As a Parent if you contact the office of Residence Life we will be glad to listen to your input at any time. However, if you have a specific concern about your student’s residence or roommate we will request to speak with your student in person before any action is taken.
Don’t just Facebook. When your student receives their roommate assignment, encourage them to call and speak with their new roommate in person. It is becoming more frequent that students look up their roommate on a social networking site and make immediate judgments (good and bad) without ever communicating in person. Realize that many times the portrait
depicted online is not who the student really is. Also, keep in mind that room changes will not be granted until after the Add/Drop period.
Encourage your student to TALK to their roommate. The vast majority of roommate conflicts we see are because students never talk to each other about their problems.
If something is troubling your student, they should address it immediately. The biggest problems we deal
with are situations in which students choose not to address them in a timely manner. Problems are much easier to solve on
a smaller scale and when they are recent as opposed to when they have had time to fester.
Remind your student to take their roommate contract seriously. Every pair of roommates is required to sit down and complete a roommate contract. The roommate contract is a mutually agreed upon document that covers everything from sleep times to borrowing each other’s stuff. Setting living guidelines in the beginning of the year will help prevent problems
If your student talks to you about problems with their room, remind them to talk to their RA. Resident Advisors (RAs) are upper class students who live on every floor. They are trained in dealing with a variety of student issues including conflict resolution. Students should go to their RA anytime they have issues with their halls; that includes anything from
maintenance problems to roommate conflicts. Each residence hall also has a Residence Hall Director (RHD) who supervises the RAs and is also available to assist students. RHDs are staff members who live in the hall and serve on-call duty rotations.
Encourage your student to take advantage of campus activities. With the advancement and increase of technology we are seeing more and more students spending increasing amounts of time in their rooms; using email, instant messenger, and social networking sites as their primary means of communication. While utilizing these technologies is a wonderful means of staying in touch, it is vital that students also become proficient in other interpersonal forms of communication. Taking advantage of the numerous programs and activities available in the hall and on campus is a great opportunity to develop these skills.
When you come to visit, do not expect their room to be just like it would be at home. Part of going away to college is identifying who you will be as an individual. Along with this come some changes in types of music, styles of clothes and how they might decorate their room. Don’t be surprised if their room isn’t as neat as you would expect it to be. Encourage them to develop their individuality and try not to judge them. The important thing is that they are happy with their living space.
Encourage your student to deal with their problems themselves. While it is natural to want to try to solve your student’s problems for them, it is not always the best way for them to learn. Support your student when they are dealing with a problem but encourage them to take the necessary steps to try and handle it themselves through the correct channels.
In the rare cases where the student does everything they are supposed to do and still cannot get a problem corrected, then you may decide to contact someone at the college to try to help your student reach a solution.
Residential living is a unique experience. Your hall is a place where you will find opportunities to grow as a person, test new ideas, learn new skills, and discover the importance of being part of a community. You will probably see yourself differently when the year is over. You will make new friends, rediscover old ones and hopefully realize that life holds many possibilities. We hope that the changes and experiences you have in the residence halls will be positive ones, which will enhance your self-confidence and help you achieve independence.
As part of that independence each individual hall will be working together to establish community living standards. These will help determine how each hall will manage itself. Halls will meet on a regular basis to discuss issues, define the community standards, and process any problems that might arise. You and your fellow residents will be accountable and responsible to each other for the standards set by the hall. If there are things on your hall that you would like to see handled differently or you think that other members of your hall are not upholding the standards you set as a hall, it will be your responsibility as a community to discuss these issues. Community living standards will not replace the student conduct code or residence life policies but will instead work in conjunction with them to help make each hall a unique home environment for the students who live there.
There are live-in staff members in each building to assist you and help facilitate change. This staff is made up of Residence Hall Directors (RHDs) and Resident Advisors (RAs) who work with you to ensure the hall is a good place to study, rest and socialize. RAs are student leaders who live on each floor and will act as facilitators as each hall develops its own community living standards. RAs are available to advise you and ensure that you have the tools necessary to function independently and effectively as a member of your hall community. RHDs are the live-in administrators in your hall. Each RHD has an office in their building and keeps regular office hours to ensure they are available to residents. Also, there are always an RHD and RAs on call any time the college’s administrative offices are closed.
You and your fellow residents will be responsible for the quality of life in your residential community during the coming year. You are expected to be familiar with policies and procedures, which have been established to guide student conduct. Remember, you are part of a community in an academic environment and being part of any community brings with it responsibilities, including courtesy, consideration, and empathy.
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