Aerial photograph of the Immaculate Conception Chapel

Proposal Information

All special interest housing proposals MUST include:

  • Names and student ID numbers of all the members of the group applying for a house.
  • Identification of the sponsoring group/organization as well as the name(s) of an organizational adviser, and applicable house advisers.
  • Letter of support from the organizational and/or house adviser(s).
  • Completed answers to the proposal questions.

Proposal Questions


Current Groups Complete: Please provide the current address of your special interest house. 

New Group Applicants Complete: If you are a new group applying for a house, do not answer this question.


  1. MISSION AND VALUES: What are your group/organization's mission and values?
  2. REPUTATION: At the end of the 2014-2015, what would you like your house to be known for (what would you hope to have accomplished?)
  3. S.M.A.R.T. GOALS: Please list 2-3 S.M.A.R.T.* goals that reflect your organization's mission and address the following areas:
  4. SERVANT LEADERSHIP: Servant leadership is an expectation at the University of Dayton, and servant leaders actively participate in creating solutions for problems that threaten the well-being of the campus community. What goal will your group set for itself in terms of being servant leaders in the student neighborhood?
  5. COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY: How will your group utilize the special interest house to promote your group’s mission in the student neighborhoods?
  6. RESOURCES: What resources will your group need to attain its S.M.A.R.T. goals? 
  7. ACCOUNTABILITY: What role will each resident in the special interest house play in attaining your group’s S.M.A.R.T goals?  How will you know that your group has successfully attained its S.M.A.R.T goals?


  1. HOUSE RULES/COMMUNITY LIVING AGREEMENTS: List the house rules/community living agreements that your group will use to communicate group expectations for living in the house.
  2. PROCESS: How will you hold yourselves accountable to the house rules/community living agreements? How will your group manage conflict that arises between roommates?
  3. DISCUSSION: Under which circumstances will your group meet to revise your house rules/community living agreements?  What process will your group employ to ensure that adequate time is set aside to revise house rules/community living agreements?
  4. VIOLATIONS: How will your group address any violations of house rules/agreements, organizational rules, and University policy?


  1. ADVISER NAME AND CONTACT INFORMATON: Please provide the name, phone number and email addresses for your organizational and house advisers.
  2. ROLE OF THE ADVISER: Advisers are integral to the success of your house. Describe the role your organizational and/or house adviser will play in your special interest house?
  3. ADVISER EXPECTATIONS: What expectations has your group identified for the organizational and/or house adviser in supporting your house community, your goals, and your plan?
  4. COMMUNICATION: How will your group communicate with your organizational and/or house adviser (and how frequently)?


Location is important aspect of the special interest housing experience. The special interest housing committee will strongly consider location requests by groups that have demonstrated the connection between their desired location and their S.M.A.R.T. goal outcomes.

  1. CHANGE OF LOCATION (TO BE COMPLETED BY CURRENT GROUPS): If you wish to change your group's address for the 2014-2015 academic year, please indicate what S.M.A.R.T. goals are not being attained as a result of the location, configuration, and/or condition of your current house. In what ways is your current house preventing your organization from attaining its S.M.A.R.T. goals?  
  2. FULFILLING GOALS (TO BE COMPLETED BY CURRENT GROUPS): Please list up to three new houses/addresses for the special interest housing committee to consider as new locations for your organizational house.  Describe how each of the new houses/addresses will assist your organization in attaining the S.M.A.R.T. goals listed above.
    1. NOTE: Providing a response to these questions does not guarantee a change of location or a specific address.
  3. REQUEST FOR A SPECIFIC LOCATION (TO BE COMPLETED BY NEW GROUP APPLICANTS):  Please list up to three houses/addresses that will assist your organization in attaining its S.M.A.R.T. goals.  Additionally, please explain how each of these houses/addresses will assist your organization in attaining its S.M.A.R.T. goals.  

Letter(s) from Adviser(s)

Please see the definitions below for an organizational and a house adviser.

Organizational Adviser: The organizational adviser is the faculty and/or staff member who works with the organization and is identified by Center for Student Involvement as the recognized adviser for the organization.

House Adviser: The house adviser is the faculty and/or staff member who works directly with the students living in the house. The house adviser will assist students in addressing issues that pertain to community living.

  • NOTE:  Values-based Greek organizations are required to have both an organizational adviser and a house adviser. For all other groups, the organizational adviser can also serve as the house adviser.

Letters of support from an organizational and/or house adviser must be uploaded as part of the online application process and received no later than January 31, 2014.  All letters should include the following:

  • Why are you confident that these students will contribute to the academic mission of the institution through their living environment? What is your understanding of how they will do so?
  • How will you support their proposed programmatic initiatives?
  • Have they shared their community goals and plan with you? What are your thoughts about it?
  • How often will you communicate with them to support them in achieving their community goals?
  • If you are serving as the house adviser, will you be available to assist residents with issues that impact their living experience in the house?