Principles of Self-Determination

The College's dedication to liberal education is reflected in its policy of residence life known as Self-Determination. Each residential unit is viewed as a living-learning center whose goal is to enrich each student's educational experience. Under the policy of Self-Determination, the residents of each unit, under the guidance of the Residence Life staff, develop rules, guidelines and procedures of governance for living which will allow for both individual freedom and the privacy and personal rights of others in the community.

Student Involvement in Self-Determination

Self-determination assumes that the students at William & Mary, as adult members of the community, can make decisions individually and collectively that affect their daily lives in a direct fashion. It assumes the opportunity to make decisions within a framework of general philosophy is a valid and practical educational experience, permitting students to participate in the process of governance. 

Resident's Rights and Responsibilities
  1. Each resident shall have freedom of movement in or out of his/her residence hall at all times.
  2. Each visitor to a residence hall must be a welcomed guest of a resident of that hall.
  3. Residents are responsible for the behavior of any guest(s) visiting.
  4. Residents must have the consent of the roommate(s)/apartment mates in order to have a guest(s).