Community Life, Student Handbook | Earlham College

Community Life

Earlham sees experiences that occur outside of the classroom as essential to an education as those that happen inside. Much of that outside-the-classroom experience is captured in the intentional community that Earlham creates.

Vision/Mission Statement: Students Teaching Students

Within the broad context of Principles and Practices the Residence Life program is shaped 
by a view of residence halls and houses as learning environments. The most important learning 
that occurs outside the classroom takes place between students (Schroeder and Mable, 1994).

The nature of the residential program is interactive and integrated to support strong community development. 
The priority is on student leadership and involvement and also includes 
wellness, diversity education and sustainability.

Airport Shuttles: The College does not provide transportation to/from airports, generally.  However, shuttle service is provided to the Dayton International Airport during Fall (Thanksgiving) Break, Winter (between semesters) Break and Spring Break. The College does not provide shuttle service at the beginning or end of the academic year, except for new incoming students at the beginning of their first semester. A fee is charged for the break shuttles and is billed to the student’s account. To register for a shuttle and for more information, please check the Residence Life website.

First-Year Residence Halls: First-Year Residence Halls were established at Earlham beginning in 2011. The opportunity for first-year students to live together establishes a community while creating a cohort and common sense of identity. Further, Residence Life created support structures that instill resilience and develop peer-based support networks. 
First-year students are assigned to double rooms in one of the three First-Year Residence Halls: Bundy, Barrett and Hoerner Halls.

Resident Assistants: A Resident Assistant’s (RA) primary responsibility is to be available for residents. Other RA responsibilities include referral of students to campus and other information resources, development of floor and hall community through various types of programming and activities, explanation and enforcement of College regulations and policies, and functioning as a liaison between students and College personnel.

Room Eligibility: Each spring semester, Earlham students returning to campus for the upcoming fall semester have the opportunity to select a room for the school year. The Office of Residence Life distributes room selection information to students via e-mail and the department website. Information is published following spring opening, beginning in late January and selection for the fall occurs throughout March and April.

Room Eligibility: Earlham College is a residential college committed to housing duly admitted, enrolled and matriculating students. All students are expected to resident in student housing during the standard academic year unless granted an exemption. Additionally, the College’s commitment to diversity requires that Residence Life operate with sensitivity to international students, May/Summer term students, and other students who are unable to return home between breaks. Because of the year-long function of campus residency, students on late departing off-campus programs (leaving after the start of the academic semester) or those who return early (prior to the end of the academic semester) cannot be guaranteed temporary housing. Such students should make alternative arrangements for housing. Exceptions will be granted in extraordinary cases only, and Residence Life may request documentation of the reason for the request. Persons not enrolled in academic work may not reside in residence halls or College houses.

Room Selection: Each spring semester, Earlham students returning to campus for the upcoming fall semester have the opportunity to select a room for the school year. The Office of Residence Life distributes room selection information to students via e-mail and the department website. Information is published following spring opening, beginning in late January and selection for the fall occurs throughout March and April.

Roommate Agreement: Prior to arrival, first-year students are asked to fill out an in-depth housing questionnaire to assist with roommate assignments. When students arrive on campus, they are asked to have a conversation with their roommate to establish guidelines for their living environment. This conversation is to assist students to learn about each other and their styles of living. This also allows them an opportunity to develop a relationship in which they will be able to communicate honestly any concerns they may have with each other as the year progresses. After the first year, students are able to choose their room and roommate through the lottery process.

Storage: Residence Life provides limited space for students to store items during the summer or while on a study-abroad program. Note: This space is extremely limited. Currently students are allowed to store six 20” x 20” x 20” boxes. Hours to be let into storage are offered at the beginning and end of each semester. Other times must be arranged with the Area Director. All items must be removed upon separation from the institution.

Theme/Friendship Houses: Current theme and friendship houses are listed on the residence life Web pages. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible to live in these houses.

For more information relating to Residence Life, see
www.earlham.edu/policies-and-handbooks/community/residence-life-policies

Metz Culinary Management, Earlham’s food service provider, offers a variety of menu options to meet your nutritional and snacking needs.

Earlham students are required to be on one of the College’s five Meal Plans to establish a financial base for this service and to reinforce the College’s residential community. Students may choose a 10, 14 or 19-meal plan, as well as the Quaker 90 or 150 block mean plan.

Meals may be eaten in the Earlham Hall Student Restaurant or used for Meal Deals in The Coffee Shop. Students may eat only one meal per meal period (one breakfast, lunch and dinner). Meal plans are not transferable and may not be shared with another student. A meal week begins on Sunday thru Saturday, unused meals are forfeited at the end of the week for the 19, 14 and 10-meal plans.

First-year students are required to be on the 19-meal plan their first semester but may change to the 14-meal plan, 150-meal plan or the 90-meal plan for the second semester.

Quaker Dollars are bonus dollars for use in The Coffee Shop, Café & Bakery, and the Student Restaurant. They may be spent to purchase snacks, meals or to treat a friend to dinner. Quaker Dollars balance will carry over from first semester to second semester. Dollars not used during the second semester are forfeited at the end of the academic year. Additional Quaker Dollars may be purchased in $100 increments, which must be added at the beginning of the semester.

Meal Plans for 2015-2016

Earlham College Community Meal Plan —

  • EC Maroon Plan: 20 Community Meal Plan + $50 Quaker Dollars ($210 per semester)
    EC Maroon Plan: 20 Community Meal Plan + $100 Quaker Dollars ($260 per semester)
    EC Maroon Plan: 20 Community Meal Plan + $150 Quaker Dollars ($310 per semester)
  • EC White Plan: 40 Community Meal Plan + $50 Quaker Dollars ($370 per semester)
    EC White Plan: 40 Community Meal Plan + $100 Quaker Dollars ($420 per semester)
    EC White Plan: 40 Community Meal Plan + $150 Quaker Dollars ($470 per semester)
    • Meal Plan for students living in campus houses or off-campus exempt students.
    • Meals may be utilized in the same way as the traditional meal plans.
    • Meal plan is not transferable and may not be shared with another student.
    • Unused meals are forfeited at the end of the semester.

19 Meal Plan + $155 Quaker Dollars ($2,250 per semester)
19 Meal Plan + $255 Quaker Dollars ($2,350 per semester)
19 Meal Plan + $355 Quaker Dollars ($2,450 per semester)

This plan offers every meal served in a dining week, approximately 295 meals per semester. First-year students are required to be on the 19-meal plan their first semester.

14 Meal Plan + $175 Quaker Dollars ($2,090 per semester)
14 Meal Plan + $275 Quaker Dollars
($2,190 per semester)
14 Meal Plan + $375 Quaker Dollars ($2,290 per semester)

This plan offers any 14 meals during a week, approximately 217 meals per semester.

10 Meal Plan + $175 Quaker Dollars ($1,910 per semester)
10 Meal Plan + $275 Quaker Dollars
($2,010 per semester)
10 Meal Plan + $375 Quaker Dollars ($2,110 per semester)

This plan offers any 10 meals during a week, approximately 160 meals per semester.

150 Meal Plan + $240 Quaker Dollars ($2,250 per semester)
150 Meal Plan + $340 Quaker Dollars
($2,350 per semester)
150 Meal Plan + $440 Quaker Dollars
($2,450 per semester)

This plan offers 150 meals per semester. Meals may be utilized to treat a friend as long as the meal plan owner is present.

90 Meal Plan + $290 Quaker Dollars ($2,090 per semester)
90 Meal Plan + $290 Quaker Dollars
($2,190 per semester)
90 Meal Plan + $290 Quaker Dollars ($2,290 per semester)

This plan offers 90 meals per semester. Meals may be utilized to treat a friend as long as the meal plan owner is present.


The residential "all-you-care-to-eat" dining experience is in the Earlham Hall Student Restaurant.

  Monday - Friday Saturday - Sunday
Breakfast 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. -
Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. -
Brunch - 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Dinner 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Note:   Continuous Dining (open between meals with limited menu)

The retail dining experience is in The Coffee Shop, located in Runyan Center. The Café and Bakery is located in the center of The Coffee Shop's seating area.

  Monday – Friday Saturday Sunday
The Coffee Shop 10:00 a.m. –
9:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. –
9:30 p.m.
Noon –
9:30 p.m.
Café & Bakery 9:00 a.m. –
4:30 p.m. &
9:00 p.m. –
1:00 a.m.
9:00 p.m. –
Midnight
9:00 p.m. –
1:00 a.m.


Meal Equivalency Program – Meal Deals:
Monday-Friday, students may use their meal plans in The Coffee Shop for pre-selected menu items during pre-selected times.

To-Go Program: Students on the go may take advantage of the To-Go Program. Authorized take-out containers may be obtained in the Student Restaurant Office along with more information on how the program works.

Up-For-Grabs Program: Student may pre-order bag or box meals for pickup at a designated time. Contact the Student Restaurant Office for more information.

For more information:
C
ontact General Manager of Food Services at 765-983-1770 or lintoro@earlham.edu.

 

Department of Public Safety Information

All pertinent information regarding Public Safety can be found at the office's website — www.earlham.edu/public-safety.

Public Safety provides transportation for Earlham students with ID around the immediate College area, free of charge. The shuttle operates during the school year on a specific one-hour route making stops at numerous popular locations throughout Richmond.

The shuttle leaves at the top of the hour on Monday through Thursday from 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., Friday from 6:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m., Saturday from Noon to 1:00 a.m., and Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information, call the Department of Public Safety at 765-983-1400.

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