Jul 22, 2024  

Campus Life

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The “Davidson Experience” is not confined to the classroom. The college offers students a broad environment in which to develop socially, physically, intellectually, and spiritually.


The Honor Code and the Code of Responsibility


As students and alumni proudly attest, the honor system at Davidson is the touchstone of the college life, creating an atmosphere of trust in the college community. In addition to faculty and administration support, the students believe in this system, defend it, and shoulder the responsibility for its implementation. Evidences that the system actually works are the open stacks and unguarded doors of the library, the absence of proctors during tests, the self-scheduled final examinations, and the sense that a person’s word is his or her bond. The Honor Code and the Code of Responsibility are available in their entirety in the Student Handbook.

The Honor Code is very simply stated:

“Each Davidson student is honor bound to refrain from stealing, lying about College business, and cheating on academic work. Stealing is the intentional taking of any property without right or permission. Lying is the intentional misrepresentation of any form. Cheating is any practice, method, or assistance, whether explicitly forbidden or unmentioned, that involves any degree of dishonesty, fraud, or deceit. Cheating includes plagiarism, which is representing another’s ideas or words as one’s own. Additional guidelines for each class may be determined by its professor; each Davidson student is responsible for knowing and adhering to them. Each student is responsible for learning and observing appropriate documentation of another’s work. Each Davidson student is honor bound to report immediately all violations of the Honor Code for which the student has first-hand knowledge; failure to do so is itself a violation of the Honor Code. All students, faculty, and other employees of Davidson College are responsible for familiarity with and support of the Honor Code. Any student, faculty member, administrative officer, employee, or guest of the College may charge a student with a violation of the Honor Code. Charges are presented to the Dean of Students and at the Dean’s discretion must be signed. If the Dean determines that further proceedings are warranted by the Honor Council, he or she will prepare a formal charge. Hearings, administrative conferences, and other proceedings regarding alleged violations of the Honor Code shall be conducted pursuant to the Code of Disciplinary Procedures.”


Residence Life


As a four-year residential college community, Davidson students are required to live on-campus all four years. While a few students may be granted permission to live off-campus, the College is deeply committed to residential living since the benefits and positive impact of such an experience are well-documented. Davidson houses approximately 95-97 percent of its student body. Students learn to build relationships across differences for a healthy self and a better society within residence hall settings. Moreover, daily interaction of students within residence builds community and campus traditions unique to Davidson.

All first-year students are required to live on a first-year hall with about 20 to 40 classmates for the entire year. With few exceptions, single rooms are not available to first-year students. The Residence Life staff pairs first-year roommates with special attention to the living preferences and learning and leadership styles of each student. Additionally, upper-class hall counselors live on each first-year hall and work closely with residents to ease their transition into campus life. This first year is an exciting and challenging period for students, highlighted by social activities, educational programs, intramural sports, and community service projects. During this time, first-year students learn the rewards and challenges of communal living and develop an appreciation for people with different backgrounds and needs. Close friendships established during this year regularly continue throughout a student’s Davidson years and beyond.

Each spring, rising sophomores, juniors and seniors participate in a housing lottery process to select their rooms for the next academic year. During this process, students can choose from among ten traditional or suite-style residence halls, and seven apartment-style residence halls. Most students participate in the lottery process in pairs, as most rooms are designed for double occupancy. However, students selecting an apartment choose in groups of four or five, and there are a number of single rooms across multiple buildings from which to choose. Students are also permitted to cluster with up to three other friends as a way to strengthen friendships and enjoy living experiences.  All residence halls are equipped with lounges and air conditioning. Some have kitchen facilities, computers and/or printing facilities. Each apartment contains a living room, kitchen, and four or five single bedrooms. The college provides each student with a bed, mattress, desk, desk chair, dresser, and space for hanging clothes. All students share with the college the responsibility to maintain a clean, safe, and enjoyable living environment in the residence halls. Resident Advisers (in upperclass buildings) and Building Managers (in apartments) promote community and accountability on each hall, as defined by college policy and residential community standards defined by each hall. Additionally, a courtesy policy protects students’ rights to sleep or study at any hour.

Our newest residence hall opened in 2012 and houses 250 sophomore students. While still including the same amenities as the other residence halls on campus, this space is intentionally reserved for sophomore students. Programs by Resident Advisers target the specific academic, social, and intrapersonal needs of sophomores.

While the college is able to accommodate a large percentage of its student body in the residence halls the college cannot guarantee on-campus housing to every student desiring it because of the semester to semester fluctuations in demand. In the event students cannot be accommodated, off-campus permission will be granted to some students who can rent apartments and houses in the Davidson community.

Although Davidson College works actively to create safe and secure residence halls, the college cannot accept responsibility for the loss, damage, or theft of personal property. Students wishing to protect themselves from such loss should routinely lock their doors and cover their belongings with appropriate insurance.

Dining Services

The college provides four dining facilities on campus during the academic year - Vail Commons, the Davis Café in the Alvarez Student Union, the Wildcat Den in Baker Sports Complex, and Summit Coffee, a coffeehouse/pub on Patterson Court.
Vail Commons offers 21 scheduled meals each week. It is an “all you care to eat” facility during meal-serving periods. The Commons provides a wide range of offerings including multiple entrées at each meal, vegetarian and vegan entrée options, a variety of breakfast cereals, pizza made to order, a sandwich bar, a large salad bar, and a choice of desserts, many made in our bakery. Soft serve ice cream and yogurt are available daily as well. Beverages include soft drinks, fruit juices, milk, coffee, and tea. The staff at Vail Commons is adept at working with students with special diets be they allergy-related or by personal choice. The kitchen is almost entirely “scratch” and students are welcome to arrange one-on-one meetings with staff and to tour the kitchen operation.

The Davis Café located in the Knobloch Campus Center has deli, grill, and pizza counters, as well as an array of daily specials. At designated times students may use meal plan swipes for an equivalent cash amount at the Davis Café and the Wildcat Den. These designated times include an afternoon session, dinner time session, and a late night meal swipe option.

The Wildcat Den is located on the lower level of Baker Sports Complex. The Den operates as a lunch counter only, providing sandwiches, chips, beverages, and a candy selection. A sandwich special is available during the lunch period five days a week.

Summit Coffee provides an alternative space for students to enjoy coffee and other beverages and food in a relaxed, pub-like atmosphere. Summit operates seven days each week from morning to late night with indoor and outdoor seating available.

Students may purchase convenience items including snacks, health and beauty aids and groceries at Union Station, a convenience store located on the second floor of the Alvarez College Union. Students may utilize Dining Dollars attached to their meal plan at this venue.

First-year students are required to participate in a full meal plan for the entire year. Most meal plans include Dining Dollars that students may use at any dining location, as well as in vending machines located throughout campus. Unused Dining Dollars carry over from Fall to Spring semester, but not from one academic year to the next.

A registered dietitian is on the Counseling Center staff and works closely with Vail Commons staff. The dietitian is available to all students for nutritional counseling.

Dining Services also operates a catering program for college activities and community events. Many students are employed by the catering department throughout the year. No prior experience is necessary.

Davidson College Farm

The Davidson College Farm provides fresh, naturally grown, local produce for students through the college’s Dining Services operation. The farm is a stand-alone, business-based unit of the college and does not introduce additional costs to Dining Services. It engages students, faculty, and staff to enhance educational opportunities and create a collaborative and innovative environment for curricular and co-curricular activities that support local farming. Located on Grey Road in Davidson, initial production is situated on a three-plus-acre site on land known as McIntosh Farm. In 2008, the college purchased a total of 109 acres from the McIntosh family. The farm grows naturally - no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. All seeds are certified organic, non-GMO, and/or open-pollinated heirloom varieties. We have a 16-foot x 42-foot propagation greenhouse, and a 30-foot x 96-foot high tunnel that allows year-round growth. The Farm at Davidson’s production includes lettuce, spinach, greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, squash, melons, strawberries, beets, carrots, blueberries, herbs, and cut flowers for catering.


The college operates a central laundry facility, The Lula Bell Houston Laundry at which students may drop off laundry and pick it up clean, folded, and wrapped, or in the case of dress shirts, pressed and placed on hangers. This service is included in the tuition and fees that all students are required to pay. Large items like blankets, quilts, and sleeping bags can also be laundered for an additional charge. The Lula Bell Houston Laundry, located behind Cannon and Sentelle Residence Halls, is open 7:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, and 10:00 am to 2:30 pm on Saturdays. Dry cleaning and alteration services are also available for an additional charge payable by cash or against the declining balance account on the CatCard. During the summer prior to his or her first year, each student receives a laundry number to place in each piece of clothing. This number is retained throughout the student’s career at Davidson. During new student orientation, each new student also receives a laundry bag on which they will write their laundry number. At the opening of school, the laundry provides residential students with bed linens, which may be exchanged for clean linens as necessary during the year.

Effective May 15, 2015, the central laundry service will no longer be available to students. Free self-serve laundry facilities are located throughout campus for student use.

Patterson Court

The purpose of Patterson Court is to enrich the Davidson College experience for students by serving as a diverse community of service-based and social fraternities, eating houses, and sororities. The Patterson Court community provides exceptional opportunities for leadership, service, scholarship, and fellowship in community based interactions within small group settings. About 60 percent of the student population participates in one of the fourteen organizations that make up the Patterson Court Council. The men’s organizations are: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; Kappa Alpha Order; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.; Kappa Sigma Fraternity; Phi Delta Theta Fraternity; Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity; Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity; and Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. The women’s organizations are: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Connor Eating House; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Rusk Eating House; Turner Eating House; and Warner Hall Eating House. All organizations with facilities on Patterson Court provide meal plan options for upper-class members, in addition to the leadership, service, and social opportunities available to all members of the community.

Joining a Patterson Court organization varies depending upon the type of organization. Any male student may participate in rush and learn more about the NIC (North American Interfraternity Conference) fraternity on Patterson Court. In order to become an initiated member into the national organization, male students must have been extended a bid for membership and meet the national GPA requirement, that varies based on organization. Men interested in joining a NPHC (National Pan-Hellenic Council) fraternity must attend an information session hosted by that organization. This important information discusses the additional processes for pursuing membership into our two NPHC fraternities. Any woman wishing to join a NPHC (National Pan-Hellenic Council) sorority must also attend an information session hosted by that specific sorority to learn about the next steps in the membership process. Any female wishing to join an eating house may participate in the Self-Selection process in January. At the beginning of the spring semester, interested women attend an informational session during which they walk through the membership preference form and prioritize their four eating houses. Women also have the option to cluster with up to three other women. This ensures that all four women within that cluster will be placed in the same eating house together.

Participation in Patterson Court events is generally open to all students, unless specified as a members-only event. Activities, policies, and initiatives are coordinated by the Patterson Court Council and Patterson Court Adviser. The organizations are accountable for their individual and collective actions to the Patterson Court Judicial Board. Members of Patterson Court organizations who excel in leadership, scholarship, and community involvement may apply to be recognized by the Order of Omega, the Greek Letter National Honor Society.  To learn more about the Patterson Court Council visit the website at www.davidsonpcc.com.




The Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Arts Center houses two galleries, the William H. Van Every, Jr. Gallery and the Edward M. Smith Gallery. Throughout the year, the galleries feature both individual and group exhibitions that explore a wide range of media and cultural issues. The work of internationally renowned, nationally recognized, emerging, and regional artists is presented in a series of exhibitions that focuses on contemporary art and ideas. Selections from the Davidson College Art Collection of over 3,200 prints, drawings, photographs, paintings, and sculpture that range from old masters to modern and contemporary artists also are exhibited regularly. There is an annual group exhibition featuring student work in the spring and an exhibition by the studio art faculty held traditionally in the fall.

In keeping with the educational mission of Davidson College and the galleries, a series of related programs accompanies the yearly exhibitions and includes individual speakers, panels, and forums. These are comprised of artists, art historians, critical thinkers, and experts in various disciplines who bring unique perspectives to the understanding and appreciation of each exhibition. The programs are usually held in the Visual Art Center’s Semans Auditorium, followed by a reception for the artist or speaker in the atrium.

Every spring, senior studio art majors present solo exhibitions in the Smith Gallery. Throughout the year, students are encouraged to interact on an informal, elective basis with the professional artists working on gallery installations and to seek the input of visiting artists and critics available for individual critiques. In addition, visiting art historians give free public lectures and special seminars singularly designed for art majors. The visits by these artists and art historians are co-sponsored with the Friends of the Arts at Davidson.




The Music Department offers many performance opportunities through various ensembles, some of which tour. Vocal opportunities include the Chorale, Davidson Singers, Collegium Musicum, Choral Arts Society, and Opera Theatre Workshop. Instrumental opportunities include the Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Saxophone Quartet, Flute Choir, and African Drumming Ensemble. Chamber Music opportunities, as well as private vocal and instrumental study are also available. For additional information, contact the Music Department.

We offer a broad array of musical events: the Concert Series; Classical Indian Music Series; recitals by visiting artists, faculty, and students; vocal and instrumental ensembles; and lectures by visiting musical scholars. In nearby Charlotte, concerts are offered by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Opera Carolina, Oratorio Singers, and various other musical organizations.

Current students especially gifted in music performance are encouraged to apply for scholarships provided through the Zachary F. Long, Jr., Vail Family, and James C. Harper Endowments. Check the Music Department web site for information.




Through its curriculum and production program, the Theatre Department seeks to develop an appreciation and understanding of the theatrical arts for the newcomer and to offer in-depth training for experienced students. The department’s program provides many opportunities for student involvement in its production season. Typically, four full-length plays and several one-acts are presented annually. Roles are cast by open audition and students are encouraged to audition, regardless of experience level.

The Department of Theatre main stage productions (one each semester) are performed in the Duke Family Performance Hall, a 600+ seat proscenium theatre in the Knobloch Campus Center.  The Rupert T. Barber Theatre, a flexible state-of-the-art performance space located in the Cunningham Theatre Center, hosts the second-stage series, student-directed one-acts, and other student performances. All facilities are equipped with cutting-edge technology including moving lights, digital audio systems, scenic automation, and media projection capabilities.

Full-length plays are directed by theatre faculty, guest directors, or advanced theatre students. One-acts are directed by students. Other student performance projects are encouraged and supported by the department. Guest artists, including playwrights, directors, actors, and designers, work with students on a regular basis.

There is ample opportunity to see professional theatre in nearby Charlotte. Davidson’s Artist Series regularly brings touring performances to the Duke Family Performance Hall. Several venues in Charlotte, including the Knight Theater, Spirit Square and the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, host high-quality touring productions. Other area venues feature locally produced shows. Opportunities to see these productions are regularly offered through organized field trips.


Athletics and Physical Education


Davidson College is unique in being an excellent liberal arts college with a tradition of intercollegiate athletic competition. The college considers physical education, recreational sports, and intercollegiate athletics an integral part of every student’s educational experience. Davidson supports a competitive athletics program with equal opportunity for participation of men and women. Davidson fields eleven men’s and ten women’s intercollegiate teams at the NCAA Division I level. Both men and women play varsity basketball, tennis, and soccer; run indoor/outdoor track and cross country; and participate in swimming and diving. Men’s sports include wrestling, golf, football, and baseball. Women’s teams include field hockey, lacrosse, and volleyball. The college strives to provide keen competition at a realistic level for every sport and offers a limited number of athletic scholarships in both men’s and women’s sports.

Davidson students aspire to excellence in athletics, as in academics. The college seeks to maximize opportunities for student participation as athletes and spectators in a variety of sports. A remarkable 75 percent of students participate in the intramural sports program. Students, along with faculty and staff, participate in ten intramural sports that include flickerball, three-on-three and five-on-five basketball, softball, small-field soccer, ultimate Frisbee, flag football, futsol, indoor soccer and volleyball. Nineteen club sports pit Davidson teams against club teams of other colleges. Students are responsible for organizing, regulating, and scheduling activities for these club teams. Clubs include women’s lacrosse and volleyball; men’s rugby, lacrosse, baseball and golf; and clubs for both men and women in crew, sailing, fencing, swimming, ultimate Frisbee, field hockey, tennis, squash, and soccer.

Davidson’s physical education program is based upon the belief that physical activity is important to a person’s overall development. The program emphasizes the carry-over value of fitness as a lifetime endeavor. The more than 50 courses offered in the physical education curriculum range from golf and yoga to racquetball and spinning to meet a variety of fitness needs and interests. For additional information see Physical Education in the Courses section.

Davidson athletic and physical education facilities are outstanding. The Baker Sports Complex includes the Ben T. Craig Plaza, the Newell Entrance Court, and the Nisbet Lobby. In the lobby are two racquetball courts, a squash court, a Nautilus center, and the Hall of Fame Room.

The centerpiece of the facility is the John M. Belk Arena, featuring a main varsity court with a hardwood floor. For athletic events, the Belk Arena seats nearly 6,000. When the bleacher seating is retracted, two additional hardwood basketball courts and two volleyball courts are available.

The Charles A. Cannon Pool is an eight-lane pool with a stainless steel movable bulkhead to accommodate competition in both yards and meters. The separate diving well features both one- and three-meter boards. The facility includes a balcony for spectator seating.

The Louis and Carl Knobloch Indoor Tennis Center features a durable acrylic-based, hard-court surface covering four courts. They are lit with indirect lighting and have movable screens between them. The center also has locker rooms, offices, and a conference room.

The Finley Physical Education Center incorporates a weight room with both Nautilus and free weights, a state of the art athletic medical facility, a wrestling room, and a dance studio. The center also has locker rooms for student/faculty/staff use and for sports teams, one additional racquetball court, a classroom, and office space.


Religious and Spiritual Life


As a college related to the Presbyterian Church (USA), Davidson values the life of the spirit and fosters openness to and respect for the world’s various religious traditions.

Worship opportunities on campus include Catholic Mass, and Episcopal Eucharist on Sundays, several ecumenical Christian services led by students and the chaplaincy staff throughout the week, and a monthly Shabbat service.

Student-led religious organizations provide opportunities for fellowship, faith-based community service, scripture study, and the celebration of holy days in their respective traditions. Among these groups are: Canterbury Episcopal Fellowship, Catholic Campus Ministry, Hillel (Jewish), Methodist College Fellowship, Muslim Students Association, Orthodox Christian Fellowship, Reformed University Fellowship (PCA), and Westminster Fellowship (PCUSA). Non-denominational Christian organizations include Campus Outreach, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and Young Life. Our Interfaith Fellowship also draws together Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim students, as well as students of no specific tradition who are spiritual seekers for conversations, retreats, and visits to houses of worship in many traditions.

Davidson’s chaplaincy staff includes Presbyterian clergy, a Catholic lay minister, and a Rabbi. Our chaplains offer pastoral care and counseling to all members of the college community and coordinate activities including on-campus worship, international mission/study trips, programs integrating service and social justice, and interfaith dialogue.


Social Life


Social life at Davidson takes its cue from the setting: activities are often the result of small-group interests - sailing at the lake campus, entertainment in the Campus Center, attending movies in Davidson or nearby, going to Charlotte for dinner and other entertainment, bowling in Huntersville, or skiing at Beech Mountain. In addition there are many campus-wide activities that involve large numbers of students, as well as other members of the college community. These events are often sponsored by the College Union Board, the Patterson Court Council, the Residence Life Office, and other student organizations. Student groups work cooperatively to sponsor campus events. Winterfest, Spring Frolics, ‘After Midnight,’ The Red and Black Ball, Dance Ensemble performances, Homecoming, major concerts, and the Campus Christmas Party are a few of the major events. Social activities are planned and produced by students.


The Knobloch Campus Center


The Knobloch Campus Center is the center of college community life. The Center combines the Alvarez College Union and the Duke Family Performance Hall. Knobloch is the gathering place for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. It provides opportunities for involvement in formal and informal activities.

Special features abound, including the Davis Café in a three-story atrium with skylight, a 600-seat state-of-the-art performance hall, a fitness center, climbing wall, outdoor center, information desk, post office, copy center, meeting rooms, student organization offices, convenience store, and offices for the Chaplain, Career Services, Student Activities, Multicultural Affairs, and Civic Engagement. Outdoor features include an amphitheater on the west side of the building and a terrace overlooking the football field to the south.

A planned program of social and co-curricular activities is initiated by the College Union Board and provided in collaboration with a host of other student organizations and departments. Student committees are responsible for presenting films, speakers, dancers, artists, poets, and musicians of all types. Recent performers include Passion Pit, Third Eye Blind, Maroon 5, Akon, Death Cab for Cutie, Jason Mraz, O.A.R., the Roots, Bob Dylan, the Black Eyed Peas, Bill Cosby, Ben Folds, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, and John Mayer. Recent guest speakers include David Henry Hwang, John Mather, Nicholas Kristof, Fareed Zakaria, Paul Krugman, Sister Helen Prejan, Derek Walcott, Zadie Smith, Ron Suskind, Marian Wright Edelman, Elizabeth Gilbert, Eric Scholosser, Junot Diaz, Roger Goodell, and Sebastian Junger.

Students, assisted by faculty and staff, are responsible for the C. Shaw & Nancy K. Smith Artists Series, which has recently presented the Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company, DIAVOLO Dance Theater, the Irish band Danu, The Mystical Arts of Tibet: Mandala Sand Painting, Peking Acrobats, the Steep Canyon Rangers, Ballet Hispanico, Soweto Gospel Choir, the Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile, Aquila Theatre, Thodos Dance Chicato, the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band, Chicago City Limits, the Second City Touring Company, Yamato Taiko Drums, Terrace Simien and the Zydeco Experience, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, Hubbard Street II, Omar Sosa Afreecanis Quartet, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

The Davidson Outdoors Center invites students to get away from campus on weekend trips for canoeing, rock climbing, camping, hiking, and skiing. Two professional staff members work with a group of twenty student trip leaders to provide outdoor activities. Major trips have taken students canoeing in the Everglades and on the Rio Grande, sailing off the Gulf Coast of Florida, hang gliding at the Outer Banks, sea kayaking off the Georgia Coast, and whitewater rafting on the New and Gauley rivers in West Virginia.

Through its programs, facilities, and services, the Campus Center is the heartbeat of the college and the focal point for out-of-class activity.


Student Government


As stated in the by-laws of the Student Government Association (SGA), the purpose of the student government is “to share with the Board of Trustees, the Faculty, and the Administration the responsibility for developing and maintaining Davidson as a superior academic community.”

Based on one of the earlier student government constitutions (1910), Davidson students govern themselves through the senate (headed by the president and vice president of SGA) and the many committees of the SGA. The student senate is made up of three representatives from each class, representatives from each Patterson Court House, and independent representatives. Officers and senators are elected by student vote.

Although activity is centered in the senate, active participation in student government is not restricted to elected officials. Students from all classes serve on numerous committees of the senate and fill student positions on faculty and trustee committees.


The Chidsey Center for Leadership Development


The purpose of the Chidsey Center for Leadership Development is to prepare members of the Davidson College Community to exercise leadership in ways that positively impact our campus, community, and world.  We work with students to help them increase their self-awareness; enable their organizations to have greater positive impact; and to be courageous leaders of change.  

Chidsey Center programs and services reflect a commitment to experiential leadership development. When possible, leadership development experiences are directly connected to the specific context of the learner.   Participants are exposed to leadership role models, theories, practices, and experiences that can help them to interpret their lived experience.  Participants are provided structured opportunities to reflect on and grow from their experiences.  The Chidsey Center is intentional about providing individuals opportunities to explore leadership with people who have different values, cultural backgrounds, personality types, interests, etc. so that they are better able to recognize and harness the value of diverse perspectives and are therefore better prepared to address the most challenging problems we face as a society.  

The services and resources of the Chidsey Center for Leadership Development are available to all members of the Davidson College Community.  We offer community-wide events such as the Chidsey Leadership Lecture series, as well as informal opportunities to connect with leaders or focus on leadership topics.  We host the Annual Leadership Retreat between finals and commencement each spring.  Additionally, the Chidsey Center is home to a library of books, DVDs, and other resources for self-directed leadership learning.   

The Chidsey Center also provides support customized to the specific need of an individual student or organization.  Leadership Coaching is provided to individuals to help them strengthen their leadership skills, strategize how to use their leadership to address an organizational or community challenge (regardless of whether they have a formal leadership role), or prepare for a new leadership role.  The Chidsey Center can also facilitate leadership workshops and retreats based on the needs of campus organizations or groups (such as residence halls). 

Additionally, the Chidsey Center offers programs for specific student populations:

The Living Lives of Leadership (3L) program is especially for captains and potential captains of varsity teams.  The core of this program is the community of team leaders who share common challenges and can provide each other important insight and support.  Participants are selected by the team coach.  This program curriculum is designed to help participants become more self-aware and better understand how to most effectively lead the team, given their particular personality and strengths.  Participants will know the characteristics of highly effective teams, as well as strategies to enable their team to become more effective. 

Chidsey Leadership Fellows are students who are interested in a comprehensive leadership development experience and who want to positively impact the leadership development of others. This four year comprehensive program brings together students who have different academic passions, community involvements, cultural backgrounds, and career aspirations.  Fellows participate in regular seminars, annual retreats, and group projects in which they are able to explore and apply leadership concepts.  Participants challenge and support each other as they develop their individual approach to leadership.  Additionally, they support the leadership development of the broader community by developing leadership development resources, facilitating workshops, providing coaching support, and coordinating other leadership development opportunities.   




Sustainability explained: At Davidson College, sustainability is understood from several different perspectives. First, it considers the United Nation’s Brundtland Commission: “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (Our Common Future, 1987). Second, Davidson College considers sustainability in terms of the Great Law of the Iroquois: “In every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the seventh generation…” (The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations)

Drawing on these two understandings of sustainability, Davidson College takes the “triple bottom line” approach to the concept: people, planet, and profit. This three-pillar approach to sustainability means that consideration of each area is important for driving the success of the other two areas.

There are an array of clubs and organizations at Davidson College that consider each of these issues individually, and the Office of Sustainability works to support each of their missions by encouraging them to consider the economic, social, and environmental impacts of their work.

The Office of Sustainability catalyzes the development and implementation of policies and programs that support the triple bottom line of social equity, environmental integrity, and economic prosperity. The office strategically bridges efforts of students, faculty, staff, and the greater community to support collaborative and innovative approaches to sustainability. If you are interested in sustainability contact Jeff Mittelstadt, the Director of Sustainability, at jemittlestadt@davidson.edu or Marcus Carson, the Sustainability Fellow, at macarson@davidson.edu.

The Office works to support the needs of faculty and students to provide research opportunities, class projects, and community-based opportunities in sustainability. It partners with facilities, dining services and other divisions to use the triple bottom line framework to help improve sustainable operational and structural practices. The Office develops relationships in the community (including for-profit, non-profit, and government organizations) in order to create opportunities for students.

Sustainability Scholars
One of our community-based programs, Sustainability Scholars, places students with commercial, non-profit, and government organizations to address critical sustainability issues through real-world, immersive summer projects. Working anywhere from skyscrapers in Charlotte to community gardens in food deserts, students integrate problem-solving skills through a wide range of community-based projects.

Sustainability Reps
Our Sustainability Reps program trains incoming first-year students during their fall semester to be sustainability leaders at Davidson College. You learn about campus sustainability and apply your knowledge by leading peer education initiatives in the dormitories. You go on behind-the-scenes tours of the Baker solar panel installation and other campus facilities, participate in workshops, and learn first-hand from Davidson faculty and staff working on sustainability at Davidson. First-Year Sustainability Reps are given a budget to design, develop, and implement a measurable and meaningful sustainability team project.

Sustainability in Sports Reps
Our Sustainability in Sports Reps include representatives from each Division I athletic team who collaborate throughout the academic year to learn why sustainability is relevant to the sports world - through facilities, equipment, and social issues. The student-athletes participate in workshops and work on annual projects that are intended to educate their fellow athletes and to help make Davidson College’s Athletic Department operate more sustainably.

Green Grants
The Sustainability Office offers Green Grants ($100-$2,500) for innovative sustainability projects. You may apply for independent grants, or work collaboratively with student organizations, faculty, or staff. Applications are due in the fall.


Special Interest Groups


New groups are founded each year through the Student Government Association and the College Union to meet student interests and concerns. Students may join existing groups in the following areas: academic specialty clubs and honoraries, club sports, political action groups, religious groups, international clubs, social service groups, hobby clubs, and performing arts organizations. Students may also establish new groups according to their interests.


 Multicultural Student Programs and Services 


Davidson College has several student organizations targeting the interests and experiences of underrepresented cultural and political populations on campus:

Asian Cultural Awareness Association - A student-run Asian American interest organization. A variety of social, cultural, and political activities are sponsored throughout the year to raise awareness about Asian American issues, support the social development and leadership of Asian American and non-Asian American students, and promote celebratory programs that highlight Asian American cultures and identities.

Black Student Coalition - The BSC is a student-run organization designed to establish and maintain a spirit of solidarity among African American students. In addition, its purpose is to create a sense of awareness within the Davidson College community regarding the contributions of African Americans, to provide an outlet for the social and cultural needs of African American students, and to support the African American citizens of the town of Davidson in overcoming any problems that they may face. All Davidson College students are eligible to be members of the BSC.

Counselor for Minority Outreach - One of the counselors at the Student Counseling Center is designated in this manner. As such, the CMO has a special responsibility to address the community needs and resources for minority students, including ethnic/racial minorities, international students, and those first in family to attend college. This responsibility includes performing needs assessment on campus, coordinating Counseling Center services and programming with  others on campus working with minorities, planning and providing or supporting minority-oriented programming, and supporting minority students in expressing their needs to faculty and administration.

Davidson Africa Students Association - DASA is a student-led organization designed to promote African Awareness and culture. Open to all members of the community, DASA sponsors many cultural and social programs throughout the year.

Exchange Programs - Davidson College has cooperative arrangements with Howard University and Morehouse College that provide students opportunities for study at campuses with significant African American student, faculty, and staff populations. Study may be arranged for a year or a semester.

Queers & Allies (Q&A) - The Q&A is the main organization at Davidson with the fundamental aim of enhancing the College’s understanding and acceptance of issues related to sexuality. Q&A represents those members of the College community who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ), as well as straight allies. Membership in Q&A includes students, faculty, and staff.

You are Not a Stranger Here - YANASH is an informal support group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered students at Davidson College. YANASH provides a safe and confidential community for students to network and learn from other students who identify as LGBTQ. Students can contact LGBTQ@davidson.edu to learn of the meeting times and locations.

Dr. Martin L. King, Jr./Black History Month Cultural Arts Series - During the months of January and February, an assortment of activities commemorating the history and accomplishments of African Americans are held on campus. Typical activities include a gospel songfest, speeches from political leaders, lectures by historians, art exhibits, films, and literary performances.

Student Initiative for Academic Diversity - MAP is a core group of students, representing a diverse cross-section of campus life, who meet throughout the year with the Director of Multicultural Affairs to develop interpersonal and communication skills that will enable them to more effectively manage difficult topics and situations related to social diversity and multiculturalism. Ambassadors also serve as a student advisory committee to the Multicultural House.

Organization of Latin American Students - OLAS is a student-led organization for all members of the Davidson Community interested in the Latin American culture. A variety of social and cultural events are sponsored throughout the year.

Students Together Reaching for Individual Development in Education - S.T.R.I.D.E. is a peer mentoring and social networking program for first-year, ethnic minority students. The pre-orientation and year-round services assist students from culturally underrepresented backgrounds adjustment to Davidson College. A series of experiences offer academic, cultural, and social support, as well as vital information to aid students in understanding and working effectively within the college community.


 Center for Civic Engagement 


Davidson College’s commitment to service is clear in its statement of purpose: “The primary purpose of Davidson College is to assist students in developing humane instincts and disciplined and creative minds for lives of leadership and service.” While service and community involvement are principles practiced across campus, the Center for Civic Engagement serves as the hub for civic engagement efforts on campus and in the community. Through its programs, events, and resources, the office works with students, faculty, staff, and community members to promote learning through service and engagement with the community.

Bonner Scholarship Program - Davidson College is honored to be one of 80+ schools nationwide that partner with the Bonner Foundation. The Bonner Scholars Program is a four-year scholarship program that centers on a strong team of students working to bring about positive community change through service, research, and action. A group of 80 students, 20 per class, establishes an appreciation of local and global needs through direct service and group meetings that are educational and reflective in nature.

Community-based Learning - The Center for Civic Engagement connects direct service with education by providing resources to faculty who wish to integrate community-based learning into their curriculum as well as those who wish to make connections with their service work outside the scope of an academic course. Students involved with service contribute to a community-defined need while also learning about social issues and the value of community involvement. Further, valuable skills - such as problem solving, critical thinking, a sense of community, working with others, planning, and implementation - are developed in the process. Students may enroll in courses, which include a community service component; courses of this kind exist in political science, foreign language, biology, economics, English, math, and psychology. In addition, students may pursue independent study work addressing community concerns.

Freedom Schools™ - The Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program at Davidson College provides summer enrichment, for children between kindergarten and 8th grade, that fosters a love for reading, increases self-esteem, and generates positive attitudes toward learning.  The program is grounded in a model curriculum that supports children and families around five essential components:  high quality academic enrichment, parent and family involvement, civic engagement and social action; intergenerational leadership development; and nutrition, health and mental health.  Davidson College students serve as Servant Leader Interns for the children.

Leaders in Service - Organizing around social change, this organization provides students with an incredible opportunity to assume leadership roles. Many opportunities exist both on and off campus for students to take on such positions. The following are several initiatives and organizations that focus on service and social change:

Civic Engagement Council (CEC) - The CEC is a group of student leaders working to inspire civic engagement efforts through direct service advocacy, and community involvement. The council also acts as an umbrella organization for more than 25 student-led service and social action groups that focus on a range of issues including health, housing, youth programs, families in crisis, hunger, and relief work.

Community Engagement Fellows - Each summer five fellows are placed with not-for-profit organizations in the local community for an internship experience.  Through a combination of direct service, community living, and shared readings, each intern explores what it means to be an engaged and informed citizen as a member of a larger community.   A Center for Civic Engagement staff member meets weekly with the entire group to discuss learning and to share written pieces of critical inquiry.




Students interested in writing, editing, photography, or broadcasting enjoy working on the following publication and broadcast media:

The Davidsonian: a weekly newspaper edited, written, and managed by students. It has received an All-American rating by the Associated College Press numerous times since 1951.

Libertas: an arts magazine written, edited, managed, and produced by students. In addition to visual arts and works of fiction, Libertas emphasizes student issues as well as Davidson’s place in the larger community.

Quips and Cranks: the college yearbook, a student project.

The Wildcat Handbook: a guide designed to acquaint first-year students with the traditions, policies, activities, and personnel of the college.

Hobart Park: an experimental magazine begun by students in 1979 to encourage writing and graphics by students and faculty.

WDAV-FM: a 100,000 watt classical music/fine arts station.

WALT-AM: the student, local-band radio station. WALT has a varied musical format and is entirely student operated.

The Office of College Communications occasionally uses student employees as writers, designers, and photographers.


Center for Career Development


The mission of the Davidson College Center for Career Development is to empower students to assess and achieve their post-Davidson goals.   We fulfill this mission through programs, services, and opportunities that provide students with confidence to explore how their academic and personal interests relate to future professional opportunities; prepare for entrance into internships, employment, fellowships, and graduate school programs; experience the world of work through internship or research opportunities; and succeed in obtaining entrance into post-Davidson employment or further education programs.

Recruiting and Employer Relations: The recruiting team works with the employers and graduate programs seeking to recruit Davidson students and alumni.  Services include on-campus interviews, resume referrals, information sessions, career fairs, and participation in the Selective Liberal Arts Consortium and the Nationwide Internships Consortium.

Career Advising, Programming, and Networking: The career advising and education team provides individual career advising, assessments, connections to alumni and recruiters, programs, and resources.  Our vision is for all students to have clarity and confidence in their career choices, to be prepared to navigate their search for employment or graduate school opportunities, and to market their experiences, skills, and knowledge effectively online, on paper, and in person.

Visit the Center for Career Development website for additional information or to schedule a meeting with a career adviser:  www.davidson.edu/careers.


Health and Safety


The college provides for the health and safety of students through professional services and institutional policies. A few are described below. Complete information is available from the Office of the Dean of Students.

Student Counseling Center - The Student Counseling Center (SCC) offers a broad range of counseling and psychological services. Students seek counseling to address a variety of life circumstances, from coping with the difficulties associated with studying and living in a busy environment, dating, or moving away from home, to coping with changes in family life brought on by divorce or death of a family member. Some students enter into counseling because they are struggling with an issue such as anxiety, depression, an eating disorder, or substance abuse. Whereas others come to the SCC seeking consultation regarding learning new skills associated with time management or stress management, or to gather information regarding interests, abilities, and personality. The SCC is located in the same building as the Student Health Center. The clinical staff consists of master’s- and doctoral-level licensed psychologists and counselors who have experience working with the college-aged population.  There is no charge beyond tuition for services provided by SCC professional staff. The relationship between student and counselor is professional and is fully confidential within the confines of safety of self and others. The Student Counseling Center is open 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays. A counselor is “on call” after hours and weekends for psychological emergencies.

In addition to the counseling services offered, the SCC has established referral relationships with excellent nearby private psychiatrists. It is important to note that students are financially responsible for private services. Entering students who have previously received counseling or psychiatric services and wish to continue at Davidson are encouraged to contact the director in the summer before arriving on campus. The SCC provides education/prevention by presenting talks and workshops on a variety of topics to student groups and staff/faculty during the academic year.

Student Health Center - The Davidson College Student Health Center provides routine health care with the services of a full-time nursing staff and part-time staff of physicians contracted with nearby medical groups. The staff includes a full-time health educator who is available for individual consultation and extensive health-related programming. A nutritionist is also available for individual consultation at the Student Health Center.

The Student Health facility is open weekdays 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., with a registered nurse on duty. Nurses provide routine screenings and lab services, and run an allergy clinic for students requiring allergy shots. The services of physicians are provided on an appointment basis during “sick call” on weekday afternoons. Same-day appointments are available for urgent problems.

During after-hours and weekends, the nursing staff provides an “on-call nurse,” who is available by pager (704-337-7047), to consult with students by phone about health concerns. The nurse can determine if the student needs to be seen immediately at the Student Health facility, referred to a local emergency room, or seen at the next “sick call.”

All outpatient nurse and physician visits are available to students at no charge, with the exception of laboratory work, medical supplies, and medications, which are billed to the student’s college account.

The infirmary section of the facility has a limited number of beds available for the care of students who need isolation and observation, or for students recovering from surgery.  There is a fee for an overnight stay, which covers routine medical supplies. Meals will be catered by Vail Commons at a charge to the student.

When students require medical care beyond the scope of the Student Health Service, the staff can assist in making arrangements for appropriate care at an area hospital. In emergencies, this may include obtaining local ambulance services. Occasionally, the physician may refer a student to a specialist, as needed.

Dental care is available to students at their own expense through local private dental practices.  An optometric practice is located in Davidson (1/2 mile south of the college). Ophthalmologists are available in Cornelius (4 miles), Mooresville (7 miles), and Charlotte (19 miles). A private physical therapist is available in Davidson.

Services for Students with Disabilities - Davidson College is committed to ensuring that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability is excluded from admission to, participation in, subjected to discrimination in connection with, or denied the benefits of any College programs or activities due to his or her disability. A student with a disability has the right to request academic and non-academic accommodations ensuring equal access to courses, course content, programs, services, and facilities. Students are not required to disclose their disability status; however, if they are seeking accommodations relative to their disability, they are responsible for making a written request to the Office of Academic Access and Disability Resources and providing the appropriate current documentation. The College seeks to accommodate those needs that are determined to be reasonable and that do not compromise the integrity of a program or curriculum so that the student may, as independently as possible, meet the demands of College. A student has the responsibility to meet qualifications and maintain essential Davidson College standards for courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, conduct, and facilities. Having a disability does not automatically qualify a student to receive accommodations. The College must review current diagnostic information submitted by the student to verify that the student has a disability that requires accommodations under the law and then determine the specific accommodations the student is authorized to use.

For a copy of the complete policies regarding students with disabilities, or if you are a student with a disability and would like to request accommodations, please contact:
Nance Longworth Academic Access and Disability Resources Coordinator Office of Academic Access and Disability Resources Davidson College Center for Teaching and Learning nalongworth@davidson.edu, (704) 894-2129.

Davidson College Department of Public Safety & Campus Police

The Davidson College Department of Public Safety & Campus Police is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. We provide 24-hour uniformed police response to calls for service, provide routine and directed patrol activities, perform vehicular crash investigations, and investigate criminal offenses. Additionally, all police officers are Red Cross First Responder/CPR-certified and are trained in the use of AEDs (Automatic External Defibrillators). All crimes that occur on campus should be reported to the Department of Public Safety & Campus Police in person or by calling 911.  Public Safety staff may also be reached during regular office hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00am-4:30 pm by dialing (704) 894-2178.  The police officer on duty may also be reached directly 24 hours a day by calling the on-duty officer cell phone at (704) 609-0344. More information about the Department of Public Safety, including crime statistics and law enforcement authority, can be found online at http://www.davidson.edu/offices/public-safety.

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act - The Davidson College Department of Public Safety & Campus Police is committed to assisting all members of the college community in providing for their own safety and security. The annual security compliance document is available on the Davidson College Web site at http://www.davidson.edu/offices/public-safety/campus-crime-stats.  If you would like to receive a hard copy of the security report, which contains this information, you can stop by the Department of Public Safety, located on the ground floor of Tomlinson Hall, 133 Glasgow Street, Davidson, NC 28035, or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (704) 893-2178.

The web site and booklet contain information regarding campus security and personal safety, including topics such as crime prevention, campus police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures, and other matters of importance related to security on campus. They also contain information about crime statistics for the three previous calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Davidson College, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

This information is required by law and is provided by the Davidson College Department of Public Safety & Campus Police.

The Campus Fire Safety Right-to-Know Act is an amendment to the Higher Education Opportunity Act. This amendment serves to increase campus fire safety awareness across the nation, providing students and their families with the fire safety records of colleges/universities. Recently signed into law, this amendment requires post-secondary institutions to publicly display fire safety information and statistics, much as they already do with other safety statistics, such as campus theft and assault. This act provides information to prospective and current students about the policies, concerns, and fire safety conditions that are present at the institution in which they have applied or are enrolled.

The following web link discloses, on behalf of Davidson College, the fire safety standards and measures, to include the number of reported fires in residential campus settings, the fire protection and suppression systems in place in our residence halls, prohibited equipment and devices, and information regarding fire and fire drill evacuation and safe assembly areas.  http://www.davidson.edu/offices/public-safety/safety-resources/fire-safety

If you would like to receive a hard copy of the fire report, which contains this information, you can stop by the department, located on the ground floor of Tomlinson Hall, 133 Glasgow Street, Davidson, NC 28035, or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (704) 894-2178.

This information is required by law and is provided by the Davidson College Department of Public Safety & Campus Police.

Emergency Notification - Davidson College has a process in place to determine whether there is a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees on campus.  Depending on the type of emergency, college officials will gather relevant information from a variety of sources to ascertain the level of response.  Once an emergency or dangerous situation is confirmed, Davidson College officials will, without delay and taking into account the safety of the community, initiate a campus-wide notification, unless issuing a notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.  This notification is completed through campus telephone, campus email, and our campus website. 

Additionally, those persons who have signed up for Davidson College’s S.A.F.E.R. Emergency Notification System will receive text and telephone contact to a personal cell phone, if they OPT in.  To register your personal cell or home telephone numbers in the S.A.F.E.R. Emergency Notification system, visit http://webapps.davidson.edu/Cellphone.

Lastly, the S.A.F.E.R. Emergency Notification System utilizes an outdoor siren in certain emergencies.  The siren is activated to provide faculty, staff, students, and nearby residents with advance notice of tornado activity approaching campus or of a dangerous condition occurring that could impact students, employees, or visitors outdoors. The siren will be activated upon notification to Public Safety that a tornado warning has been issued in the immediate or near areas. The siren will sound for approximately thirty seconds followed by voice instructions. The siren is tested at least once each semester and notice of the test is provided to students, employees, and local government.  If you should hear the siren any time other than those times publicized by Public Safety, you should follow the voice commands given over the siren system.  If no instructions are given, proceed to the nearest building and take cover in the basement or ground floor, in a room as close to the interior of the building as possible and away from any exterior windows or doors.

Parking Services - The Davidson College Department of Public Safety & Campus Police oversees parking at Davidson College and strives to provide adequate, safe and accessible parking for faculty, staff, students, and visitors to the college. To achieve this goal, we request that all vehicles, including motorcycles and mopeds, be registered. Vehicles may be registered in person at our office located in Tomlinson, or online at http://www.davidson.edu/offices/public-safety/vehicle-and-bicycle-registration. Permits will be mailed to campus addresses and must be properly displayed in all vehicles.  All vehicles on campus must be properly licensed, inspected, and insured. Vehicles may be removed from campus if not registered with our department. Parking Rules and Regulations will accompany all permits.

The Davidson College Campus Police Department enforces state laws concerning the possession of illegal weapons on campus. Weapons, including but not limited to firearms, explosives, fireworks, and martial arts weaponry, are not permitted on any property owned or leased by Davidson College. Violators are subject to disciplinary action and criminal charges. The college also reserves the right to remove from the possession of anyone on campus (or their residence) any item that may be deemed a threat to the safety and well-being of others on campus. Such items include, but are not limited to knives, pellet guns, and other objects, which in and of themselves may not be illegal.


Involuntary Withdrawal


The college reserves the right to suspend, enforce the withdrawal of, or indefinitely suspend a student whose academic standing is unsatisfactory or a student who violates the Honor Code, the Code of Responsibility, or other college regulations. For copies of the codes, write to the Office of the Dean of Students.