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Student Life Spaces

Frederick Douglass Commons

The Frederick Douglass Commons was originally built in the 1950s and named for Rochester's national leader of the abolitionist movement. In 2016, we completed a major renovation of the building to reinvent the space into a major hub of student life. Connected to Wilson Commons with a bridge, together they form our Campus Center. The Frederick Douglass Commons also connects to the Lam Square lounge in Rush Rhees library by way of a bridge from the third floor public lounge.

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To contact the Frederick Douglass Commons Building Manager call: (585)-329-9093.


Frederick Douglass Commons Building Map

Floor 1

  • Douglass Dining
  • The Genesee Room

Floor 2

  • Feldman Ballroom
  • Lobby
  • Building Manager desk
  • Grab & Go
  • Bridge to Wilson Commons

Floor 3

  • Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center
  • Language Center
  • Computer classroom
  • Green Room
  • Meditation Room
  • Ablution rooms
  • Lactation room
    • The use the lactation room, please contact the Wilson Commons/Douglass Commons building manager at 329-9093 to unlock the room.  For long term use, feel free to contact the building manager again and ask to sign out a key to the room.  When you are done needing the key, it needs to be returned to the Building Manager at the Common Connection.
  • Public lounge
  • Meeting Rooms 302, 307, 308
  • Bridge to Rush Rhees Library

Floor 4

  • Community Kitchen (room 406)
  • Community Room (room 407)
  • Meliora Catering
  • Meeting Rooms 401, 403, 404, 407, 419, 420
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Frederick Douglass Commons Building Policies

General Student Life Building Policies

Access to Frederick Douglass Commons Policy

Meeting Room Usage Policy

Meditation Room Usage Policy

Community Kitchen Policy

Second Floor Lobby Policy

Richard Feldman Ballroom Policy

Priority for Use of Douglass Spaces Policy

Restrictions on Outside Rentals Policy

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