Philosophy of Residential Living
As a residential college, Colby seeks to provide an atmosphere that supports personal growth and learning. The residence hall is an integral part of the academic program of the College; it is where intellectual stimulation continues and where students, alone or in groups, study. All campus residence halls are accessible to all students, with the Harold and Bibby Alfond Residence Complex reserved for seniors. The patterns and programs of residential life are designed to enhance faculty-student ties beyond the classroom; assure the individual rights, well-being, and dignity of others; promote understanding and respect among people of all races, religions, ethnic and national origins, and sexual orientations; and foster the opportunity to make lasting friendships.
The residence halls are communities where students take responsibility for their environment and have the following residential rights and responsibilities:
To assure these rights, all students have the following responsibilities:
- to live in a clean, sanitary environment sufficiently quiet to allow for rest and study
- to have access to one’s room without the presence of “live-in” occupants who have not been assigned by the College
- to be able to work, study, and sleep in one’s room without interference from the social activities of one’s roommate(s) and/or friends
- to exercise free speech—which does not include the right to harass, injure, or silence others
- to have adequate security for one’s person and possessions
- to have a system of grievance
- to be treated with dignity and respect regardless of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, parental or marital status, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, or disability
- to live in a substance-free residence hall, if desired.
- to resolve differences with others in a controlled, civil manner and in a timely fashion
- to conduct oneself in such a manner that does not violate the rights of others
- to adhere to College regulations and to honor the legitimate requests of the College and its appointed agents
- to take all reasonable means to protect from theft or damage, personal property and the property of others, including that of the College
- to treat all members of the community with dignity and respect, regardless of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, parental or marital status, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, or disability
- to be accountable in social situations, including choices with respect to alcohol
- to be aware of College policy and Maine state law with regard to alcohol and other drugs
- to protect and promote the health and safety of others, as well as one’s self, and to lend assistance to others in need of help because of substance abuse
- to avoid substance abuse and refuse to tolerate substance abuse in others
- to create a non-coercive social environment for those who have chosen not to drink
- to take initiative for executing and participating in activities that are not alcohol centered
- to ensure when providing social functions that include alcohol, that alternate beverages are available and that alcohol is served only to those age 21 and older. And that alcohol, when offered, is provided in moderation
- to understand that abuse of substances will not be considered an excuse for irresponsible behavior. Alcohol abuse and abusive behavior will not be tolerated.
- to avoid creating an uncomfortable or hostile environment for roommate(s). Doing so could result in disciplinary sanctions, which could include removal from College housing.