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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

About Your Roommate

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/reslife/housing/new/roommate/about_your_roommate.html



You and Your Roommate

Most people get along with their roommates, but no relationship is perfect all the time. Some students have never had to share a bedroom with anyone else, while others seem to have always had a family member to share a room with. Some students are morning people, while others are night owls. Some are reality TV watchers, while others prefer old movies or sports. Even the reasons why students come to Minnesota State Mankato differ from person to person. Each person is a unique individual, with his/her own likes and dislikes.

The key to making your roommate relationship work is to discuss these likes and dislikes and come to some agreements. Even if you are planning on living with someone you already know, it is important to go through the process of talking to one another about living together. Living with someone is much different than knowing someone, so don’t assume you don’t have anything to discuss. Community Advisors (CAs) will provide a Roommate Agreement to each resident.

Each roommate is encouraged to discuss the items listed on the agreement. Thoughtful participation in the roommate agreement process will help each roommate support the rights of the other. Keep the lines of communication open as situations arise in your roommate relationship. Maintaining the ability to discuss issues as they arise is important, and doing so will make your relationship last throughout the year. There are many people in the residence communities who can help resolve roommate difficulties too. Seek out a Department of Residential Life staff member for assistance.


Roommate Agreement

Community Advisors (CAs) will provide a Roommate Agreement to each resident. Community Advisors in the apartments will provide an Apartment Agreement to each on-campus apartment resident. Residents living in our semi-suites will also get an opportunity to create a Suitemate Agreement. Each roommate is encouraged to discuss the items listed on the agreement. Thoughtful participation in the roommate agreement process will help each roommate support the rights of the other.  CAs, Hall Directors, and Area Directors are all resources that can help students further navigate their roommate relationship.


Roommate Rights and Responsibilities

As a member of the Minnesota State Mankato residence communities, you have the following rights and responsibilities. Conversely, each individual should work to be the type of roommate who helps to ensure these rights.

1. The right to read and study in your living unit free from disturbances.
2. The right to sleep without undue disturbance.
3. The right to be treated with respect and civility at all times.
4. The right to expect a sense of privacy in your living unit.
5. The right to a safe and secure home.
6. The right to be free from fear of intimidation, physical harm and/or emotional distress.
7. The right to a clean living unit and the responsibility to share equally in the work to keep your living unit clean.
8. The responsibility to respect your roommate's rights and personal belongings.
9. The responsibility to host guests in a manner that does not interfere with the rights of your roommate and other community members.
10. The responsibility to complete and honor your Roommate Agreement.
11. The right and responsibility to speak out when you believe your rights have been violated.
12. The right and responsibility to seek the assistance of others to resolve conflict when individual action has not been successful.

These rights and responsibilities apply not only to roommates, but also to other students living in the residence community.

The University holds no liability if the above rights are not met or if the roommate agreement is violated. These rights are only a suggestion by the University to aid you in creating the best possible living environment.