As part of the system of social and residential life,
students have been encouraged to form theme houses under the sponsorship
of faculty advisors. Students submit proposals for theme living
to the College Council, which accepts the proposals and allocates
space for the programs when there is a clear linkage between student
efforts to pursue or realize the College’s central educational
and cultural ideals and residential life. All theme houses are expected
to enrich the life of the campus by undertaking outreach programs
that educate students about the particular theme which is used to
organize the residence.
Each member of the theme house is expected to adhere
to all responsibilities that are required of house members. The
effectiveness of the house rests firmly on an accepted code of behavior
in which cooperative living and consideration for others are the
keynotes. Individual theme houses are responsible for developing
workable ways of alleviating individual differences and resolving
conflicts so that the rights of each student and the rights of the
community are protected. Residents who do not adhere to the expectations
of the theme house they are living in may be removed to other campus
housing on the recommendation of the advisor of the house, the Director
of Residential Life, or the Dean of Students.
Theme houses are reviewed each year by the College
Council, which solicits a description from each house of its activities
for the year, and judges its success in meeting the goals of theme
housing. New theme houses are reviewed with special care for their
first three years, and then are considered presumptively ongoing.
Presumptively ongoing houses will continue to be reviewed, but will
only be moved by the College Council from their current location
or denied renewal if they clearly and consistently fail to meet
the goals of theme housing for a sustained period of time.
In general, no student may live in a particular theme
house for more than two years.
Upperclass students are eligible to apply. First-year students may
apply after their first semester, pending available vacancies.
For the current year, the themes and locations are