Residence Life

[Four Girls] Welcome to Residence Life at Russell Sage

Life in a residence hall is an important aspect of a college education. Residence halls are more than just dorms or places to eat and sleep. They are places where students develop meaningful friendships, explore new ideas and get involved with the college community.

Russell Sage College is committed to the values and benefits of residential living in the college experience. Both the individual student and school community are enriched by the growth and development that evoke from this distinctive aspect of the Sage environment. Because of this strong commitment, the college residence policy requires that all full-time undergraduate students live in campus residence halls.

Part-time students (i.e. those students carrying fewer than 12 credits each semester) may submit a written request seeking permission to live on-campus. This request should be submitted to the Director of Residence Life.

The undergraduate residence policy supports the Residence Life philosophy. Both provide for a living situation that complements the educational task of the College and encourages positive approaches to community responsibility and personal relations.

Sage believes that residence halls should be active living/learning centers that compliment the academic program of the College. Students can participate in fun, valuable programs, such as cultural dinners, aromatherapy, and movie nights.

Living successfully in residence halls is dependent upon balancing individual freedoms with sensitivity and respect for the rights of others. A willingness to discuss, negotiate, and compromise is essential. Individual and cultural differences make up the unique texture of the residence halls, and students are encouraged to learn from one another.

Important Dates for Fall 2015

Thursday, August 27: New Troy residents move in

Saturday, August 29: Returning Troy residents arrive (starting at 9:00 AM)

Monday, August 31: Classes begin

Friday, September 4: Deadline for meal plan changes

Monday, September 7: College closed (Labor Day)

Monday, October 12: College closed (Columbus Day)

Tuesday, October 13: Offices open, but no classes

Wednesday, November 25: Halls close at 11:00 AM for Thanksgiving Break

Sunday, November 29: Halls reopen at 12:00 (noon)

Friday, December 11: Last day of classes

Monday, December 14: Reading Day

December 15-18: Final exams

Saturday, December 19: Halls close at 11:00 AM (Residents must leave no later than 11:00 AM,or by 24 hours after their last final, whichever comes first.)

Important Dates for Spring 2016

Sunday, January 17: Residents arrive

Monday, January 18: College closed (MLK, Jr. Day)

Tuesday, January 19: Classes begin

Friday, January 22: Deadline for meal plan changes

Saturday, March 5: Halls close at 11:00 AM for Spring Break

Sunday, March 13: Halls reopen at 12 noon

Friday, April 29: Last day of classes

Monday, May 2: Reading Day

May 3-6: Final exams

Saturday, May 7: Halls close at 11:00 AM (Residents must leave no later than 11:00 AM, or by 24 hours after their last final, whichever comes first.)

Saturday, May 14: TSC Commencement

Sunday, May 15: Halls close at 11:00 AM for those who participated in Commencement activities

As indicated on The Sage Colleges’ Residence Contract, students are “not allowed to stay in the room during vacation periods (Thanksgiving, Winter Break, and Spring Break) when the residence halls are officially closed, unless prior written permission from the Office of Residence Life has been granted. Students granted such permission may be assigned to a residence hall other than their own. Room fees may be applied to the student’s bill.”   

Residence Hall Options

First-year students:

Kellas Hall: Most of the three floors of Kellas Hall serve as the residence for first-year students.

Upperclass students:

International/ French House: Residents participate in language and cultural programs
German House: Students are not required to speak German!
Manning Hall: Upperclass student housing (mostly single rooms)
McMurray-Spicer-Gale House (MSG): Three connected houses with one central entrance.
Slocum Hall: Upperclass student housing
Sage Hall: Upperclass student housing
Spanish House: Residents speak Spanish in the house and participate in language and cultural programs.
Wool House: Honors Program housing

Special Needs Housing

Part of the commitment to students with disabilities is to ensure that students have equitable access to campus programs, including housing. The Sage Colleges will provide reasonable housing accommodations to eligible students. To substantiate the need for assistance, we require clear, current, and comprehensive documentation of limitations in function or performance, specifically as it relates to housing. Substantiated need is constituted by a severe and chronic disabling condition that has been well documented by an appropriate and qualified professional. The disabling condition must significantly impact their learning environment  and/or residential activities unless reasonable accommodations are provided.

Accommodations for various disabilities and chronic health conditions take time to arrange. Housing receives many such requests, all of which affect the allocation of limited housing resources. For this reason, it is important that accommodation requests for pre-existing conditions be made at the time of application.

Any student requiring a special housing accommodation of any type should send the request and documentation to the Disabilities Services Director as soon as they are accepted to the college. Please be specific and communicate all of your needs.  You will also need to be in contact with the Wellness Center to discuss your medical needs prior to move-in to create a care plan and contract.