The residence halls offer a variety of housing environments that support and enhance the College's academic mission. These facilities are furnished and maintained in such a way as to promote a clean, safe and comfortable atmosphere, where residents are challenged to be part of Paul Smith's vibrant, healthy college community. Individual growth is supported through activities based on the College's Values. Residential students are encouraged to take part in residence hall activities in order to learn, grow and become involved in College life.
Campus Living is designed to support the development of communities in which students can meet their educational and personal goals. In a group living situation, such as a residence hall, guidelines exist to insure the rights and privileges of each individual, while promoting a community atmosphere conducive to learning and living. These guidelines and policies serve to protect the rights, health and security of others, as well as to protect the property of the college. Any student who violates these standards is subject to a disciplinary action possibly resulting in removal from the residence halls. The Office of Residence Life is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the residence halls.
Students are expected to follow all subsections of the Code of Conduct in chapter one of this Guide. These guidelines along with others pertaining specifically to the residence halls are enforced to ensure that all students are provided with a living environment conducive to academic and social success.
The College believes residence hall living is one of the best ways for students to learn essential life skills. By stressing care for the individual, the living environment, academics, and a good social atmosphere, we develop a strong sense of community values among residents. Community living also helps students experience diverse cultures and ways of thought making them more tolerant of people with different views.
For these reasons, all students are required to live on campus and take their meals in the College dining hall on one of the approved meal plans. In certain cases and after meeting specific standards, students may reside off campus.
As a residential college, Paul Smith's believes that students learn much about themselves, others and the world around them through community living. Students who wish to live off campus must submit an application to the Office of Residence Life two weeks prior to the end of the semester proceeding the semester they wish to live off campus or by the posted deadline for such applications. Permission is granted on a yearly basis and each student must reapply before the beginning of the next academic year, including summer session. It is the student's responsibility to contact the Office of Student Affairs to determine whether their application has been approved. If the request is denied, a written appeal must be submitted to the Student Affairs Officer or any other administrator designated by the College for that purpose, whose decision is final. A completed off-campus application/verification form must be on file at check-in, or a student will need to complete one before registration and classes begin.
Students residing off-campus must provide address and phone number information to the Office of Student Affairs within 48 hours of receiving approval to live off-campus. Off-campus students are expected to abide by all College policies and regulations while they are on College-owned property and must act with good moral character as a member of the local community.
Students moving from on-campus to off-campus status will be charged for their meals until their board plan has been invalidated by either the Office of Student Affairs or Food Services. Off-campus students who wish to eat in the College's dining facilities may either purchase a limited board plan or can purchase meals on a cash basis.
- All students are subject to the policies, rules, and regulations in the Paul Smith's Community Guide and College Catalog.
- Any requests for off-campus or special housing as an accommodation for temporary disability will be reviewed by Health Services, Counseling, and Accommodative Services personnel and will follow the procedures for documenting a disability set forth on the Center for Accommodative Services portion of the PSC website. Their recommendation will be forwarded to the Director of Campus Life.
- Students with a temporary disability will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Permission for special housing accommodations will be granted on a semester basis. Students should apply as soon as they realize they have a need. The College will need at least one week to process the request once the appropriate documentation has been received. Students who know they will need temporary accommodations (such as those who will be having surgery, etc.) should let the College know prior to their need so that a space may be reserved if possible. Requests can only be approved to the extent that space is available.
Residence Hall Services
Residential students are provided with a full range of services within the residence halls. Laundry facilities (washers and dryers) are provided in each building for residents' use. Basic cable access is provided in all residence hall rooms. All rooms are equipped for internal (College-only) and external telephone service and Internet. There is free local telephone service and residents may use calling cards for long-distance phone calls.
Each room is furnished with beds, desks, chairs, dressers, and closets. Bed linen may be ordered through the Residence Hall Linen Program in which students order sheets, comforters, mattress pads, pillow cases, and towels. Unless noted, all buildings have quiet hours from 10:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. on weekdays and 12:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on weekends. Courtesy hours are in effect at all times. Essex, Hillside, and Franklin have rooms specially equipped for students who are physically challenged.
Blum Residence Hall - Located on the West end of Campus, this residence hall is a unique, historical house that houses approximately 17 students. This hall is one of our wellness buildings, which requires the absence of tobacco or alcohol use, and maintains a 24 hour quiet. Every two rooms share a bathroom, and a kitchen and lounge are located on the first floor. In addition for students to be able to live here they must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 and no disciplinary record.
Clinton Residence Hall - This residence hall has been newly designated as a first year wellness hall with males on the first floor and females on the second. Clinton houses approximately 38 students; this hall has a community bathroom on each floor, contains a small lounge on the first floor, and has two resident assistants.
Currier Residence Hall - A co-ed first year hall, this building houses approximately 100 students and is located in the center of campus. In traditional residence hall style, this building consists of long hallways and common bathrooms and lounge.
Essex Residence Hall - Essex Hall is an upper class co-ed hall, and houses approximately 36 students. Each room has its own bathroom and there is a lounge and laundry facility located on the first floor. The first floor is able to house students with disabilities.
Franklin Residence Hall - Housing approximately 38 students, this co-ed residence hall is reserved for students of upper class standing. Also able to house students with disabilities, this building has a lounge and laundry facilities on the first floor.
Hillside Residence Hall - Hillside is another one of our wellness residence halls, housing approximately 50 upper class students. Being a wellness hall, it is 24 hour quiet and tobacco and alcohol free. Every two rooms are connected by a bathroom. Kitchen, lounge and study area are also available to students in this hall.
St. Regis Residence Hall - Upper and Lower Buildings: This upper class apartment style building has four-single occupancy bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a full kitchen with a stove, microwave, and refrigerator. There is an increased cost per semester to live in this building.
Lakeside Residence Hall - This co-ed upper class building houses 43 students. Rooms in this building are carpeted and each floor shares a common bathroom. There is a lounge and kitchen on the first floor. The first floor consists of tripled male rooms, with the second floor housing double female rooms.
Lambert Residence Hall - Housing approximately 20 upper class students. Each room has its own bathroom and there is a lounge and kitchen on the first floor.
Livermore Residence Hall - As one of our first year student residence halls, this building houses approximately 100 students in 53 carpeted rooms that share two common bathrooms for each gender, one on each floor. A lounge is located on the first floor and laundry facilities are provided.
Lydia Martin Smith (LMS) Residence Hall - Located along the Lower St. Regis Lake this building houses a majority of our first year students in quad rooms. With a population of approximately 184 students, this co-ed building provides students with a lounge, kitchen and laundry service along with common bathrooms on each floor.
Overlook Hall - This upper class apartment style building is a new residential facility opening in August 2011. Each unit has four-single occupancy bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a full kitchen with a stove, microwave, and refrigerator. There is an increased cost per semester to live in this building.
Saranac Lake Residence Hall - Located in the Village of Saranac Lake, this uniquely situated residence hall offers the ability to live in town, but still reside in a college-owned hall. This 3 story building has 7 suites of 3 double rooms, 3 bathrooms, and a common area, and 4 double rooms with a bathroom. The suites are able to be co-ed. This building is staffed by 2 residence assistants as well as a professional staff person.
Saratoga Residence Hall - Saratoga Residence Hall - Located at the highest elevation on campus, this building houses approximately 100 upper class students in double and triple rooms and provides them with a lounge, kitchen and laundry service.
The Waterfront Residence Halls
Clinton Hall - 19 doubles
Lakeside Hall - 19 doubles and triples
Clinton Hall iis for first year students requesting wellness housing. There are two bathrooms on each floor and a laundry room and lounge on the first floor. Males will reside on the first floor, and females on the second floor. Rooms measure 11' x 15'. Two Resident Assistants are assigned to this area.
Lakeside is a coed housing area.. Lakeside rooms are 14' x 15' and are carpeted. There is one bathroom on the first floor and there are two bathrooms on the second floor. A lounge, laundry facility and kitchen are located on the first floor. Two Resident Assistants are assigned to this hall.
The Traditional Residence Halls
Alfred W. Currier Hall - 50 doubles
Wayland B. Livermore Hall - 51 doubles
Lydia Martin Smith Hall - 49 quads
Saratoga Hall - 45 doubles, 2 singles, 2 triples
Currier is a coed hall housing approximately 100 first year students. It has two floors, each divided to make two smaller wings. There is a TV lounge located on the first floor. Laundry facilities are available on each floor. There are three bathrooms on each floor. Resident Assistants are housed in each wing.
Livermore is also a coed hall housing approx. 100 first year students. Livermore has two floors which are divided into smaller wings. There is a large lounge with a TV located on the first floor. There are two bathrooms and laundry facilities on each floor. Resident Assistants are housed in each wing.
Lydia Martin Smith (LMS) ' x 12') is a two-story, coed hall housing approximately 189 first year students in quad rooms. The rooms are large (20' x 12') and are carpeted. A large lounge and a kitchen are located on the first floor. Four Resident Assistants are assigned to LMS and a professional staff member has an apartment on the second floor.
Saratoga Hall is also a two-story, coed hall housing approximately 100 upper class students. Each floor is divided into two wings. A lounge and a kitchen are located on the first floor. Laundry facilities and two bathrooms are available on each floor. Three Resident Assistants and a Head Resident Assistant are assigned to Saratoga.
The Olympic Residence Halls
Essex Hall - 19 double rooms, co-ed, upper class students
Franklin Hall - 19 double rooms, co-ed, upper class students
Essex is a two-story hall and has rooms accessible for students who are physically challenged. Essex rooms have their own bathroom with a shower. A lounge and a laundry facility are located on the first floor. Rooms are 12' x 12' and are carpeted. There are two Resident Assistants assigned to this hall.
Franklin is a two-story, coed hall and has rooms accessible by students who are physically challenged. Each room has its own bath and shower facilities. The rooms are 12' x 12' and are carpeted. A Resident Assistant and a Head Resident Assistant are assigned to this hall.
The Wellness Residence Halls
Blum House - 6 doubles, 1 triple, 2 singles
Hillside Hall - 19 doubles, 4 triples
Clinton Hall - 18 doubles, 1 single
Wellness halls are available for those students choosing to live in a substance-free residential environment. The Wellness living concept promotes the development of the student through educational, social, spiritual, and recreational programming. No alcohol or substance use, alcohol posters or decorative alcohol bottles or cans are permitted in Wellness halls. All Wellness buildings have 24-hour quiet hours.
Blum House, which is coed, is a unique facility with a spectacular view. The historic, two-story house is located on Faculty Lane overlooking Lower St. Regis Lake. This is a 24-hour quiet hall. Residents must have a 3.0 or above cumulative grade point average and no disciplinary record and are selected by the Housing Manager. Each unit is composed of two rooms connected by a bathroom. A living room and kitchen are located on the first floor. A Resident Assistant is assigned to Blum House.
Hillside is a coed Wellness Hall. Each unit in Hillside is composed of two rooms connected by a bathroom. There are four designated triples on the second floor. The rooms are approximately 14' x 16' and are carpeted. Hillside has a lounge, a study room, laundry facilities and a kitchen. Two Resident Assistants are assigned to this hall.
Clinton Hall This residence hall has been newly designated as a first year wellness hall with males on the first floor and females on the second. Clinton houses approximately 38 students; this hall has a community bathroom on each floor and contains a small lounge on the first floor.
St. Regis Residence Halls
St. Regis Residence Hall - Upper and Lower Buildings: This upper classmen apartment style building is a new residential facility which opened in August 2008. Each unit has four-single occupancy bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a full kitchen with a stove, microwave, and refrigerator.