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Residential Life

Special-interest housing selection for 2018–19

The special-interest housing selection process allows students to select housing in special-interest housing options within our nine on-campus residence halls. Special-interest housing includes eight housing options that are outside of the standard residence hall room selection process.

Any students that are interested in this process are encouraged to apply.

Please know that many parts of this process overlap with the residence hall room selection process, so students are encouraged to read both pages for all pertinent information.

 

DATES

Special-interest housing selection for the 2018–19 academic year will occur on April 19 and 20.

 

STEPS TO THE PROCESS

Special-interest housing selection contains the following steps:

  • Complete the 2018–19 on-campus housing application.
    • All students participating in residence hall room selection must complete the 2018–19 housing application. Students will not be able to select a room until this is completed.
    • This application is currently available and can be found on the Skidmore College Odyssey HMS website.
    • The following guide can walk you through the process if necessary: Housing Application Guide, 2018–19.
  • Complete the 2018–19 special-interest housing application.
    • All students participating in residence hall room selection must complete the 2018–19 special-interest housing application.
    • This application is currently available and can be found on the Skidmore College Odyssey HMS website.
    • The application deadline will be Wednesday, April 11 at 4 p.m.
  • Special-interest housing selection
    • All eligible students will receive a selection time from the Office of Residential Life prior to selection. Students will need to access the Skidmore College Odyssey HMS website at or after their selection time to select a room.
    • Students are encouraged to select a room as close to their start time as possible. The process will continue regardless of whether or not they have selected. Delaying selection will only limit housing options.

 

OPTIONS

Substance-free floor

The purpose of the substance-free community is to support all students in their decision to not allow alcohol or other drugs to negatively affect the community in which they live. Further, the substance-free community exists in order to provide students with a comfortable, safe, living environment free from the pressures associated with alcohol and other drugs. This community is closely knit, as students share this common bond. Students who are in substance-abuse recovery programs are encouraged to apply.

Thee substance-free community will make up the entirety of Howe and Rounds halls.

Students living within this community agree to three conditions:

  • Not to physically bring drugs and/or alcohol into this community
  • Not to enter this community under the influence of drugs and or alcohol
  • Not bring guests into this area who are under the effects of drugs and/or alcohol

If students who live in this community are found to violate any of these conditions, they may be asked to move out of the community.

Substance-free–quiet floor

The substance-free—quiet floor is located on the third floor of Howe Hall within the substance-free community and will observe 24-hour quiet hours in addition to the other conditions to substance-free living.

Global community

The global community is a special-interest option designed for students who value learning about other countries. This community is open to all students (domestic, international, study-abroad alumni, etc.) who wish to learn more about the global influences on students

The global community will be located on the 11th floor of Jonsson Tower.

Multicultural community

The multicultural community is a special-interest option that will provide opportunities for students to learn about and appreciate the diverse backgrounds of their peers. This community is open to students of all racial and ethnic identities.

The multicultural community will be located on the 10th floor of Jonsson Tower.

Gender-neutral housing

Gender-neutral housing is an option provided within our residence halls to allow students to live outside of the standard confines of housing by legal sex. Students choosing this option will be housed in either a section of Wiecking Hall where the bathroom is not gendered or in a suite in one of our eight other residence halls where the bathroom is not gendered.

Quiet floor

The quiet floor is a community that is designed to provide a quieter atmosphere than most residence halls in hope of providing an environment that meets the needs of students who need a quiet environment for their studies.

This floor will observe 24-hour quiet hours year-round. Student who live in this area who violate quiet hours may be asked to move out of the community.

The quiet floor will be located on the fifth floor of Jonsson Tower.

Women's housing

Keeping with our roots of initially being founded as a women's college, Skidmore College currently offers women's floors within our residence halls. These floors provide our female students with an opportunity to live in a floor community consisting exclusively of other women.

For 2018–19 there are two floor with this option. These are located on the third floor of McClellan Hall and the other on the third floor of Wilmarth Hall.

The women's floors are open to all students who identify as women.

(Please know that due to limitations of software programs, students whose gender identity does not match their legal sex on record with the college will need to contact the Office of Residential Life directly to select this community).

Honors Forum housing

Housing option available only to students in the Periclean Honors Forum. Students applying for this option will not need to complete the 2018–19 special-interest housing application.  They instead should connect with the Honors Forum staff to indicate their interest. The Office of Residential Life, in conjunction with Honors Forum, will then set up students with access to the actual selection process.

 

OTHER INFORMATION

Roommate selection

Students looking to live with a roommate in a special-interest housing option will need to do two things:

  • First, you will need to designate your roommate via the 2018–19 on-campus housing application. For information on how to do this, see the Housing Application Guide, 2018–19. If you have already completed this application, you can still confirm your roommate via the "Edit Roommate Preference" link in the Skidmore College Odyssey HMS website.
  • Second, both you and your roommate must request the same special-interest housing option through the 2018–19 special-interest housing application.

If both of these are complete, you will just need to choose to include your roommate when selecting a room.

Proxy information

Residence hall room selection is a fully online process. As a result, as long as a student has access to the internet, most should be able to complete this process themselves regardless of their physical location. If during your selection time you are:

  • In class
  • In practice
  • Away from an internet connection
  • Have another appointment
  • Traveling

... you should assign a proxy.

The proxy process for residence hall room selection is fully online. Two documents have been provided below to help you with this process:

 

COMMON QUESTIONS

Can I sign up for more than one option?

Yes. You may sign up for as many options as you wish. There is no penalty for signing up for more options. You will pick what option you want at selection.

I submitted an application but I have now changed my mind. Can I still select in the regular selection process?

Yes. If you change your mind and do not wish to select to live in special-interest housing after submitting an application, you just need to not pick as part of this process. You will then participate in residence hall room selection between April 23 and 27.