How are students assigned roommates freshman year?
Residence Life does honor roommate requests from students. Most students, however, don’t know anyone else in their entering class. We post a roommate questionnaire online for each entering student to complete during the late spring prior to the freshman year. Residence Life then attempts to match students based on the preferences they indicate in that questionnaire.
After their freshman year, students select roommates from any of the upper three classes.Once assigned to live in a residence hall, is a student guaranteed College accommodations for the entire four years?
All entering freshmen are guaranteed college housing but that same guarantee cannot be extended to upper level students. Because the demand for college housing by the sophomore, junior, and senior classes is ordinarily greater than the supply, a housing lottery is held to decide the order ofwho will get to choose housing. Some students will be "bumped" meaning that if everyone above them staysin the housing pool, they will not get on campus housing. More informationabout this process can be found by visiting the Residence Life site.
How can parents help their student develop a good relationship with his or her roommate? What happens if roommates can’t get along?
The College Residence Life staff gives students the following advice:
- Be willing to share your common ground. This doesn’t mean that everything should be considered common property. Discuss what is and what is not; have an understanding with your roommate rather than arriving at your own determination.
- Share the responsibility of determining your living conditions in your room. What are the accepted patterns of noise, cleanliness, etc.?
- Agree upon priorities in advance; most important among priorities should be ample provisions for study and rest.
- Recognize the needs of the other person.
- Examine your own habits before judging your roommate’s.
- Understand that there are two sides to every story.
If your student follows this advice and it still doesn’t lead to a good relationship, he or she should take this concern to a residence hall staff member. Ordinarily the staff member will discuss the situation with each student individually and then arrange a joint meeting to point out possible misunderstandings. If appropriate, we’ll suggest a compromise on a trial basis to determine whether or not the two can learn to live together. Should these efforts fail, we’ll refer the matter to Residence Life for a room switch. We’ll authorize a room switches if space is available on campus or if other students are willing to participate in a voluntary roommate exchange.
Does William & Mary provide special facilities and assistance to students with disabilities?
Special residence hall accommodations may be arranged for students with disabilities. For example, fire alarms with strobe-light warning signals may be installed for deaf students. Programs, counseling, and other services related to students with disabilities are also provided by the Office of Dean of Students. Students with diagnosed disabilities are also encouraged to contact the Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Disability Services regarding all programmatic access issues through accommodation. Additional information is available on their website.
What is the housing policy regarding early arrival on campus?
You can discuss requests for early arrival with Residence Life. But due to the hectic pact of the days prior to opening, the College is unable to honor requests for early accommodation unless extraordinary circumstances exist. If approved, a per-night charge will be assessed, payable in advance.