Living in the Community

The Office of Residence Life and Commuter Student Services (ORLCSS) seeks to create a seamless learning environment where lessons learned in the classroom can be explored and integrated into life beyond the classroom and students’ experiences outside their formal academic programs can be connected with classroom work.

The goal of ORLCSS is that students living in the residence halls realize responsibility for self, community and world.  Through the Residential Curriculum we hope that residents will be able to begin exploring these three dimensions of responsibility through their experiences here at UMW, particularly outside the classroom; reflect on these experiences, make meaning from them and ultimately grow as a result.

Every residential student will be exposed to all three dimensions of responsibility each year they live in the residence halls, but will not have the same experiences every year. Each dimension builds upon one another allowing for an increasingly in-depth understanding of each type of responsibility as the student progresses through their college career

From interacting with the Residential Curriculum we want students to develop a philosophy of self-awareness, reflection and responsibility. Our learning outcomes for residential students are as follows:

  • Each student will explore and engage concepts of personal responsibility.

Personal responsibility centers on one’s personal beliefs in self, the dreams they have and the actions to be taken to make these dreams a reality.  Personal responsibility focuses on the intrapersonal competencies of personal responsibility, which include personal attributes such as ethics and integrity and personal goal setting as well as practical competencies that include the ability to maintain personal health and wellness; prioritize time to achieve a balance in academics, leisure activities, and other obligations; and economic self-sufficiency.

Concepts Related to Personal Responsibility 
First Year Students Second Year Students Upperclass Students
Campus Involvement Personal Values, Ethics and Biases Aligning Goals with Career/Post-College Aspirations
Time Management Setting Goals Principles of Personal Finance (i.e. debt, budgeting, credit, savings,etc.
Health and Wellness Campus Resources Academic and Career Campus Resources Post-College Life Skills (i.e. health and fitness after college, transitioning into a career, home and car maintenance,etc.)
  •  Each student will explore and engage concepts of community responsibility

Community Responsibility refers to the ability to live in community with others.  Community responsibility focuses on the practical competency of effective communication and interpersonal competencies that include collaboration, the ability to work with individuals different from one’s self, the ability to create meaningful relationships, and an understanding of the importance of interdependence.

Concepts Related to Community Responsibility 
First Year Students Second Year Students Upperclass Students
Impact of Personal
Actions In Community
Impact of Personal
Actions In Community
Positive and Respectful Interpersonal Relationships
Effective Communication Effective Use of Common Spaces to Support Academic and Social Endeavors Effective Communication
Peer Group Impact
  • Each student will explore and engage concepts of global responsibility

Global responsibility refers to fact that the world today consists of one global community.  This creates a need for individuals to consider the impact of their actions on a global scale.  Thus, global responsibility focuses on the competencies of humanitarianism and civic engagement.  Humanitarianism includes having an understanding and appreciation of human differences, the ability to learn about and interact effectively with people from different cultures coupled with overall social responsibility.  Civic engagement includes a sense of civic responsibility, commitment to public life through communities of practice, the ability to engage in principled dissent, and effective leadership.

Concepts Related to Global Responsibility 
First Year Students Second Year Students Upperclass Students
Campus Leadership Opportunities Community Service/Philanthrophy Respectful Acknowledgement of Differences in Lifestyle/Opinions
Global Impact of Recycling/Waste Reduction Global Issues/Causes Global Humanitarianism/Civic Engagement Issues
Human/Cultural Differences on a Global Scale