Resources On Campus

Conflict Mediation

Your RA/PM can assist in ensuring your rights are protected. He/she is available to assist with problems but will not solve them for you. Should a situation arise in which you and your roommates are having difficulties living together, it is important that you strive to make the situation better by adhering to the following steps:

  • Talk to your roommates. Failure to communicate is often the primary reason roommates do not get along.
  • If you go to your Resident Advisor with a roommate problem, the first question he/she will ask you is whether or not you have spoken with your roommate(s) about your concerns. Putting off talking with your roommates will often only make the situation more uncomfortable.
  • If talking to your roommate(s) does not alleviate the problem, then contact your Resident Advisor or Residence Coordinator. He or she will direct the residents in your apartment/suite to come up with a time for a roommate meeting. During this meeting you and your roommates, in conjunction with the Resident Advisor, will discuss issues in a relaxed atmosphere and create alternatives to help work through the difficulties in your apartment/suite. Failure to participate in a roommate meeting is a Department of Residence Life policy violation and may result in a referral to the conduct process.

Roommate Agreements

A Roommate Agreement is often a necessary tool you will develop and use in your roommate meeting. The agreement will specifically note the conditions by which you and your roommates have agreed to live. All residents of the apartment/suite will sign the agreement and be held to its contents. Failure to uphold a Roommate Agreement is a Residence Life policy violation and may result in disciplinary action. Should a Roommate Agreement be broken, or should the situation in the apartment/suite escalate, a second roommate meeting may be held with a Residence Coordinator and a Resident Advisor.