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Residential Campus Community


Student Affairs is dedicated to building a 24/7 residential campus experience that promotes academic success, personal growth, persistence to graduation, and promising careers. 

Student success is our core purpose and we are committed to working with our campus partners to expand programs and improve services in support of a vibrant and inclusive Cal Poly living community.    

Current Priorities

  • Continue educational efforts around yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini tribal culture and values, as well as Cal Polys partnership with the tribe.
  • Update living spaces to bring more campus partners – Mustang Success Center, Campus Health & Wellbeing, and the Food Pantry – into living communities.
  • Collaborate with campus partners to develop plans for additional student housing.
  • Continue the transition to a two-year residential campus experience.
  • Upgraded the ResNet ‘home devices’ service to better support gaming, smart TVs, streaming devices and smart speakers.
  • Add digital signage to campus living communities.
  • Launch a LiveChat feature on the University Housing website.
  • Invest $1.4M in fire sprinklers, alarms and lighting in Sequoia and Santa Lucia Halls.

Past Priorities and Achievements

Academic Year 2018-19 Highlights

Facility investments

  • Opened yakʔitʸutʸu, a new 1,500-bed community for first-year students named after seven villages of the local indigenous tribe, the yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini, in their language.
  • Expanded community spaces and enhanced amenities:
    • Replaced the furniture in the Sierra Madre Hall community spaces.
    • Remodeled the game and exercise rooms in Poly Canyon Village.
    • Added outdoor furniture at Cerro Vista Apartments.
    • Added package lockers to Pacheco Post.
    • Added bottle fill stations.

Technology improvements

  • Made several improvements to the technology service outages in order to minimize disruptions to on-campus operations and events.
  • Added online features in students’ Housing portal enabling first-years to select their rooms and expanding access to reserve move-in times, cancel housing and request extended stays.

Building community

  • Continued to enhance to the Residential Student Experience through “Poly Chats” and foundational interactions that address building community and the impact of personal actions on self/community.
  • Established cultural- and identity-based Residential Learning Communities.
  • Introduced Faculty in Residence in partnership with Academic Affairs to increase student access to faculty outside of the classroom in support of academic success.

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