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					    House System Manual
          2009-2010




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Table of Contents

    Mission of The King’s College House System ............................................................................................ 3
    History and Future .................................................................................................................................... 3
    Houses Names........................................................................................................................................... 4
    House Competition ................................................................................................................................... 4
    Internal Structure of the Houses .............................................................................................................. 4
    Nature and Role of Advisory Board .......................................................................................................... 6
    Leadership Coaching Structure ................................................................................................................. 6
    House Leadership Training........................................................................................................................ 6
    House Assignments ................................................................................................................................... 7
    Process of Changing Houses ..................................................................................................................... 7
    House Election Process ............................................................................................................................. 8
    Maintaining Good Standing .................................................................................................................... 10
    Houses in Poor Standing ......................................................................................................................... 10
    Mutually Exclusive Leadership Positions ................................................................................................ 11
Appendix A: Position Focuses ..................................................................................................................... 12
    Student Body President .......................................................................................................................... 12
    House President ...................................................................................................................................... 13
    Chamberlain ............................................................................................................................................ 15
    Helmsman ............................................................................................................................................... 17
    House Scholar ......................................................................................................................................... 19
    Staff Advisor ............................................................................................................................................ 22
    Faculty Advisor ........................................................................................................................................ 22




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The King’s College House System

Mission of The King’s College House System
        Through student-led, mission-driven communities, the House System equips students to shape
        the College today and the fabric of society tomorrow.


History and Future
The King’s College House System was launched during the 2004-2005 school year. Houses were created
by adapting the best components of two models of student community: the fraternity and sorority
model and the Ivy League house model. The King’s College House system takes the best of both models
and merges them into one.

In some ways, King’s College Houses are similar to fraternal organizations. Fraternities and sororities are
student-led and students make vital decisions and shape the life of the House.

The King’s College Houses significantly differ from fraternal organizations in the following way: National
fraternal and sorority organizations are divorced from the organizational mission of the educational
institutions where they are located and, in some cases, even work antithetically to the mission of the
college. In contrast, The King’s College Houses are closely tied to the mission of the College; the Houses
serve the purpose of shaping students into citizen leaders who will influence society.

The King’s College House System is like an Ivy League house system in that faculty and staff are involved
in shaping the culture of the Houses. Faculty and staff provide academic and personal support in the
informal context of the House System. The King’s College model also mimics the social sophistication of
an Ivy League house system through providing a context for learning social protocols.

The King’s College House System differs from an Ivy League model in two significant ways. First, The
King’s College Houses are primarily student-led rather than faculty and staff-led. Faculty and staff serve
as mentors and coaches, but students are at the helm. Secondly, The King’s College Houses are
numerically smaller than is typical in Ivy League Houses. The smaller size allows for greater camaraderie
and teamwork.

Houses will continue to build upon the pioneering and energetic work of King’s College students, staff,
and faculty who initiated the House System. As the Houses grow the following is envisioned:

        a. Increasing role in the mission of The King’s College: The Houses will be a key means by which
        the mission of the college is accomplished. Students will participate in various activities and
        events that will contribute to their relational, spiritual, intellectual, and leadership growth. The
        result will be a transformative experience which will be foundational to their preparation for
        leadership.

        b. Future size of the Houses: As the student body grows numerically, the Houses will increase
        their membership. The membership of a House will peak at seventy-five students. At this point,
        undergraduate membership in the House will be capped. The House, however, will continue to
        receive new members each year.



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        c. Physical space for Houses: In the future, The King’s College hopes to secure living quarters for
        each House. The majority of House members will then reside in this space during their college
        career. The space will also provide common areas large enough to host “all-House” meetings,
        social events, and guest speakers. Ideally, the living quarters will make it possible for a Faculty
        Advisor and Staff Advisor to live in the House with the undergraduate members. Commuter
        students will still be full-fledged members of the House, participate fully in House functions, and
        be able to take advantage of the space.

Houses Names
Every House bears the name of a notable historic leader. These leaders have been selected with much
thoughtfulness and intentionality. Each of these men and women, in various ways, left their mark on the
world. Each was a ‘citizen leader,’ standing against evil and working for the betterment of society. By no
means perfect, each in different ways embodied the ideals of The King’s College and displayed qualities
worthy of emulation. Members of individual Houses are well-served to study the life of their namesake
leader, and to emulate characteristics which marked the life of that person.

        Current House Namesakes:
        C.S. Lewis                       Ronald Reagan            Queen Elizabeth I
        Clara Barton                     Sojourner Truth          Margaret Thatcher
        Dietrich Bonhoeffer              Susan B. Anthony         Winston Churchill

House Competition
All House members have the opportunity to compete against other Houses in the House Competition.
The competitive events throughout the school year encourage the members to work together as a team.


Internal Structure of the Houses
Each House has a core leadership team known as the House Executive Team. While Houses may add
additional roles, every House is required to fulfill the following positions. Complete job descriptions can
be found in the Appendix of this manual.

        The President directs the executive team, and works closely with the House Advisors. Along
        with the executive team, they shape the House into a dynamic experience for all members. The
        president is also a member of the King’s Council, a governing body made up of the Student Body
        President, their cabinet and all House presidents.

        The Helmsman guides the new House members through their first year at The King’s College.
        They help all new members understand the mission of the House as well as get them connected
        with upperclassmen. Helmsmen are responsible for making sure that first year students are
        connected to the spiritual growth opportunities in the House.

        The Chamberlain helps to create and uphold the community of honor in TKC Housing. They
        work to ensure that an atmosphere of unity and respect characterizes the House.

        The Scholar fosters a culture of academic excellence, intellectual curiosity and scholarly
        accountability. They seek to create an environment in the House which encourages learning and
        academic achievement.


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Nature and Role of Advisory Board
Each House has two full-time King’s College employees who serve as advisors to the president and the
executive team – one faculty member and one staff member. These advisors serve as links between the
House and administration. They provide input that shapes the culture and direction of the House. In
addition, each House has the opportunity to recruit Fellows and Alumni (see below).

        Faculty Advisors serve as a link between the executive team and other faculty. They help to
        shape the culture of the House and foster intellectual curiosity, exploration, and learning.

        Staff Advisors serve as a link between the executive team and the Student Development
        Department. They periodically attend House functions to maintain a relational presence and
        serve as a coach for the president.

        Alumni may also serve on the Advisory Board. These select alumni provide leadership and
        guidance to the executive team and House members.

        Fellows are seasoned professionals who can be recruited by the executive team, under the
        guidance of their advisors, as honorary House members. A Fellow can join the House for dinners
        or other special functions. They can speak to the entire House and provide members with
        unique opportunities.

Leadership Coaching Structure
Each executive team member is coached in their leadership by a member of Student Development.
Coaches meet regularly with student leaders in order to sharpen skills and to provide guidance. Coaches
for each role are as follows:

        President:      Director of Student Development and House Advisor
        Chamberlain:    Director of Residence Life and Assistant Director of Residence Life
        Helmsman:       Assistant Dean and Director of Student Development
        Scholar:        Director of Student Services

House Leadership Training
Each King’s College student leader becomes part of the Statesmanship Institute. As a part of the
Institute, student leaders will take part in the following things throughout the year:

The Summit
The Summit, which takes place the week before New Student Orientation, is a time to prepare for a year
of leadership. House leaders, the Student Body President, and the Cabinet meet off campus to hear
from seasoned leaders and professionals, to understand responsibilities involved in their respective
roles, and to prepare for the coming academic year.

Statesmanship Forums
Once a month throughout the school year, the Statesmanship Institute will gather on campus to
collaborate and receive training on leadership principles.

Coaching and Assessment
Students will have the opportunity to be coached by members of Student Development, as well as use
assessment tools throughout the year to reflect on their leadership experience.
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House Assignments
House assignments are designed to intentionally distribute elements of difference (e.g. geographic
origin) among the Houses. This approach is works to keep Houses diversified and to build stronger
communities. Students are challenged to work through difficulties and conflicts that arise, knowing that
this is integral both to the building of character and of mature relationships. Therefore, students are
expected to remain with their assigned Houses throughout their entire four years at King’s and to
actively engage in the life of their Houses.

Process of Changing Houses
At the end of the first year, if a student strongly desires to switch membership to another House, a
transfer request may be submitted. A change in House membership is an exception, not the norm, and is
only granted as a last resort.

The following process for such an exception to be considered:
       I.   Submit a written “Request for Change in House Membership” to the Director of Student
            Development. This request must include:
                 a. The reason for the desired change
                 b. If the request is due to conflict within the House, please provide:
                           i. Examples of attempts made to resolve conflicts or issues with House
                              members
                          ii. A brief summary of the outcome of those attempts
                 c. Attempts to engage in House life during the year
                 d. A preference for an alternative House.
      II.   An interview will be conducted in order to:
                 a. Ensure that there is no unresolved conflict
                 b. Clarify any remaining questions or pertinent issues
     III.   The Director of Student Development and the current House President will talk to obtain
            more information about the situation.
     IV.    If there are any issues that have not been resolved, the appropriate people may be called in
            resolve conflict involving that student and his current House.
      V.    The current President of the House will take the matter to the House Executive team and
            Staff Advisor. Together, they will decide if they are willing to release the student from the
            House.
     VI.    If released, the proposed House’s President must be consulted to see if their House is willing
            to accept the student. The President will follow the same process of involving his Executive
            Team and Staff Advisor.
    VII.    Members of the proposed House will be notified of the possibility of this new addition to
            their House by the Director of Student Development. They will have the opportunity to
            communicate any thoughts or concerns to the President prior to the final decision.
   VIII.    If the proposed House does not accept the new member, this same process will continue
            with a subsequent House.
     IX.    In the future, when Houses occupy physical space, the process will be expanded to include
            the Director of Residence Life so that issues related to physical space, etc. can be factored
            into the decision making process.
      X.    If the above process is pursued to its completion, and all aforementioned criteria are met in
            a satisfactory way, the student’s request will be granted and their membership officially
            changed.

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House Election Process
During the spring Semester, each House will hold leadership elections for the following year. This
process takes place after the Student Body President has been elected and has chosen their cabinet.
The subsequent process should be followed:

      I.    Executive Team Meeting
               a. The House executive team and advisors meet to discuss the election process and
                    nominations. This can happen over the course of the second semester.
               b. Recommendations will be noted and explained to the House.

      II.   All House Meeting: Nominations
            Entire House meets together to discuss:
                 a. Election Process
                          i. Explanation of the process (nominations, speeches, elections).
                 b. Positions
                          i. Hand out job descriptions and discuss qualifications and responsibilities for
                             each role.
                         ii. Clarify that if an individual is not eligible (GPA or otherwise) they should
                             decline the nomination.
                        iii. Current leaders reflect on important characteristics needed for each
                             position.
                 c. Every member has the opportunity to submit nominations
                          i. Nominations, including the reason for the nomination, are submitted by
                             members of the House.
                                 1. A person can be nominated for more than one office.
                                 2. A person can decline a nomination if he does not desire the role or
                                      if he does not meet the qualifications.
                                 3. You may nominate yourself.
                         ii. Each nomination must be seconded by another House member.
                        iii. The President must ask the nominee if they accept the nomination prior to
                             placing their name on the ballot.
                        iv. A member of the executive team should record the names and reasons for
                             the nominations.
                         v. At the close of the meeting, nominees are informed that they will be given
                             two to four minutes in the next meeting to speak to the House advocating
                             their election before votes are taken.

     III.   Following the meeting, the president reviews nominations and removes those who are not
            qualified.
                a. President submits the nominees for the Chamberlain position to the Director of
                    Residence Life for approval since that position receives a stipend.
                b. Nominees who do not qualify are removed from the list and are notified of their
                    removal by the president.




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     IV.    All House Meeting: Elections
                 a. The president begins by reviewing the election process.
                 b. The president announces nominees. Nominees for each position are given two to
                    four minutes to speak to the House.
                    The following order is suggested:
                          i. President
                         ii. Chamberlain
                        iii. Helmsman
                        iv. Scholar
                 c. All nominees for President leave the room. If current president is a nominee, one of
                    the House advisors will step in. Discussion ensues among remaining House
                    members regarding qualifications of the candidates. Note: advisors should monitor
                    the tone of the discussion to ensure that it stays focused on qualifications and does
                    not become overly critical or negative.
                          i. Once discussion is done, nominees are called back into the room for the
                             vote.
                         ii. The vote is taken by anonymous paper ballot. All members, nominees, and
                             advisors are permitted to vote.
                        iii. Advisors count the ballots and present the results.
                        iv. If no one wins by a majority vote, at least 51%, there is to be a run-off
                             election between the two members who received the highest number of
                             votes.
                         v. If a person who is nominated for two or more positions is elected to one
                             position, he is automatically withdrawn from the ballot for the remaining
                             position.
                        vi. Process then continues for Chamberlain, etc.

      V.    House Inauguration
               a. Each House will host an event in order to confirm and commission the new
                   executive team.

     VI.    Leadership Training and Preparation
               a. Current House leaders meet and train newly elected leaders. This can happen
                   through a weekend retreat or through multiple meetings between current and
                   newly elected leaders.

    VII.    Current and new leaders attend leadership lunch at the end of the semester.

    VIII.   The newly elected leaders attend the Leadership Summit in August.




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Maintaining Good Standing
To continue as an official sponsored entity on campus, each House must be characterized by the
following:

      I.    The presence of an identifiable student executive team who:
                a. Demonstrate a commitment to the ongoing development of the House.
                b. Take responsibility for the life of the House and its members.
                c. Meet regularly to provide leadership.
                d. Demonstrate a commitment to the mission and values of the College.

      II.   An environment that is conducive to the spiritual, relational, and leadership development of
            incoming students.
                a. The House System is a core part of the King's experience. Before college
                    administrators will entrust new members to a House, there must be a reasonable
                    degree of confidence that the House environment will be healthy and a positive
                    experience for House members.
                b. The House must have a Helmsman committed to incorporating new students into
                    the House.

     III.   Commitment to take the House competition seriously.

     IV.    Significant involvement by a majority of the members in the life of the House.

     V.     The undertaking of a yearly City Engagement project in order to stay outwardly focused.

     VI.    The House must maintain a minimum collective GPA of 2.5. Houses achieving less than a 2.5
            GPA, minus two lowest individual GPA’s, are placed on probation.
                a. House forfeits grant money during the semester they are on probation.
                b. Competition winnings are set aside in an account which the House can access at the
                   end of the semester if they raise their GPA above 2.5. If they do not raise their GPA
                   by the end of the semester, the money is distributed to other Houses.

Houses in Poor Standing
If a House does not fulfill the minimum requirements to remain in good standing, the following course
of action will take place:

      I.    The Director of Student Development will evaluate the situation of the House in question.

      II.   A verbal warning will be issued to the president and executive team.

     III.   A written warning will be issued to the president and the executive team with copies given
            to the House Faculty Advisor, Staff Advisor, and Dean of Students. The warning will include
            the issue at hand and specific instructions for recourse with a specified time period for
            adjustments.

     IV.    If there is no improvement in the situation, the House will be placed on probationary status
            for three months. A detailed list of expectations will be outlined with specific dates for
            progress reports. The House Faculty and Staff Advisor will be involved with the House in
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           order to make suggestions or for accountability purposes. The Dean of Students will also be
           given a copy of the probationary document.

     V.    At the end of the probationary period, the House will undergo an evaluation including the
           staff and faculty who have been involved. One of three actions may be taken:

               a. Probation Terminated: If the situation has been resolved the House will be taken off
                  of probation.
               b. Probation Extended: If the situation remains unresolved an extension may be
                  granted for an additional month. If there is no indication of satisfactory progress,
                  the involved staff and faculty will consult to determine the future status of the
                  House.
               c. House Terminated: If deemed irreversible, the House charter will be revoked and its
                  members assigned to other Houses.

Mutually Exclusive Leadership Positions
Because of the demanding nature of leadership, a House President may not also hold the position of
Student Body President. They are mutually exclusive positions.




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Appendix A: Position Focuses
Student Body President
Primary Connections: House Presidents, Executive Cabinet, Dean of Students

Overview: The duties of the Office of President shall be to preside over all meetings of The King’s
Council, serve as head of the Executive Cabinet, and act as the official student representative of The
King’s College student body. The President is responsible for setting the order of the agenda and
distributing it to members of The King’s Council forty eight hours prior to official meetings.

Qualifications
 1. Exemplary character and a proven commitment to honor and the Honor Code
 2. Maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average while in office
 3. Attendance availability
        o The Summit
        o New Student Orientation
        o The King’s Council Meetings
        o Statesmanship Forums
        o Regular cabinet meetings
 4. In good financial standing: students not in good standing are not eligible for election
 5. Previous experience
        o Previous House or College leadership role
        o Minimum two full semesters at the College
        o Minimum thirty earned credit hours
 6. Able to provide vision, set direction, and mobilize others for positive change

Major Duties: Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
 1. Leadership of the Student Body
       o Identify and serve the needs of the student body.
       o Set the tone for the student body spiritually and academically.
 2. Facilitate The King’s Council
       o Determine the agenda and lead all meetings of the Council.
       o Inspire a shared vision among the Council members.
       o Set the course for the direction of The King’s Council.
 3. Headship of the Executive Cabinet
       o Appoint executive cabinet members.
       o Delegate to, and manage, the executive cabinet to accomplish goals and objectives approved by the
           Council.
       o Ensure that the cabinet performs in an efficient and effective manner.
       o Provide leadership development to cabinet members; identify areas of improvement and growth.
 4. Administration Liaison
       o Advocate on behalf of the best interests of the student body with College administration.
       o Meet regularly with the Dean of Students for coaching.




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House President
Overview
The House President, a member of the House executive team, is responsible for developing the House
strategic plan and for achieving House goals and objectives. To be effective at shaping and managing
House dynamics, the President must be knowledgeable of each House executive team member’s
responsibilities. The House President serves one full academic year.

Primary Connections
Director of Student Development, House Advisors, House Executive Team

Qualifications
 1. Dedication to the King’s College and House System mission and vision
 2. Exemplary character and proven allegiance to honor and the Honor Code
 3. Ability to inspire vision, set direction, and mobilize others toward positive change
 4. Commitment to maintain confidentiality
 5. Strong relational and team building skills
 6. Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 for the duration of time in office
 7. Good financial standing: students not in good standing are not eligible for election
 8. Attendance availability at: the Summit, New Student Orientation, The King’s Council meetings,
      House executive team meetings, Statesmanship Forums, regular Presidential meetings, Residence
      Life Community Gatherings
 9. Previous experience that meets the following criteria: formal House or College leadership role,
      minimum two full semesters at the College, minimum thirty earned credit hours

Responsibilities (position specific)
  1. Strategic Planning
       o Set House vision, goals, and plan based on House values in partnership with the House executive
            team and House advisors
       o Inspire vision and mobilize others toward positive change
       o Determine House calendar events
       o Ensure strategy is in place for spiritual development
  2. House Management
       o Provide development, coaching, and accountability to House executive team
       o Ensure that House executive team is providing accountability to associate positions
       o Lead regular House and executive team meetings
       o Provide regular and effective communication to the House
       o Track House budget
  3. Advocacy and Accountability
       o Meet regularly with House staff and faculty advisors
       o Represent your House to The King’s Council
       o Communicate Council processes and decisions to executive team and House




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Responsibilities (all positions)
For each of these responsibilities, one member of the executive team will direct the efforts, but all are
expected to contribute.

     1. House Culture
         o Identify and define House values in order to determine House culture and vision
         o Develop unique House traditions and ceremonies to promote identity and community
     2. Spiritual Development
         o Foster an environment of spiritual challenge in your House (e.g. upperclassman/freshman
              mentoring, one-on-one’s, small groups)
         o Facilitate system of spiritual accountability (possibly through upperclassmen/freshmen mentoring,
              or one-on-ones)
     3. Conflict Resolution
         o Mediate conflicts and equip students with resolution skills
     4. Community Building
         o Teach principles of community, honor, and accountability
         o Coach House members regarding personal core values
         o Complete incident reports as issues arise
         o Serve on Honor Council as needed




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Chamberlain
Overview
The Chamberlain, a House executive team member, is responsible for promoting safe and healthy living
environments in residential housing, for fostering a community of accountability among residents, and for
providing periodic on-call emergency assistance. Due to the nature of responsibilities, the Chamberlain
receives a monthly stipend and reports to the Directors of Residence Life.

Primary Connections
Directors of Residence Life, House Executive Team, House members and students in rooms to which
Chamberlain is assigned

Qualifications
 1. Dedication to the King’s College and House System mission and vision
 2. Exemplary character and a proven allegiance to honor and the Honor Code
 3. Demonstrated conflict resolution skills and relational maturity
 4. Commitment to maintain confidentiality
 5. Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 for the duration of time in office
 6. Good financial standing: students not in good standing are not eligible for election
 7. Attendance availability: 10 days before the fall move-in date and ending one week after
      graduation (may also need to depart late and/or arrive early during winter break), the Summit,
      New Student Orientation, House executive team meetings, Statesmanship Forums, regular
      Chamberlain meetings, Residence Life Community Gatherings
 8. Previous King’s College housing resident: One semester minimum with plans to remain in housing

Responsibilities (position specific)
  1. Housing Administration
       o Prepare and facilitate maintenance of apartments
       o Complete room inspections, check-in/out(s), and monthly room inspections
       o Hold the residential community accountable to Student Handbook policies
       o Manage housing paperwork (e.g. overnight guest requests)
       o Serve as Residence Life staff representative
  2. Emergency assistance
       o Provide periodic “on-call” emergency assistance for residential community
       o Initiate the Emergency Phone Tree procedure when needed
  3. Community building
       o Communicate residential community updates and policies to House
       o Invest in relationships among residential community members, primarily upperclassmen (e.g.
            visiting rooms, seeking out students, making oneself available)
       o Empower students to take responsibility for their environment (e.g. attending to noise level,
            cleanliness, consideration of residents’ rights)
       o Connect students with physical and psychological resources (e.g. counseling information, health
            clinics)
       o Work with Helmsmen to facilitate roommate contracts at the beginning of each year
       o Mediate roommate conflicts, particularly among upperclassmen, and support Helmsmen’s
            roommate interventions among freshmen



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Responsibilities (all positions)
For each of these responsibilities, one member of the executive team will direct the efforts, but all are
expected to contribute.

     1. House Culture
         o Identify and define House values in order to determine House culture and vision
         o Develop unique House traditions and ceremonies to promote identity and community
     2. Spiritual Development
         o Foster an environment of spiritual challenge in your House (e.g. upperclassman/freshman
              mentoring, one-on-one’s, small groups)
         o Facilitate system of spiritual accountability (possibly through upperclassmen/freshmen mentoring,
              or one-on-ones)
     3. Conflict Resolution
         o Mediate conflicts and equip students with resolution skills
     4. Community Building
         o Teach principles of community, honor, and accountability
         o Coach House members regarding personal core values
         o Complete incident reports as issues arise
         o Serve on Honor Council as needed




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Helmsman
Overview
The Helmsman, a House executive team member, is responsible for integrating new members into the
House, supporting their spiritual growth, and fostering teamwork through the House Competition. The
Helmsman serves for one full academic year.

Primary Connections
Assistant Dean of Students, Director of Student Development, House Executive team, first-year students

Qualifications
 1. Dedication to the King’s College and House System mission and vision
 2. Exemplary character and a proven allegiance to honor and the Honor Code
 3. Strong relational and team building skills
 4. Commitment to maintain confidentiality
 5. Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 for the duration of time in office
 6. Good financial standing: students not in good standing are not eligible for election
 7. Attendance availability at: the Summit, New Student Orientation, House executive team
      meetings, Statesmanship Forums, regular Helmsman meetings, Residence Life Community
      Gatherings

Responsibilities (position specific)
  1. New member orientation and development
      o Welcome new House members via email/phone before arrival at King’s
      o Integrate new members into House
      o Orient new students to New York City
      o Teach principles of behind the Honor Code to first-year students
      o Connect new House members with opportunities for spiritual growth
      o Mediate first-year students’ roommate conflicts
      o Intentionally invest in first-year students’ development and success
      o Work with the Chamberlain to facilitate roommate contracts at the beginning of each semester
  2. House competition
      o Supervise planning and execution of all House competitions
      o Be present at all House Competitions and encourage House involvement




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Responsibilities (all positions)
For each of these responsibilities, one member of the executive team will direct the efforts, but all are
expected to contribute.

     1. House Culture
         o Identify and define House values in order to determine House culture and vision
         o Develop unique House traditions and ceremonies to promote identity and community
     2. Spiritual Development
         o Foster an environment of spiritual challenge in your House (e.g. upperclassman/freshman
              mentoring, one-on-one’s, small groups)
         o Facilitate system of spiritual accountability (possibly through upperclassmen/freshmen mentoring,
              or one-on-ones)
     3. Conflict Resolution
         o Mediate conflicts and equip students with resolution skills
     4. Community Building
         o Teach principles of community, honor, and accountability
         o Coach House members regarding personal core values
         o Complete incident reports as issues arise
         o Serve on Honor Council as needed




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House Scholar
Overview
The House Scholar, a House executive team member, is responsible for supporting and resourcing
their House members towards academic excellence. The Scholar serves one full academic year.

Primary Connections
Director of Student Services, Faculty Advisor, House Executive Team

Qualifications
 1. Dedication to the King’s College and House System mission and vision
 2. Exemplary character and a proven allegiance to honor and the Honor Code
 3. Strong relational and team building skills
 4. Commitment to maintain confidentiality
 5. Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for the duration of time in office
 6. Good financial standing: students not in good standing are not eligible for election
 7. Attendance availability at: the Summit, New Student Orientation, House executive team
      meetings, Statesmanship Forums, regular Scholar meetings, Residence Life Community
      Gatherings, and The Learning Center as individual responsibilities require.

Responsibilities (position specific)
  1. Support Students with Academic Concerns
       o Coordinate meetings with students who have conditional or probation status
       o Guide students in developing academic plans for sustained accountability
       o Work with the Director of Student Services to identify House members facing academic difficulties
            and intervene as appropriate (e.g., by referring them to The Learning Center)
  2. Academic achievement recognition
       o Celebrate Dean’s List members
       o Encourage exceptional students to act as aids for fellow House members
       o Celebrate academic excellence per individual House traditions and develop traditions as needed
  3. Develop and Sustain The Learning Center
       o Report to (or act as) Student Director of The Learning Center
       o Maintain relationships with professors and paid student tutors
       o Ensure that students within their House are excelling within The Learning Center




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Responsibilities (all positions)
For each of these responsibilities, one member of the executive team will direct the efforts, but all are
expected to contribute.

     1. House Culture
         o Identify and define House values in order to determine House culture and vision
         o Develop unique House traditions and ceremonies to promote identity and community
     2. Spiritual Development
         o Foster an environment of spiritual challenge in your House (e.g. upperclassman/freshman
              mentoring, one-on-one’s, small groups)
         o Facilitate system of spiritual accountability (possibly through upperclassmen/freshmen mentoring,
              or one-on-ones)
     3. Conflict Resolution
         o Mediate conflicts and equip students with resolution skills
     4. Community Building
         o Teach principles of community, honor, and accountability
         o Coach House members regarding personal core values
         o Complete incident reports as issues arise
         o Serve on Honor Council as needed




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Staff Advisor
Overview
The Staff Advisor guides the House in developing strategic plans, providing effective leadership through
coaching, and building value-laden culture and traditions. The staff advisor works primarily with the
House president and the House executive team to accomplish this.

Responsibilities:

1. Directional Counsel
            Guide leaders in shaping culture and traditions and in building community within
               the House
            Meet at least once per month with the House president for coaching and development
               o Begin each one-on-one meeting with open-ended questions:
                        What are your personal core values?
                        How well does your day-to-day behavior reflect your values?
                        What’s getting in the way?
                        What changes are you willing to make?
                        Spiritual accountability questions would also be appropriate at one-on-one
                        meetings.
            Meet at least once per month with the House executive team to teach leadership
               concepts and practical skills. (Emphasize at each teaching/training point that these
               concepts and skills are transferrable – they need to take what we’re giving them and
               pass it along to the entire House.
               o Begin each group meeting with open-ended questions regarding House values:
                        What are your House values?
                        How well does your House reflect these values?
                        What’s getting in the way?
                        What changes need to be made?
            Schedule 2-3 meetings (1.5 hours each) per semester with the executive team to train
               on FIRO-B.
            Guide spring election process

2. Relational Presence
            Periodically attend House meetings and events
            Develop relationships with House members


Faculty Advisor
Overview
The Faculty Advisor guides the House in building a culture of intellectual curiosity and engagement with
New York City. The faculty advisor works primarily with the House Scholar to accomplish this.

Responsibilities:

1. Engagement with Ideas and New York City
      o Meet regularly with House Scholar for coaching

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       o   Collaborate with Scholar to foster intellectual pursuits, a culture of academic excellence, and a
           Community of honor within the House
       o   Resource House with ideas for facilitating engagement with New York City

2. Relational Presence
       o Periodically attend House meetings and events
       o Develop relationships with House members




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