Students may not change rooms until October 1, and may do so only after meeting with their Assistant Director of Housing and Residential Life. First year students must go through a mediation process with their CA and with their Assistant Director before a change will be approved.
During a hall meeting at Orientation, all first year students with roommates are given a Roommate Living Agreement to be completed by all roommates for the room. (Upperclass residents can ask their CA for one if they wish to complete one). It is intended to provide a basis for roommates to communicate and share living space.
Here are a few suggestions that will make establishing your living agreement easier:
Many of us come from situations where we are accustomed to having our own space, but iving together successfully is a skill you may have to learn. The agreement is not intended to be a constraint upon your freedom, but rather a way to discuss potential differences you may have with your roommate.
This information will help you address issues that pertain to the specifics of living together peacefully in your room. Talking about these things in advance won't guarantee you'll be compatible, but your chances for getting along and preventing conflict are greatly increased. Above all, you will need to have open and clear lines of communication with your roommate both now and as the year progresses.
The following questions will need discussion and agreement. Write down the basics of your agreement on scrap paper, then when ready, write your answers on the Roommate Living Agreement form which your CA will provide.
You and your roommate(s) will share a unique relationship this year. You may not always get along with each other, care to spend a lot of time together, or become good friends, but you will share part of your lives with each other.
This information will help make at least one connection with your roommate a little easier. You will find questions to ask one another and maybe you will find that connecting with your roommate is definitely doable. Kenyon College wants each resident to have a great experience of living and learning on campus. Therefore, each of you needs to do your part to make that happen.
Go through the following questions with your roommate(s) and share your own personal answers with each other. Be honest, and share more than just facts. Feel free to add your own.
After going through these questions, take a few minutes to process what you've learned about your roommate(s) and yourself by answering the following questions together.
Hopefully, you and your roommate(s) know more about each other now than you did before beginning this exercise! After going through this information, you and your roommate(s) may wish to complete the Roommate Living Agreement. Ask your CA for details.
1. Communicate. Take the first step and talk with your roommate openly & honestly about issues. Be willing to compromise.
2. Contact your CA, who will assist you and your roommate in completing or reviewing your Living Agreement. Your CA will be able to assist you to resolve your roommate issues. If issues persist, please contact your Assistant Director, or ask your CA to do this.
The staff in the Office of Residential Life wants your living-learning experience at Kenyon to be a positive one. If you have questions, ideas, suggestions, or problems, contact your CA or Assistant Director. We will do our best to help!