Roommate Rights

We all have rights, especially as roommates. You and your roommate have the right to:

  • Read and study in your room without undue disturbance.
  • Sleep without undue disturbance.
  • Expect each will respect the other's personal belongings.
  • Live in a clean environment.
  • Free access to your room or apartment without interference.
  • Personal privacy.
  • Host guests, provided the guests respect roommate's rights and those of other hall/apartment residents.
  • Be free from fear of intimidation and physical or emotional harm.
  • Refuse requests without having to feel guilty or selfish.
  • Feel or express anger.
  • Make mistakes.
  • Have opinions, feelings, and needs be given respect and consideration.
  • Be independent.
  • Expect reasonable cooperation regarding use of your room.

Resolving Roommate Conflicts

The best roommate relationships are based on openness and honesty, so keep the lines of communication open. Consider your roommate's rights and feelings before you say or do anything that may affect them.

Most issues creating friction between roommates can be resolved, so it is important that you give any conflict situation every opportunity to work. If you need assistance resolving a conflict between you and your roommate(s), contact your Apartment/Resident Assistant (AA/RA) or Community/Residence Director (CD/RD) and ask about mediation.

Special Note: Generally, Ithaca College's limited housing space prohibits a room change as the means to resolve roommate issues.