3.1 Living With Roommates
Personnel to help residents having roommate challenges include resident assistants (RA) and coordinators for residence education (CRE).
Confidentiality cannot be promised in matters relating to discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, or serious misconduct or crime, or if there is imminent risk of serious harm.
Roommate Agreement Forms are completed through the housing contract portal at campushousing.uark.edu.
A resident assistant for the community will set up a meeting for both roommates to discuss their needs about living cooperatively and set up standards for living together after move-ins. Residents will have the opportunity to view their completed roommate agreement form through the housing portal.
Living with Roommates
An integral part of community living is learning to resolve concerns and issues in a proper and effective manner. Conflict is part of life. Dealing with conflict as a student can be challenging, especially when the conflict is with someone residents interact with each day.
When trying to address a concern, or resolve a conflict, here are some things to keep in mind.
When a conflict arises, talk with the other party about the concerns. Chances are they may not even know their behaviors are affecting someone.
Refer to the roommate agreement to see if this can help resolve the issues and, if necessary, update the roommate agreement. Try not to procrastinate from resolving the problem. Avoiding conflicts usually means they will escalate and become more difficult to address later.
Find a time and place where both can discuss concerns comfortably and openly.
It is expected residents will be courteous and respectful of their neighbors. University Housing suggests residents try to resolve conflicts among themselves by first addressing the problem.
If the problem continues, a resident should contact a resident assistant (RA) for strategies on how to resolve the conflict. Should a resident still need more assistance, the coordinator for residence education in that community is available as a resource.