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Building community

In housing and residence life, we strive to emulate and improve upon Ernest L. Boyer's "Six Principles of Community": Purposeful, Open, Just, Disciplined, Caring and Celebrative. Our belief is that students at Hollins University build community one action at a time, one interaction at a time, one program at a time with the idea that each individual matters.

Each residence hall is viewed as a living-learning center ideal to enrich your educational experience. To maintain that crucial balance between individual freedom and the right to privacy, hall residents meet with their RAs at the beginning of each year to set community standards. These are a set of agreed-upon rules, guidelines, and procedures of self-governance for living that allow for both individual freedom and the privacy and personal rights of others in the community. The meetings are your time to suggest changes or offer additional options for guidelines regarding everything from guests to quiet hours to use of common areas.

Your right to privacy and freedom of personal choice and movement and the educational goals of the university must be ensured by the community standards. This means the policies and procedures your group adopts must be compatible with HU policies, public laws, and the academic objectives of the residential community.


Ernest L. Boyer's Six Principles of Community

From Campus Life: In Search of Community. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; Ernest L. Boyer (frwd.); Princeton, New Jersey; 1990.


Educationally purposeful A place where faculty and students share academic goals and strengthen teaching and learning on campus.
Open A place where free speech is protected and civility powerfully affirmed.
Just A place where the sacredness of each person is honored and where diversity is aggressively pursued.
Disciplined A place where individuals accept their obligations to the group and where well-defined governance procedure guide behavior for the common good.
Caring A place where the well-being of each member is sensitively supported and where service to others is encouraged.
Celebrative A place where the heritage of the institution is remembered and where rituals affirming tradition and change are shared.