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Specialized Living Experience

Specialized living experiences are unique residential environments that foster growth and development through targeted programmatic and staff supported efforts.

These experiences are centered around a common set of values or ideals and are provided to students who are interested in connecting with other students with similar interests or backgrounds. Some of these experiences require a contractual agreement aimed at upholding community standards and peer accountability and/or have expectations about participation.

If you are interested in proposing a Specialized Living Experience for 2018-2019 please submit a proposal here.

Specialized Living Experiences Applications for Upper-Class students must be submitted by 5 PM on March 3, 2017. Specialized Living Experiences Applications for First Year students must be submitted by 5 PM on May 5, 2017.


Gender Neutral : Global Living : LGBT : OHIO First Scholars  : Quiet Study : Sustainability : Substance Free : Sports and Rec
Women's Leadership : Social Justice : Out of State Student : Residential Learning Communities : Scholar Halls

 

Gender Neutral

The Gender Neutral Living Experience focuses on creating an inclusive environment where students can live in the same room with any student - regardless of sex, gender, gender identity/expression, or sexual orientation.

The Resident Assistant for this experience will work closely with the Resident Director of the building to create a living experience that is safe, comfortable and engaging. Collectively, programing efforts will focus on the interests of the residents. A mod-style living experience will encourage a close and open community. The bathroom will be all gendered as to not limit participation based on gender identity, gender expression, and/or sexual orientation.

Students will indicate an interest in the option through the housing contract. These students will then be sent a supplemental application which will ask them to identify how they will enhance the community and benefit from the community.

Location: Smith House (South Green)

Student Population: First Year/Second Year

Click here for Gender Neutral Housing Frequently Asked Questions.

Click here for the Gender Neutral Living Experience Application.

Global Living

The Global Living Experience would be great for any student who is considering study abroad or pursing a major with an international focus. We hope to assist domestic and international students engage in educational and social interactions. Boyd Hall will open for early arrivals in August and remain open during winter and spring break to accommodate domestic and international students’ needs for more flexible housing.

Also resident livings in the Global Living Experience will have the opportunity to pursue the International Cultural Understanding Certificate (ICUC). This program allows a student to earn an academic certificate while broadening their cultural experiences and gaining other important professional skills for the future while residing on campus. By participating in the activities associated with the ICUC, you'll have the chance to build upon your cultural competency, learn about different ways of life, and improve your ability to communicate with a variety of people.

There are three steps that must be completed to earn the certificate and more information can be found here. All three steps for the certificate must be completed within one academic semester but the certificate can be completed multiple times throughout your time at Ohio University.

Location: Boyd Hall (West Green)

Student Population: First Year/Second Year

LGBT

The LGBT Living Experience is a place where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally, Queer (et. al) identifying students can feel safe and supported in their living environment without the consideration of their gender identity, gender expression, and/or sexual orientation. This community will give students the ability to have an oasis where they are free to be themselves while supporting and getting support from their peers.

The Resident Assistant for this experience will work closely with the Resident Director of the building and the Director of the LGBT Center to create a living experience that is safe, comfortable and engaging. Collectively, programing efforts will focus on the interests of the residents while including special programing efforts that will immerse residents in LGBT issues and LGBT community engagement. A mod-style living experience will encourage a close and open community. The bathroom will be all gendered as to not limit participation based on gender identity, gender expression, and/or sexual orientation.

Students will indicate an interest in the option through the housing contract can find the LGBT Living Experience here.

Location: Smith House (South Green)

Student Population: First Year/Second Year

Click here for the LGBT Living Experience Application.

 

OHIO First Scholars

The OHIO First Scholars Living Experience will house first year first-generation college students at OHIO University. This community will offer a variety of ways to support first-gen residents as they transition from high school to college. For example, residents will be invited to networking opportunities with first-gen faculty and staff and will have access to free tutoring for any class they take. Residents will also have the opportunity to work with a first-gen faculty/staff mentor, participate in OHIO’s first-gen student organization, or take a first-gen seminar course. Other events like workshops, social events, leadership development, and service projects will be made available as well. 

Students will indicate an interest in the option through the housing contract. These students will then be sent a supplemental application which will ask them to identify how they will enhance the community and benefit from the community. More information on the OHIO First Scholars Community can be found at here.

Location: Ryors Hall (West Green)

Student Population: First Year

 

Quiet Study

The Quiet Study Living Experiences will put additional emphasis on creating a living environment that is more conducive to quiet study. Residents of quiet study facilities agree to keep all music and noise down to a level that cannot be heard outside of their room. All other halls have quiet-hour policies with varying times from Sunday through Thursday, and a 24-hour quiet policy is in effect across campus during final exams.

The Quiet Study Community Contract is available for review here.

Location: Bryan and Perkins Hall (East Green) Student Population: First Year/Second Year

Student Population: Perkins Hall and Ewing Hall-First Year, Bryan Hall-Second Year

 

Sustainability

The Sustainability Living Experience will focus on providing a living environment for second year students who have made a decision to live in a more sustainable way. Students will have the opportunity to attend a wide variety of exciting programs focusing on different sustainability themed concepts, topics, and skills. 

Sustainability, as defined at Ohio University, is the concept of utilizing resources in a way that does not negatively impact the ability of future generation to utilize the same resources (adapted from the Brundtland definition). In that same vein, this floor will work to explore the triple bottom line (people, planet, prosperity) of sustainability and how it plays out in the life of a college student.

Participants will learn skills relating to gardening, water conservation, energy conservation, toxin reduction, waste reduction, career development techniques and much more. This highly engaging experience is open to any student, regardless of academic discipline. 

More information on the Sustainable Living Floor can be found at here.

The Sustinability Living Experience is no longer accepting applications for 2017-2018.

Location: Tanaka Hall (South Green)

Student Population: Second Year

 

Substance Free

The Substance Free Living Experiences are residential environments for students who have made a conscious lifestyle choice for substance free living. All residents of substance free housing commit to keep their living environment free of alcohol, drugs and tobacco products.

The Substance Free Community Contract is available for review here.

Location: Shively Hall (East Green)

 Student Population: First Year/Second Year

Sports and Rec

The Sports and Rec Living Experience will provide a home for students studying Athletic Training, Exercise Physiology, Health Services Administration, Journalism (Sports Communication), Physical Education, Pre-Physical Therapy, Recreation Management, Sports Management, Transitional Health, Outdoor Recreation, and other related areas of study. This will also be a home for student athletes and club sports teams. This living experience will provide a living environment where residents who are studying and/or participating in sports and recreation activities have a chance to connect and learn from each other.

Location: James Hall (West Green)

Student Population: First Year/Second Year

Women's Leadership

The Women’s Leadership Living Experience is home to domestic and international female students. Residents of Voigt strive to build a strong, inclusive community where women can grow and develop together into strong female leaders on campus. Voigt is an energetic and creative community for women who want to create lasting friendships and positive experiences. Residents of the female only housing community agree to specific rules regarding male visitors. Male guests are allowed to visit Voigt Hall, but are prohibited from spending the night in the hall and must adhere to the standard guest policy.

Location: Voigt Hall (East Green)

Student Population: First Year/Second Year

Social Justice

The Social Justice Living Experience provides a home for residents who possess a passion and/or growing interest in exploring social justice and diversity issues. The residents taking part in this experience will grow in understanding of various identities, actively demonstrate sensitivity and respect for people from different walks of life, and engage in dialogued about diversity, inclusion, and social justice issues

Location: Wilson Hall (West Green)

Student Population: First and Second Year

 


Out of State Student

The Out of State Student Living Experience provides a community for students that share the experience of transitioning to Ohio University from out of state. This living experience will help out of state students connect with other non-Ohio students, campus resources, and the Athens community. Collectively, community development efforts will focus on navigating Ohio University as an out of state student.  

Location: Sargent Hall (West Green)

Student Population: First Year

 

Scholar Halls

Challenge your mind, build your network, and continue the conversation outside the classroom.

Read-Johnson Scholars' Complex - RJSC (HTC, Scholarship)

Located on the East Green, Read and Johnson Halls form the Scholars' Complex, which houses a number of students from the Honor’s Tutorial College (HTC) and other university scholarship programs (see list below). The complex features multiple study and community spaces for students to read, meet with a project group, or just relax. Read Hall also hosts visiting scholars who are encouraged to interact with students both informally and through planned engagements. The Read-Johnson Complex is located near Jefferson Dining Hall, the College of Education, and College of Fine Arts complex. It is also within easy walking distance to uptown Athens and the College Green. To learn more about this community, visit the Honor’s Tutorial College residence halls page or the RJSC homepage.

RJSC Eligible Scholarship Programs
  • Honor Tutorial College
  • Urban Scholars
  • Appalachian Scholars
  • Templeton Scholars
  • Cutler Scholars
  • Russ Vision
  • OHIO Signature Scholarship ($4500 or higher)

 

Perkins Hall (College of Arts and Sciences Scholars)

Scholars participating in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Scholars program have the option of living in Perkins Hall on the East Green. Scholars will take a connected course each semester that facilitates intensive discussion, reflection, and writing. First year CAS Scholars are encouraged to live in Perkins to take advantage of planned and casual academic, community, and social programs. Perkins is located next to Shively Dining Hall and is also within easy walking distance to Morton Hall and the College Green. To learn more about this community, visit the College of Arts and Sciences Scholars’ page.


Residential Learning Communities

Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) are formal course groupings for students that offer a residential component to merge academic exploration with on-campus living. A wide variety of information on RLC's is found on our Residential Learning Communities information page.