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Departmental Goals and Philosophy
Through the many services provided by the Office of Campus Life, the residential life staff seeks to assist students with all aspects of their lives at the college, to provide an environment which is supportive of the academic work of the classroom, and which fosters personal growth and development.
These objectives are clearly in line with our overall mission of the college and the division to develop the whole person socially, culturally, and intellectually. The philosophy of our Residential system, which appears in the Colby Student Handbook, describes our mission.
Colby College, as a residential college, seeks to provide an atmosphere through the Commons system that supports growth and learning. Life in the residence halls is an integral part of the academic program of the college, where intellectual stimulation continues and where students, either alone or in groups, study. Campus residences of any kind are accessible to all students. The patterns and programs of residential life are administered so as to enhance faculty-student ties beyond the classroom; assure the individual rights, responsibilities, well-being, and dignity of all; promote understanding and respect among all people; and foster the opportunity to make lasting friendships.