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Theme house communities are elements of our residential life program that have special connections to the educational program. In many cases they provide experiences that extend learning outside of the classroom and into the living environment. They may also complement the College's academic mission by providing opportunities to focus on an area of equity or social justice, and contribute to the intellectual environment in a different way. Theme house communities enable both majors and non-majors with an active interest in a field to live and learn together in a more independent residential setting.
Theme houses communities must meet residential as well as community standards in order to remain in good standing with the College. They may be suspended at the discretion of the Office of Residence Life. Updated, current proposals must be submitted the Departement of Residence Life and be formally approved by the Associate Dean/Director of Residence Life on a yearly basis. Proposals must include the following:
Beginning in fall 2013, the Committee on Campus Life will begin reviewing Theme communities, and place the review process into a four year cycle. This will provide a mechanism for assesment and ensure that the current programs meet current student academic interests, contribute to a positive living and learning environment and live up to their stated mission and proposed activities.
To create a new theme house a department or group of students must fill out a “new theme house” proposal through the Department of Residence Life. No new Theme communities are being accepted for the 2013-2014 academic year, pending the establishment of review standards.