Lawrence University is a residential college by design. Students are required to live on-campus because we believe that a small residential community distinguished by frequent face-to-face interactions between and among its members provides an ideal environment for accomplishing the goals of liberal education. Lawrence's residential nature maintains and expands the opportunities for meaningful interactions outside the classroom and, in so doing, contributes to the fulfillment of Lawrence's mission to promote among students "the development of intellect and talent, the acquisition of knowledge and understanding, and the cultivation of judgment and values." Furthermore, meaningful relationships between students and faculty, among students, and within the Lawrence community at large preserve and extend the vitality of the institution.

Therefore, residential life at Lawrence should strive to:

  1. Enhance the academic community by sustaining an environment that
    • fosters the exchange and evaluation of ideas and opinions,
    • supports vigorous debate, and
    • promotes critical examination of the assumptions and values of its members.
  2. Encourage and facilitate the interaction of students, faculty and staff in order to
    • strengthen the intellectual and social environment of the college,
    • provide role-models for individual development, and
    • support the establishment of meaningful relationships and long-lasting friendships.
  3. Advance the personal and intellectual growth of individuals.
  4. Nurture an inclusive environment that
    • promotes mature and responsible behavior,
    • values diversity and tolerance for differences, and
    • encourages mutual respect and understanding.
  5. Support and encourage student leadership, independence, self-governance and accountability.
  6. Ensure equitable residential and social opportunities for all students.
  7. Provide opportunities for students to create and participate in a rich variety of co- and extra-curricular activities.
  8. Contribute to a safe and healthful campus environment.