Three things to know about residential living
1.) Invariably, first year students will want to change rooms or roommates. College is a major life change/adjustment for both students and parents. Students, when they feel unhappy, or out of sorts due to the new environment, look to change what they perceive to be easily changeable. The Office of Residence Life attempts to help students manage conflict before simply moving rooms. The process begins with mediation between the RA and the two roommates. The roommates might sign a roommate contract. If that first level of mediation does not work, the Community Director and the two roommates meet to resolve the issues. If that still fails to resolve the matter, both roommates might meet with the Director of Residence Life. Roommate conflicts are handled in a manner in which the learning outcome is for both students to resolve matters with another person in a calm, professional, adult manner. We ask that parents assist us in this.
2.) Students often want to bring their pets to school. However, a residence hall room is not an ideal space for most animals, and occasionally other students suffer from severe allergies or fears. Out of respect for the community as a whole, including nonhumans, we limit animals to service dogs and students who are in need of an emotional support animal. Documents for an accommodation request can be found on the Calhoun Learning Center page, located athttp://www.greenmtn.edu/academics/learning-resources/calhoun-learning-center/
3.) The residential policy of requiring students to live on campus for the duration of their time at the college is not uncommon for many residential liberal arts schools. Part of what makes a liberal arts education at a small college unique is the opportunity to live on campus all four years, building friendships, helping grow our community, and bringing lessons learned in the classroom into the community in which we live. This is why Green Mountain College has included a residency requirement for all students as part of our walking the talk “First in Sustainability” mission.
Living on campus not only contributes to a sense of community, but it contributes significantly to our environmental mission. Heat is generated by our Biomass system, electricity is provided through our solar array, and food is produced on our Farm where our food waste is also composted. Our partners in facilities and campus dining work hard and track their carbon footprint to ensure we maintain carbon neutrality. While students may be able to live off-campus more cheaply, they are unlikely to live more sustainably. We also find that students who live on campus are more likely to succeed academically.