Living at E-town
Elizabethtown College is a residential campus. More than 85 percent of our 1,900 students live on campus in residence halls, apartments and student-directed learning communities. Here is a look at some important elements of living at E-town.
Being a part of a community is one of the most important parts of living on campus at Elizabethtown College. Your Resident Assistant (RA) and Area Coordinator plan many different events for you to get to know the other students in your building and on your floor, to help develop a sense of community, and to have fun. We also want to help each student grow as a person through the experiences they have in the residence halls. As a residential student you will be living amongst students from many different backgrounds, regions and countries. Learning occurs both inside and outside of the classroom here at E-town. We plan events that help students grow as individuals and create community.
As you begin to plan for check-in day, think carefully about what you plan to bring and how you will keep yourself organized. It is not necessary to bring everything you will need for the entire year if you are able to visit home on breaks throughout the year. You may reference our “suggested items list” as well as the floor plan for your room in your planning. E-town students definitely personalize their rooms and make them their own. Curtains, posters, funky comforters, and photos really help transform the room into your unique home away from home.
Safety on Campus
Safety and personal accountability are important here at E-town. All residential areas are locked 24 hours a day. We require that all guests register with either Campus Security or an RA. Students are expected to follow the Student Code of Conduct outlined in the Student Handbook. The College maintains yearly Campus Crime Statistics, which are available through Campus Security.
Community Standards Model
We foster a sense of community in the residential areas through the Community Standards Model. Each floor comes together within the first month of the academic year to collaboratively craft the “standards” for their floor which outline how the community would like to handle issues like floor cleanliness or how to approach one another for noise during courtesy hours. When a situation arises that is not in line with the floor’s standards, the students come together to discuss their standards and decide whether they want to change them or reaffirm them. The Community Standards Model helps floor-mates learn to talk to one another and prepare for life after E-town.
Guest & Visitor Policy
Elizabethtown College students who sponsor a guest must accept full responsibility for the guest’s behavior. If the guest violates the Student Code of Conduct or other College policies, the student host will be held responsible. A student must have approval from his/her roommate prior to inviting a guest. A student‘s privilege to have a guest is, in all cases, superseded by the roommate’s right to the uninterrupted use of the room. Overnight guests are permitted to stay a total of three nights during a one-month period.
Guests from off campus must be at least 18 years of age or enrolled at a college or university. Students may petition the Office of Residence Life for special permission to host a guest who does not meet these criteria. This petition must be made in person by the EC student host to the Director of Residence Life at least three days in advance of the visit. See the Student Handbook for more information.
Room assignment changes may be made only with the approval of the Office of Residence Life. As part of their education, students should learn to work out differences through compromise and logic rather than avoiding concerns and problems. Should a student desire a room change, he or she should consult with the Resident Assistant (RA), the Area Coordinator (AC), or the Coordinator of Housing Operations.
Final approval of a room change is rendered by the Office of Residence Life. A $50 fine will be charged to students who fail to follow proper room change procedures, and/or their request may be denied.
The College offers housing in the summer for current Elizabethtown College students. The summer housing priority is given to students employed by the college and those taking classes at the College. Summer housing may be given to those students participating in internships for College credit. Students must register the internship for credit with the Office of Registration and Records before the Summer Housing Application can be submitted. Housing for students with credit-bearing internships will be granted only if there is availability after student employees and those taking classes are placed in housing. Summer housing is not given to students who need housing for off campus employment or internships that are not for credit. Summer residents must be approved by the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Summer residents must uphold all College policies.
During the summer months, students can expect that cleaning will begin immediately after the buildings close to prepare for the summer conference season. Construction on campus may begin in the early morning hours. The services, amenities, and conveniences that students have access to during the academic year are significantly limited in the summer months. Residence Life professional staff are not available to assist in situations that require intervention after business hours. Counseling Services are not available during the summer or between semesters.