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Living in our Community

Welcome to UMBC’s residential community. When you’re here, you can make the most of your honors education and campus experience!

We are a community committed to civic responsibility. Become the kind of community member that people can count on to keep individuals and the community safe. Contribute to the development of a healthy community by considering the balance between your rights and responsibilities. Demonstrate integrity. Become the kind of community member that people can count on to fulfill promises and agreements, abide by the rules and expectations of living on campus, help those in need, and hold others accountable for their actions.

Seek to Understand and Honor Others We all have different experiences, needs, and hopes for our time at UMBC and the future. These differences create opportunities for learning and for conflict, and we are a community committed to making an effort to see things from others’ points of view and make the most of our relationships. Be a community member who honors other’s identities and experiences.

Foster a Community of Learning We are a community committed to learning in and out of the classroom. Learning is collaborative. Be the kind of community member who builds relationships celebrates the success of others, and assists others in their learning. Being a community member means that just as you will benefit by having the help of others when you need something, there will be times when others need you to pitch in.

Create a Just and Supportive Community
We are a community committed to civic responsibility. Become the kind of community member that people can count on to keep individuals and the community safe. Contribute to the development of a healthy community by considering the balance between your rights and responsibilities. Demonstrate integrity. Become the kind of community member that people can count on to fulfill promises and agreements, abide by the rules and expectations of living on campus, help those in need, and hold others accountable for their actions.

Engage in the UMBC Experience We are a community committed to co-creating our experiences. It is our choices to actively participate that show who we are, in addition to our academic abilities. Get involved! Positive contributions strengthen community and enhance the overall educational experience.

There are many ways to get involved in the residential experience at UMBC: join a Living Learning Community (LLC), visit with a faculty mentor, attend initiatives associated with our residential curriculum, or apply to be a leader within the residential community.

At UMBC, our communities are co-created. Resident students develop agreements for how they will live successfully together through community standards setting with their floor and living agreements with their roommates.

As a residential student you will learn skills for being in relationship with your peers. We believe that when a student is in conflict with another party, or the community standards, it presents an opportunity for learning, and living in our community allows us to take advantage of that opportunity.

  • We use Restorative Practices explicitly and in practical ways that elicit healthy conversations where mutual respect and accountability flourish.
  • All community members have both rights in our community, and the obligation to uphold the rules and community standards: Rights and Responsibilities Guide
  • When violations of the community standards occur, we look for ways to repair the harm caused by one person to another and to the community, with the goal of restoring order in the best way possible for everyone.
  • We practice peer accountability through Peer Review Council and inclusive decision making through Conduct Meetings.
  • Residents are taught how to resolve and understand conflict and difference in respectful ways. And we provide Conflict Resolution Options that engender trust, empathy, responsibility, and fosters healthy relationships.

In our community, we operate on the premise that living on campus should be about building relationships and community. You will be supported and challenged to experience more and accomplish more so you can be successful at UMBC in becoming leaders in our multi-cultural and increasingly global society.

Won’t you join us?