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The Office of Residence Life is guided by three distinct statements: Mission StatementWhy Statement, and Welcoming Statement. Together, they articulate the values, commitments, and way of proceeding of the Office of Residence Life.


Inspired by our institution’s Jesuit identity, the Office of Residence Life at John Carroll University creates inclusive living-learning environments. We educate students to embrace their identities as engaged learners, develop meaningful relationships, and appreciate community.

Why Statement

Learning and Community are the core of Residence Life. We believe in building strong communities where students are connected and engage in learning that lasts a lifetime.

Welcoming Statement:

We believe in the uniqueness of each individual and therefore welcome all students in the residence life community without regard to race, ethnicity, culture, gender, gender identity, ability, privilege, sexual orientation, political ideology, religious affiliation, or citizenship.

We hope to foster an environment where students feel empowered to examine their beliefs, attitudes, and actions toward all people. We will encourage students to challenge stereotypes by increasing their knowledge base, widening their experiences, and engaging in meaningful dialogue about differences. In so doing, we hope that fear and ignorance are reduced and that acceptance and celebration are easily recognizable.

We will reach out to students who may feel unwelcome, unseen, or unheard. We will examine department policies and practices to ensure inclusion. We will encourage students who feel marginalized to find their voice through involvement in the campus community as leaders.

We expect all individuals to be treated with the dignity and respect their humanness demands. We will accept nothing less.