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Roommate Rights

Whether you are a returning student, a new student living with a friend from high school, or you are meeting your roommate for the first time, the quality of the relationship that you develop with your roommate is a major factor in determining how satisfied you are with college; this relationship can be an important influence on your academic achievement.


Roommate Rights and Responsibilities:

You have a responsibility to your roommate! By keeping in mind the following values and by demonstrating thoughtful consideration, you will make your residential living experience more satisfying. It is important to work together from the beginning to establish an environment that allows both of you respected and responsible freedom. The most critical factor in this endeavor is to be honest with one another and to communicate openly. Listed to the right are the basic rights of a roommate. Remember that with any right comes with the responsibility to ensure that your roommate is afforded an equal right.

If you feel that your rights are not being respected in your living environment, start by talking to your roommate in a calm and rational manner. Your RA is available to help you practice how you might approach your roommate about your concerns or to provide some ideas on how to begin.

Remember that Avila University does not guarantee that you will attain each of these rights at all times. However, you can help ensure that these rights will be honored through thoughtful communication and discussion with those living around you.

Remember that you are living in a community which is collectively responsible for the environment in which you live and that the only person whose behavior you are responsible for is you.

The right to an adequate amount of sleep
The right to study without undue interference
The right to an adequate degree of cleanliness
The right to expect that a roommate will respect personal belongings
The right to entertain friends with the expectation that guests are to respect the rights of all residents, including your roommate
The right to personal time

The right to speak your mind openly and honestly
The right to be listened to
The right to privacy
The right to settlement of conflicts
The right to be free from fear of intimidation and physical and emotional harm
The right to live in a secure environment

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