A: To be a good roommate, you have to be willing to negotiate and to compromise on some things and understand your roommate rights and responsibilities, even though it's not always easy. In order to avoid conflicts, at the beginning of every year roommates are required to sit down together and fill out a Roommate Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights helps roommates talk through some of the most frequent areas of conflict, such as guests/visitors to the room, use of the TV, whether or not to share items (like food), etc. If, during the course of the semester, a conflict arises that you and your roommate are unable to resolve, you should talk to your RA or Residence Hall Director. If both you and your roommate have tried to resolve a conflict and have not succeeded, you may decide you don't want to live together. At that point, if there is space available in other rooms or halls, it may be possible for the RHD to reassign you. If not, then you may have to wait until second semester to make a room change.
Once a student has been assigned, we do not make room assignment changes before the school year begins. Students should come, move in to their assigned space, and meet roommates before making judgments on compatibility. The University has a 10-day room freeze - meaning, during the first 10 class days of the fall and spring semester no room changes occur. This is in order for us to determine whether everyone assigned a space has arrived on campus.