If a roommate disagreement arises in a room we ask that students go through the following procedures before requesting a room move. Space is very limited on-campus and we ask that students try to discuss their problems and concerns as a room move may not be an immediate option.
If a student is having difficults in their room with their roommate we encourage students to first discuss the issue with their roommate directly. Many times the roommate is not aware there is a problem. If students can not handle the issue on their own they may approach their Resident Assistant to discuss doing a roommate mediation. During a roommate mediation all parties involved with fill out a Roommate Contract that all parties in the room must ahead to or it may become a judicial matter.
If the RA can not successfully mediate the situation or solve the problem, residents will meet with the Residence Director of the building. Residence Directors are full time professional staff members who have been trained in roommate conflicts and mediations. If all else fails, a room move should be the final solution after all else fails.
Unauthorized room changes will result in sanctions being applied to the student and students will be required to move back to their assigned space. A $50.00 administrative fee may be assessed to students with no extenuating reason for moving or who have not gone through the mediation before moving.
Please see the below resources to help set up a roommate contract or ways to help discuss concerns with your roommate.
Tips for Living with a Roommate
Talking points for resolving issues
If you are interested in a room move and have gone through the steps above, room change request forms are available in the Office of Residence Life. Please call the Office of Residence Life to make an appointment to discuss your options or get on the room change request list.
If you would like additional information please contact the Office of Residence Life at 978-232-2141 or firstname.lastname@example.org