Communication is key in any relationship – with family, friends or a roommate. Providing you with information about getting along with your roommate is the goal of this guide. Respect, communication and flexibility all work into the mix as you learn to have a relationship with your roommate. Experiencing differences and conflict is normal and expected — what’s important is that roommates communicate and discover productive ways to respond, respect, and communicate with one another.

Roommates have the right…

  • to read and study in one’s room.
  • to be free from unreasonable noise.
  • to the respect and safety of personal property.
  • to be free of intimidation, harassment, physical and/or emotional harm.
  • to have free access to one’s room and facilities without interference.
  • to personal privacy.
  • to host guests, within established guidelines and providing they respect the rights of the roommate(s) and other hall residents
  • to seek reasonable cooperation from roommate(s).
  • to speak out openly on ideas, opinions, and grievances.

Roommates have the responsibility…

  • to adhere to rules and regulations.
  • to be respectful in their interaction with their roommate(s).
  • to comply with reasonable requests made by staff, other students, or university officials.
  • to monitor and accept responsibility for behavior of guests.
  • to report violations of rules and regulations to appropriate staff.
  • to respect the rights of others.