General Policies

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This section deals with the resources and rules which have been established to make living at the College as congenial as possible while preserving the resources of the College.

The College believes that the experience of living in the residence halls with one’s peers is an integral part of the educational process. Opportunities for personal growth and development and the broadening of horizons abound. It is expected that students in residence will work together, as members of the Haverford College community, to create a harmonious and positive living environment, while treating one another and College property with respect and care and in keeping with community standards and the Honor Code.

Students coming to Haverford are given and assume much responsibility for their own behavior inside and outside of the classroom.  With no residence assistants or other staff living in the residence halls, students accept the responsibility to live up to and abide by the Honor Code and all policies, rules and regulations of the College.
Students are expected to familiarize themselves with information and regulations to be prepared for and aware of the responsibilities of living in College housing. It is the responsibility of all students to read, understand, and abide by all policies and procedures in the Students’ Guide as well as the Honor Code and to act within accordance of the College’s community standards.

If it comes to the College’s attention that a student’s or group of students’ behavior or life-style is creating an unsafe or unsanitary condition, is putting themselves or others at risk, or is unduly disruptive or inhospitable to the lives of others, they will be expected to cooperate with College officials to correct any problems to the College’s satisfaction. Failure to do so could either jeopardize their right to remain in College housing or to obtain such housing in the future.

Student Behavior in the Residence Halls

Students living in the residence halls accept their responsibility to adhere to the Honor Code

Students accept their shared responsibility to act in accordance with the Honor Code, treating each other, the community and the campus with mutual trust, respect and concern.

2. Social
Our community’s social relationships are also based on mutual trust, concern and respect. We must consider how our words and actions, regardless of the medium, may affect the sense of acceptance essential to an individual’s or group’s participation in the community. We strive to foster an environment that genuinely encourages respectful expression of differing values in honest and open discussion. We recognize that acts of discrimination and harassment, including, but not limited to, acts of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, ableism, discrimination based on religion or political ideology, and discrimination based on national origin or English capability are devoid of respect and therefore, by definition, violate this Code. Upon encountering actions or values that we find degrading to ourselves and to others, we should initiate dialogue with the goal of increasing mutual understanding.

Section 3.05 Community Standards
As part of the Haverford community, we are obligated to reflect on our own actions as well as the actions of those around us in light of their effect on the community and confront others when their conduct disturbs us. We must also report our own breaches to Honor Council if it becomes clear through self-reflection or through expressions of concern by others that our academic or social conduct represents a violation of community standards. We are obligated to report ourselves even if doing so may result in a trial and the possibility of separation from the college.

When conflicts do occur, it is important to remember that the Honor Code requires students to try “to resolve conflicts by engaging others in dialogues that yield greater awareness for all parties involved.” Students are reminded that resources are available if guidance would be helpful or is needed. These resources include but are not limited to Dorm Resource Persons (DRP), members of the Honor Council, members of the Residential Life Committee, Graduate Assistants, and the staff in the Office of Residential Life.

Student Room and Residence Hall Upkeep

As part of the Haverford community, students living on campus assume a shared responsibility to treat their rooms, residence halls, and campus in general with respect and care.

Students are expected to keep their room, common areas, lounges, hallways, stairwells, and the residence halls in general – reasonably clean and in good order. Students’ responsibilities also include, but not limited to the following: taking care of and the proper use of – including not moving it elsewhere – the College-owned furniture that has been assigned to them, and for the timely reporting of any housekeeping, maintenance, or Campus Safety problems in residence halls. Students are responsible for cleaning up after themselves by removing and properly disposing of their own trash, garbage, and recycling on a regular basis in order to avoid creating health and safety hazards for themselves or other residents.

For safe egress in an emergency, students are responsible for keeping their belongings out of hallways and stairwells.

Should it come to the College’s attention that a student’s or group of students’ lifestyle is creating unsanitary and/or hazardous conditions, the student(s) will be expected to cooperate with College staff and/or administration to correct any problems to the College’s satisfaction. Failure to do so may jeopardize the student’s or group of students’ right either to remain in current housing or to obtain such housing in the future. Students are also expected to respect the outside areas they use on the campus. Students are responsible for removing and properly disposing of their trash, garbage, and recycling when they outside, too, and for not causing harm to the campus grounds and property.


The College accepts no responsibility whatsoever for any damage to or loss of student property, wherever it is located, including the student storage areas. For this reason, the College strongly recommends that all students make sure that their personal property is adequately insured and use the storage areas for items of little value.  The College will not honor claims made against it for damage or loss.

Course Load and Campus Housing Privileges

According to College policy, “In order to maintain campus housing privileges, students must enroll for a minimum of three credits in any given semester regardless of whether they are on or ahead of schedule to graduate in the maximum of four years of study.”  For more information please see the 2016-2017 Haverford College Catalog Academic Regulations page.14.

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