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OTHER ADVICE

The best advice that can be offered to any community member is to respect the needs of

others and consider the impact your behavior has on others. Take responsibility for yourself

and take the initiative to challenge fellow residents who are not demonstrating mutual

respect. While the resident assistants will enforce policy, mediate disputes, and provide

assistance when needed, the atmosphere of your hall will primary be set by each resident’s

attitude and actions. Finally, please remember with every right comes an equal or greater

responsibility.

1.

Do not prop doors open.

2.

Err on the side of caution and safety.

3.

Keep your room locked.

4.

Support and get to know all of the resident assistants.

5.

Carry your room keys and student ID with you at all times.

LIVING WITH A ROOMMATE

While living with a new roommate can be exciting for some it can be intimidating for another.

Please remember this little advice, your roommate does not know what you are thinking.

Open and honest communication is the key to having a healthy roommate experience. Good

roommates do not need to be best friends but they do and should always respect each other

and sometimes that means saying something which can be hard to say, but showing your

roommate respect will make it that much easier to share your thoughts.

Establishing a healthy roommate relationship can been a huge advantage and success for

having a great college experience, it can limit stress and make the college experience more

enjoyable.

Here are a few questions from the Roommate Agreement Workbook:

1.

Are you a light or heavy sleeper?

2.

How often do you study?

3.

Which items are you willing to share?

4.

Which items are off limits?

It is important to take the Roommate Agreement Workbook seriously as you never know

what could possibly bother you in the future and this will help with that discussion if it is

needed.

If you are having issues with your roommate please talk with them. If that is not working

please contact your RA and they will help you work through the situation.