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Residence Life

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Southern Vermont College’s Residence Life program encourages all students to develop independence, responsibility, accountability, and leadership experiences in conjunction with their classroom experiences.

Each residence hall has Resident Advisors (RAs) to help residents. RAs are valuable resources for all students on campus. Their main responsibilities are the safety, security, and well-being of the resident students. They offer educational and recreational programs that all students are encouraged to attend. The staff of RAs are supervised and trained by the Resident Directors.

We all need to work together to live in a healthy and safe community. We encourage all members of our community to participate in our events and offer suggestions, ideas, and assistance. Southern Vermont College is a wonderful place to live, and we all must work together to keep it that way.

Residence Hall living can be a very important part of a student’s educational experience. Many lifelong friendships have developed from college roommate relationships. Southern Vermont College encourages all full-time students to take advantage of the on-campus housing facilities.

All full-time students with fewer than six full-time semesters (not including summer sessions) of college enrollment are required to reside in College housing. If a student transfers to the College with fewer than six full-time semesters of college enrollment, the student will be required to live in College housing until the  requirement is met. Housing contracts are in effect for the entire academic year. Students who break their contract without express permission from the Dean of Students will be held financially responsible for all room and board charges. For a student to be exempt from the residency requirement, the student must meet at least one of the following criteria:

• Have at least four semesters of full-time college enrollment;
• Be 23 years of age or older;
• Be a veteran of the U.S. armed forces;
• Be married and/or have children; or
• Be considered a local resident by living within a 50-mile commuting radius of the College and have established that residency for at least three months prior to enrollment.

Students who live off campus without approval may be billed for room and board.

Contact Information

Elizabeth Doughty
Residence Director

Fax: 802-447-4083
982 Mansion Drive
Bennington, VT 05201-6002

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