position to make any representations about the quality of service of any of the local home inspectors.
Off-Campus Housing Guide
For additional information about living off-campus please see the Off-Campus Housing Guide

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We had our last required event of Orientation week last night. Representatives from the Lexington Police Department and the Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office talked with our first-year students and offered tips on how to stay safe in our community. Throughout the year members of the LPD will be joining us for programs in the residence halls as we work to build relationships between our students and the officers.
Earlier in the week the students learned about the Honor System, toured the campus and met representatives from International Education, the Career Development Center, and a number of other offices that will be important to them as they move through their college career.  They also enjoyed cotton candy and other carnival treats despite some rainy weather.
We will be sponsoring continuing Orientation sessions throughout the fall term on a number of topics.

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Parents and Family Weekend

It was great having so many parents and family members on campus with us last weekend. Despite some unusual weather everyone seemed to enjoy their time in Lexington. For those of you who  missed President Ruscio’s remarks, you can listen to them here

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Town Gown Relationships

I recently held the first of a regular series of meetings with senior officers from the Lexington Police Department and the Rockbridge County
Sheriff’s Office to discuss issues of mutual interest. In particular, I wanted to talk about how we can work together to keep our students safe.  As a result of this meeting, we have invited local law enforcement officers to come to campus and participate in a forum for students that Student Affairs will be sponsoring later this month.  We believe face-to-face communicationbetween these officers and our students  is important. Once we have a date and location finalized, we’ll advertise this opportunity.

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Sports, sports and more sports

Saturday was an incredibly beautiful day in Lexington. It was a perfect day to walk around campus to see women’s volleyball and soccer, women’s and men’s cross country, men’s tennis and football. As I watched our teams enjoy success on the fields and courts, I was struck by how many of our student athletes are involved in numerous other activities and by the number of faculty and staff who come out to support our students. What a great place to work and learn!

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President’s Welcome to Parents

President Ruscio made us laugh, and I suspect, a few of us cry with his remarks to parents yesterday in Lee Chapel.  He spoke about his own experiences as a parent, and then shared with us what makes Washington and Lee a special place.  If you weren’t able to attend or if you would like to hear his words again go to

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App Adventure

James Dick, who coordinated our Appalachian Adventure trips, just called to let me know that all of our students are doing great and will be returning to campus this evening or tomorrow.   We are looking forward to hearing about their adventures tomorrow night at the BBQ on-campus.  I’m sure they will enjoy sleeping in real beds and eating food they didn’t have to prepare in the woods.

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Chef’s Corner

You may have heard that the USDA has established a new graphic guide to healthy eating called MyPlate.  You will find the new plate graphic posted around the serving area in the Marketplace to help you make wise food choices.
There is nutritional information available on the Marketplace food in binders near the dish return along with some additional information for on line resources.

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Swipe it Home

You and Your University Card!  Have you gotten yours?
The University Card is your tool for everyday life on campus.  It is your W&L Student ID, your access to residential halls and campus buildings, your meal card, and your debit card for “general debit” purchases at laundry rooms and vending machines.  The University Card is your credit card at the University Bookstore, Auxiliary Services, Copy Services, Laundry Services, and with approved student organizations.  It is also your food debit card at all food venues on campus.  SAVE nearly 20% on all food purchases, when using your flex meal plan dollars at the Marketplace  and the Law School Brief Stop.
Swipe it home:
Charges as well as cash placed on your University Card for general debit and/or food debit can be charged home.
Need Answers?
Auxiliary Services is here to assist you!  We look forward to meeting each of you this year.  Stop by our office, located at the rear ground level of the John W. Elrod University Commons, give us a call at 540.458.8917, email us at or just leave a message here.
Welcome to Washington and Lee!

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Washington and Lee is an incredible place.  I hope this blog and our redesigned website will give you a sense of all the resources and opportunities available on campus and in the community.  We welcomed about half of the incoming first-year class on Sunday, and we are looking forward to meeting the rest of the class this weekend.  Campus is quiet during the summer.  It is nice to hear voices and see the smiling faces of sleepy football players at 7:00 a.m.

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