Please describe options for students to reside on and off campus:
All students, with very few exceptions, live in on-campus housing
Does your institution offer only single-sex residence halls?
Your institution offers single-sex residence halls for (please put an “X” in front of any that apply):
Any Student who wishes
All freshmen (only if not “All students”)
X Other (single students)
All single students must live in the single-sex residences. Married students live in the family residence halls.
What percentage of students living on campus live in single-sex residence halls?
75% This is the number of our student body that are single students. ITI also has many married couples and families where one or both of the parents are pursuing a degree.
If your institution offers co-ed residence halls, how are students of the opposite sex separated?
Student housing is comprised of four apartment buildings constructed around a common courtyard. Of those four buildings, one houses single men, another houses single women, and two house the many families that come to study at ITI, as well as some of the professors and their families. Since each building is divided into separate apartments, sometimes a married couple or small family will be housed in one of the single-sex apartment buildings if there is not room elsewhere. This is the only exception made to the single-sex nature of a particular building.
The two buildings which house families are naturally not single-sex, but it would not be correct to describe them as “co-ed.”
When are students of the opposite sex permitted to visit common areas of residence halls?
Students may visit common areas of either apartment building at any time.
Are students of the opposite sex permitted to visit students’ bedrooms? (Not including irregular (once or twice a semester), “open house” events.)
If yes, when?
Single students are only permitted to visit other single students’ rooms from 8 am to 11 pm.
If students of the opposite sex are permitted to visit students’ bedrooms, does your institution have an “open bolt” policy? Please describe.
Yes, there is an open door policy for students of the opposite sex visiting each others’ apartments. This is asked only of the single students however. Since many apartments house either a married couple, or a family, there are no requirements to leave the door open when inviting students into their apartment.
How does your institution foster sobriety and respond to substance abuse on campus, particularly in campus residences?
The undergraduate portion of ITI’s student body is only 1/3 of the entire student body. The majority of the community is comprised of older graduate students, priests, seminarians, married couples and families. Also living on campus with the student body are professors and their families. This creates a student life atmosphere completely unlike traditional college campuses where young students age 18-22 form the majority of the community.
This diversity within the ITI residence community, together with the fact that ITI students are very serious in their faith, has the natural result of a wholesome moral environment. Although there have been exceptions, on the whole, ITI has not needed to exert any pressure on students to drink responsibly. The maturity of older students serves as an example for the younger ones.
How does your institution foster a student living environment that promotes and supports chastity, particularly in campus residences?
All the comments made above apply to this question as well. Particularly since ITI has many classes in Catholic Marriage and Family studies, chastity and it’s practical implications are frequently discussed in classes, and among our students. All students study Pope St. John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body,” which teaches one to view the body of another as a temple of the Holy Spirit. This is the prevailing attitude among ITI students, who foster a great respect among themselves for the sanctity of the human body.
Does your institution have formal programs to foster Catholic prayer life and spirituality in campus residences?
If yes, please describe:
Students are provided with an oratory in the residence buildings. Adoration is offered every day from 1:00 until 10:00, and all night on first Fridays and Saturdays. Students gather for common rosaries, and other devotions.
Additional Residence Life information, clarification or description (optional):
Overall, the diversity of ages, vocations, and walks of life among the student body goes to create a “real-life” community on campus, rather than a community with a very restrictive age range. This makes many typical “college problems” not an issue for ITI. Visitors to ITI always comment on the beauty of the ITI community in residence, and the loving, welcoming, family-like feel of the campus.