Roommates and Suitemates

Roommates and Suitemates

We are all looking for a place to belong, people to hang out with and our purpose in life. In connection with those wants, living on campus increases your desire to connect with your roommate or suitemates, thus making it a priority. Learning to effectively resolve conflict and respect the rights and differences of others are keys to connecting as roommates. When communication breaks down, roommate conflicts can occur. Sometimes it can get ugly when roommates stop speaking to one another, start complaining on Twitter, or expect each other to know when something is wrong. Talking about your issues/concerns and not letting them linger around is the first step.

To help you transition to campus life you will be required to complete a roommate and suitemate agreement within the first two weeks of school. These agreements allow roommates and suitemates to discuss among themselves and with the assistance of RA's, ways to resolve issues that may arise. If problems develop we will use as a reference point your documented solutions you indicated you would implement to resolve matters. These agreements are binding and are very important tools that open up the line of communication before further problems arise. At the end of the day, you may decide that it's best to agree to disagree but still remain civil toward one another, even if not the best of friends.

If you know how to effectively communicate, you're more likely to get along. Therefore, it is very important to be proactive in making sure your communication stays healthy and effective.