The following are the base expectations for ALL EcoVillage residents
- Live in the EcoVillage residential spaces in Bragaw Hall (first and second floors on the north side of the building)
- Follow the Code of Student Conduct and University Housing Community Standards
- Attend EcoVillage Orientation at the beginning of each semester
- Reserve time in their schedules to gather on varying evenings and weekends for group project work times, committee meetings, social events, communal meals, activity-based programs and trips, and guest speakers
Expectations for First-Year Villagers
In addition to the general EcoVillage expectations above, first-year and transfer students must complete the following:
- Complete EcoVillage’s 1-credit hour required course during the first semester of residency, entitled USC 116, “Introduction to Sustainability for EcoVillage”
- Fall semester residents will be automatically enrolled in this course, Spring connect students must register themselves after Village approval
- Participation in a group service learning project (outside of designated class meeting times) is a requirement of the course
- This course earns credit towards a degree as an Interdisciplinary Perspectives General Education Program course
- Work toward achieving either the Bronze, Silver or Gold EcoVillage LEADer in Sustainability Award by the end of the academic year
Expectations for Second-Year Villagers
Returning second-year villagers hone their sustainability leadership skills by committing to completing the University’s Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement’s Leadership Development Certificate.
As returning EcoVillage students, second-year villagers are expected to stay active in the village, take on a voluntary leadership role within the Village, and have the opportunity to positively impact incoming first-year and transfer Villagers, all the while receiving such benefits as:
- Reserved on-campus housing for the following academic year in a community that they love
- First priority EcoVillage program and trip registration
- Completion of a resume-building professional development experience
Spaces for returning EcoVillagers are extremely limited; approved returning residents will not be able to request a non-participating preferred roommate. Approved returning villagers may select another approved returning village participant to room with or may room with a Village Mentor.
Admission to the EcoVillage second-year program requires active membership during their first semester in the EcoVillage, as well as an application to return through University Housing’s general Housing application and completion of a Village application. Final approval to return comes from the EcoVillage Director, based in observation of student participation and contributions to the EcoVillage community during the student’s first year.