Roommate Matters

Roommates are an important part of the residence hall experience. Most roommate relationships evolve successfully over time, especially when roommates demonstrate mutual respect and maturity in working out differences and communicate directly and honestly. While it’s normal to have some anxiety about living together in new circumstances, it’s important to keep in mind that roommate relationships can be very rewarding and are a great opportunity for learning about oneself and others.

The staff in Resident Education and Development helps every set of roommates and suitemates with the required completion of a written roommate agreement. All roommates have rights and are responsible for respecting each other’s rights. In the event of a vacancy in a room, a new roommate may be assigned at any time. All residents in that room are responsible for maintaining that vacancy so that it is available to an incoming roommate at any time. All residents are also responsible for accepting and welcoming newly assigned roommates appropriately.

Roommate Matters

  • Roommate Agreement Process
  • Bill of Rights & Responsibilities
  • Helpful Hints
  • Roommate Selection

Safety & Security

  • Fire Safety and Tips
  • Protecting Yourself & Your Property
  • Smoke Detector
  • If There is a Fire in your Room
  • Evacuating

Safety & Security

The safety and security of residence hall communities is a shared responsibility between the residents of the halls and the buildings' staff members. Students and their guests are expected to comply with all policies, especially those designed to enhance the safety of the community.

For specific information on fire, weather, and other emergency procedures in each hall community, please consult the staff and front desk.

Fire Safety and Tips Expand

Our residence halls include smoke detectors and sprinkler heads in student rooms, smoke detectors and sprinkler heads in every common area, and extinguishers in common areas of the halls.  Our alarm systems (and you) will generally be tested with regular drills, but you should assume any and every fire alarm is real.

Familiarize yourself with the locations of pull stations, extinguishers, and areas of rescue assistance (if applicable) in your hall.  Rooms are entered monthly by the Public Safety staff for inspection of fire safety equipment and code compliance.

  • Follow policies regarding smoking, room decorations and prohibited appliances.
  • Use power strips in place of extension cords and don’t overload circuits.
  • Keep your room smoke detectors clear of any foreign objects and do not tamper with any detectors or sprinkler heads. 
  • When cooking food or using any heat-generating appliance, stay with the items; do not leave them unattended.
  • Your RA will review specific fire safety and evacuation procedures for your hall at the first floor meeting.


fire safety training