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Self-Determination

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

Students in residence halls exercise the responsibility of self-governance through the Residence Hall Councils. The residents develop rules and guidelines which pertain to the maintenance of a clean and orderly environment in the residence hall, the maintenance of reasonable quiet, the regulation of conduct which infringes on the rights of other residents or which restricts the use of public areas, the assurance of a reasonable level of safety and security and the regulation of visitation of guests.

The policies and procedures adopted by the Residence Hall Councils shall be compatible with the College policy, public laws and the academic objectives of a residential and educational community. The individual's right of privacy and freedom of personal choice and movement; and the educational goals of the College must always be ensured by the guidelines.

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).
  5. Each student has the right to counsel with a member of the Student Affairs staff concerning problems arising from Self-Determination. The staff of the Vice President for Student Affairs has the right to intervene to ensure that the rights of all students are respected.