General Housing Policy
MLC desires to make full use of the facilities supplied by our synod and strives, in this regard, to utilize the full capacity of our dormitories so that they operate most efficiently and most economically for the students and the college. In addition we believe there is value in having our older students serve as on-campus models and encouragers for underclassmen. Dormitory life does provide a measure of “community” and the Christian friendship and fellowship developed in the dormitory has proven beneficial to our synod’s called workers. For these reasons MLC requires its students to live in the dormitory as long as sufficient space is available.
Currently MLC’s four dormitories house students according to the following plan:
- Augustana Hall for women
- Centennial Hall for women
- Concord Hall for men
- Summit Hall for men
While it is important to remember that the school encourages all students to share a room with a roommate and sees benefit in this arrangement, nevertheless, limited accommodations are available for those who desire to live in a room without a roommate.
Sometimes a person doesn’t return to school or leaves school for some reason and, as a result, his or her roommate becomes “roommate-less.” Efforts will be made to match up individuals with new roommates. In some cases, the housing staff may even assign people as roommates.
It may also happen that an individual either requests to live without a roommate or is unwilling to take on a new roommate. In such cases–and if space permits–a person may fill out an application to live in a room by him- or herself, and, if the application is approved, will pay an additional room fee of $300/semester. This privilege is made available only to Juniors and Seniors.
Dormitory residents share quarters with at least one other student. When vacancies in the dormitory occur, efforts will be made to pair-up new roommates. “Single rooms” will be discouraged and those without roommates will be paired by the Dormitory Staff. (See “Single Rooms” above.)
Returning students select roommates in spring for the following year under the supervision of the dormitory staff. New students are assigned roommates. Preference in the choice of a roommate is respected whenever possible.
Students are encouraged to adjust to dormitory life and to their roommate with PATIENCE. If exceptional circumstances make a room change necessary, students must seek the permission of their dormitory supervisor.
Roommate and room changes must have the agreement of all the students who are affected by the move.
- The VP for Student Life generally engages students who have completed at least six semesters of college to serve as resident assistants (RA’s).
- There is at least one RA on each floor or wing of a dormitory.
- The RA provides students with guidance in campus living and at the same time represents the interests of students to the dormitory staff.
- An RA may be “on duty” and fully in charge of the operation of a dormitory.
- RA’s monitor open dorm hours, inspect rooms, report needed maintenance, and otherwise promote sensible living.
- RA’s are assistants … to the students and to the dormitory supervisors. They will assist students with their difficulties and will assist the dormitory supervisors if students are causing difficulties.
- RA’s work to support your dormitory supervisor and your resident assistants in all areas of dormitory living, including the following:
- open dorm hours and procedures.
- matters of concern between individual residents.
- the reporting of needed repairs to school authorities.
- the appearance and cleanliness of rooms and common areas.
- unreported damage.
- waste disposal and recycling.
- student behavior and deportment.