Community Life

Community Life

Community Life provides college-wide support for the emotional and physical safety of the residency community, college faculty and staff, with particular attention to the student experience. Areas included in Community Life and reporting to the Director of Student Services: Access and Disability Support, Student Life, TITLE IX, and the Writing Center. The Director of Student Services also serves as the administrative liaison to Goddard’s Student Council and is available to assist students with the Student Grievance Process.

Community Life works with Campus Safety, Help Desk, Program Directors, Student Council, and many others to provide comprehensive support to faculty and students while they are in residency and throughout the semester.

More information about Student Services can be found here.

Student Council

Student involvement is very important to the life and governance of the College. The Student Council is a working group of elected student representatives committed to the advocacy of student’s voice and to the collaboration between students and the Goddard community-at-large. Each residency community is served by one or two representatives to the council. Student Council Representatives are selected by consent of their peers and serve one-year terms. Council members’ responsibilities include consultation with their Program Directors; membership on College committees; and facilitating residency based student community meetings. Throughout the year, representatives hold bi-weekly phone conferences and an annual retreat at the Vermont campus.

Community Life Agreement

The following policies apply to all persons on campus and at all times, including students and other persons who attend residencies. Full policies and procedures, including those related to community life, are published in the Student Handbooks and program-specific addenda and available upon request to

Campus Disturbances

When a student’s conduct disrupts the academic, administrative, or student life activities of the college or college community in a manner that is verbally or physically threatening or intimidating or evidences a basic disrespect for the property and rights of others or causes intentional significant damage to or theft of college property, that student’s conduct shall warrant prompt disciplinary action described in the Student Handbooks. Campus crime statistics are reported at Campus Safety procedures are outlined in the Goddard’s Emergency Response Handbook.

Drugs and Alcohol

Federal law requires that Goddard will make every effort to provide its students and employees with a drug-free workplace. All members of the Goddard College community are expected to live within federal and state laws in regard to alcohol and drugs while they are on the Goddard campus. Persons discovered to be in violation of those laws may be required to leave the campus. Residency schedules include times for meetings of 12-step programs. Please see the Student Handbooks for a more detailed description of drug and alcohol policies.

Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault

Sexual harassment includes but is not limited to unwelcome or abusive verbal and physical behavior related to gender or sexual orientation. Sexual assault includes but is not limited to rape, attempted rape, and date rape. Students should bring violations of this policy forward to a Student Life staff member or any member of the College’s senior staff. Charges of this nature are thoroughly investigated and pursued by college staff and, if necessary, law enforcement. Please refer to the harassment policies set out in the college’s Student Handbooks.