Residence Life Policies
Residence Hall policies are set and enforced for the benefit and well-being of all community members. The residence hall regulations are concerned with the application of the Honor Principle in the non-academic areas, and pertain to all students living in Residence Halls, their guests, and dependents. Infractions of these regulations shall be handled by the Resident Assistants, the Director of Residence Life, and/or Honor Council.
Within the residence halls, student staff members are selected and trained to serve for the academic year as Resident Assistants (RAs). RAs carry out a broad range of responsibilities in the areas of peer counseling, conflict resolution, mediation, community-based programming, policy enforcement, crisis management and community development. They make appropriate referrals when necessary and act as a resource for residential students.
A Hall Senator represents each residential unit, meeting with the Residence Life Graduate Assistant regularly to voice opinions and offer suggestions to be addrerssed with the Wilson College Government Association (WCGA). Hall Senators also aid Resident Assistants with hall programing as well as to address community concerns and communicate information to residents. Residence Hall rules and regulations are evaluated annually by Residence Life staff.
RESIDENT RIGHTS & COMMUNITY STANDARDS
Every successful residence hall depends on residents understanding different lifestyles and respecting the rights of others. Taking responsibility for your own actions and for the well-being of your fellow residents is the spirit of living in a residential community. Residential rights are protected along with your right to redress grievances without fear of intimidation or retaliation within the community.
At the beginning of each semester, each residential community will meet to discuss residential policies as well as their individual community expectations. This discussion will include how the community members plan to meet those expectations and ways in which they can address behaviors that do not meet expectations or behaviors that are negatively affecting members of the community. These conversations presume that each resident has reviewed the Residence Hall Policies and will actively engage in the conversation. Communities have the ability to adapt policies to meet the needs of that particular community as long as they still meet the minimum expectations laid out in the Residence Hall Policies. RAs facilitate these conversations and have the ability to participate as a member of the community (i.e. they are expected to encourage community agreement but are not allowed to make executive decisions about the standards unless proposals would violate published or posted policies).
Violations of community standards are enforceable by the fine system, removal of privileges, and/or referral to Residence Council, Residence Life Director, or Honor Council as appropriate. Examples of things communities can discuss and alter to fit their particular needs include: quiet hours, visitation, bathroom designations, public space use, etc. Again, standards set by the community cannot be less than the expectations set forth in the Residence Hall Policies. Standards should be agreed upon by consensus, not majority vote. This places the burden on students to fully represent their concerns and needs and think creatively about how to best meet the needs of all community members. If a community cannot arrive at consensus, the default is the expectations laid out in the Residence Hall policies.