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Roommate Rights & Responsibilities
For the next eight months most of you will be living with a roommate — a person you may or may not know very well when classes begin. During the year, however, you will have an opportunity to really get to know your roommate. It is important, right from the beginning, for each of you to create an environment that allows both of you freedom with responsibility. To do that, both parties must be willing to communicate openly and honestly. This does not need to be a threatening experience. All that is necessary is to say exactly what you mean and listen to what is said. The key is mutual consideration. Listed below are basic rights of people living in the same place. Remember, along with every right comes the responsibility to ensure that your roommate is afforded the same right.
1. The right to an adequate amount of sleep
2. The right to study
3. The right to a reasonable amount of quiet
4. The right to an adequate degree of cleanliness
5. The right to entertain friends
6. The right to personal time
7. The right to speak your mind
8. The right to be heard
If you feel your rights have not been taken into consideration, the first thing you should do is discuss the situation with your roommate. Try, in a non-threatening way, to help your roommate see the situation from your perspective. Likewise, be willing to listen to your roommate's point of view. Your resident assistant can be an excellent resource for suggestions about how to approach such situations.
If, after discussing your feelings with your roommate, you are still not satisfied, see your hall director for further assistance. The relationship between roommates is important. It is worth the effort to try to work things out. Many roommates who do not get along at first go on to become lifelong friends. We hope that will be the case for you, too!
The Residence Hall and You
The concept of group living in Concordia's residence hall program acknowledges the hall is not just a place to sleep and study. The hall experience, with the relationships you enjoy and the activities in which you participate, is an integral part of your total learning experience at Concordia. As a member of a residence hall community, you will encounter a variety of new opportunities and experiences. The hall staff will encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities, but only you can guarantee they have value by your willingness to get involved.
The Office of Residence Life has identified five primary goals to benefit students living in the halls:
1) To provide safe, clean, functional and attractive facilities
2) To foster a supportive environment for learning, both academic and personal
3) To stress responsible behavior and respect for others' rights
4) To encourage social and educational programming
5) To promote opportunities for and encourage participation in activities designed for service, leadership and personal development
Residence Life Staff
Just as other college departments have department chairs, professors and lecturers, the residence hall program also has a staff to carry out its goals.
The residence hall director — The staff of each residence hall is coordinated and trained by the residence hall director. Your director is a resource person who can help you in a variety of areas. Either personally or via referral, the director can assist you with personal, academic, career and financial aid concerns or questions. He/She can also help you get in touch with various college and community resources. Make it a point to get to know your director; he/she is eager to meet you and to help you pursue your goals while you are a student at Concordia.
The student staff — The residence hall director is the chief administrator of your hall. He/She is supported by a student hall director’s assistant (DA) and a number of resident assistants (RAs). The DA functions as the director’s immediate assistant and performs a variety of delegated tasks, especially those relating to the administration of the hall.
The staff member you are likely to meet first and see most often is your floor or unit RA. Like you, he/she is an undergraduate student with academic assignments, research paper deadlines and, with luck, a social life. The RAs assist the director with developing a sense of community and are available to assist you with personal concerns or problems. They serve as positive role models, enforce college and hall regulations, initiate programs for the floor or unit residents, and assist in developing a sense of community.