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Student Life

Inclusive Community

CLI offers an opportunity for students to experience a true living-learning community. Students and staff live on a top college campus in an exciting city. In diverse class and residential groups, students form strong bonds with like-minded peers from across the country and around the world. Staff are invested in the success of every student, and help build a safe and supportive environment for growth and self-discovery.

Housing and Campus Facilities

All Civic Leadership Institute participants live in one residence hall on campus, under the supervision of specially trained residential staff. Each resident assistant (RA) is responsible for a group of approximately 15 students. Most students are assigned to double rooms, but on occasion, students are assigned to singles or triples. Bathrooms are shared. The residence hall has defined boundaries for male and female students; cross-hall visitation is not permitted. Students eat with residential staff and other members of the university community in a dining hall on campus. Students also have limited access to other campus facilities, including libraries, computer labs and athletic fields.

City and Campus Exploration

Just as the city becomes a classroom, it also becomes a place to experience cultural and recreational opportunities outside of class. Our residential staff plan and facilitate a wide range of engaging activities that suit the varied interests of our students.

An afternoon might be spent playing soccer, exploring the new exhibit at the art museum, checking out the local farmers’ market, or cloud watching at the park. Students also have the option of signing out in pairs or small groups to visit sites around campus, such as local shops, bookstores, and cafes. When students need a break, they can relax in the dorms to unwind and talk with friends.

Weekends are a chance to explore the city and engage in all-campus fun, with dances, talent shows, scavenger hunts and more. Through each unforgettable activity, students connect with new and often lifelong friends.

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Typical Daily Schedule

7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.Wake Up & Breakfast
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.Class/Service
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.Lunch
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.Class/Service
3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.Recreation
5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.Dinner
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.Class/Speaker
9 p.m. - 10 p.m.Social Time
10 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.Hall Meeting
11 p.m.Lights Out

You may also view a detailed sample weekly schedule.

Because of the very tight scheduling needs of this program, all students attending the Civic Leadership Institute must attend as residential students.

Student Conduct

We expect our students to meet the highest standards of behavior, both in personal conduct and in dedication to academic pursuits. To this end, students must adhere to the Center for Talented Youth Honor Code, which requires them to uphold personal and academic integrity, respect the ideas and property of others, and ensure that those around them do the same.

In addition, students are expected to:

  • Strive to do the best work possible in their courses
  • Respect individuals of different races, cultures, religions, genders, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, ages, disabilities, and national origins
  • Behave in a friendly, cooperative, safe, and responsible manner toward all persons in the program community and in the larger college and local communities
  • Attend all class sessions, meals, activities, and meetings
  • Take responsibility for their own work and actions
  • Cooperate with adult supervision
  • Observe all rules for student conduct

We cannot accommodate students who are unwilling or unable to meet these expectations.

Students and families should note that while the CTY Civic Leadership Institute is designed with the academic and recreational interests of an older age group in mind, the program is highly structured and operates with a strict set of rules regarding campus and community boundaries and appropriate staff supervision.

Students may be dismissed from the program for any of the following reasons:

  • Not attending to their academic work in a satisfactory manner
  • Cheating, plagiarizing, or committing other acts of academic dishonesty
  • Being outside campus or community boundaries, or leaving campus, without permission
  • Being on an opposite-sex hall
  • Leaving their halls after lights-out
  • Stealing or vandalizing property
  • Keeping prescription or non-prescription medication in their possession
  • Possessing/using tobacco, alcohol, or drugs, and related paraphernalia
  • Engaging in bullying, hazing, or harassing behavior
  • Sending inappropriate or pornographic messages or images to members of the CTY community, and other violations of the JHU/CTY Information Technology Use Policy
  • Undermining the safety or well-being of self or others (including threats)

No tuition refunds will be made to students dismissed from the program. If a student damages property, the cost of repair or replacement is added to the student's account balance.

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Prohibited Items

The following items must not be brought to the sites:

  • Weapons of any kind (including pocket knives, martial arts devices, and toys resembling weapons)
  • Any flame-producing devices (including matches, lighters, and firecrackers)
  • Energy drinks such as Red Bull, Monster, and Amp
  • Pets of any kind
  • Televisions or video game equipment
  • Bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, skates, scooters, or shoes with wheels
  • Free weights
  • Water guns
  • Halogen lamps, refrigerators, or cooking devices
  • Staff lanyards from current or previous summers

In addition to the above list, we reserve the right to confiscate for the length of the program any items that, in our judgment, demonstrate the potential for distracting students from the goals of the program, or that pose undue risk to property or anyone's safety and wellbeing.

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