Residents are expected to communicate openly and honestly with one another and make a genuine effort to resolve their own issues before going to the RA, RHD/AHD, or Assistant Director. The Roommate Agreement is made available to assist everyone in an apartment, suite or townhome and think through how everyone will live together for the academic year. There are a series of questions that should be answered right away while emotions are not so charged and conflict seems unimaginable.
To assist in the communication process, the creation of a roommate agreement for each apartment is required. Your RA will bring a Roommate Agreement Form to you during the first week of class. Turn in the completed form to your RA. Revisions by mutual agreement are encouraged as the year progresses and if new issues arise. The best way to avoid conflict is to be upfront with your roommate about little annoyances before they become too many to manage.
University Housing staff is available to assist residents with issues that may arise between roommates, but their assistance does not mean they will resolve the issues. The RHD/AHD may assist in the mediation of roommates who have been unable to resolve their conflict. They will meet with you and your roommate(s) during the day or evening at everyone’s convenience. They will assist everyone involved by mediating the conversation and making sure everyone is participating. They will assist with writing a new roommate agreement, but they do not police the agreement.
Violations of the roommate agreement should be brought to the attention of the RHD/AHD within 24 hours of the violation. The notification should be in writing. E-mailing your statement to your RHD/AHD is recommended. Violations of the roommate agreement may result in a room reassignment or judicial action. Roommate conflict does not terminate a housing agreement, however, if the housing agreement is cancelled, the resident will find the fees associated with cancelling the agreement on the student account.