On-campus living provides you with opportunities to enhance your classroom experiences
and develop new networks of friends. The people you meet in your residence hall could
easily become your future business partners, colleagues, or friends for life. Through
life in the residence hall, you can learn to appreciate the value of differences and
foster a deep respect for learning. Living in a residence hall can help you reach
your full potential as an individual and as an engaged member of society.
Living with a Roommate
Most students who live in our residence halls will have a roommate. Sharing a room
with another person is similar to any other relationship; to be successful it requires
openness, flexibility, and respect. Right from the beginning, it is very important
to communicate openly with your roommate. Learning to live with another person, to
acknowledge and respect each others differences, and to allow one another the space
to grow are some of the most valuable parts of the residential experience. Your enjoyment
of campus life will depend, to a great extent, on the thoughtful consideration you
demonstrate for your roommate and your neighbors.
Talk to your Roommate
Prior to move in, talk to your roommate:
- Who is bringing what (refrigerator, tv, etc.) and what will be shared?
- Food - allergies and sharing food
- Bedtime preferences
- Music and television - How loud and what time of day/night?
- Overnight guests - Is its okay? When? How often?
- Visitors - Do you want friends visiting and hanging out in your room?
- Having a secret word between the two of you for use when one of you is getting tired
and wants the visitors to leave
- Are you both neat freaks or can you both stand a little mess?
Roommate Agreement Form
As a new student, we highly recommend that you and your roommate complete a Roommate
Agreement form soon after your arrival to campus. We encourage all residents to take
this seriously, as it lays the foundations and groundwork for boundaries within your
living space. It also assists you in discussing concepts that you may not have thought
about prior to coming to college and sharing a room.
Resident rights & responsibilities
Basic responsibilities and rights of students living on campus:
- The right to study and sleep without undue interference from noise, guests, etc.
- The right to expect that your personal belongings will be respected and used only
with your permission.
- The right to resolve grievances and assert your point of view. (Residence Life staff
members are available for assistance in resolving conflicts.)
- The right to read and study free from undue interference in one’s room. (Unreasonable
noise and other distractions inhibit these activities.)
- The right to a clean living environment.
- The right to free access to one’s room, personal space, and facilities without pressure
from your roommate.
- The right to privacy.
- The right to be free from fear of intimidation, physical, and/or emotional harm.
- The right to ensure that guests respect the rights and privacy of the host’s roommate
and other residents.
- The right to expect reasonable cooperation in the use of “room-shared” appliances
(TV, telephone, refrigerator, etc.).
- The right to have guests who will be expected to respect the rights of the host’s
roommate and other residents of the floor and hall.
- The right to live in a secure environment.
- The right to have individual differences respected. Acts of intolerance directed toward
an individual on the basis of gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation will not
be permitted in the residence halls.