Housing and Residence Life

LaFrentz Poole Hall

Residence Hall Philosophy

We have been asked many times the difference between residence halls and dorms.  When higher education started in America in 1836, students stayed in large buildings containing only a few rooms.  Often, the entire student body slept in the same room and these “dormitories” were constructed to suit that particular purpose.  In a similar manner, the term “housing” became associated with the management of these facilities.

The terms “residence life” and “residence halls” describe the philosophical approach taken in the management of facilities that are currently available to college students.  These facilities are divided into small components and include common areas that are intended for a variety of uses.  In other words, residence halls are places to live, not just sleep!  Residence life is the administrative plan used to insure that these facilities are places to live.

At Lincoln Memorial University, residence life means developing an environment which contributes to the students’ education, aids a student in maximizing his/her potential, gives opportunities for leadership, and enhances a person in establishing a personal identity.  The residence halls become a classroom where students interact with faculty, staff and other students.

Within the residence halls, LMU stresses the primary roles of the University:  learning, teaching, service and scholarship.  Efforts are made to: bring reasoned discourses, develop intellectual honesty, develop mutual respect, and to make constructive changes in the community.  Residents do not surrender rights or escape responsibilities by residing in the residence halls; instead, they gain additional rights and responsibilities for the entire community. 

Residence life strives to support the academic thrust and movement towards excellence of Lincoln Memorial University.  The residence life program tries to maintain and improve the residence hall environment and facilitate the informal learning process which occurs through interaction with peers from a variety of cultural, ethnic and social backgrounds by encouraging academic excellence, being responsive to maturity, valuing development and recreation, integrating students into whole persons and encouraging low-risk lifestyle choices.

We believe that the differences in residence halls and dormitories are important.  The identification of these facilities as residence halls rather than dorms reflects both understanding of, and support of, Lincoln Memorial University’s efforts to provide living quarters which share in the University’s goals and objectives in pro-active ways rather than serving merely as places to sleep.