The Residence Life Office (RLO) at Davidson College is dedicated to providing safe, secure and comfortable residential communities that support and enhance student academic performance and social development.for all residents. The Residence Life staff works in close conjunction with the College Physical Plant to this end. RLO seeks to promote the establishment of residential communities of mutual respect, learning, and development.
Davidson College and the Department of Residence Life follow the principle that all persons shall have equal access to any facility or event without regard to race, gender, creed, national origin, sexual orientation or disability unless allowed by law and deemed necessary to the administration of the educational programs. The college provides educational, social, housing, and employment opportunities to all students on an equal basis.
The Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students oversees Residence Life. The Residence Life professional staff includes the following positions:
Associate Dean/Director of Residence Life
Associate Director of Residence Life
Patterson Court Advisor
3 Area Coordinators (ACs)
Housing Operations Coordinator
Security Access Coordinator
The paraprofessional staff (undergraduate students living in the residence halls and working with a particular group of students) consists of Hall Counselors (HCs), Resident Advisors (RAs), and Building Managers (BMs).
Area Coordinators are full-time, Master's degree, professional staff members who supervise and support the undergraduate residential staff in each area. Area Coordinators also provide emergency and crisis response for the on-duty student staff in the residence halls. Each AC also has a collateral assignment as either Residential Curriculum Coordinator, Summer Conference Coordinator or Diversity Program Coordinator.
RLO handles all room assignments, manages all room and damage billing, coordinates social and educational programming in the halls, serves as a liaison between residents and maintenance, and responds to all student housing needs. The professional staff selects, trains, and supervises the student staff, responds to disciplinary matters in the residence halls, and provides counseling referral and conflict management.
On each floor or in each group of suites, BMs (in Martin Court), RAs (on upper-class halls) and HCs (on first-year halls) provide support, social and educational programming, advice, and guidance. RLO trains these staff members in policy enforcement, campus resources, crisis intervention, counseling referral, and leadership development. The student hall staff members provide a variety of programs and make themselves readily available to students as excellent resources for facilitating student growth, resolving conflicts, and responding to emergencies.
Residence Life allows a broad range of personal freedom to residents in the exercise of their academic and social lives (e.g., students have building and visitation access twenty-four hours a day). With this freedom comes significant responsibility. Students must always respect the individual rights of other community members. RLO and the Dean of Students Office address any student's failure to abide by these standards. All students of the College are bound by the Honor Code, the Code of Responsibility, and the Residence Life policies contained herein. Ignorance of these codes and policies does not constitute any excuse for violations. This handbook provides information residents need in order to have a safe and enjoyable residential experience. If students have any questions that these pages do not address, they should inquire with a student staff member, their Area Coordinator, or anyone in the Residence Life Office.
The college provides each resident with a room, room key, bed, dresser, closet or wardrobe, desk, desk chair, phone jack and Internet connection. All room furniture must remain in each student's room and no items may be stored or left in residential hallways. Public hallways, hall bathrooms, lounges, laundry, and vending facilities are available for student use and are cleaned regularly by the Building Services staff. Each residence hall lounge has a television with cable service.
Students are responsible for maintaining a healthy and safe environment by using trashcans and recycle bins provided in the residence halls and by keeping all personal belongings out of hallways and lounges. The Building Services staff takes care of normal daily cleaning, but students must take care of any messes for which they are responsible. Students and staff must work together to contribute to a pleasant community in which to live and study.