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Student Services Policies

Student Services Policies


Personally identifiable information and/or educational records will not be released without the written consent of the student except as specified under the provisions of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA identifies specific individuals and organizations that may receive a student’s educational records under certain circumstances without prior written consent. Other than the circumstances specified in FERPA , no person or organization has a right to review a student’s education records and/or personally identifiable information without the prior written consent of the student.

One of the circumstances allowing the release of personally identifiable information without a student’s prior written consent involves information identified as public or “directory information.” Directory information can be released without prior written consent provided that students are given the opportunity to prohibit the disclosure of such personally identifiable information that the institution has designated as directory information and may release without the prior written consent of the student. Students may direct the college, at registration or anytime thereafter, in writing to the Office of the Registrar, not to disclose directory information; conversely, a student can drop their request to withhold directory information at anytime, but this request must be made in writing. All other personally identifiable information about students is considered confidential and will be treated accordingly.

For a more specific statement of FERPA rights, please refer to the College’s Student Handbooks.



The Academic Services and Community Life staff support the academic mission of the college by providing services that assist students in identifying, clarifying, and achieving their educational and career goals. Through the support system and various services it proves to students, the college

expresses its awareness that students have unique financial, developmental, social, psychological, and health-related needs both within and outside the study programs.

In addition to direct assistance to students, the Community Life staff is charged with developing programs that enhance the learning environment on and off campus and improve the quality of life for students and others. Central to this charge are activities that promote and sustain diversity of cultural, racial, and lifestyle backgrounds, respect for the campus environment and ecological systems, and promotion of a productive interchange of ideas.



Due to the nature of the residencies, which require 10 to 12 hours of academic and social activities for full involvement and to meet accreditation standards, students are discouraged from bringing children to the residency. The college does not have childcare services. Nor is our campus child-proofed or necessarily safe for children. A parent who has an extenuating circumstance who needs to bring a child to campus for the residency needs to arrange a full-time childcare aide or day care through a local provider. The parent is responsible for transportation as well as for the costs of the child and childcare aide’s room and board. For more information regarding the policy of children at residencies, contact



Community Life staff members offer support to students during residencies around issues of stress, transition, general mental health, and crisis response. Acute mental health issues are referred to a licensed psychologist or emergency services, if necessary.



Goddard College complies with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA), and the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504). The college does not discriminate on the basis of disability, makes reasonable accommodations in the learning and living environments to meet the documented needs of eligible students with disabilities, and ensures equal access to the College’s academic programs and community life. Goddard uses the term “accommodation” to mean the provision of architectural access, aids, and services, as well as appropriate modifications to practices and procedures. The Academic and Disabilities Support (ADS) office is the designated office to evaluate disability documentation, determine eligibility, and plan accommodations for students enrolled at Goddard College. The ADS office is committed to an integrated, individualized approach with students, with independence, safety, respect, and dignity as core values. Please note that accommodations may not be possible if they would fundamentally alter essential program or college standards or requirements, or if they would result in undue financial or administrative burdens to the college.

Enrolled students should refer to the appropriate Student Handbook for procedures on requesting accommodations of disabilities in order to participate in academic and/or student affairs programming and activities.



Goddard College maintains and promotes a policy of nondiscrimination and non harassment on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, marital/civil union status, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran/uniformed service status, disability, or other legally protected classification. The college’s commitment to racial, cultural, and ideological diversity is an ongoing priority and effort, evidenced in academic and community life programs and activities, staff development, and in college-wide initiatives throughout the year.



The Plainfield Health Center — a joint practice with physicians, physicians’ assistants, a dentist, and a psychologist — is across the road from the college. The fully equipped Central Vermont Medical Center is a 20-minute drive away. These are not services of the college but are available to the public.



Although students study and reside at home during a semester, the eight days that students spend in residency each semester are part of the single most important differentiating feature between a Goddard educational experience and the experience a student would have at one of the many off-campus and distance education programs offered to adult learners. During Goddard’s extraordinary residency period, living and learning are unified, exciting, and seamless. A discussion of contemporary fiction may start at a seminar or workshop during the day but continue into the night in a dorm room or at the dining facility. Workshops, seminars, discussions, and the great variety of venues for learning overflow into one another at different locations and times all over the campus during the residency.

All new students are required to stay on campus during their first residency unless they have a permanent residence within a 50-mile drive of the college. For subsequent semesters, students may stay off campus if they participate fully in all residency activities and academic programming.

As space allows, students have the option of requesting single or double rooms (charges vary), single-sex, coed, gender-neutral, glbtq-friendly, and substance-free housing.

Plainfield, Vermont Campus

On the Plainfield campus, Village of Learning dorms are hubs of community learning and interaction. Each small dorm (approximately 16 residents) has a lounge for students. The larger dorm, Kilpatrick House, located on the historic part of the campus, has two large lounges. Most Goddard students are housed in double rooms with a roommate. If single rooms are available, they go to students who need them for documented medical reasons and then to others. Additional charges for single rooms apply.

The Food Service, which operates only during the residencies, is known for excellent, healthful, and varied meals and features locally grown food. The college makes special efforts to accommodate the special dietary needs of students.

As a matter of course, vegetarian and nonvegetarian dishes are offered, and the college attempts to accommodate specialized needs when given sufficient notice. Students should contact at least three weeks prior to the beginning of a term to make special needs known, particularly if a student has a life-threatening allergy to foods or other substances.

Port Townsend, Washington, Educational Site

Housing at the Port Townsend residency is in renovated Officers’ Quarters. Most are two-story duplexes and the majority of rooms are single occupancy. Buildings have furnished common areas, including large tables and ready-to-use kitchens.

Residency meals are provided by The Commons, Fort Worden’s multiuse dining facility. Daily meal options include meat, vegetarian, and vegan dishes; other dietary needs can be submitted as a special request on the Residency Housing/Meal Request form no later than two weeks prior to the residency. The Commons also hosts a coffee shop, Local Goods, for students wanting to purchase coffee, snacks, and meals on the go.

The Food Service, which operates only during the residencies, is known for excellent, healthful, and varied meals. The college makes special efforts to accommodate the special dietary needs of students.

As a matter of course, vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes are offered, and the college attempts to accommodate specialized needs when given sufficient notice. Students should contact the College Help Desk at least three weeks prior to the beginning of a term to make special needs known, particularly if a student has a life-threatening allergy to foods or other substances.



Unless they have special permission from the Community Life staff, students must vacate their rooms by 1 p.m. of the day their residency ends. Students who stay longer are fined $50 a day or any part of the day.



Students are expected to leave their rooms clean and undamaged. If the housekeeping staff finds damage, students are charged the cost of repairing it. If a room, lounge area, and/or bathroom needs more than routine cleaning, the students to whom it was assigned are charged.



A Student Council comprising elected representatives from each academic program represents the student perspective in the governance of the institution and communicates regularly with the student community. One member of the Student Council represents students on various college-level committees and another represents students on the highest level of governance as a member of the Board of Trustees. Please refer to the appropriate Student Handbook for further information on college governance.



The library is located in the Eliot D. Pratt Center, a two-story building, which also houses administrative offices, a radio station, and a small gallery. The library strives to meet the research and information needs of the students and broader college community. The resources support the academic and research program as well as the intellectual and cultural development of students, staff, and faculty. The library’s website facilitates research in the distance- learning environment.

The Archives Room houses documents from Goddard’s 70-year history as a pioneer in progressive education. The library participates in the exchange of resources and services with other institutions and within networks as necessary to fill the research requests. Students are encouraged to attend research and library orientation workshops during their residencies. Information Services staff provides intensive workshops to orient new students and faculty to the college’s Internet portal and email system.

Library features:

  • Computer workstations with Internet connections, including campus-wide wireless, and access to a variety of PC and MacIntosh applications;

  • A variety of academic and research services, including access to 20 electronic databases, available through our web access;

  • A steadily growing collection of 73,000 print books and periodicals;

  • Goddard senior studies and master’s theses written since 1965;

  • Special collection of published works by Goddard alumni and faculty.



Goddard College and its representatives occasionally take photographs in public spaces on campus for the college’s use in print and electronic publications. This policy serves as public notice of the college’s intent to do so. It also serves as your permission for the college to use such images for these purposes. If you prefer that your image not be used, it is your responsibility to fill out a form withholding permission. The form is available at the Advancement Office in the Pratt library.