Students living in GREAT Housing are members of the first-year, sophomore, junior and senior classes who wish to live in alcohol-free environments governed by an individual's commitment to the program and secondly by the GREAT Housing living contract. Students choosing to live in GREAT Housing are agreeing to live a lifestyle that does not allow alcohol and/or other drugs to negatively affect the community of which they are a valuable member. GREAT Housing communities fall under the larger umbrella theme of Wellness.
As such, students will recognize and affirm that choice in their daily actions by signing a contract with their community, and the College, to uphold the ideals of GREAT Housing. The purpose of such a program is to provide students with a comfortable and safe living environment free from the pressures associated with alcohol and other drugs. The communities which form tend to be closer due to this common bond. Opportunities to meet new friends are furthered through access to the "Club House" - a space to hang out, socialize, meet other GREAT people, learn about GREAT things, have dances, movie nights, special dinners, AA or Al-anon meetings, educational programs with a GREAT twist, but more importantly a place to be yourself. This year, students living in GREAT Housing have participated in outings which have included roller skating, touring a sugarhouse and learning about the production of maple syrup, various trips to downtown Burlington and Church Street, and a COLOR Run Race. Additionally, all students in GREAT Housing will be asked to participate in a least one GREAT Housing Program Committee. There will be several committees formed in order to enhance and facilitate the GREAT Housing Program. Some examples of previous committees: programming committee, weekend events committee, running the GREAT Housing "Club House", evaluation committee, and a student conference committee.
GREAT Housing is comprised of double rooms within the first year buildings for incoming students. Additionally, GREAT Housing for upper-class students is located within Canterbury Hall.