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Criteria for Groups Seeking Special Interest Housing

While any recognized organization or group can apply to reserve university facilities through the established procedure for scheduling, the recognition of a Fraternity and Sorority chapters or academically-related groups (Living Learning Communities) in no way obligates the university to provide permanently assigned space or provide residential accommodations for the members of the group in separate, distinct housing.

Please review the process for requesting a academically-related group (Living Learning Communities) or Fraternities or Sorority chapters seeking Special Interest Housing status. 

Living Learning Communities: 
Fraternity and Sorority Communities
Living Learning Communities Dates:

Special Interest Housing Calendar for Living Learning Communities should be followed below.

Friday before Thanksgiving Break

Proposals from groups applying for new Special Interest Housing space due to the Special Interest Housing Committee.

Before Semester Break

Committee will meet to review and render recommendation to Vice President for Student Affairs to approve or deny requests for new Special Interest Housing space.

Before the end of January

Vice President for Student Affairs will render a decision which will then be communicated to the proposing group and to the Special Interest Housing Committee.

The following guidelines establish the procedures for academically-related groups (Living Learning Communities) to request special interest housing space when available:
  1. The academically-related group (Living Learning Community) proposing allocation of Special Interest Housing space must have the support of an academic department or program to include:
    1. Faculty members must be officially designated to serve as advisors and provide administrative support to the Living Learning Community.
    2. There must be a commitment of funds to support the programming efforts of the Living Learning Community. The proposing group must present evidence that financial support is committed for at least two years and must include the sources and amounts of funding. The Committee will consider appeals to this provision but must see significant evidence that sufficient resources exist to support the goals of the organization.
    3. Where appropriate, a tutor must be employed by the academic department or program to provide in-house support to the residents who will reside in the space. The proposal should include details concerning the preferred qualifications, hiring, compensation, training, and supervision of the tutor.
    4. The proposal must include the process whereby the housing spaces will be assigned each year. At a minimum, this will include a proposed written application form that would be completed by students interested in residing in the Living Learning Community and the procedures that would be used to select the house members. Procedures for developing and maintaining a wait list will also be required.
  2. The proposal for the Living Learning Community to receive approval for special interest housing space must include a list of students with a commitment by them to live in their acquired housing for the following academic year. This proposal must be submitted to the Special Interest Housing Committee no later than the Friday before the College's Thanksgiving Break and must include the written recommendations of faculty members who will assume advising and/or administrative support for the house. The proposal must include:

a. a mission statement and goals of the Living Learning Community
b. a plan for achieving these goals
c. why having special interest housing space is important to achieving these goals
d. how the group will contribute to the residential and campus community
e. how the group will assess its progress and success; the proposal should also suggest a preference for space and should include the minimum and maximum size for the housing unit.

Fraternity and Sorority chapters requesting special interest housing space when available:

 

Living Learning Communities
Guidelines for Fraternity and Sorority chapters to request special interest housing space when available. 

If you do not currently have a house on campus you are able to request one in the event a house becomes available. Please know if a house does not become available this academic year then the chapter will need to submit a new request the following year. 

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Fraternity and Sorority Housing Application

It is expressly understood that those social organizations and academically-related Living Learning Communities that are allocated Special Interest Housing space will be required to undergo regular assessments through the formalized Special Interest Housing Review process. If the organization or group fails to meet the requirements noted herein or in the opinion of the Vice President for Student Affairs fails to remain an appropriately functioning organization, the Special Interest Housing privilege may be revoked.

According to Special Interest Housing Guidelines, the number of spaces allocated to Special Interest Housing must comply with the percentages:

  • No more than 15% of female and 15% of male sophomore-junior-senior housing will be allocated for Fraternity and Sorority-letter social organizations. The present percentage for fraternities exceeds these guidelines but has been grandfathered based on the physical limitations of the facility.
  • No more than 10% of female and 10% of male sophomore-junior-senior housing will be allocated to Living Learning Communities.