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 in a residential learning community, prepares us for a lifetime of interactions with people from all walks of life. It teaches us to accept others for who they are. In addition, it offers opportunities to strengthen your social and communication skills, as well as learn respect and tolerance for others. Above all, it provides opportunities to have fun and develop new relationships.
First-year students are housed based on their first-year seminar and Nest assignment. They are housed in one of our seven first-year residential communities located in the South Campus and North Campus Neighborhoods.
Sophomores, juniors, and seniors select their residential community through the housing lottery held every spring semester. During the housing selection process, seniors are the first to select their housing, followed by juniors, and finally sophomores.
The majority of first-year students are placed in a residence hall with other first-year students.
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 the Bantam Network Residential Learning Community 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.
Room Change Procedure
The residents must discuss the conflict with their residential learning coordinator (RLC). The RLC 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 RLC recommends that the residents should be separated, he/she will request a list of possible alternate living spaces from your RLC and/or Director of Operations. 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 the Bantam Network Residential Learning Community regarding the needs of the resident.
When the room reassignment has been approved, the resident who is moving must contact his/her RLC and check out of their room. They must also contact the RLC of the building 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 the Bantam Network Residential Learning supports these rights and expects all residents to do the same.
- 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.
- Room changes cannot be made on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, or physical ability.