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Roommate Bill of Rights

This agreement is a reminder to you of your responsibility to your roommate(s) and others living in your house, floor, hall, and campus as a whole. Your happiness while living in a residence hall community will depend, to a large extent, on consideration that you demonstrate to each other. The following list is a reminder of what your rights and responsibilities are as a roommate. These basic rights are:

    1.    The right to read and study free from undue interference in one’s room. Unreasonable noise and other distractions inhibit the exercise of this right.

    2.    The right to sleep without undue disturbances from your roommate, guests of roommate, and others.

    3.    The right to expect that roommate(s) and their guests will respect personal belongings.

    4.    The right to a clean environment in which to live.

    5.    The right to free access to one’s room and facilities without pressure from roommate(s) and housemates.

    6.    The right to personal privacy.

    7.    The right to host guests with the expectation that guests will respect the rights of other hall residents.

    8.    The right to voice concerns and to have residence hall staff members assist in mediation.

    9.    The right to be free from fear of intimidation, physical and/or emotional harm.

    10.    The right to expect reasonable cooperation in the use of shared items.

The above are basic rights residents should expect and receive. These rights are endorsed by the Residence Hall Association (RHA) and the Department of Residential Life. (Revised 6-06)