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Residence Life Guide to Living


Welcome to Residence Life & Housing at Linfield University. The entire Residence Life Staff is pleased that you are joining us. Residence Life promises to be one of the most memorable and rewarding aspects of your university career. It is a unique and valuable experience that will serve as a special part of your education.  

Residence Life provides you with an opportunity to establish new and long-lasting friendships with a wide variety of people. It also provides an environment in which you can gain academic support and grow as an individual.  

It is our intention to provide an environment in which you will learn and grow. We work hard at it, but we need your help in creating positive living learning communities. This handbook gives you specific information about Residence Life as well as various policies and procedures. It is your responsibility to be familiar with the information and policies outlined in this handbook, as well as the information and policies in the housing contract and the Student Policy Guide.  

We hope you will take advantage of all the opportunities and programs offered this year through Residence Life. The keys to a successful living learning environment are communication and mutual respect. This handbook has been designed to promote discussion and understanding. Please feel free to call upon your Resident Assistant, Residence Life Assistants, Area Director, or myself for assistance or clarification.  

Have a great year! 

 Kathleen Jensen 

Assistant Director of Residence Life 

Mahaffey Hall 127 | 503-883-2150 

Living and Learning at Linfield University

As a result of their experience in University Housing, residents will cultivate understanding of and develop skills in the following three areas: wellbeing, identity and community, and cultural competence. Through developing these areas of growth, residents will move on from Linfield prepared for living in community throughout adulthood. 

As a result of living in University Housing, residents will be able to: 

  1. Employ skills for holistic wellness, such as connecting with and supporting others, practicing self-care, and using healthy coping mechanisms. 
  2. Celebrate and demonstrate respect for differences in cultures, identities, and social backgrounds as well as how these factors influence their own perspectives and those of others. 
  3. Reflect on and identify personal growth areas, strengths and skills, and how these are influenced through interconnection with community. 


Guide To Living (PDF)

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