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Residence Life Policies

Wittenberg University student housing includes all residence halls and University-owned houses and apartments, including some Greek-chapter houses. Residents within Greek-chapter houses which are owned by the Greek organization and recognized by the University are still subject to policies outlined in the Student Handbook and the Fraternity and Sorority manual from the Office of Student Involvement. The University has adopted the following policies, which regulate each category of housing.

Community Expectations and Standards

Every successful community depends on its members understanding different lifestyles and respecting the rights of others. Taking responsibility for your own actions and for the well-being of your fellow community members 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 residence hall community will meet to discuss residential policies as well as their individual community expectations. House and apartment roommates, and even multi-unit neighbors, are encouraged to also engage in a conversation about expectations. This discussion should 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 Life 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 Student Handbook. 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 through the conduct system and may result in fines, removal of privileges, and/or other sanctions 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 Life 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 Life Policies.

Represent your community and influence policy by attending RHA meetings (Tuesdays at 6pm in Li Room).

 

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