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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.

For more information see:


Frederick Douglass Commons Building Map

Floor 1

  • Douglass Dining
  • The Genesee Room

Floor 2

  • Ballroom A, B, C, D
  • Lobby
  • Information desk
  • Bridge to Wilson Commons

Floor 3

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

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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