The Office of Residential Life
The Office of Residence Life oversees the operation of seven residence halls. Our goal is to provide a safe, welcoming, and nurturing environment for all Green Mountain College students. As a residential college, students live on campus for the duration of their time at GMC. This is a tremendous opportunity for students to live and learn in a community that helped make us the second college campus nationally to reach carbon neutral status. Each building has a kitchen hub on all floors. Each first floor lounge comes equipped with a pool table, table tennis, and/or foosball table, along with a flat screen TV, where students may connect electronic devices and stream movies at any time.
Through our housing lottery and review of incoming first-year housing contracts, we work hard to pair students with the best possible roommate. Singles and double-singles are available, but roommates are such a quintessential part of the collegiate experience that we encourage our students to pair with a roommate. Moreover, we have found that when students are in their rooms (be it a single or a double), keeping their doors open opens up a brand new world of interaction with those with whom they share the living space.
Green Mountain College was on the forefront of gender neutral housing. Some floors in buildings are mixed gender. However, some of our buildings do have designated single gender floors for those who prefer the attributes of a single gender living environment.
Each residence hall is part of a group of halls overseen by a Community Director. We have three Community Directors, each reporting to the Director of Residence Life who also lives on campus. Community Directors oversee a cadre of Resident Assistants whose responsibility it is to build community and assist in providing a safe home for our students. RA’s are required to plan and execute programs for their floor each month and to be available regularly (even when not on duty) to assist students in need.
The Office of Residence Life is also responsible for the enforcement of student conduct and community standards. Often, students who violate a policy of the Student Handbook will have a conduct review meeting with one of the Community Directors or the Director of Residence Life. The process is meant to be fundamentally fair – that is, we receive a report, the student has a chance to tell their side of the story, and the meeting officer may then ask questions for clarification. Ultimately, the meeting is meant to provide some educational outcome so that student may see the effect their actions may have had on themselves, others, and the larger community. Students are encouraged to read the Student Handbook, in particular, as it pertains to community standards.
The Office of Residence Life takes seriously our task to be good stewards of our halls. We invite students to be a part of this charge. Before each semester, we inspect each room and go over the status of the room with a resident prior to move in. At the start of the school year, students should note any damage on their room condition report in order to avoid charges at the end of the year. Throughout the year, students should add their personal flourishes (within the allowable guidelines) to make their room feel as much as their home as they would like.
During the school year, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
During the summer 8:00 AM-4:30 PM