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Our Residence Life program is grounded in theoretical research and supplemented by our comprehensive assessment of the student experience within our residences.  We work to understand the current needs of students on an academic, social and personal level and make administrative and programmatic adjustments in response.  Nobody’s perfect – and everyone can improve. We want to hear from you about what’s working and where we could do better.

Assessment means more than simple surveys.  We use various assessment tools, to help us decide things such as how many staff are needed in each area, how to strengthen communities when needed, and how to have more effective conversations. We want the activities and events we plan to meet YOUR needs.

Just as your profs have learning outcomes in mind as they plan their courses, we also have learning objectives for our interactions with you and your fellow residents. For example, by the end of your academic year, you should:

  • Be able to identify at least one person or resource on campus where you could go for help
  • Be able to identify at least one strategy to help you organize your time
  • Be able to identify at least one personal strength or ability

As well as listening to your comments, we also assess our programs by gathering information in these other ways:

  • Analyzing social media
  • Tracking the number of people who repeat misconduct or offenses after going through our restorative program or other discipline
  • Conducting community needs assessments
  • Using staff competency models to ensure all staff have the skills they need
  • Organizing student focus groups to discuss issues
  • Reflection activities to think through concerns or experiences
  • Rubrics and pre/post evaluations of events, programs and activities

What are the benefits for you? Our learning objectives help connect your residence life to your academic classes – you are learning and growing both inside and outside the classroom. When we use what we learn from your feedback, we help create a community with less conflict, less vandalism, more support and better relationships.

We’ll be reaching out to you for feedback throughout the year, but we’d also encourage you to offer comments or suggestions at any time.  Send us feedback by emailing reslife@uoguelph.ca  or contact a member of the Residence Life Management Team.