Residential Living

Traditional Residence Halls – traditional residence halls offer a wonderful environment in which students can learn about the campus, get to know many other students, and share the residential living experience with their peers.  Traditional residence halls consist primarily of double and triple rooms, with a limited number of singles and quads, and most students living in traditional residence halls will make use of shared, common bathrooms (that are specifically designated for either males or females ).  Most first-year students will be assigned to traditional residence halls.  

Contemporary Residence Halls – contemporary residence halls consist of quads, made up of two double rooms connected by a bathroom shared by the four residents.

Suite-Style Residence Hall – suite-style residence halls consist of two or four bedrooms, along with a common living area, a small kitchenette, and one or two bathrooms.

Change of Residence Room

Definition of Residency

Housing Options

Housing During Break Periods

Policies and Procedures

Room Occupancy

Room Selection for Returning Students

Roommate Relationship

Sharing a room with one or more other students in a residential building can be a valuable learning experience regarding interpersonal communication and cooperation, and it can also be the basis upon which life-long friendships may be established.

New students have the opportunity to request specific roommates and share personal preferences for roommate matching when they complete their on-line Housing Application; returning students have the opportunity to choose their roommates during the on-line Room Selection process in the spring.  

Making the roommate relationship a successful one requires all parties to be considerate and respectful of the belongings, preferences, and privacy of the individuals. At the beginning of each academic year, the Residential Life staff members encourage roommates to complete a "roommate contract" as a means of learning more about each person's likes, dislikes, and personal styles.  

As the academic year progresses, should two or more roommates encounter some difficulty navigating the roommate relationship, the Resident Assistants and Area Coordinators are available to assist in mediation and conflict resolution.  A last resort, when feasible, is a change in room assignment (see section entitled, "Change of Residence Room").

Resident students are expected to respect the privacy rights of their roommate(s), including the use of their belongings; they are also expected to understand that their roommate(s)' rights to privacy supersede their own opportunity to entertain visitors and guests in the room.  Students who demonstrate through their behaviors that they do not respect the rights of their roommates may jeopardize their housing privileges and/or may be referred to the College's Conduct System.   

At times in the academic year, vacancies may occur in a residential room.  Whenever possible, the Office of Residential Life will attempt to give the roommate(s) who continue to reside in the room the opportunity to find another roommate to fill the vacancy.  When this occurs, students will be given clear time limits during which they can identify a new roommate.  If a new roommate cannot be identified, or if the allotted time frame established by Residential Life passes without the identification of a new roommate, the current resident(s) must accept a new roommate if someone is assigned to the room by Residential Life.  Failure to do so, which includes the demonstration of behaviors that are purposefully "unwelcoming", will put the housing privileges of the current resident(s) in jeopardy.

Lasell reserves the right to make changes in room assignments as deemed necessary, and to consolidate vacancies in order to best utilize facilities.

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