Student Organization Housing
Drury’s new student organization house program for 2020-21 is designed to:
- Provide residents with opportunities to plan & execute events for their peers.
- Provide additional visibility for student organizations.
- Provide an opportunity to earn a co-curricular badge for Watermark.
- Provide opportunity for residents to develop and/or improve skills in event planning, communication, and conflict management.
- Bolster connections between residents and the Housing & Residence Life office.
All houses have bedrooms with a bed/mattress, dresser, nightstand (if space permits), a desk and chair per resident. At minimum in the common area are a couch, chair, coffee table, end table, and a dining room table and chairs.
Options include 416 E. Calhoun (4-person), 1225 N. Robberson (4-person), 1316 N. Benton (3-person), and 1302 N. Benton (3-person). 517 E. Calhoun (6-person) will be available for student organizations if the current residents do not keep the house.
All materials - online applications and supplemental materials - are due online or at the Housing office (FSC 120) by Monday, March 2, 2020.
Students are eligible to apply if they are members of a 2019-20 registered student organization, and the organization will be registered for the 2020-21 academic year. Sororities are not permitted to apply due to restrictions on housing from their national headquarters.
Groups will be evaluated on the following components:
- Creativity & feasibility of program ideas
- How well the program ideas connect to the Drury mission, your organization mission, and adhere to a required theme
- The organization’s need for more visibility on campus
- Individual record of the students applying to live in the house. Conduct records and GPAs will be reviewed as part of the selection process. Students with cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or higher will receive preference.
- Junior, senior, and super seniors are preferred.
- Residents who will live in the house for both semesters are preferred.
- Individual references from your organization’s faculty/staff advisor will also be considered. Reference letters must be emailed by the faculty/staff advisor to email@example.com or typed on Drury letterhead and delivered in sealed/signed envelope to Holly Binder, FSC 120, by the application deadline.
- Applicants will be informed via Drury email of their application status on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
- Specific houses may be requested; however, if your organization group is chosen, you are not guaranteed the house of your choice.
- Hard copy supplemental materials will not be returned to applicants.
- If your organizational group is accepted, each resident and the house advisor will be required to attend an informational meeting in the spring (dates TBA).
- Organizations with a house agree to host at least two programs a semester. Programs must meet both the Drury mission and your organizational mission and be approved by the Housing & Residence Life office. Please note that the Housing & Residence Life office does not provide funding for house events. Your student organization must use your own budget funds and/or appeal to SGA for activity funding to execute the minimum four yearly events.
Due to the size of the houses and our policies regarding guest maximums, events with more than 30 people cannot be held inside your house due to safety concerns. However, larger events may be held outdoors or in other locations.
- House residents must follow the Community Standards Handbook as individuals, and the Code of Student Organizations within the Community Standards Handbook. If any member chosen for a Student Organization house is individually found in violation of university policies in the spring/summer prior to the 2020-21 school year and/or during the 2020-21 school year, the resident (and possibly the student organization) may be relocated elsewhere in campus housing at the discretion of the Housing & Residence Life office.
- Selected individuals will be granted a house only for the 2020-21 academic year (summer of 2020 or 2021 will not be available). The organization belongings must be removed from the house along with the students’ personal belongings at the conclusion of the school year. Student organizations may reapply annually as long as the program is offered, but there is no guarantee groups will be approved for future years.