Mission Statement

The Department of Residential Life’s mission is to assist in the preparation of citizen-leaders by fostering community, providing access, focusing on resident needs, and supporting the educational experience. 

Community: Residential Life is committed to creating a safe and supportive environment where residents have a network of people who care about them. 

 Accessibility: Residential Life is committed to providing a living environment that meets the various needs of our residents at an affordable cost. 

 Resident Centered: Residential Life is committed to creating services, programs, and policies that benefit the residents we serve. 

 Educational Support: Residential Life is committed to providing individual growth experiences inclusive of our residents' academic development. 

Diversity Statement

Acknowledge: We acknowledge the diversity of our community and the many forms that diversity can take, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religious beliefs and customs, political affiliation, age, sex, and ability. We likewise acknowledge the invaluable importance of such diversity in our academic and residential settings.

Learn and Develop: As a community we develop an understanding of each other’s differences and realization of similarities, because understanding is the first step towards equity. We learn that these differences do not undermine our ability to work, study and live together. We develop this understanding through the fostering of respectful and thoughtful conversation and creative and collaborative programming.

Live: We live the values of diversity and inclusion as an extension of the Department of Residential Life mission statement. Our existence is for the development and support of ALL students. Discrimination of any form will be corrected, through the philosophy of restorative justice with an emphasis on expanding wellbeing of the community at large. We endeavor to walk with our residents on this journey and together be forward thinking and world ready.

Notice of Nondiscrimination:

Fort Hays State University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, color, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status in its educational programs, employment and all other activities. In addition, the university does not discriminate on the basis of a person’s genetic information. FHSU is committed to an environment in which students, faculty, administrators and staff work together in an atmosphere free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, exploitation and intimidation, including, but not limited to, verbal, physical or written behavior directed toward or relating to an individual or group on the basis of their protected class status.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against or harassed on the basis of their protected class status or are victims of sexual harassment should report such acts to the university Equal Employment Opportunity Officer who will assist the grievant in seeking redress through the appropriate procedure. The university’s Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Procedure applies to grievances involving students, administrators, faculty or staff. The EEO Officer may be contacted at 600 Park Street, Hays, KS 67601, 785-628-4033.