At Some Colleges, Professors Live in Dorms, Too

Though university websites trumpet faculty embedded in dorms, some students are wary.

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And at GW, sophomore Maddy Bortes says combining academic and residential experiences can lead to "unintended consequences that aren't always positive."

When professors encounter student dormmates headed to—or worse, back from—a party, "all aspects of academic interaction in a professor-student relationship are scrapped," Bortes says. When professors invite students to their homes, however, there is an implied academic context, she says, so "it does not feel as if you are debunking barriers that exist between professors and students."

She's fine with the faculty embed in her building, because he isn't her professor. "[B]ut if he were," she says, "I would not be pleased with [him] living in my dorm."

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