Living in a Theme House is a unique on-campus housing option for small groups of upperclass students which encourages students to adopt an independent lifestyle while remaining active members of the campus life. As of Fall 2009, there will be 16 Theme Houses located at various locations around the campus perimeter. A competitive application process identifies Theme House residents based upon selection criteria that emphasizes a commitment to engage in service learning and volunteer projects throughout the academic year.Theme House Application Information
Please visit Available Theme Houses for a list of all available Theme Houses for the upcoming 2009-2010 Academic Year.
Occupancy - Each house is required to maintain its' approved occupancy throughout the entire academic year. If a student will be studying abroad for a semester, or if a student withdraws from the College, a replacement must be named on the application. Ultimately, students living in each house are responsible for identifying replacements.
Refunds - No financial adjustments will be made for any student(s) leaving their house (i.e., student teaching, study abroad) for any portion of the semester/year.
Mealplan - Third and fourth year students living in college housing have the option to accept or decline a meal plan.
Room Credits - Students who have been in college for four years qualify to receive a $400 semester credit for the cost of room and board if they enroll in full residential meal plan.
Policies -The possession and use of alcoholic beverages in college-owned housing is prohibited, except in designated Theme Houses and Apartments where students are 21 years of age or older. A detailed description of this alcohol policy is found in the Student Handbook, "Code of Student Conduct" section.
Tobacco Use - All Theme Houses are smoke-free.
Maintenance - Theme House residents are responsible for daily cleaning and trash removal.
Television and Internet Access - Cable television is available at each house for a fee. Wireless internet access is provided to each house at no additional charge.
Parking Permits - Students parking on college property will need to purchase a parking permit at a reduced rate for Theme House residents.
Civic Responsibility - As representatives of the College, Theme House residents are expected to be respectful of their neighbors in the community and to develop positive relationships with them.
Self-Governance - With the independence of Theme House living comes the responsibility of developing standards (i.e. quiet hours) for living together in a Theme House community. It is expected that all students will abide by these standards and that any student who chooses to violate College or theme community policies or standards may be reassigned to a residence hall.
Programming for Service - Theme House groups are expected to complete at least two community service projects each semester.
Open Houses - Theme Houses are expected to plan and participate in open house events each semester for other members of the campus community.
Programming Funds - The Dean of Students Office will provide financial assistance for activities that are consistent with or support the house's theme.
Support for Campus Activities - Theme House residents are expected to attend and provide support for campus programs (i.e. Semester Shutdown).
Each house must select a member of their group to serve as a liaison with the Dean of Students and Housing Offices.
Liaisons are responsible to attend monthly meetings with the Associate Dean of Students, the Director of Housing, and other Theme House Liaisons.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, serving as a spokesperson for his/her house, reporting maintenance issues, checking students in and out of the house, convening regularly scheduled house meetings, completing administrative paperwork, facilitating the process of developing community standards, and ensuring that house goals and community service projects are completed.
Liaisons are paid a $100 stipend each semester. Stipends are paid at the end of each semester to ensure all responsibilities have been met.