Roommate Rights

A roommate can be a cohort, tutor, and adviser. He or she can be someone with whom to split the cost of Cable TV and a microfridge. They can also be the friend with whom you share the fun and pressures of your college years. We hope the relationships you build with your roommate will continue long after you leave Ithaca College.

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 others 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 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.
  • agreed-upon payment obligations (e.g. Cable TV).
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 him or her. However, every interpersonal relationship has its rockier moments.

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 RA and ask about mediation.

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