ERIC Number: ED211008
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Residence Halls Unit Agreements: A Process for Developing Social Contracts and Moving Beyond Rules and Regulations.
Guidelines for establishing and implementing residence hall unit agreements with college students are presented, based on the experience of the University of Maryland, College Park. These agreements or social contracts are drawn up by a floor/unit of residents and are put in writing to define for that unit the acceptable range of behavior in a number of different categories. Details of the agreement are worked out by the floor residents through consensus, with support by the resident assistant and community staff. The agreement allows for: student assumption of responsibility in determining guidelines for living on their floor (e.g., quiet hours, parties, guests, cleanup); residents' discussion of desirable as well as undesirable behavior; and the role of resident assistants to be facilitators rather than rule enforcers. Six steps involved in staff training and preparation for carrying out unit agreements are outlined, and details of pre-agreement, agreement, and post-agreement activities are covered. The pre-agreement stage, which establishes the groundwork for the actual agreement negotiation, is considered in relation to specific activities as well as the ideas and materials that would be presented prior to the agreement negotiation. The agreement stage involves discussing and filling in agreement worksheets and the negotiation process, which will take place in three steps. In the post-agreement stage, provisions to renegotiate and amend the agreement are established. A letter to introduce the student to the concept of the unit agreement, worksheets, and a sample unit agreement are appended. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Association of College and University Housing Officers (1981).