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Student Handbook

Welcome New and 
Returning Students!

Whether you are new to Earlham or a familiar presence, I am pleased to welcome you into the new semester.  As we begin a new year together, the information we provide here will help you get off to a strong start.

Your 2016-2017 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 Life 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. Engagement and Leadership
  3. Diversity and Inclusion
  4. Service and Spiritual Exploration
  5. Wellness

These learning goals are related to Principles and Practices 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.

Shane Peters
Interim Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students

Greetings Friends,

Welcome, Class of 2020! After months and months of visiting campuses, writing applications, attending interviews and evaluating your options, you are now an Earlhamite! We, members of the student government, are thrilled that you have made this decision to join our biggest freshman class yet and we are excited to start meeting all of you unique individuals during your New Student Orientation (NSO). Earlham Student Government (ESG), is anybody and everybody who wants to be in-the-know and perhaps be involved with decision making on campus, both big and small. Our experience so far as an elected body has been one of many lessons and much laughter!

Both of us are returning third years and excited to serve one more semester in our role as co-presidents. This summer, Grace had the opportunity to participate in an Earlham May Term in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which was focused on urban studies and immigration. She spent the rest of the summer interning with the UNRWA in Washington, D.C. Grace is our student version of beautiful superwoman who stands out and excels in all the work she does. Grace is excited to return to campus for one more season of field hockey and to begin preparations to study abroad in Spain during the Spring semester of 2017. Over the summer, Cyrus interned with the Global Environment & Technology Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides water and energy resources to people who lack such necessities. He enjoyed the experience of being a part of an organization that worked to meet the needs of people and allow them to live better lives.

In January, we highlighted three overarching goals for ESG 2016 that will continue to guide us as we venture on a new academic year. These goals are: increasing ESG’s credibility, increasing our visibility and helping in ameliorating the student life experience. Therefore, our focus for this semester will be on finalizing ESG’s revised constitution, creating our by-laws and ESG’s handbook. In addition, we will be working on enhancing our communication channels and starting new traditions to engage the entire student body. One tradition we started last semester was Maroon Mondays! On Maroon Mondays, every member of the Earlham community is encouraged to wear a maroon outfit to display our EC Pride!

Our senate meetings are open to all students and we are looking for students from every major, year and interest to engage in our conversations. We also hope you visit us during the involvement fair or during our open office hours in the first few weeks, to learn more about ways of getting involved in the student executive council or representing the student body on student-faculty committees. And remember, it’s Maroon Monday on September 5th! Get your swag on by wearing a maroon outfit on that day!

With Peace and Love,

Cyrus Buckman and Grace Makhoul

Co-Presidents of Earlham Student Government 2016

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 policies, 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.
  2. This Student Handbook is not a contract. It is a resource for important campus and residential policies, descriptions of services provided by various College offices and other useful information regarding life on campus. Policies and interpretation are subject to change as circumstances warrant.

Updated regularly, 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 at and

All Earlham students, faculty and staff are expected 
to understand and abide by the information and policies contained within the Student Handbook and Curriculum Guide.



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