Residental Life Handbook
Welcome From The Office Of Student Affairs
Dear Resident Student,
All of us carry on life’s many and varied activities from within communities. From families to neighborhoods, from schools to cities, from one’s home country to the global community that we all share, we work, worship, serve, debate, collaborate, care for one another and learn as part of a whole that is larger than each of its members. History catalogs the achievements of this uniquely human way of life and its capacity for amplifying the small progress of individuals and the good each of us can do.
Take a moment to imagine just one
among this endless universe of concentric communities in which all of us live. This community has as its mission the fostering of certain qualities in its members — traits such as careful observation, critical thinking, creativity, service to others, moral reflection and articulate expression. It brings together extraordinary people from all walks of life: staff, scholars, administrators, researchers, teachers, coaches and students—all dedicated to the pursuit of learning and wisdom, and each working with students to build a place where habits of ethical living and moral discernment complement the life of the mind. In this place, perhaps more than in other places, the question “how shall I live?” comes to the fore. Only a small and select number are fortunate enough to be a part of this special place. An even smaller number both learn and live where these rare privileges are bestowed.
You have imagined Fordham University and the community of its residence halls and housing areas, and you are one of the fortunate few who will learn in the very place you call home.
Unlike other homes, where life is tailored more to the individual, this home is a community of learners collaborating on a project characteristic of and guided by values we hold dear: Jesuit and Catholic traditions. This project is the training of students to take leadership roles in service to the people and communities outside our gates. In essence, our campus is the classroom and the lives we lead in it are the lessons, the actions and decisions we take forming the habits of our hearts, and these habits the character with which we leave this community once ready. Like the best classroom experience, this one is challenging and the standards for its successful completion are high. These standards, often in the form of the policies and responsibilities that complement the extraordinary privilege of membership, give meaning to our University’s assurance at Commencement that our graduates are ready to serve the world with both mind and heart.
On behalf of the extraordinary men and women, staff and students of Student Life, I welcome you to this extraordinary place. We will be here to teach, to help and to talk as we live with one another in the extraordinary community we call Rose Hill.
Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students
Welcome From The Office Of Residential Life
Dear Fordham Resident,
On behalf of the entire Office of Residential Life staff, we welcome you to on-campus living at Fordham University! We are pleased that you have chosen to be a member of our residential community. Living in Fordham’s residence halls will offer numerous experiences, rights, and responsibilities. We believe Fordham's residential community assist residents in developing skills and attitudes necessary to become positive and productive members of society. We, therefore, encourage you to participate in the development of your community. You will be asked to respect the privacy of your neighbors, promote safety, respect and appreciate differences and uphold high standards of behavior. As such, living with a roommate, participating in programming activities, interacting with those who are different from you and learning how to live within the guidelines established for the residential community will provide the opportunity for you to learn more about yourself and others.
The primary goal of the Office of Residential Life staff is, therefore, to provide a comfortable, safe environment in which residents are given the opportunity to extend their learning outside the classroom. The Resident Directors and Resident Assistants are highly qualified staff members who are committed to a vision of creating community in the residence halls. The staff will work with you and challenge you to reach your potential and become well-rounded men and women for and with others. We encourage you to respect the important service that the Residential Life staff provides in developing a positive community. In fact, most of the Office of Residential Life staff members both work and live on campus to be more sensitive and responsive to the needs of residents. All members of the staff are eager to work with you to make the on-campus living experience a positive one.
We would also encourage you to familiarize yourself with the contents of this handbook. This publication is designed to inform you of what you can expect from us and what we will expect from you as a resident student. The policies and procedures have been developed to give you maximum freedom, while defining your responsibility as a member of a residential community. Throughout the year, we will continuously work to provide an explanation and viable rationale for each policy, and we invite questions, concerns and comments regarding our policies and procedures. Again, if we can assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to seek out any member of the Office of Residential Life staff or stop by our Central Office located in Loschert Hall Basement. We truly hope that you will take advantage of the opportunity that lies before you. Get involved, contribute to the campus and take an active part in creating a community within your residence hall.
Best wishes for a successful year.
The Office of Residential Life at Rose Hill
Welcome From The Residential Hall Association
Welcome home to the Residence Halls!
The Residence Halls Association (RHA) executive board would like to take this opportunity to welcome all returning, incoming and transfer students to what will surely be another year of stellar on-campus living. For those of you who aren’t familiar with RHA, it is one of the three student governments at Fordham University’s Rose Hill Campus. Our purpose is to represent you – the residents – and voice your concerns.
Think of RHA as your personal liaison to administration, and let your in-hall representative board help ensure that you have a comfortable, happy and fun resident experience. From advocating resident issues, to providing in-hall programs and organizing campus-wide events, the Residence Halls Association intends to work tirelessly to make your resident experience this year, a memorable one!
For those who are returning to the residence halls, we want to thank you for making last year so successful! For our new residents, know that we are planning on building on last year’s success and exceeding our previous accomplishments. Last year we had a record-breaking number of residents running for positions on their hall boards, and as a result we had a highly motivated team working all year on events. During Welcome Week, RHA helped throw the second annual #ClubLib dance on the lawn of the library to kick off the new semester. We then celebrated the extremely successful inaugural Fordham Dance Marathon (FDM) during our philanthropy month, The Series, where students raised over $33,000 for the B+ foundation to help the fight pediatric cancer. RHA also teamed up with other major student groups on campus to form the Coalition for Change, which brought alcohol education and awareness to campus, as well as alternative programming. Our Kentucky Derby themed Under the Tent Dance capped off the year, and sold-out in record time and was filled to capacity all night, despite the rain. All of this was done while continuing regular in-hall programming and other traditions such as monthly Quizzo nights, Midnight Breakfasts, Sophomore Finals Fest and Freshman Cinco de Mayo fiesta.
We encourage you to take an active role in your community by running for RHA. Election packets will be made available in all residence halls during the first few weeks of the year. Complete your application and submit it to the RHA office (McGinley 201, through the glass doors on the second floor and immediately to the left) by Friday September 12th at 5:00pm. Each hall board will consist of five or six members responsible for communicating concerns, spearheading initiatives, and enhancing our community through programming. Elections will occur in the McGinley Center on September 17th and 18th. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be a part of Fordham’s premier student-run organization and make 73 new friends! We would be delighted to receive your election packet. Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.
Again, welcome (back) to all!
The 2014-15 RHA Executive Board
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