The Roommate Bill of Rights is used to help students think about the choices they are making. By helping students understand their rights and responsibilities as a roommate, they may make better choices and be more considerate of others as they live together.
They may also learn to be more assertive and get help if they are living with a roommate who is not treating them or the room with respect.
This Bill of Rights can be adapted for each institution and can be used on bulletin boards, in programming, and as content in newsletters, electronic communications, and welcome packets.
It can be an important addition to first floor meetings too!
All Roommates have the right to:
- open communication
- mutually clean living quarters
- personal safety and security of possessions
- comfortable sleep and study conditions
- be asked before their possessions are used
- stay true to their own values
- agree and disagree
- ask residence life staff for assistance when needed
- be treated civilly
- comfortable living space
- get their messages in a timely manner
- a room free of policy violations
- respect one another’s privacy
- respect themselves and others
- communicate openly with their roommate and discuss potential conflicts before they get out of hand
- keep their living space neat and clean
- lock doors and maintain personal/possession safety
- maintain a comfortable environment for sleep and study purposes
- treat one another’s possessions with care and ask before borrowing personal items
- respect differences
- enlist the help of residence life staff when a difficult roommate issue arises
- be kind and civil with no intent to harm
- check with one another before having overnight guests
- pass on messages to their roommate in a timely manner
- abide by all residence hall rules and regulations
Note: This is a program of the Department of Housing & Residence Life, Western Connecticut State University.
Submitted by Samantha DiFalco, Resident Director, Western Connecticut State University