Living Expectations

Living Expectatons at Calvin

Residence Hall Policies

Living booklet

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No community can function without guidelines for life together. At Calvin, some of those guidelines are established by the college and some are established by the residents of the communities themselves. Read below for more information.

Campus Policies

(taken from the Residence Hall Living Booklet)

The on-campus living experience at Calvin College offers a unique and valuable opportunity for all residents to learn and grow within a Christian community of students from widely varying backgrounds, interests, and Christian traditions. The college desires that all residents live comfortably within this environment, are able to integrate classroom learning with out-of-class experiences, and are challenged to grow in all aspects of life. All Calvin students who do not live at home with their parents are required to live on-campus for at least their first two years after high school. Students who are 21, married, or part-time students are exempt from this residency requirement.

To accomplish our goals and better order our lives together, we have established certain rules and expectations for living in community here at Calvin. These "rules" are meant to be guidelines for mature, responsible conduct, but in no way cover all the possible conflicts and questions that arise during a year. Some of the policies are designed to create norms of behavior within a large, diverse group of people, while others are meant to preserve the appearance and function of college-owned property. We expect that members of our community will strive both to live within these guidelines and to be obedient to the explicit teachings of God's Word.

Students involved in infractions of residence hall and campus policies as outlined here and in the Student Conduct Code will have a hearing with the Resident Director or may be referred a Student Life Dean. See the Student Handbook for complete details on the Student Conduct Code, including the judicial and appeals process. Appropriate sanctions will be given to restore the individual to healthy membership in the community. These sanctions include restitution, community service hours, fines, educational initiatives, probationary periods, and suspensions. Unless otherwise noted, a $50 fine applies to all policies, and fines may be converted to community service hours. In addition, students on probation may lose certain privileges such as hall or room choice, or the ability to study abroad for the following year.

Community Charters

In an effort to create ownership within living communities, Residence Life staff will engage residents in conversations about common-ground agreements, in order to develop a “community charter.” The charter will ideally be signed and agreed upon by all residents of a floor or hall (everyone will be invited to participate). Calvin will maintain a set of established policies, but residents will have the opportunity to speak into consequences, as well as develop “negotiable” policies (e.g. noise, coffee kitchen use and cleanliness, hall participation in Bible studies, laundry room use, etc.). Completed community charters will be posted in each hall. Residence Life staff will also engage roommates and suitemates in creating roommate agreements regarding the details of living together (i.e. borrowing items, noise levels, cleaning the bathroom, etc.). Both community charters and roommate agreements are intended to teach residents how to live with one another well and create productive pathways for conflict resolution.