Each residence hall at Salem State is governed by a community council elected by the residents of that hall. Community councils plan and implement programs and activities for the hall, advocate for resident concerns, and provide feedback and input on residence life proceses, policies, and initiatives.
Community councils are responsible for planning such programs and traditions as barbecues, Haunted Happenings (a week of Halloween activities in each residence hall), movie nights, coffeehouses, ice cream socials, carnivals, trivia contests, community service projects, and a variety of educational and awareness programs. Each community council will be allocated a budget for hall activities.
The community council executive board in each hall consists of a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, public relations officer, two residential hall association (RHA) representatives, and floor/entyway representatives. The president, vice-president, and RHA representatives serve as voting members at weekly residence hall assocation meetings.
Elections for community council executive board occur in September, however all residents are invited to attend and participate in weekly meetings and activities throughout the course of year. Residents do not need to have been elected to an executive board position in order to participate.