2015 – 2016 Information and Policies

Residence halls provide the best possible living accommodations in terms of convenience and comfort. The value of residence halls goes far beyond the mere physical facilities. Residence halls provide places for students to live and interact in an atmosphere designed to enhance their intellectual, social and cultural awareness. Group living is an important part of a student's education as he/she interacts with others of different personal philosophies and who vary in nationality, race, religion, and backgrounds. The character of a student's living, study, and recreational environment strongly influences academic performance. It is expected that individuals of the community will assume an active role in maintaining a safe, secure and enjoyable environment that will promote courtesy, respect and responsibility by its members. Hall staff is provided to assist and facilitate this process.

The residence halls are administered through the Office of Residential Life. Halls are staffed with professional Residence Directors who coordinate undergraduate student staffs. Collectively, residence hall staff members provide for the general well-being of students through community building, the upholding of community standards, targeted needs-driven programming, and attending to individual students, and their concerns and crises.

Why residential living?

The residential experience is a fundamental part of the mission of Illinois Wesleyan University.  Students in residence are able to maintain a closer relationship with other students, with faculty and staff, and with the institution as they participate in programmed and unprogrammed experiences that provide for meaningful social, cultural and educational development.  Living and interacting with others who have different personal philosophies and who vary in nationality, gender, race, religion and sexual orientation are an important part of one's educational experience and personal development.

When a group of people lives together, there is a need to develop expectations for behavior which promotes an environment that enhances the achievement of community goals. These expectations provide for the protection of everyone's rights so that community members can pursue their educational objectives without interference. The Illinois Wesleyan community has identified expectations and is committed to the concept of shared responsibility for maintaining the quality of life in the community.

In addition to the policies and expectations outlined in this section, all students are expected to adhere to the published regulations and policies found in the Student Handbook and University Catalog. Since each residence hall has its own unique living environment, additional expectations may exist in each hall. These regulations have been formulated to assure the safety and welfare of all residence hall students.

Illinois Wesleyan University's Office of Residential Life is dedicated to the integrity and personal growth of each individual. We encourage you to make a positive contribution to your residential community.

Community Expectations

As a Member of This Community...

  • I will respect the dignity of all persons. I will not demean individuals or groups by insulting, intimidating, harassing, or discriminating. I will strive to learn from and respect differences in people, ideas and opinions.
  • I will strive for personal integrity and support the academic endeavor.
  • I will demonstrate concern for others, for their feelings, and for their need to be supported in their academic and personal development.
  • I will respect the rights and property of others.
  • I will do all in my power to see that the residence hall is kept clean and attractive, knowing that such an environment is essential to both physical and mental health.
  • I will respect the common areas of the building that are used by all residents. I will not damage university property, remove lounge furniture, or smoke in any common area.
  • I expect all members to abide by these community guidelines and to strive for high moral and ethical standards. I have the right and the responsibility to voice my opinion and concerns to any individual who disregards these tenets for community living.

IWU Campus Living Options: Choices & Flexibility

Traditional Halls

Traditional residence halls provide students with opportunities to interact and build relationships with a large, diverse group of peers, while still maintaining close ties with a smaller group of floor-, wing- or suitemates.

First-Year students begin their stay at IWU in Dolan, Ferguson, Gulick or Munsell halls. All other residence halls house upperclass students.

Small Halls

A number of small halls dot the periphery of IWU's campus.  These former single-family homes have been renovated in such a way as to house 14-35 students in a variety of unique rooms.  Small halls typically are associated with a theme, and the students who live within it are committed to exploring that theme throughout the year.

Students living in small halls acknowledge that their assignment into a small hall is a privilege, and that the violation of any University or housing policies may lead to removal from the hall. Residency in small halls is determined through a theme application process that precedes the housing lottery in the spring semester.

Residential Life Staff and Leadership Opportunities


Residence Directors

Residence Directors (RDs) are young professionals interested in the development of college students and committed to meeting the needs of students in residence. Integral members of the student affairs team, their major responsibility is to translate the philosophy of the IWU residence hall program into a practical and meaningful set of services, activities and programs for students. In addition to counseling residents concerning personal, roommate and academic concerns, RDs are responsible for promoting hall programs and activities, advising hall councils and managing all aspects of residence hall life. In this process, RDs promote the development of skills for leadership, decision-making, conflict resolution, fiscal management, problem solving and self-discipline. RDs live in apartments in traditional residence halls. There are 5 RDs on staff.

Residential Community Advisors

Residential Community Advisors are upperclass students in their second or third year of employment in the Office of Residential Life.  In this position, students show greater levels of leadership as they continue living in the residence halls. Residential Community Advisors work in each traditional residence hall with hall staff, Hall Council and the management of the front desk area.  RCAs also serve as an advisory and policy review committee for the Office of Residential Life. Finally, Residential Community Advisors mentor new student-staff members and serve as a contact in the absence of the Residence Director. There are 8 Residential Community Advisors on staff.

First-Year Resident Advisors

First-Year Resident Advisors are student-staff members living in first-year residence halls. These students live on each floor and are available to assist residents with problems and concerns. First-Year Resident Advisors are a primary source of continuing orientation of first-year students to the University community. First-Year Resident Advisors are specially trained to understand and address common transition issues common to first-year students. Their primary responsibilities are: to create and maintain a sense of community on the floor and in the hall, initiate and encourage campus and hall programs, answer questions and direct students to different campus services, counsel residents, confront inappropriate behavior and interpret University policies to the residents. There are 17 First-Year Resident Advisors on staff.

Resident Assistants

Resident Assistants are student-staff members living in upperclass residence halls. These students live on each floor and are available to assist residents with problems and concerns. Their primary duties are: to create and maintain a sense of community on the floor and in the hall, initiate and encourage campus and hall programs, counsel residents, uphold community standards and interpret University policies to the residents. There are 22 Resident Assistants on staff.

Multicultural and Sustainabilty Educators  

Multicultural and Sustainability Educators provide critical leadership in programming around two important departmental and institutional core values.  There are 5 of each on staff and a Lead ME and Lead SE who coordinate all campus programming efforts of the group.

Desk Aides


Each traditional residence hall staffs a centralized hall desk that provides many important services to the residence hall community. Grounded in friendly, quality and customer-oriented service, each residence hall desk is managed and staffed by Desk Aides and supervised by an RCA. The desk functions as a reception area to welcome guests, provides information about the hall and the University, distributes residents' mail and also serves as the hall's office where residents may get change, buy stamps and borrow shared equipment. Its last and most important function is that the desk operates as a communication headquarters during any emergency period.

House Managers

In University-owned Greek chapter houses, a House Manager (HM) is selected by the residents of the building to serve as a liaison between the residents of the facility and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life (OFSL). The HM generally collects and distributes residents' mail, forwards on maintenance requests and helps check in and check out residents.

Custodial and Maintenance Staff

Complimenting the efforts of the residence hall staff are the personnel of the Physical Plant Office. The custodians and maintenance staff supervised by the Physical Plant have an important responsibility in assuring properly maintained and clean buildings. All of these people serve you and deserve your cooperation. Residents cooperate by reporting maintenance problems to the hall staff or desk and by treating the staff and the environment with respect.

Residence Hall Association

The Residence Hall Association is the voice and representative body of students living in residence halls. Membership consists of representatives from each non-Greek living unit and an executive board.

RHA's services and events include a number of campus-wide programming opportunities for students each semester, such as all-hall kickball, condom bingo, and opportunities for students to attend regional and national leadership conferences. RHA also offers a pizza promotion for parents to purchase for their students during finals week and a graduation frame with a picture of a campus landmark.

RHA offers leadership positions for students with a wide array of backgrounds and interests. Contact your Residence Director or Hall Government for more information.

Hall Government

At the beginning of the academic year, each hall holds elections for membership in the Hall Government. Hall Government positions differ based on the living unit, but generally include a President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer, a Student Senate Representative and representatives from each residence hall floor/wing/suite. This group works to build community in the halls by providing social and educational programs and by communicating the needs of the residents to the Residential Life Staff. Involved students learn the value of responsibility by assisting in addressing the problems and concerns of all residence hall students. Residence hall governance is extremely important to the IWU residence hall program.