Theme Housing Philosophy and Procedures
Thiel College believes that the learning environment extends beyond the traditional lecture hall and laboratory into the informal learning spaces of the residence halls, recreation areas and gathering places. The importance of supporting a seamless learning environment was documented by George Kuh in his landmark critique of effective higher education strategies, Involving Colleges. "Students do not think of their lives as bifurcated by the classroom door. For students, college is a stream of learning opportunities."
Many important life challenges and character building opportunities are encountered when students live in community. Because the residential environment is an integral part of the Thiel educational experience, the College is intentional in creating and supporting distinctive, theme-based residential learning environments that: (1) promote equality; (2) encourage student choice and design; and (3) cohere with the Thiel College mission and vision.
Creating an equitable and just community.
Encouraging student choice and design.
Residential Learning Communities support the college mission and vision.
Traditional block housing will be discontinued.
Thiel College will maintain its commitment to fostering Greek leadership on campus. The procedural guidelines for theme housing will apply to all student groups including fraternities and sororities in an effort to enhance the ability of Greek organizations to contribute to the mission of the College. Groups currently residing in college houses must reapply and will be given preference based on the previous year's record.
All College-owned housing with the exception of those designated for first-year students and Women's Leadership will be included in the theme housing procedures.
1. Assignment of theme housing (small houses, residence hall wings and floors) will be made based upon application to the Thiel College Housing Committee, composed of two faculty members, four student representatives (one Greek, one independent; two men, two women), the assistant dean of students and the housing coordinator.
2. Applications will be evaluated by the TCHC according to the following criteria:
(a) Does the application support the mission and vision of Thiel College?
4. Assignment of group housing will be for a one-year period, at the end of which group performance will be evaluated by the TCHC. Students seeking renewal of group housing privileges must submit a new application along with evidence of progress toward goals established for the preceding year.
5. All college-owned residence halls and small houses, will be supervised by residence life staff. There will be no unregulated residence halls or houses.