Making the most of living in your new on-campus community starts with getting to know your roommate. Develop a roadmap to discuss your expectations while sharing a room, resolve conflicts if they arise and ensure each individual’s rights are respected. Talking about concerns before they develop into conflict and being willing to compromise help pave the way for successful relationships.
Roommates should work together to complete a Roommate Agreement during the first week of classes. Please note that the BEST time to do this is BEFORE you have any conflict with your roommates or suitemates. These agreements serve as a conversational starting point and should be revisited frequently as relationships with your roommate grow. Roommate Agreement forms are provided by your RA who can assist you in the process.
We want you to be happy and safe in your home on campus. If you have tried to mediate your roommate concerns with the help of your RA or RLC and still need to request a room change, work with the room assignments team in Grace King Hall.
If at anytime you are in danger or unsafe, please contact LSU Police immediately. Hall front desks are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and the desk assistant can contact the RA on call or the professional staff member on call if needed.
Resident Assistants (RAs) lead their communities in upholding community standards and help residents get connected to their living community and the larger LSU campus. Your RA can facilitate the roommate agreement conversation, and work to mediate conflict as needed.
Residence Life Coordinators (RLCs) are the professional staff members living in campus communities. Elevate your roommate concern to your RLC if your attempts at mediation and conflict resolution were unsuccessful. Your RLC can help facilitate difficult conversations with your roommate and can help you go through the room change process if needed.
Parent Involvement in Roommate Issues
At the LSU Department of Residential Life, we focus on enhancing the student’s living and learning experience. To this end, we invite parents and family members to be partners in your student’s success on campus.
While a parent’s first reaction may be to ‘fix it’ for the student, remember problem solving is a life-long skill that reaches far beyond academia. As a parent, encourage your student to resolve problems by using the on-campus resources available to them both inside the Department of Residential Life and beyond.
If feel a situation warrants your involvement escalate it to our professional staff and contact the community’s professional in-hall staff, the Residence Life Coordinator (RLC), rather than your student’s RA. Remember RAs are students too, have a lot on their plates, and are under no obligation to give out their personal cell phone numbers.