Room assignments are made for the academic year, so students should expect to stay in the same room for the duration of the fall and spring semesters. Occasional moves on campus are, however, allowed for extenuating circumstances as space permits. Students who experience difficulties in their residences should consult their RA or area coordinator to discuss how they might be able to improve and tolerate their current environment. In cases where irreconcilable differences are noted, area coordinators may recommend to the HOO that a move should be allowed. Please review the following frequently-asked questions before contacting the HOO.
If you are having a hard time with your current roommate or modmate, you should get in touch with your resident advisor (RA). RAs are trained to help residents resolve conflicts and find solutions to problems. They are happy to listen, and they are great at pointing you to the next step if what you are trying isn't working. If your initial efforts don't prove fruitful, you should make an appointment with your area coordinator to discuss the situation and enlist the coordinator's help. Area coordinators are also great listeners, and have many resources to help you create a better living environment.
When circumstances necessitate a move, and it is approved by the area coordinator, students will be given a new room assignment by the HOO, as space permits.
Though all decisions about who fills mod vacancies during the year will ultimately be made by the HOO, the current residents of mods may express their wishes in several ways, which will be taken into consideration by the HOO as much as administrative need permits. Mods are encouraged to list "alternates" (suggestions to the HOO of students they would like to live with), and to assign accurate housing designations to the mod in order to help the HOO make thoughtful placement decisions. Though we encourage mods to list these aspects right after they win the mod during the housing lottery, students may update these lists at any time by emailing the HOO and cc-ing all other modmates.
Residents wishing to switch rooms within a mod may do so pending approval from the HOO. A simple form is required, which can be picked up at the HOO or emailed to the mod upon request. Moving into an empty room additionally requires the approval from all modmates (confirmed by their signatures on the form). Room switches between the fall and spring semesters must be requested, approved, and completed before leaving for winter break. More information on deadlines and how to request a switch will be distributed via email and the daily digest closer to the date. These restrictions are placed due to the complicated nature of housing students who are returning from leave, field-study, and exchange for the spring semester, as well as accommodating the incoming class.
Residents should never move into a room without prior approval from the HOO. Keep in mind an empty room may not be available for use. Talk to your area coordinator about being approved to move, and follow the procedures as indicated. Non-urgent moves will be processed as space permits.
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