Roommate Rights, Responsibilities, Respect for Community and Mediation

At Columbia Residential, we are committed to fostering a Living and Learning environment for our residents. In accordance with Columbia University's Diversity Mission Statement, we strive to promote an inclusive community to realize the diverse ideas, beliefs, and identities among our residents in housing and beyond. We encourage our residents in shared living spaces to engage in this enriching communal experience by engaging in thoughtful and open communication about differences in lifestyle. Doing so will undoubtedly enhance the quality of your housing experience at Columbia Residential.

Resident expectations for shared units:

  • Equal access to the common areas and storage space of the apartment or suite. Common areas are not for exclusive use. 
  • Cleanliness. Private rooms and common areas must be kept clean, neat, and uncluttered. This means that units are void of spillage, grime, mold, and unpleasant odors.
  • Privacy and personal space. Residents should not enter their roommate’s/suitemate’s private room without their permission.
  • An environment free from harassment. Residents should treat each other with consideration and kindness.
  • Speak openly and respectfully to address problems and/or concerns in a mature manner. It is expected that residents engage in dialogue to respectfully communicate their personal preferences and participate in resolution should roommate conflicts arise.

Residents experiencing roommate conflicts are encouraged to communicate in a calm and clear manner to address their concerns. Aim to discuss personal habits, expectations and schedules, cleaning, purchasing common supplies, guest procedures, etc., early on. Misunderstandings create stress and conflict, and communication is the first step at resolving such issues.

Residents who need assistance or advice on addressing community standards are encouraged to reach out to Columbia Residential to discuss options for mediation, the goal of which would be to directly address issues in a neutral environment and find a middle ground. 

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