Wilkes University

Residence Halls

Living on Campus

Contacts:Raymond D. FeDora, III, Director
Joanne Powser, Residence Life Coordinator for University Towers, 134 S Main & halls south of South St.
Alex Reynolds, Residence Life Coordinator for Evans Hall, 40 West & halls north of South St.

The Office of Residence Life's goal is to foster a residential environment supportive of individual student growth and development through programming, training, and the room selection process. The collaboration between students in our residence halls and dedicated University staff helps to create a community in which the students can experience feelings of identity, security, and intellectual stimulation. Our mission is to encourage student success by creating a quality living environment which provides opportunities for socializing and learning outside of the classroom. Rules and regulations exist in a group living setting so that a constructive living environment can be created and common goals achieved. Residence hall rules at Wilkes University are based on safety and respect for residents and the University. In any type of community living it is imperative that students hold respect and have regard for one another's property. Resident students share common areas as well as communal facilities.

The University's residence halls are the responsibility of the Dean of Students and are directly supervised by the Office of Residence Life. The Resident Assistant (RA) is a full-time undergraduate student member of the Office of Residence Life chosen on the basis of character, leadership, and their ability to interact with students. All RAs have undergone extensive training so that they may readily meet the needs of all resident students. The RA's role is to create an atmosphere in the residence hall that is conducive to cooperation and academic achievement.

All full-time undergraduate students in their first or second year at Wilkes University who do not commute from the home of their parent or legal guardian must reside on campus. Students starting their third year (6th semester) or transferring to Wilkes University from another institution may reside off campus.

If a student believes they have extenuating circumstances and should be exempt from the University residency requirement, they may complete a Housing Exemption request. These requests are reviewed by a committee on the first Friday of each month. Decisions are then sent to the student’s university email account. Decisions of the committee may be appealed to the Associate Dean of Students.

Students must be of full-time status (12 credit hours) in order to live in the residence halls. Students dropping below the credit limit need to notify the Office of Residence Life and may be required to move out of the campus residence halls.

Graduate students are housed on a space-available basis. There are no separate accommodations for graduate students.

The University has no accommodations for married couples or families.

Housing Contract

When students submit a housing contract they accept the conditions and terms set forth in the agreement. Failure of students to abide by the conditions of the housing contract will result in disciplinary action, which can include termination of the housing contract and removal from campus housing.

Housing contracts are binding for the entire academic year unless a student withdraws or is dismissed from the University. Students wishing to terminate their contract during the course of the academic year must fill out the Early Release from Housing form. If students are given permission by the Housing Exemption Committee to terminate their housing contract, the contract will not be officially terminated until the Office of Residence Life has received the residence hall keys and paperwork. Students will be charged for housing until these items are received and the student has removed their personal belongings from the residence halls. Any refunds will be issued based on the University’s refund policy.

Assuming Occupancy

On the second day of classes of each semester, all unclaimed room assignments will be canceled and reassigned to other students. Students unable to meet this deadline must notify the Office of Residence Life.


Residence hall students are provided with a twin XL bed with mattress, desk, chair, and bureau or closet space. Students should provide their own bed linens, pillow, desk lamp, bedspread, etc., according to individual taste. Such items are often purchased after making a decision with one's roommate as to color scheme and style. All furniture that is provided in student rooms must stay in those assigned rooms. Beds are able to be bunked with proper bunking pins by contacting the facilities department, 570-408-2349 (x2349) or 2fix@wilkes.edu. Personal furniture such as bed frames, mattresses or upholstered furniture is not permitted in the residence halls. The Office of Residence Life does not provide storage of any kind.

Opening and Closing of Residence Halls

Students may return to the residence halls on the dates specified by the Office of Residence Life prior to the start of each semester. Those students who need to return to residence earlier than the designated dates must secure permission from the Director of Residence Life.

During a scheduled break, all halls will be locked and secured. If you need to stay during a break, you may apply for permission to remain in your assigned housing. The form to do so is sent to student’s email several weeks before each University break. Students must vacate the residence halls for vacation periods according to the schedule published by the Office of Residence Life. Exceptions to these closing hours must be approved by the Office of Residence Life. Residence halls will reopen at noon on the day prior to the resumption of classes. Students not adhering to shutdown procedures will be subject to disciplinary sanctions.

Students must leave the residence hall no later than 24 hours after their last final examination at the end of the semester. Students requesting an exception from this regulation must secure permission from the Office of Residence Life. All residence halls will close at noon on the day following Spring Commencement.

The University reserves the right to relocate students to other residence halls during vacation periods for reasons of safety and security.

The University does not provide food service during official University vacation periods.

Temporary Assignment

In order to accommodate all students applying for housing, it may be necessary to assign students to temporary accommodations. Withdrawals and cancellations will permit students to be transferred to a permanent space. Students must vacate temporary space upon the request of the staff when vacancies occur in permanent rooms.

Periods of Low Occupancy

During vacations and other low occupancy periods from mid- August to mid-May, most residence halls are vacated by residents and are locked and secured. During these low occupancy periods, entrance to the occupied residence halls is restricted via the card access system to only those students approved to stay on campus. Students are not permitted to have guests over at this time; guests include any student that has not received permission from the Office of Residence Life to remain in residence over a University break, including any roommate(s) of students with permission to remain. Students, even of-age students, are not permitted to drink alcoholic beverages at this time due to risk of being alone if in crisis due to overconsumption of alcohol. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action and/or removal of privileges.


Students should notify their Resident Assistant and the Office of Student Affairs if they plan to be absent from their residence hall for an extended period of time.

Property Damage/Vandalism

Rental of a residence hall room does not imply ownership of that room; nor does it give the student license to alter or destroy. Therefore, room occupants will be assessed for damages such as defaced plaster or woodwork, burns on woodwork, broken windows, missing blinds or broken furniture, lost door keys, or the deterioration of property resulting from misuse on the part of the occupant. No student has permission to paint their room. Any property damage to hallways, lounges, bathrooms (common areas) will be charged to the residents of the living unit in the event that the guilty party cannot be identified. In the case of intentional damage, a $50 vandalism charge will be added to the total cost of repair(s).

After a student has moved out of their assigned residence hall room, a member of the University staff will inspect the room for damages and cleanliness. It is the responsibility of the resident to avoid damages while they occupy a room. Any damage to a room that is beyond “normal wear and tear” will be charged to all residents in a room or apartment unless a specific resident takes responsibility for that damage. Charges for excessive cleaning and removal of personal property will also be assessed as needed. The Office of Residence Life will inform students after their departure of any damage billing charges and students have the right to appeal those charges. Students are encouraged to review the Room Condition Report completed prior to their arrival at the start of the Fall semester and note any inaccuracies to avoid charges.

Right of Entry

Although the University respects a student's right to privacy, the University reserves the right to inspect individual rooms at any time, especially for reasons of maintenance, health, and safety. At no time may Resident Assistants give or lend master keys to students or non-students. Unless there is an obvious emergency, RAs will knock and announce themselves before entering students' rooms using a master key.

Resident Assistants do not have permission to search students' rooms. Such searches can be conducted only by the Vice President of Student Affairs or his designates. There will always be sufficient cause for a search to take place, and every effort will be made to have the occupants present when a search occurs.

Wilkes University cannot interfere with sworn law enforcement officials when they conduct room searches if such a search is legal under Commonwealth law and is within the authorized performance of the official's duty.

Room Selection

Room selection for returning residence hall students will take place after Spring Break. These dates are posted early in the spring semester. Residents must have completed the online housing and dining contract for the upcoming year in order to participate in the housing selection process.

For more specific details regarding the selection of rooms, students should refer to notices published by the Office of Residence Life prior to the room selection process.

Room Reassignment and Relocation

The University reserves the right to refuse application for any particular room or to require one or more of the occupants to move when the best interests of the University or the students appear to warrant such action. If relocation is mandated as a part of a disciplinary sanction, the relocation is not subject to appeal through the appellate body. Normally, judgments involving relocation are made by the Student Affairs Committee. If this judgment is made by the Office of Residence Life, the student involved in relocation may ask for a review of the decision by the Dean of Students.

Room Changes

Students considering a room change should begin by discussing the situation with their roommate. Consultation with the RA or other University personnel may be helpful when problems exist between roommates. If, after discussion, a room change still seems desirable, the student will need to contact the Residence Life Coordinator responsible for their area (their RA can assist in identifying this person).  The Office of Residence Life may grant approval based on circumstances and space availability. An e-mail will be sent if a room change is approved. Once a room change is approved, the necessary room condition form and roommate contract will have to be completed. Students who transfer rooms without the consent of the Office of Residence Life will receive a $50 fine, their request may be denied and students may be required to return to their original assignments.

Lounge Furniture

Furniture in lounge areas is provided for the use of all residents of the facility and must remain in the lounge. Residents found in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action and a disciplinary fine.


All students are given the privilege of self-determined hours. Accepting this privilege requires acceptance of the responsibilities that this involves. Since the Office of Residence Life provides keys to all resident students, entry doors should not be propped open at any time. Please note in the case of students leaving the residence halls before the end of the academic year, a student’s departure date will be determined by the date the key is returned to our office. This may impact a student’s refund if entitled to one.

  1. All entrance doors to residence halls will be locked at all times.
  2. Keys or student ID cards are not to be shared with anyone else.
  3. Residents are responsible for the safekeeping and proper use of their keys.
  4. Students are never permitted to duplicate their keys.
  5. Residents will be held responsible for not returning keys promptly when the room is vacated. Keys not returned within 5 calendar days of move out may be subject to a $200.00 lost key charge.
  6. Loss of a key will result in a replacement charge of $200.

Quiet Hours

The Office of Residence Life requires students to be considerate of others at all times. Conduct and noise interfering with the study and sleep of residents is unacceptable. Accordingly, students will be held accountable for behavior deemed noisy or disruptive. It is expected that after 10 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday general quiet hours will be in effect. On weekends, quiet hours should be observed in all residence halls after midnight.

During final-exam week, 24-hour quiet is required. During quiet hours, students should be able to study or sleep in their room without disturbance from their neighbors.

Other Residence Life Regulations

The following rules must be observed by all students:

  1. Under no circumstances may students possess or use a University master key to any Wilkes University residence facility without the written permission of the Dean of Students or the Office of Residence Life.
  2. Students may not coerce, intimidate, deny or deter occupancy to another student assigned to that residence hall space.
  3. Assigned space in residence halls is for the exclusive use of Wilkes students.
  4. Signs or banners may not be hung outside or displayed from windows or balconies of residence halls.
  5. Air conditioners may not be installed in any student room.
  6. Under no circumstances may a student cover a smoke detector.
  7. Exercise equipment (barbells, treadmills, etc.) is not permitted in any student room or common areas.
  8. Stereo speakers are never to be directed out of windows.
  9. Property belonging to a student may be temporarily confiscated if the use of such property is judged to be problematic for the orderly governance and lifestyle of the University community.
  10. The University will not tolerate situations involving "fights" with substances: e.g., water fights, shaving cream fights, Nerf gun fights, etc. Such actions cause considerable damage and endanger the safety of students and essential safety equipment. The minimum penalty in such cases will be a $25 charge.
  11. No student may operate a business out of his/her room.
  12. Under no circumstance should objects, liquid or solid, be thrown out of windows or over balconies. The minimum sanction is a $300 fine and conditional suspension from the residence halls.
  13. Resident students are never to be on hall fire escapes except in times of emergency. In addition, clothing and signs are not allowed to be hung from fire escapes.
  14. Spray painting on walls and decorative frosting on windows, doors, and walls in not permitted.
  15. All decorations must be kept at least three feet away from any fire safety system (extinguishers, strobe lights, detectors, sprinklers etc.) They must also be labeled as fire proof, fire resistant, or flame proof.
  16. Covering of wall outlets, switches, or electrical panels are not permitted.

Failure to comply with these rules will result in fines, confiscation of prohibited items, or other disciplinary action by the Office of Residence Life.

Prohibited Items

The following items are prohibited items and activities in/around the halls. Any of these items found in a residence hall may be confiscated by appropriate University personnel.

  • Air conditioning units
  • Alcohol paraphernalia if under 21 years of age (includes empty alcohol containers)
  • Amplified musical instruments
  • Beer Pong tables, beer bongs/funnels, or any other binge drinking or drinking game apparatus
  • Candles
  • Candle warmers/wax melters 
  • Dart boards
  • Decorations near or covering lights on light fixtures.
  • Electric blankets
  • Electrical wires through or underneath door frames or carpets
  • Exercise equipment (small equipment and free weights less than 10 lbs. are permitted)
  • Extension cords or electric wiring that is "homemade" (this does not include surge protectors with safety fuses).
  • Gasoline, benzine, and other flammable fluids
  • Halogen lamps
  • Holiday lighting that cannot be documented to be less than 3 years old. Holiday lighting may not exceed 1 strand of 100 lights per unit.
  • String lights may not be used to illuminate a room.
  • Hookah, vape cigarettes or other smoking devices
  • Kegs (of any type)
  • Liquid-filled beds
  • Live cut trees, branches, hay, straw, or similar material
  • Pets--only fish inside a 10-gallon tank are permitted in University residential facilities 
  • Refrigerators over five cubic feet in capacity
  • Resistance coil appliances (i.e. hotplate)
  • Smoking. Smoking is prohibited inside all University residences. This policy includes areas within 20 feet of doors and windows.
  • Traffic or public signs or traffic cones
  • Weapons: Firearms, chemicals, fireworks and explosives, CO2, air- propelled weapons, tasers, or high-powered water guns, slingshots, bow and arrow, paint ball guns, switchblades and any knife larger than a small pocket knife that cannot be clearly identified as a kitchen utensil are not permitted in the residence halls.

* Small decorations that are not flame resistant can cover no more than 30% of the wall space (i.e. tapestries, posters, banners). Decorations or furniture must not be placed in locations that block, obstruct, or reduce exit and entrance routes. For example: beads, paper or plastic strips, etc. No decorations may be hung from ceilings, sprinkler heads or exposed pipes.

* Facilities, Residence Life and Public Safety will disconnect unattended electrical decorations, remove any apparent unsafe or flammable decorations, and report any potential problem areas to the Director of Public Safety for necessary guidance and action.

Electrical Appliances in Student Rooms

Wilkes University will permit the use of some small electrical appliances as long as the circumstances are consistent with good safety and health considerations. In order that safety standards are met, all appliances containing a heating-type element must have that element fully enclosed. Both the appliance and electrical cord must have Underwriter Laboratory approval.

During inspections, a Residence Life staff member will be ensuring the room is left in a safe and clean state – free of all fire hazards and items that may spoil and/or compromise the sanitation of the room. Any inappropriate or prohibited appliances/items found while conducting routine inspections will be confiscated.

Appliances should be unplugged when not in use and no more than one appliance should be plugged into any receptacle. When using an appliance such as a coffee pot, a protective pad should be placed under the appliance. Property and safety considerations prevent the authorization of the use of toaster ovens, electric skillets, hot plates, or appliances other than those previously mentioned in the publication.

Students are responsible for meeting the expense of any damage that may result from the use of appliances or equipment. The University expects, and residents must understand, that possession and use of such equipment may not interfere with the assigned roommate's welfare. Because of the high potential for damage and fire, electric blankets, halogen lamps, and sunlamps may not be used in student rooms.

Students who consistently play stereos, radios, amplifiers, etc. at excessive levels of volume may be required to remove this equipment from their residence hall.


Wilkes University is concerned about the health and well-being of its students along with the condition of its residence halls; therefore, students are expected to maintain their rooms in a reasonably clean condition. If the Office of Residence Life determines that a room is in unacceptable condition, the student will be expected to clean the room to the Office of Residence Life's satisfaction. Non-compliance will jeopardize a student's residence status at the University. Furthermore, the common areas, i.e. lounges and bathrooms, are expected to remain in an acceptable condition. Excessive messes that require extra cleaning by housekeeping staff will result in a cleaning charge for that hall's residents. Failure to comply with a directive from the Office of Residence Life will result in a disciplinary fine. Unclean dishes left in the common area will be removed after 48 hours.

Upon moving out of the residence halls, it is the expectation of the Office of Residence Life that rooms are vacuumed, surfaces cleaned (dressers, desks, drawers, wardrobes/closets, window sills), all items are removed, garbage is disposed of, and common areas are cleaned (living areas, bathrooms, kitchens, and lounges). Failure to do all of the above may result in a cleanliness fee.


For health and maintenance reasons, pets are not permitted in the residence halls. Fish in an aquarium (10 gallons or less) are the only exception to this rule. Students found in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary sanctions and/or a fine.

Students who, because of a disability, seek approval for an assistance animal must request a reasonable accommodation through the Disability Support Services office in University College.  This is a formal process that requires appropriate supporting documentation. A determination is then made regarding whether it is reasonable for the animal to be on campus.

Students must not bring the assistance animal to campus until they have received approval from the Disability Support Services office and Residence Life.  Any student who has an animal in residence prior to approval is subject to a fine and judicial action.

Residence Hall Deliveries

In order to maintain security and limit inconvenience to fellow residents, students ordering food (pizza, subs, etc.) are required to meet delivery persons in the residence hall lobby. Delivery persons are prohibited from going to student rooms. All deliveries through FedEx/ UPS should be directed to the student's on campus mailbox which is located on the second floor of the Henry Student Center.

Residence Hall Visitation

The University residence halls are open for invited guests of residents. Visitors should extend courtesy to those living in the facility at all times. Under no circumstances should any resident be inconvenienced by a visitor or guest. Resident Assistants must be notified in advance of overnight guests. A student may have guests over for a maximum of two nights within a 7-day period. Students must receive approval from the Office of Residence Life if a guest stays more than two nights. Visitation to individual rooms should be decided upon by those residents living in that room. In order to minimize disruption to roommates, the University supplies each residence hall with an area to study with others, entertain guests, and watch television.

All visitors (student or non-student) to Evans Hall and University Towers are required to check in with the lobby desk attendant and are required to show proper I.D. to the attendant/security officer in order to sign in at the desk. They must indicate the person they are visiting, room number, and time of entry. Proper identification shall include college/university picture I.D., driver's license, social security card, or employee photo I.D. card. Any guest who does not have identification will not be permitted to enter the building.

Residents should be reminded that they are responsible for their visitors and that an environment conducive to study should be maintained at all times. All visitors to the residence halls are responsible for abiding by University policies. Residence hall members should escort from the hall any unidentified persons not accompanied by a fellow hall member. The RA on call should be contacted if a visitor will not leave in order for Security to be called for assistance.

All visitors to other University-owned residence halls are to utilize the phones located on the outside of the individual buildings or personal cell phone. Visitors are to call the room/ apartment or personal cell phone of the Wilkes resident whose responsibility it is to come to the front door of the facility to grant entrance to his/her visitor.


The University cannot be responsible for loss of or damage to the student's personal property, either while the University is in session or during vacation periods. Therefore, each individual is advised to take valuable possessions home during vacations and to carry personal property insurance. Security officers provided by the University patrol the campus each night throughout the week. Officers are equipped with a two-way communication set and are readily available by calling the base station at (570) 408-4999 for an emergency. The base station is located in on the ground floor of the parking garage on S. Main St. There are emergency call boxes located at the entrance of the house-style residence halls and at various locations around campus (Fenner Quadrangle, parking lots, etc) allowing all students the opportunity to contact security from anywhere on campus in an emergency situation. Also, students are encouraged to sign up for our e2campus text messaging system, this can be found on the Wilkes portal under the home tab.

Missing Persons Policy

Reports of missing students will be immediately directed to the Department of Public Safety, which has the responsibility and authority to investigate each report and make a determination whether the student is missing. If any member of the Wilkes community believes that a student is missing, it is the University's policy that the Department of Public Safety should be contacted immediately at (570) 408-4999.

In accordance with the Higher Education Act of 2008, and in addition to registering a general emergency contact, all resident students have the opportunity to confidentially register an individual to be contacted in the event the student is determined missing for more than 24 hours. A student who wishes to identify a confidential contact can do so at the beginning of each year. This contact information will be accessible only by authorized campus officials in the offices of Residence Life, Student Affairs, and Public Safety, and will not be disclosed except to law enforcement personnel in furtherance of a missing student investigation.

Reports of missing on-campus residents should be made to the Department of Public Safety. Reports of missing students who live off-campus should typically be made to the law enforcement agency in that jurisdiction. No waiting period exists for the Department of Public Safety to document information and report an individual as missing. The Department of Public Safety will ensure all reasonable and necessary investigation, notification, dissemination of information, coordination of resources and searches are conducted to resolve missing person cases.

After investigating a missing person report, should the Department of Public Safety determine that the student has been missing for 24 hours, the University will notify the Wilkes-Barre City Police and the student's emergency contact no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing. If the missing student is under the age of 18 and is not an emancipated individual, the University will notify the student's parent or legal guardian immediately after the Department of Public Safety has determined that the student has been missing for 24 hours.

Residence Hall Services

Custodial Services

The University provides cleaning services in campus buildings. Custodial personnel are responsible for cleaning common areas, i.e., lounge areas, hallways, and bathrooms. Custodial personnel are not responsible for cleaning debris resulting from irresponsible student conduct. Should custodians be instructed to clean such debris from a common area, the residents will be charged for these services unless the responsible individuals are identified.

Private bathrooms in residential facilities are the responsibility of the residents to clean. A private bathroom is defined as a bathroom that is only accessible through a student’s living space and not a common hall or area of the residence hall. Primarily these would be in Evans Hall and apartment style housing, though there are a few bathrooms in mansion style halls that would be considered “private” as well.

Laundry Facilities

The University provides washers and dryers in each residence hall for the use of residence hall students only. These machines are used heavily and do, at times, require maintenance attention.

If a machine is in need of repair, students should notify the Resident Assistant or ext. 2FIX--(570) 408-408-2349. The University will make every effort to repair the machines as quickly as possible.

The University will not be responsible for the loss of or damage done to clothing through the laundering or drying processes. Students should carefully read washing instructions on garments. Commercial laundromats are located near the campus for comforters and larger items. Students not living on campus will receive a $50 penalty charge if found using University laundry facilities.

If a student leaves their laundry in the laundry room for more than 24 hours, the Office of Residence Life will confiscate the items. Students are not permitted to remove other student’s laundry. If a washer and/or dryer does not have a name tag visible, items will be confiscated by Residence Life.

Work Order Requests

All work order requests should be called into ext. 2FIX (2349) or emailed to 2FIX@wilkes.edu.

Resident Assistant On Call

From 7 p.m. each weeknight until 7 a.m. the next morning. Throughout the entire weekend there will be Resident Assistants (RAs) on call. If students are in need of assistance and their RA is not available, they can contact the RA on call for assistance (the on call schedule is located on or next to the RA's door).

Student Mail

All students' mail is received and distributed at the University mailroom in the Student Center. When having mail sent to you please use the following format: Name, Box #, 84 West South Street, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766. Mailbox numbers will be assigned at the beginning of the semester and these numbers should be used in the resident's return address. There is one mail delivery daily, Monday through Friday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Students should check their mailbox regularly. Please contact 570-408-4123 if you have any questions.

Residence Life Suggestions

Residence Life Suggestions

Protecting Your Property

To protect their belongings from theft and damage, students should exercise common sense. Wilkes University is not and cannot be responsible for the loss of personal property; therefore, the following are recommended:

  1. When leaving your room, lock doors and secure windows at all times.
  2. When you will be gone for a long period of time, notify your friends and have them check your door periodically.
  3. Do not leave notes on your door indicating your absence from your residence hall.
  4. Do not allow salesmen or solicitors into the hall. These people should be reported to your RA, the Office of Residence Life, or Public Safety.
  5. Money or valuables should not be left in your room. Transfer large amounts of cash into checking accounts. Guard credit cards carefully.
  6. Report suspicious persons to Public Safety (ext. 4999). Do not take unknown overnight guests into your room. Residence halls are not a good environment for persons not associated with the University.
  7. Bicycles should be carefully secured.
  8. Do not hide your key over your door.
  9. Have your parents extend their homeowners insurance to cover your belongings at Wilkes.
  10. When laundering your clothing, it is suggested that you are present in the laundry room.
  11. Do not allow individuals into the hall, unless you know them.

Roommate Survival Checklist

Listed below are a few common sources of roommate problems. Roommates should discuss these issues at the beginning of the semester, thereby avoiding communication breakdowns during the school year. Roommates must remember that compromise is essential and only by communicating with each other will roommates solve any problems.

  1. Daily schedule — sleeping times, quiet hours, TV viewing, mealtime, study conditions
  2. Housekeeping — making beds, vacuuming, picking up clothes, interior decoration
  3. Locks and keys — getting locked out, leaving the door open
  4. Visitation — friends in the room, parties, privacy, overnight guests
  5. Personal habits — exercising, watching tv while studying, noise while sleeping etc.
  6. Sharing — territorial imperatives, saying "please," respect for other's property
  7. Moods — grouchiness, silliness, depression, taking things out on your roommate, early morning person
  8. Values — prejudice, religion, philosophy, politics

The relationship you develop with your roommate will have a significant effect on your experience of residence hall living. Each residence hall student has the right to expect the following from their roommate:

  1. The right to read and study in one's room without unreasonable noise and other distractions
  2. The right to sleep without undue disturbance from guests of roommates, noise, etc.
  3. The right to expect that a roommate will respect one's personal possessions
  4. The right to live in a clean environment
  5. The right to free access to one's room without pressure from one's roommate
  6. The right to entertain guests with the expectation that guests will respect the rights of the host's roommate and other hall residents
  7. The right to be free from intimidation and harm
  8. The right to discuss grievances. A resident student must accept the responsibility for confronting other residents when those residents have violated his/her rights. If a student has difficulty in doing so, the Residence Life Staff will gladly assist in such matters.