Residence Life Resources
Residence Life Staff
The Residence Life Staff consists of students and professionals who help all residents build a community founded upon respect. The Residence Life program provides a unique educational opportunity to assist in students’ development. The specific members are:
- Director of Residence Life- The director oversees the entire program and works in the Student Affairs Office in Melrose Hall 110, x2278.
- Area Director (AD)- The ADs are professional staff that live and work in the residence halls. The Residence Life Office is in Mahaffey 127, x5389. The ResLife Office is open from 10 am to 4 pm Monday – Friday.
- Resident Advisor (RA) - RAs are full-time students who live and work in the residence halls/suburbs. RAs serve as a resource for residents and help build community in the residence halls/suburbs.
- Residence Life Assistant (RLA) - RLAs are full-time students who live in the residence halls and provide support to the Residence Life Program.
Some roommates become very good friends, choosing to socialize and study together. Others become friends but spend time outside the room with different social groups. Still others do not become friends but accept each other as roommates and live compatibly together for the year. Remember that you will meet many students other thank your roommate. In addition to your hallmates, you will make friends through classes, sports, work and other student activities. Living together in one room, especially if you have never had a roommate before (or lately,) requires work! The type of relationship you develop with your roommate depends in part on your expectations of the relationship, as well as on how effectively you communicate those expectations to your roommate from the very beginning. As you think about your roommate and how you hope to interact (regardless of how well or little you may know him/her,) both of you should consider the following:
- Communicate! This is the most effective tool for living together happily.
- What do you each expect of your relationship with your roommate?
- What can you and your roommate discuss to prevent potential problems?
- How much of your personal or life experiences are each of you willing to share?
- How do you both intend to discuss habits, values and priorities?
- Could some of your practices or activities be potentially offensive or annoying to the other person?
- How will both of you resolve disagreements?
- How do you act when you are angry, depressed, stressed, or happy? How do you expect your roommate to behave when you are feeling any of these emotions?
- Which of your belongings can and cannot be borrowed?
- When are visitors and/or friends welcome? For how long?
- How neat do you both expect the room to be?
- What study habits will make both of you successful students?
- Be ready to make compromises. You can’t have everything your way all the time.
- Always treat your roommate with respect. Think about how you would feel if the roles were reversed.
Review the Student Code of Conduct and the Guide to Living at Linfield. The Residence Life program uses a Roommate Agreement as a tool to help you and your roommate open up communication about your roommate relationship. Both you and your roommate are expected to fill the form out together through a face-to-face discussion. Your RAs are there as resources to help you through the Agreement if needed. On your Roommate Agreement, you will indicate your preferences regarding sleep study and social time. As you adjust to life at Linfield College, you may find that these preferences change. Be open with your roommate, communicating your needs; be responsive to your roommate, recognizing that s/he is changing, too. Expect the best! The communication skills you can develop in an effective roommate relationship are among the most valuable skills you will gain at college for your personal and professional life. The happiest of roommates will experience conflict at times. The key to success at those times is for roommates to communicate with each other – with the assistance of a staff member as necessary – about how to reach a resolution that is satisfactory to both roommates.
Your RA is available to assist with any roommate conflicts. In most cases, you will be required to follow a process to work through any conflicts. It is our goal that you will learn valuable communication and conflict resolution skills during this process. We will work with you to help make this a successful process. If this process is not successful, a move may occur. There are no room changes during certain parts of the semester.
The procedure below will be used for changing rooms or apartment:
- Discuss your concerns with your roommate in a face-to-face conversation.
- Discuss your concerns with your RA, who will facilitate a resolution process between you and your current roommate(s).
- If concerns continue to exist, please contact the AD responsible for your housing area.
- After working with the AD it may be determined that a move or change of rooms is the best option.
- You will be asked to meet with the AD of Housing, who will help you determine a location to move. All room changes must be approved by the AD for Housing in consultation with the AD for your housing area.
- You will receive a room change form from the AD for Housing and will then need to obtain the necessary signatures.
- Complete all the steps and turn in the keys to your old room to the Residence Life Office in Mahaffey by your designated move-out date. Failure to complete the move by the designated date assigned by the AD for Housing or not following the procedure correctly may result in the room change being cancelled, or other penalties.
- Since we see conflict resolution and communication processes as our learning outcomes for Residence Life, the college may ask you to complete a reflection on your roommate challenge once the process is complete. This will be mandatory and is part of the room change process.
Moving without Area Director permission or not following the above-outlined procedure will result in a $50 fine.