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LIVING WITH OTHERS
For most college students, sharing a residence hall room or apartment is a new experience. Your new roommate may be an old high school friend, distant cousin, friend of a friend, somebody’s sister or brother, or a total stranger. The Office of Housing & Residence Life does not expect roommates to be “best friends,” but to be able to live together in a respectful environment. Roommate changes are not granted the first two weeks of each semester and are viewed as a last resort, not a first alternative.
If one student infringes upon the rights of another, we expect the two students to work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect to resolve their differences. If you are experiencing trouble with another resident that you cannot resolve, follow the process outlined below. If you need assistance, contact your RA.
If you are experiencing a roommate or neighbor issue you need to first approach, your roommate or neighbor about the problem. However, if you feel uncomfortable addressing your concerns with, your roommate or neighbor, feel free to ask your RA for assistance.
If talking to your roommate or neighbor does not bring about a solution to your problem, then your next step is to get your RA involved. RA’s are trained in mediation and will meet with both parties separately and then together as a group. The RA can set up a roommate contract or neighbor contract, which can help alleviate issues. All first year resident students are required to complete a roommate contract.
If mediation with your RA does not help the situation between you and your roommate or your neighbor, a meeting will be set up with the Assistant Director for Residence Life. The assistant director will meet with both parties and the RA to mediate solutions for the problems between the parties. If resolutions to the problem(s) cannot be met, the Office of Housing & Residence Life may grant a room change.
The staff of the Office of Housing & Residence Life is professionally and personally committed to celebrating the rich diversity among the residents of TAMIU. We believe that our living environment must foster freedom of thought and opinion in the spirit of mutual respect. Our programs, activities and interactions are enriched by accepting each other as we are and by celebrating our uniqueness as well as our similarities.
The diversity within our community takes many forms. This includes differences in race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, and ability. Anyone who chooses to live in or visit our residential community must understand that we will not tolerate any form of bigotry, harassment, intimidation, threat or abuse (whether verbal or written), physical or mental, directed or implied.
RESIDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- The opportunity to read, study, and relax in one’s room without undue interference.
- A clean and safe environment in which to live.
- Free access to one’s room and the facilities of the community without undo pressure from others.
- The ability to host guests provided that the guests respect the rights of other community members.
- To live on-campus free of fear of intimidation and physical and emotional harm.
- Resolve personal and community issues in a calm and diplomatic manner.
- Treat fellow residents and residence life staff with respect, consideration, and cooperation.
- Understand and comply with all TAMIU and Housing & Residence Life policies and regulations.
- Commit to maintaining a safe environment in the RLC and University Village.
- Respect community property and each other’s belongings.
- Regard every resident with personal dignity and report incidents of racial or other discrimination or harassment to the residence life staff.
- Show respect through appropriate language and actions.
The Office of Housing & Residence Life is a proud member of the Division of Student Success