E. Academic Interest Houses


In 1991, the Residential Life Committee, the Student Government Association, and the Community Council recommended creating, in addition to the existing foreign language houses, a limited number of academic interest houses. Academic interest houses are houses in which residents pursue a common academic interest and share the fruits of that interest with the campus community.

1. Purpose

The purpose of academic interest houses includes:

a. promotion of the academic interests;

b. development of special programming to support these interests among house members and throughout the College community;

c. enrichment of the College experience of students in attaining a better understanding of and appreciation for the cultures or way of life that relate to the academic interest;

d. promotion of contact with faculty, staff, and other members of the community who share the common academic interest; and

e. aid in extending the intellectual mission of the College, broadly defined, beyond the classroom and courses.

2. Stipulations

a . All houses must be open to all students.

b. Admission to these houses is based first on evidence of a student's commitment to the academic interest of the house.

c. Admission should be by application to an advisory committee or to the academic department.

d. In considering applications for admission and room assignments, priority will be based on seniority.

e. It is expected that most students living in the houses will be upper class students. First-year students are not eligible to live in academic interest houses.

f. Students should normally expect to live in academic interest houses for no more than one academic year. These houses should not become self-perpetuating cliques.

g. Admission to foreign language houses should be based on linguistic competence and commitment to the study of the relevant foreign language and culture.

h. Every academic interest house must have at least one faculty adviser.

i. All academic interest houses should be governed by the same standards for renewal as the coeducational houses.

j. All houses are required to observe the guidelines for membership with particular emphasis on the criteria for guaranteeing women membership, as adopted by the Community Council.

k. All houses are expected to develop a system of self-governance with the help of their advisers.