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. The campus has been active this summer as progress is being made on the science and visual/performing arts spaces and new faculty are joining us. As we begin a new year together, the information we provide here will help you get off to a strong start.

Your 2014-2015 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.

Laura Hutchinson
Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students

Dear friends,

On behalf of the Earlham Student Government, we would like to welcome you to another exciting year at Earlham College!

The Earlham Student Government functions as a conduit between the administration and the student body. Our primary goal in the past year was to improve the communication channels between those two factions of our community. This goal came from a strong desire, expressed by both the students and administration, that collectively, we were not communicating well; but rather were lacking in transparency, and faced a great deal of misunderstanding. In response, we successfully organized and facilitated 3 major forums. With the support and collaboration of many Earlhamites, these forums provided a space and the opportunity for our community to interact and discuss matters that were both immediate and long-standing. We covered topics regarding campus climate, curriculum and academics, decision-making in administration, diversity across campus and personnel issues. Most recently we endorsed the Workers Union and will continue to provide support, with whole-hearted dedication as an elected body and voice of all students.

As a team, we worked on providing Earlham students with discounts at restaurants and other businesses in Richmond. Furthermore, we hosted a very successful leadership conference on campus, and received the highest number of participants for our annual Day of Service. Looking ahead, we are working on a Professional Development Fund, which we hope to have up and running in this coming Fall 2014 semester. This is just the beginning, and we hope you will help us in our future initiatives by sharing your ideas and passion that we recognize in all Earlhamites!

The success of the Earlham Student Government is only possible with the involvement and dedication of the student body. We really appreciate your input and cooperation when it matters most. We hope to create more platforms for the students to be engaged with these issues that we all feel are important. We’ll see you on the Heart!

Best wishes,

Kobi-Sarfo Panin and Abhinav Khanal

Co-Presidents, Earlham Student Government



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. Copies of the Curriculum Guide are available in the Registrar’s Office.
  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. Additional copies of the Student Handbook are available in the Student Life Office.

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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Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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Richmond, Indiana
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