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 Student Handbook — the contents of which can be accessed through tabs on this page (for example, “Earlham Expectations” or “Academic Life”) — 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.

Bonita Washington-Lacey
Vice President of Student Life; Dean of students

Finding essential information

Earlham College publishes three documents 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. Contents of the Student Handbook are organized by topic and can be accessed by clicking on the tabs on this page (for example: “Earlham Expectations” or “Academic Life”).
  3. The Student Standards of Community Respect are designed to provide clear, fair and consistent procedures and policies relevant to all student conduct.

All Earlham students, faculty and staff are expected to understand and abide by the information and policies contained within the Student HandbookCurriculum Guide and the Student Stanards of Community Respect.

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