The Community Standards Model is a concept developed by Dr. Terry Piper, and was first implemented at the University of Las Vegas, Nev. The driving principle of Community Standards is to provide an opportunity for members of a residential community to work together in creating a set of guidelines that would govern appropriate behavior within their community. By allowing the residents themselves to determine the specific guidelines, increased ownership of, and responsibility for the success and well-being of the community is created.
Through a community meeting, the initial community standards are drafted and agreed upon. Additional meetings may be held throughout the year to edit the agreement, which is treated as a living, evolving document. Furthermore, the accountability meetings and critical incident meetings provide a means through which the community can address violations of the community standards agreement as well as other major issues that impact the shared experience of residents within the community.
Some policies are non-negotiable in a Community Standards Model. Non-negotiable policies include those policies set forth by the Student Code of Conduct, federal, state and local laws, as well as those policies which are critical to ensuring the safety of all residents (i.e. fire safety policies). Negotiable policies may include items related to visitation, quiet hours, use of community spaces, respect for others, communication or any other area that the community feels should be addressed with a written expectation of behavior.