Office of Residence Life Mission Statement
St. Augustine believed you learn the most while living in community with others. Living in community provides students with opportunities to learn about themselves, learn from others, and develop lifelong friendships. Resident students who call Merrimack their home away from home live in a variety of settings, ranging from traditional double/triple floors, to suites, townhouses, and apartments. Each environment provides residents with the opportunity to grow personally and as a community. Members of the Residence Life Staff are present to help students navigate through this experience, and to see that it is as fulfilling as possible. Leadership development activities are provided through the Resident Advisor program. Social, educational, and spiritual programs are designed to connect students to each other and provide a venue for learning outside of the classroom. The department also oversese student room selection and placement, and works with residents to address conflict with each other should it arise. The Residence Life staff works closely with other offices and departments on campus and are able to serve as a resource to all students.
Residence Life Goals
The residential experience compliments the academic mission of Merrimack College.
- Residents should live in a community where respect and civility are preserved.
- Residents should expect to be active participants in maintaining standards of respect in their living area and should confront problems within the community.
- Educational programs and intellectual engagement, social activities, leadership and service opportunities are provided in the residential living areas can greatly impact a student’s whole self.
- Students are responsible for their actions and being aware of policies and student conduct system procedures should help to educate students about responsibility to community.
- Learning to be a member of a respectful residential community while at Merrimack will help students become engaged citizens.
Individual difference and diversity make our living communities richer and an understanding of those differences should be encouraged and celebrated. Collaborating with students is vital to the decision making process. To insure that student input is valued, students have a voice in their residential community through Class Council and the Student Government Association.
Residence Life Staff
The Resident Advisor staff is a group of students who have been carefully selected and trained to assist their peers and support each residence area. These individuals also coordinate activities (social and educational) for the community throughout the year. The professional staff within the Residence Life Office directly supervises the student Residence Life staff. Meet the staff.
Merrimack houses students in a variety of community living arrangements. Learning to live with others in a diverse residential community is one of the best educational opportunities offered by our housing system. We are a small community and each person’s attitude, actions, and words have a profound impact on our lives and sense of well being and belonging. In all aspects of life at Merrimack, students are in contact with people who are both different from and like them. Each person brings something valuable to our community, and we believe that each individual has the right to be unique, to be heard, to be understood, to be accepted and respected. This may take patience and time. It may take rethinking some old thoughts and ideas. It will certainly require an open and active mind, and it will take sensitivity to other’s needs and comforts. A place exists for everyone in our community. We hope that students will find satisfaction in helping others around them to become themselves.
The Physical Plant Department is responsible for power or plumbing failures, as well as any general repairs. Any damage or malfunction in a student room or common area should be reported immediately to Physical Plant by calling the 5-FIX line (978-837-5349). For emergency maintenance during the weekends or evenings, please contact Police Services. Any cable issues call 1-888-737-8361. Laundry room issues can be fixed by going on-line, http://www.macgray.com/laundrylinx/ using the password “mcwarriors”. You can also utilize Laundry View to see how many machines are currently available in your (or another) residence hall.
All residents are required by law to file an up to date physical examination and medical history form with Hamel Health Center.
The cleaning of the interiors (bedroom, bathroom, and other common spaces) in suites, townhouses, and apartments is the responsibility of each resident. All common areas within traditional residence halls are cleaned on a regular basis by the custodial staff. Lounges, hallways, and bathrooms should be kept as clean as possible by residents as well.
During Winter Break, all bathrooms in suites, apartments, and townhouses will be cleaned by the housekeeping staff, unless otherwise communicated by the residents. Please remove all personal belongings from the bathroom to allow the housekeeping staff to thoroughly clean the bathroom.
Students may not lend or duplicate Merrimack College identification cards. Students should carry their IDs with them at all times. Students may replace a lost card at the Mack Card office located on the second floor of the McQuade library.
It is always advisable to employ safety precautions. Avoid walking alone. Be sure to lock the door to your room at all times. Report any suspicious persons on campus immediately to Police Services. Emergency phones are located strategically around campus; picking up the receiver of one of these phones will connect you directly with the Police Services dispatcher. In the event you lose your room key or College ID, please report the loss immediately.
In a community, people must be aware that some lifestyle choices can have a negative impact upon the health and well-being of others.
For the complete list of College and Residence Life policies, please review the student handbook. Violators of these policies who come to the attention of the Residence Life staff or other members of the residential community will be confronted. Residence Life staff members are instructed to report any violations to the appropriate administrative official for further action.