Education extends from the classroom into the spaces where we live. Living with others provides infinite opportunities to learn about other cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles. Living with others also prepares us for a lifetime of interactions with people from all walks of life. Living in a residence hall teaches us to accept others for who they are. Moreover it offers opportunities to learn social skills, strengthen communication skills, learn respect and tolerance for others, and above all provides opportunities to have fun and develop new relationships.
YOU AND YOUR ROOMMATE(S)
First-year students are placed in a residence hall based on the first-year seminar they have been assigned to by the First-Year Program. Students participating in a specific seminar live in the same residence hall as everyone else in that seminar. Roommate selection is based on the Residential Life survey that all incoming first-year students receive with their registration materials.
Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who choose to live in the residence halls have the opportunity to choose their housing and their roommates at the housing lottery that is held every spring during the reading period.
The Office of Campus Life understands that sometimes roommates may experience conflicts. If the residents who are in conflict with one another wish to separate, they may apply for a room change. However, not all room changes are approved. Many conflicts can be resolved through communication and mediation. In addition, there are space constraints and a room change cannot be guaranteed. If residents wish to apply for a room change, they must follow the procedures outlined below.
- Residents may request room reassignments at any time, however room reassignments will NOT occur during the first two weeks of the semester.
- Students with medical needs will be given priority.
- Individual students may NOT move into a completely vacant multiple occupancy room.
- All applications are ranked in lottery number order.
- Room changes cannot be made on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, or physical ability.
ROOM CHANGE PROCEDURE
The residents must discuss the conflict with their area coordinator. The area coordinator will set up a time for roommate mediation. Residents who are having conflicts must participate in roommate mediation before a room change can be recommended.
If the area coordinator recommends that the residents should be separated, he/she will request a list of possible alternate living spaces from the Associate Director of Residential Life. It is the responsibility of the residents who wish to move to contact the student(s) who are living in a room with a vacant space. If the resident who is requesting the move wishes to have the area coordinator intervene on his/her behalf and contact the resident(s) with the vacant space, he/she may do so.
Residents who wish to relocate are not given the option of relocating to a single unless there is a medical need. To receive a single based on medical need, the resident must apply for the single through the Health Center. The Director of the Health Center will make a recommendation to the Office of Campus Life regarding the needs of the resident.
When the room reassignment has been approved, the resident who is moving must contact his/her area coordinator and check out of their room. They must also contact the area coordinator of the area they are moving to and sign a new room condition report.
The following “Roommate Bill of Rights” has been adopted from several colleges and is stated below. The Office of Campus Life supports these rights and expects all residents to do the same.
Roommates Bill of Rights
- The right to read and study in your room without being disturbed by excessive noise and distractions.
- The right to sleep without noise and disturbances caused by guests, your roommate, etc.
- The right that your roommate will respect your personal belongings.
- The right to live in a safe, clean, healthy, and drug free environment.
- The right to free access to your room without pressure from a roommate.
- The right to privacy.
- The right to be free from intimidation, and emotional and physical harm.
- The right to host guests, with the understanding that guests will respect the rights of all residents of the room.
- The right to expect cooperation in the use of such items as the telephone, refrigerator and other “room shared” items.
- The right to settle conflicts.