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Roommate Relations

Living with a roommate, whether a complete stranger or best friend, has the potential to be one of the most rewarding aspects of your college experience. All roommate pairs will be asked to complete a roommate agreement. This agreement encourages honest and open communication between roommates, and establishes agreement for standards to be followed in the room. No agreement is permitted to contain clauses that allow for the violation of any University or Residence Life policy.

It is important that roommates talk to each other often. If problems arise that you are unable to work out with your roommate, seek out the assistance of a Resident Advisor or Hall Director. They will be more than willing to help make your life in a residence hall most enjoyable!

Each student has rights as a roommate.  Each should work to support these rights:

  • The right to read, study and sleep with as little disturbance as possible.
  • The right to expect that personal belongings will be respected.
  • The right to a clean environment in which to live.
  • The right to enter one’s room whenever one wants unless provisions are made
    and agreed upon by both roommates.
  • The right to have guests, providing they respect the rights of the roommate and
    other hall residents.
  • The right to personal privacy.
  • The right to speak openly.
  • The right to be free from fear of intimidation, physical and/or emotional harm.
  • The right to be treated with consideration and thoughtfulness.
  • The right to expect reasonable cooperation from roommate.

Responsibilities owed to a roommate are:

  • The responsibility to listen.
  • The responsibility to be courteous.
  • The responsibility to be reasonably clean.
  • The responsibility to be reasonably quiet.
  • To be responsible for friends and their behaviors.
  • The responsibility to let the other person know how and when something affects you.
  • The responsibility to bring unresolved problems to the RA after you have confronted your roommate.

These rights and responsibilities apply not only to roommates, but also to other students living on the floor, in the residence halls, and the apartments.