The Residence Agreement and Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedure, as well as any current addendums, outline the policies that students agree to abide by when accepting their residence agreement. The policies are aimed at creating a safe and engaging residence atmosphere where students can thrive academically, socially and personally.
Residence staff work within the community to help everyone understand and uphold the policies, and intervene if needed. Wherever possible, the goal of employee intervention is to educate students and seek their cooperation and commitment to prevent further problems. Followup may range in approach from punitive to simply preventative, and depending on the circumstances, conditions may be applied. The ultimate priority is to protect the safety of all students living in residence.
If residence staff contact you to discuss an issue that’s come up, you may feel anxious and unsure of what to expect. Approaching your conversation with them in a manner that is honest, open, and reasonable allows them to get to the crux of the matter and work collaboratively with you and any other students involved to address the situation and move forward. Even if you made a mistake or had a lapse in judgment, being willing to discuss matters openly helps staff see that you understand the concern raised and moves the conversation towards the next steps of how to prevent similar problems. Remember, staff hope to help everyone have a good experience in residence, including you! Don’t be shy to ask for clarification or share if you are feeling confused or unsure.