The mission of the Division of Residential Programs & Services is to bring the academic life of the university into the student's living environment by providing a residential experience which best meets the educational and developmental goals of our residents outside the classroom, enabling them to succeed inside the classroom.
Because high quality physical settings are vital to realizing our mission, we will provide and maintain facilities that are: safe and secure; environmentally healthy and clean; functionally designed, furnished and accessible; attractive and inviting; convenient to campus; and competitively priced.
As part of a dynamic institution, we will collaborate with other university and community efforts to provide and support services that offer: a variety of nutritious food and multiple dining options; optimal technology; space for student groups, university offices and community needs; an increased probability of academic success; and housing and support to conference participants.
Recognizing that learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom, we will create and support programs that demonstrate our commitment to: leadership development and student governance; diversity education that builds understanding and civility; orientation for new students and their families; strong academic communities; faculty involvement in the lives of residents; a variety of educational opportunities; thematic units and interest groups; communities that promote healthy relationships; and responsible and ethical behavior.
Statement on Diversity
The Division of Residential Programs & Services is professionally and personally committed to celebrating the rich diversity of people who live in, work in, or visit our residence halls and apartment housing communities. We believe that our living environment must foster freedom of thought and opinion in the spirit of mutual respect. All of our programs, activities, and interactions are enriched by accepting each other as we are and by celebrating our uniqueness as well as our commonality.
The diversity of our communities takes many forms. It includes differences related to race, culture, geography, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity and expression, genetic information, sexual orientation, religion, age, ability, socio – economic background, education, job role and function, and veteran and military status. We believe that any attempt to oppress any individual or group is a threat to everyone in the community. We are guided by the principle that celebrating diversity enriches and empowers the lives of all people.
Therefore, everyone who chooses to live in, work in or visit our communities must understand that we will not tolerate any form of bigotry, harassment, intimidation, threat, or abuse, whether verbal or written, physical or psychological, direct or implied. Alcohol or substance abuse, ignorance, life experiences, anger, or "it was just a joke" will not be accepted as an excuse. We will respond to such behavior in an appropriate manner, recognizing that education is our most powerful tool.
Our communities are rich, alive, dynamic and inclusive environments that are designed to enable all individuals to stretch and grow to their full potential. Only by challenging our assumptions through exploring and understanding our diversities can we create an environment where innovation, individuality, and creativity are maintained. We pledge ourselves to this end.
On – campus housing first began at Indiana University Bloomington in 1906 with the establishment of Alpha Hall, a boarding house for female students. It was not until after 1937 that the university began providing on campus housing for male students.
World War II brought several military personnel to campus and created a housing shortage in Bloomington. The university responded by constructing more residence halls in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
With the end of the war and the coming of age of the baby – boomer generation, on – campus housing began a rapid expansion. Most residence halls and apartment buildings still in operation today were constructed in the early 1960s to meet the increased demand of people seeking a college education. In September 1997, the Halls of Residence and Department of Residence Life were merged to create the Division of Residential Programs & Services (RPS).
The twenty – first century has been marked by extensive renovations to existing buildings and new construction. In August 2010, Union Street Center apartments opened on ground formerly occupied by the oldest buildings of Ashton Center. In 2012, 3rd & Union apartments and a new dining facility both on the southeast side of campus opened — The Restaurants at Woodland, features nine micro-restaurants that introduced a new dining style to campus. Spruce Hall, a part of the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International's (ACUHO – I) 21st Century Project, also on the southeast side of campus opened in August 2013.
Today, RPS continues to update residential buildings, dining services and academic support programs. Our goal is to develop a housing and dining system that is in step with the college students of today and tomorrow.
RPS is committed to protecting the environment. Our daily operations and construction projects are managed to conserve energy, and reduce waste and chemical use. We also promote educational efforts with residents and guests.
Buildings and Grounds
- All new construction and major renovations to buildings must obtain at least a Silver LEED Certification.
- Using water based epoxy and Low – VOC latex paint.
- Transitioning to carpet tiles to promote less waste as well as use of low VOC adhesives.
- Green roof installation at Union Street Center.
- DIY bike repair station at Tulip Tree apartments.
- Reducing the use of pesticides by practicing Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
- Reupholstering and rebuilding furniture.
- Transitioning to drapery material made of recycled content, as well as pursing avenues to recycle old draperies.
- Recycling used mattresses and carpet.
- Household battery and printer cartridge recycling collection containers.
- Recycling collection containers that accept mixed paper, plastic containers 1 – 7, metal containers (tin, aluminum, and steel), and glass.
- Items discarded at move out are sent to the Hoosier To Hoosier Community Sale.
- Offices participate in IUB campus deskside recycling.
- Using Kimberly Clark 100% recycled JRT tissue paper.
- Using GOJO, Green Seal certified, foam hand cleaner in all bathrooms.
- Purchasing furniture and flooring from companies engaged in sustainable manufacturing practices and from local vendors whenever possible.
- Using Green Seal certified cleaning products from Johnson Diversey, part of their Responsible Solution product line.
- Using vacuum cleaners equipped with HEPA high efficiency filtration.
- Fluorescent light fixtures in every student room.
- Occupancy sensor lighting added to existing lighting systems in some centers.
- Transitioning to LED (light – emitting diode) lighting in public spaces.
- Unitizing energy efficient appliances and equipment.
- Working to add light switches where applicable so that lights can be turned off.
- Energy Challenge is a semi-annual contest among all residence centers to conserve electricity and water.
- Green Room Certification is a program for residents to certify their room using the Green Room Certification checklist.
- Residence Hall Association (RHA) offers Eco. Rep. positions to residents interested in promoting sustainable programs and practices.