Learning Framework

  • Issue Orientation: Each LLC/Theme will place an emphasis on address specific issues within society. Individual members of each community are expected to be active participants in the intellectual, emotional, and interpersonal discourse involved with program participation.

  • Peer Development & Education: LLC/Theme members will explore in-depth learning through educating the campus community and facilitating the LLC/Theme's action plan 

  • Service-Learning & Community Engagement: Within the LLC/Theme's action plan, members will engage in service learning and/or community engagement efforts. Through these efforts to provide a chance for deeper understanding of how service impacts the community and how that experience influences self-perceptions and the college experience as a whole.

    • The service-learning component should have clearly identified learning goals as part of the overall learning experience. These goals should be evaluated on a regular basis in collaboration with the faculty or staff advisor to determine how effective the service activity is in furthering the understanding of the community’s issue as well as to refine the service to meet the community’s overall learning goals. The Civic Engagement Office can assist groups in identifying local agencies and developing achievable service goals.
    • Proposals focused solely on completing service projects will not be selected as a Living Learning Communities & Theme Housing. Service projects/ Community engagement should be an integrated part of the Community proposal, but should not be the primary emphasis of the Living Learning Communities & Theme Housing.
  • Assessment: LLC/Theme's will reflect on the LLC/Theme experience and community engagement efforts by the advisor, group and individual members.

Community Commitments

Members of each Living Learning Communities & Theme Housing are expected to participate in all the activities outlined in their Community Proposal. Participation in the Living Learning Communities & Theme Housing program also includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Participate in a Fall and Spring Kick-off event, and any other special programs organized by the Living and Learning Council 

  • Submission of a Monthly Report outlining what the group has learned during the block, how the group has utilized their advisor as part of their learning experience, and what plans are in place for the following block(s)

  • Taking part in research initiatives to assess the program’s effectiveness

  • Present the Community's learning experience as part of the Living Learning Communities & Theme Housing Expo

  • Participate in all activities and satisfy all requirements stated in your community’s charter

  • Meet with your entire community at least once per block to reflect, plan and address issues

  • Meet with your community’s faculty/staff advisor as an entire group at least once a semester

  • Meet as a group with the Coordinator of Living Learning Communities & Theme Housing once each semester

  • Actively participate in other events sponsored by the LLC/Theme Council

  • Participate in on-going service opportunities throughout the year that relate to your communities focus area

Failure to meet program requirements may result in reassignment of individuals or an entire group to available space on campus. Additionally, individuals will be penalized during the following academic year’s room draw.  Individuals or groups who fail to meet program requirements will be formally warned by the Living Learning/Theme Council, access to the allocation of funds will be reduced/ restricted  and the LLC/Theme will be given an opportunity to improve their performance during a specified probationary period. 

Community Contact

  • LLC/Theme Housing Chair - The person listed as the chair will serves as the official liaison between the Living Learning Communities & Theme Housing, the Council, The Office of Residence Life and the Living Learning Communities & Theme Housing Coordinator. This individual is responsible for submitting all charter-related materials and other program information. If there is a change in contact persons during the academic year, the LLC/Theme Chair should notify the Living Learning Communities and Theme Housing Coordinator of the change. The Chair will meet with the Living Learning Coordinator/ Theme Houses 2x a semester. 
  • LLC/Theme Coordinator- The LLC/Theme Coordinator works closely with the Apartment House Manger and Living Learning Communities & Theme Housing Coordinator. This members will be responsible for making the residential life staff aware of building/house concerns. 
  • LLC/Theme Rep - The LLC/Theme Rep serves on the Living Learning Communities & Theme Housing Council. The LLC/Theme Rep is responsible for communicating programming initiatives to the council, work with their advisor to complete programming requirements and submit any budget requests for their LLC/Theme. 
  • Faculty/ Staff Advisor - The community must have a faculty or staff advisor who is committed to playing a key role in the learning experience of the group.

Renewal Living Learning Communities & Theme Housing Process

Each spring, Living Learning communities & Theme Houses who wish to return the following academic year must submit a new charter and interview. Renewal is dependent on the LLC/Theme's progress of the current academic year proposal  

Recruitment & Membership

Living Learning Communities & Theme Houses are responsible for the recruitment and selection of their own members. It is the responsibility of the LLC/Theme Chair to ensure the LLC/Theme House is filled to capacity throughout the academic year. The LLC/Theme Chair must contact the Living and Learning Community/Theme Housing Coordinator if vacancies can not be filled. 

In order to be a member of an LLC/Theme you must be in Good Standing. Good Standing consists of:

  • Must have a GPA of 2.0

  • Be in good standing with the college including social, academic, and financial areas

  • Must abide by all college policies outlined in the Compass and Residence Life policies

  • In addition, returning members must have been an active participant within the LLC/ Theme House 

Housing

Living Learning Communities & Theme Housing may consist of a minimum of four students and a maximum of eight members. Housing will be in Smith Hall and some of our surrounding houses and apartments. Each Community is responsible for filling every space allotted to their group with a member of the Community. A double room will not be assigned to only one member of the Community. If a Community loses a member at any point in the academic year, the Community must fill the space with another Community member (current or new) within two weeks. Spaces that go un-filled will be assigned at the discretion of the Office of Residence Life.

The College provides custodial services for the public areas of each residence hall including common student bathrooms, hallways, lounges, and kitchens on a daily basis Monday through Friday. Limited weekend services are also provided. All residents of a floor/house/hall are billed for damages or extra cleaning. Please review Residence Life policies. 

Our College-owned, houses common areas such as kitchens, lounges, stairwells, bathrooms, are cleaned during winter break. All other spaces in houses are the responsibility of the occupants. 

Decision Factors

Decisions are based on the number of LLC/Theme Housing applications submitted, the thoroughness of the application, and the availability of residential space.

  • Returning LLC/Theme Houses are considered for renewal based on performance during the year prior.

  • New LLC/Theme Houses are considered based on the thoroughness of their application, and their potential to succeed as an LLC/Theme House.