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Participating in a Living-Learning Community

First-year living-learning communities are designed to bring students with common academic interests together in a shared residential experience with intensive interaction with a faculty member.

Courses are taught on varied topics, with faculty-led excursions throughout central Virginia serving as an important component of the educational experience. Faculty-prepared co-curricular activities take advantage of the opportunity to combine a shared residential and academic experience.

Students are expected to agree to the terms outlined in the student contract that they receive when they are offered a place in the community.

(Updated: March 10, 2017)

Terms for Student Participation for the 2017-18 Academic Year

Course Requirements
  • Commit to enrolling in the fall one-unit course 
  • Commit to the activities and programs facilitated each month
  • Students must successfully pass the fall semester course to be able to continue to participate in the spring semester activities

Students will be enrolled in any/all courses prior to regular course registration each semester by the living-learning programs office

Housing Requirements
  • Students in a co-ed community may only live with a student also accepted into one of the co-ed communities
  • Students in a single-gender community may only live with a student accepted into the same community in the designated floor/wing of the assigned residence hall
  • After a student accepts their offer to participate in a community, they will be notified of all other members within the community
  • Roommates: students may request a roommate. If both students request each other as a roommate and the roommate situation meets the above conditions, the request will be honored.
  • Read and agree to the terms of the Housing Contract
  • Housing accommodations are available for students whose medical related conditions or disabilities substantially limit their housing needs.  However, to be considered for such special housing, they must submit a completed disability accommodation application and documentation to the University Disability Coordinator, Dr. Tinina Cade, by May 15.  Applications are accepted after these deadlines but may delay review.  Submitting a disability medical accommodation request does not automatically guarantee a space in University housing. Students are encouraged to consult and meet with their disability advisors each year or as indicated. Annual applications are encouraged should there be changes in accommodation needs and medical conditions.
  • Gender flexible housing (GFH): Incoming students who identify beyond the binary, including but not limited to genderqueer, gender questioning, or trans students are encouraged to contact the Dean of Richmond or Westhampton College, or the Director of Common Ground, to ensure that the University is meeting their housing needs.
Co-Curricular Requirements
  • Attend co-curricular events planned by the faculty that do not interfere with another academic course; these events (dates and times) will be listed in the course syllabus or given by the faculty member
  • Commit to fully participating in the Fall Break in Richmond experience
  • Agree to and comply with the travel rules and expectations
  • Complete the online consent/release for off-campus experiences in BannerWeb, 
  • Be an active member of the living-learning community by participating in programs sponsored by the resident assistant, fellow community members, and the living-learning programs office
Withdrawing from a Community

Participating in a living-learning community includes a student's academic status and enrollment as well as their housing assignment and contract. Should a student choose to leave the community for any reason, the following actions (listed below) will occur. Students who choose to withdraw from a community, will be required to meet with the director of living-learning programs and complete the required withdrawal form, before any changes will be made to a student's housing assignment.

  • Prior to or during the room selection process, they will:
    • be assigned to a space at the end of that process by the associate director of housing
  • After the room selection process and prior to moving into the community, they will be: 
    • withdrawn from the course 
    • assigned to a new housing assignment by the associate director of housing
  • After they have moved into the community, they will be:
    • withdrawn from the course
    • required to move out of residence hall the community is housed in
Removal from a Community

The Office of Living-Learning Programs may remove a student from a living-learning community should the student not follow-through with the terms of this participation agreement. Prior to a student’s removal, the student will be required to meet with the director of living-learning programs to discuss their involvement in the community and determine any corrective course of action. 

The Richmond and Westhampton College Deans’ Offices, as part of the student disciplinary process, may also remove a student from a living-learning community, who violates conduct outlined in the Student Handbook.

A student who is removed, will be required to move out of the residence hall the community is housed in and withdraw from the course associated with the community; the student may be responsible for any costs for their portion of travel that was reserved and paid for that the University incurred at the time of their removal.