Student Handbook

Whether you are new to Earlham or a familiar presence, I am pleased to welcome you into the new semester. The campus has been active this summer as progress is being made on the science and visual/performing arts buildings and new faculty are joining us. As we begin a new year together, the information we provide here will help you get off to a strong start.

Your 2013-2014 Student Handbook includes academic and community policies, procedures, important dates and timelines. You will be expected to read this information carefully. Your rights and responsibilities as a member of the community are important to your success academically and personally, and the Division of Student Development exists to support you in your efforts.

The Handbook is organized around five co-curricular learning goals, all of which support your academic goals and provide opportunities for your development as a scholar-leader:

  1. Living in Community
  2. Diversity and Difference
  3. Faith, Service and Vocation
  4. Engagement, Initiative and Leadership
  5. Wellness and Athletics

These learning goals are related to Principles and Practices (P&P) which is Earlham’s foundational statement of our values, beliefs and our expectations of how we live in community with one another, but don’t confuse order with value. In order to truly be inclusive, “community” requires disparate voices to articulate a shared vision. Earlham is among the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, and you will gain a deeper understanding of your own values in proportion to the time you invest in learning about the values of others. Our co-curricular goals are at the heart of your ability to thrive in and out of the classroom. These goals will be folded into our institutional priorities of holistic wellness, sustainability and co-curricular engagement.

As the year unfolds, I encourage you to take advantage of all that Earlham offers in terms of opportunities, be it research, the performing arts, service to the larger world, or athletics. We know that students who make strong, positive connections with other learners have improved performance in the classroom, but of equal importance, they are healthier and feel more at home on the campus. One of the most powerful learning opportunities you will experience is the act of caring responsibly for one another and expecting integrity of yourself and your fellow students. Play fair. Do what is right. Challenge what you know to be wrong. Listen intently. Think for yourself. And above all, remember that you are part of something larger than yourself, your living environment and your classroom. You are an Earlhamite.

Have a wonderful—and safe—year, and don’t hesitate to contact me if I can help.

Laura Hutchinson
Vice President and Dean of Student Development

Welcome to the 2013-14 academic year at Earlham College! We are excited to welcome both old and new friends as we begin the new year. As Co-Presidents of the Earlham Student Government (ESG), we are looking forward to another semester of collaborative engagement with our classmates and the manifestation of our combined visions.

ESG is your student government and we hope you consider joining. ESG offers a number of great opportunities for student leadership, and we are confident that you will find that which fits you best. You can join as a senator, a committee member or an observer. You may also choose to run for an elected position in the Student Executive Council, the Student Residence Council and many others! In addition to holding events like Coffee with Friends, a time to share complimentary coffee and baked goods on Sunday nights at Lilly Library, we helped organize Earlham’s 4th annual Day of Service where students joined Richmond community members in an effort to clean up our Richmond area neighborhoods.

ESG is a conduit for your voice to be amplified and heard across our campus. ESG is responsible for communicating student issues and concerns to our entire community and ensuring that our many student voices are listened to and acted upon. Elected student officers and senators worked tirelessly last semester on a number of issues of primary concern to the student body including providing crucial input on the Residence Life housing selection process, the new Approach to Alcohol, and the role of the Earlham Department of Public Safety and their relationship with students.

Earlham Student Senate is your sounding board for fresh concepts and student initiatives. Say you have a great new project or an innovative idea: the student senate is a great place to come for funding requests or support for proposals. If you are starting or continuing a campaign or initiative, the student senate is the best place for seeking input and support. Student senate is truly your gathering, and it’s you who fuels its motion. For example, ESG recently unanimously endorsed the national network Real Food Challenge Campus Commitment, a student-led initiative aimed at shifting 20 percent of all U.S. university food dollars from “corporate food” to “real food” by the year 2020.

The Earlham Student Government is the largest and most diverse student organization on campus because every student is a part of it. Our meetings are always open to all interested observers and friends.

We hope you will join us! Have a safe, fun and productive semester. Welcome once again, to Earlham College.


Basil Farraj ‘14 and Robert Awkward ‘14
ESS Co-Presidents


Earlham College publishes two basic handbooks that provide essential information to students about the College's programs, policies, resources and services.

  1. The Curriculum Guide details academic polices, requirements and opportunities within the curriculum. Expectations for the major, minor and degree requirements are presented in this format. It also includes a listing of faculty, the academic calendar and descriptions of curricular resources such as our libraries, informational technology and student services. Copies of the Curriculum Guide are available in the Registrar's Office.
  2. The Student Handbook is a resource for living in community. It includes important community and Residence Life policies, descriptions of the services provided by various College offices and other useful information about life on campus. Copies of the Student Handbook are available in the Student Development Office.

Updated regularly online, both the Curriculum Guide and the Student Handbook refer to many documents that are on the Earlham website in their complete, authoritative and most up-to-date form.

It is the responsibility of every student, faculty and staff member to read the Student Handbook and Curriculum Guide and be responsible for knowing the information contained within.


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Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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Richmond, Indiana
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