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Full Text of the Faculty Motion

The following motion was approved at Wednesday's faculty meeting. It was substituted for a motion brought before the faculty by Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences Stephan L. Chorover at the October 15th meeting. Text which appears in italics was removed from the motion by amendment. Text in boldface was added to the motion.

Substitute Motion

Wednesday, November 19

It is the sense of the faculty that:

1. MIT should move immediately to begin a comprehensive, deliberate examination of its residential system, including the suitability of undergraduate residences as freshman housing, with the goal of bringing the system into fuller alignment with MIT's educational mission.

2. The introduction of freshmen to MIT should be characterized by: a proper orientation to the Institute's academic environment, a sense of belonging to the larger MIT community, greater opportunity for interaction with faculty and each other, and the ability to make a calm, informed choice of living group, including a delay of rush for those students who want it.

3. The Institute should commit significant funds to the design and implementation of new initiatives that strengthen the ties between faculty and students, and enhance the living and learning experience for all students.

4. The newly promised undergraduate dormitory should be seized upon as an opportunity to experiment with the design - programmatic and physical - of a residence that consciously integrates student life and learning.

5. These initiatives should have significant input from students, staff, faculty and alumni/ae.

6. Timely reports should be given to the Faculty and the MIT community, about the design, implementation and evaluation of these initiatives, beginning in April 1998.

Original Motion

Wednesday, October 15

It is the sense of the Faculty that, commencing with the academic year 1998, every effort be made to ensure that all first-year students live on campus.

Source: Faculty Meeting Minutes