What are the added benefits of being in an RLC?
Being a member of a Living Learning Community- Programmed Pods creates many opportunities to enhance your collegiate experience, Not only will you have the opportunity to meet and connect with students who share your interests, but you will also find built-in opportunities to network, form study and social groups, attend tutoring sessions, workshops, road trip and so much more! There are leadership opportunities available by applying to be a Program Director for a single program or the Assistant Coordinator position which is an overarching management position. Both positions are provided with a stipend and allow for unique resume development.
Who can join a Residential Learning Community (RLC)?
Living Learning Communities are amazing experiences that are currently geared specifically for second-year students and upwards. For those who are a part of the program it is the expectation that they live in the residence hall, develop a social goals and expiations contract, and participate in RLC events/meetings/programs/etc.
What are the minimum expectations required of each Residential Learning Community?
As each Residential Learning Community forms, community members will be asked to work together to create a set of shared goals and objectives. Each community will be asked to devise a plan outlining their specific interests, and what they hope to accomplish over the entire year. Community members will be given great latitude in designing their own community standards and expectations, but each Residential Learning Community will be held to a set of basic, minimum requirements:
- Complete at least one community education program or event for members each month
- Complete one program or event for the greater campus community for each semester.
- Regularly evaluate and assess progress towards community objectives and goals
- Meet as a community weekly, and remain in regular communication with the RLC Coordinator
- Meet with the faculty or staff advisor monthly in a community dialogue setting
- All community members must remain in good judicial standing with the University.
Residential Learning Communities may propose alternative requirements that differ from the ones above, but these expectations will be used to judge whether community members are putting enough effort into, and receiving enough benefit from, participation in the community.
So how does the Living Learning Community work within a residence hall?
RLC’s are housed within a particular residence hall [East Side Residents Halls]. This means that there will be a designated number of people who are members of an RLC living in the hall, the other population of students in the building are not a part of that community. However, non-RLC students are always welcome to participate and get involved in the Learning Community events. Being a member of the Living Learning Community is an honor, but RLC students are also part of the resident population of a particular building. Therefore, RLC students (just as any other residence hall student) will still be encouraged to attend his/her RA's hall meetings, are welcomed to hall programs/events/other functions, and are still required to abide by all hall policies.
How will the Residential Learning Community program be structured?
Residential Learning Communities will be sponsored by the Office of Residence Life and Campus Programming and Leadership, and advised by a faculty or staff member who will serve as the main thematic advisor. In addition RLC Coordinator will serve as the administrative and residential advisor and supervisor for RLC staff.
- The faculty or staff thematic advisor will help community members plan and shape the community's direction and objectives with regard to their specific theme. The faculty advisor will be available to share their particular knowledge and expertise, and to help ensure each Residential Learning Community is meeting their particular educational expectations. Community members are expected to actively seek the assistance and guidance of not only their individual faculty advisor, but all faculty members on campus.
- The RLC Coordinator is a professional-level Residence Life staff member who will work with the Residential Learning Communities. The RLC Coordinator will assist communities in meeting their individual expectations, and will provide administrative oversight and supervision of the RLC Staff.
- Each Residential Learning Community will be given a great deal of autonomy in planning and implementing their own programs and events, as well conducting and managing community affairs. The faculty advisor, RLC Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator exist to provide assistance and support, and to ensure each Residential Learning Community lives up to these expectations.
What if I have a preferred roommate?
If you have a preferred roommate, ask him or her to apply to join the Living Learning Community. Program Directors approve membership and also assign housing. Therefore, if he/or is accepted into the program combining housing should not pose a problem.
Is there an extra fee associated with membership in a Living Learning Community?
No... However, the cost of living in the East Side Residence Halls is different from other areas on campus. If accepted in your desired program all program participates are eligible for a housing stipend to subsidize the cost of housing.
What if I don't decide until after the fall semester that I want to be in a Living Learning Community?
Standard RLC applications are accepted prior to the start of the fall semester. This provides communities with the time necessary to develop and help students get connected. Spaces in the RLCs fill up very quickly! If you feel at all interested in a particular Community, it is in your best interest to apply early (i.e. before the start of the fall semester). Often, spaces are not available mid-year. However, you can always check with the office of Residence Life to find out if a space is available within the residence hall of your preferred RLC. This way, you can live within the same building as those RLC students and be an "un-official" member. RLC functions are open to all students. If you are unable (for whatever reason) to gain admittance into an RLC, speak with the Residence Director of the residence hall to find out how you can still get involved.
What will happen if a Residential Learning Community does not live up to these expectations?
In the case of a Residential Learning Community not living up to its obligations, the Office of Residence Life may impose the following sanctions:
- The budget for the Residential Learning Community may be suspended
- Community members may lose standing in the following year’s Housing Lottery
- individual members or the entire community may be reassigned housing at any time during the year
Where will the Residential Learning Communities be housed?
Most Residential Learning Communities will be comprised of between 6 and 12 students who show an intentional desire to live and learn around a common theme. 2009-2010 Residential Learning Communities will be housed in East Side Residence Halls.