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Roommate Conflicts Policy

The room assignment process is predicated upon students being knowledgeable about the process and making their own choices. Therefore, students should occupy assigned rooms until the quarter's end. When conflicts arise, students are expected to make every mature and responsible effort to resolve the situation, utilizing the resources of the Residential Life staff, prior to seeking a room change.

Occasionally, conflicts arise necessitating a room change.  If a move is deemed appropriate, the student should see their Area Coordinator.  All moves must be authorized by the Office of Residential Life.

To assist students in establishing positive roommate and/or suitemate living arrangements, the Office of Residential Life has put together a program to guide roommates/suitemates in their initial communication.  This is to be used as a tool for negotiating needs with a new or existing roommate.  Individuals are asked to meet with their roommate(s) and/or suitemates to share some basic information about themselves, including background, personal preferences, habits and characteristics, as well as emotional style.  Individuals will then sign a "Roommate Agreement", and this will be returned to the Residential Life staff.  When conflict arises, students are asked to utilize the information gathered to help resolve the issues.

Negotiating needs and setting boundaries will facilitate good communication, help avoid conflict, and establish a healthy relationship with a roommate(s) and/or suitemate(s).

Roommate Bill of Rights
  1. The right to study free from unnecessary disturbances
  2. The right to sleep without unnecessary disturbances from noise, guests of roommate, suitemate, etc.
  3. The right to expect a roommate/suitemate will respect one's personal belongings
  4. The right to a clean living environment
  5. The right to free access to one's room and facilities without pressure from a roommate or suitemate
  6. The right to personal privacy whenever possible
  7. The right to host guests, with the expectation that guests are to respect the rights of all roommates and suitemates and other hall residents
  8. The right to address grievances and concerns
  9. The right to be free from fear of intimidation, physical and/or emotional harm
  10. The right to expect reasonable cooperation and the use of shared items (College provided furniture, etc.).