In a July mailing to the entire Colgate community, the Board of Trustees
announced a new four-year residential life program to be implemented beginning
- The new program takes into account the findings of a task force of trustees,
faculty, students and administrative staff who spent 30 months studying campus
culture. Not all task force recommendations are included in the program.
Recommendations that Greek-letter organizations be non-exclusive and
coeducational were rejected, for example.
- The program is an integrated approach to residential life that addresses the
needs of students throughout four undergraduate years.
- The First-Year Life Skills Program provides increased support to incoming
students who self-identify as wanting and/or needing help making the
transition to college life. The program also offers optional workshops on
career exploration and life skills with a heavy emphasis on communication.
- The Sophomore Experience in the Arts of Democracy provides new
programs that give students opportunities to explore major
public issues and a chance to create a unique sophomore experience.
- In the Broad Street Community, juniors and seniors will live with
select groups of friends in university-owned houses, governing the
residences within university guidelines.
- The only required component is the orientation for first-year students.
Sophomores may choose not to participate. Juniors and seniors can opt out of
the Broad Street program by selecting to live in university-owned apartments.
- This fall, the Office of Residential Education will convene teams of
students, faculty and staff to develop the programmatic details of the Broad
Street neighborhoods, including house governance, educational programming and
recruitment of residents. The Broad Street Community houses will comprise
groups of students who:
- affiliate around a theme normally connected to an academic department
or other university program; or
- affiliate with a chapter of a Greek-letter organization; or
- form small, self-selected groups of four to eight students.
- The trustees concluded the preservation of the Greek-letter system was
consistent with the vision for the Broad Street Community, but recognized that
"significant problems arose when the properties were independently owned and
not overseen by the university."
- Colgate will seek to acquire all Greek-letter houses during the next two
years and will make substantial investments in the properties so that they
will remain attractive and safe residential options.
- Through outright ownership, Colgate will be able to work directly with
fraternity and sorority members as they govern their organizations and
manage the properties. Greek-letter organizations in good standing can
continue to occupy the houses.
- Beginning in fall 2005, all students will be required to live in university
housing, with the exception of up to 250 seniors who may be granted permission
to live off campus, as has been the case for many years.