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.