Formal Group Housing (FGH), implemented in fall 2002, is a housing option available to viable student organizations that have a shared mission, an organizational structure, a desire to live together in campus housing, and a willingness to be responsible for the privilege of occupying such housing.  Student organizations are eligible for group housing if they meet identified criteria including the presence of a functioning governance structure, the involvement of a faculty or staff advisor, and a commitment to service to the Lawrence and/or Fox Cities community.

FGH is designed to increase the range of housing options available to all students.  This option allows students to experience the benefits and rewards of small group living while ensuring equitable access to residential facilities. FGH is an option for groups whose mission is consistent with the goals and purposes of Lawrence University and whose ability to fulfill the mission will be enhanced by the opportunity to live together.

FGH units are either individual dwellings (i.e., houses) or distinct, separate areas within a larger residential facility.  [For purposes of this document, FGH units of either type are hereafter referred to as “houses.”]  A group residing in FGH establishes its own residential rules including quiet/courtesy hours.

Code of Conduct

All residents of FGH are expected to abide by the Lawrence University Social Code as well as all local, state, and federal laws.  The group has a responsibility to establish standards for appropriate behavior and to educate its members about such behavior.  With the privilege of living in FGH comes the obligation to hold members accountable for their individual and group behavior and to address instances or patterns of inappropriate behavior in a timely and responsible manner.

Each FGH unit will establish an internal Conduct Board to address instances of inappropriate behavior.  This internal Conduct Board complements but does not supercede the University’s Judicial Board.  In a typical residence hall situation, a Residence Hall Director may be made aware of inappropriate behavior of residents, and the professional staff member will respond by confronting the students, addressing the situation, and educating the students about appropriate behavior and/or consequences ofbcontinued inappropriate behavior.  Alleged inappropriate behavior by any member(s) of a group in FGH will be reported to the group’s Conduct Board, and the Conduct Board will be expected to address the situation and educate the student(s) involved. A complaint about the behavior of a group member(s) may be brought forward by another member of the group, a staff member, or any member of the campus community.  The Conduct Board will respond to any allegation of inappropriate behavior by any of its members.  Written correspondence to the student(s) involved will document the outcome of the educational efforts. Copies of all documentation (incident reports, complaints, and follow up correspondence) will be forwarded to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. 

It is unrealistic to expect that there will be no problems with or complaints against members of a group living together; it is, however, unacceptable to ignore, condone, or deny inappropriate behavior by individuals or groups.  The most successful groups living in FGH will be those that confront and address concerns, and a group will not be penalized as it is reviewed or re-applies for FGH for holding its members accountable for violations of the Social Code or local, state, and federal laws.  At any time during the year an internal Conduct Board may request that the Housing Office find alternate housing arrangements for any disruptive group member in order to improve functioning of the group living in FGH. In addition, acting in accordance with his/her job responsibilities, the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students will work in consultation with the FGH Selection and Review Board (see below) to take necessary disciplinary action against individuals or groups in cases of egregious behavior, patterns of inappropriate behavior, or health and safety concerns. In serious cases, such disciplinary action may include revocation of the FGH privilege.  As in all university matters, the President serves as the final authority.

Training in such skills as identifying unacceptable or unsafe behavior, confronting peers, and educating through use of appropriate sanctions will be made available to internal Conduct Boards.  In addition, the group is encouraged to involve their advisor in establishing and maintaining acceptable standards of behavior.  During the annual review process, a group’s conduct history will be examined.  Successfully addressing any behavioral concerns will be an indication of the group’s ability to self-govern and function smoothly.  Any serious isolated incidents as well as any pattern of inappropriate behavior will be reviewed, and there must be evidence that attempts to change negative behavior on the part of a group member(s) have been successful.  Failure to report and/or address violations of the Social Code will reflect negatively upon the group during the annual review process.

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