Residential Life FAQs

How are residence halls staffed?

Each floor of our traditional halls is staffed with a resident advisor, who is responsible for individual floors. Area coordinators and resident directors are responsible for the overall administration of these halls. Resident advisor positions are filled by upperclass students who have been chosen because of their leadership ability. They receive special training in areas such as community building, conflict resolution, and crisis intervention.

How are roommates assigned?

All first year students who wish to live on campus in the fall are able indicate their housing preferences. This information aids in the process of matching first year students with potential roommates. New students are assigned to a residence hall after all orientation sessions have been completed. By mid-July, resident students will be notified of their room assignments and will receive names and home addresses of their roommates. Because of Assumption’s very wide range of on-campus housing options, over ninety-percent (90%) of Assumption College students live on-campus for all four years. After their first year, students are eligible to enter the housing lottery in order to secure housing.

How do I go about changing my room?

Room Change Policy - Students should be advised that each residential area has a different cost. Prior to making any room change it is the student’s responsibility to contact the Finance Office to see what the difference in price would be.

The Office of Residential Life recognizes that not all people are compatible and, at times, a room change may be the only solution. Students contemplating a room change should begin by discussing the situation with their roommate(s) and seeking the assistance of their HRA/RA, and/or RD/GA. The specifics of the room change policy are as follows:

  1. Every resident student signs a contract to occupy a room in a specific building or townhouse. That student is financially responsible for her/his assigned space for the duration of the contract.
  2. A room change is an amendment to this contract. A change of room requires the written approval of the RD or GA. All room changes must be initiated with the HRA/RA, RD or GA of the student’s assigned living area.
  3. Housing Freeze: during the first week of each semester, no student-initiated room changes are allowed.
  4. After the first week of the semester, residents may change their rooms providing space is available. To initiate such a change these students must contact their Resident Director or Graduate Assistant. S/he will assist them in completing the room change procedure and time line for moving.
  5. The College reserves the right to change room assignments at its discretion.
  6. Unauthorized room changes will result in a fine and/or disciplinary action.

What is your policy on alcohol?

In conformity with Massachusetts law, only students who have attained the age of (21) twenty-one are permitted the use of alcoholic beverages in their private residences, within approved residential areas and at officially authorized campus functions. Massachusetts’s law forbids the sale or serving of alcoholic beverages to persons under (21) twenty-one years of age. All students, faculty, administrators, and staff are expected to abide by such law. Illegal and/or unauthorized possession of alcoholic beverages in any form, intoxication, and possession of alcoholic beverage containers, whether empty or full, is considered grounds for disciplinary action under the College Conduct Code.

How to protect your personal property?

Always keep your room locked, but in the event something happens to your personal property (i.e., theft, fire, accidents), it is always better to be safe than sorry because the College does not assume that liability. Residential Life recommends you invest in renter insurance through Sallie Mae Insurance services. They provide a student personal property plan and can be found at www.collegerentersplan.com/assumption. You can also check with your family's home owner's insurance policy to see if you are covered in the event something happens.

What if I lose my room key?

Keys/Lock Change - The first day of occupancy on campus each resident student will be issued a building/room or townhouse key. Should students become locked out of their room, they can, after trying to find their roommate(s), call Public Safety/Campus Police, extension 7225, to open the door. Public Safety/Campus Police will assess a $10.00 fee.

In the event a student should lose a key, s/he must report it to the Office of Residential Life at extension 7505 or Building and Grounds at extension 7391. They will write up a work order for a lock change and determine all charges. The locksmith will change the lock and leave a notice on the door informing the residents of that room to report to the Residential Life Office to pick up their new keys; each occupant of that room must present her or his ID and will only be issued her or his key.

In the event that a student loses their building key, s/he must report it to the Office of Residential Life. A charge will be assessed and students will not be issued a key without proper identification.

How do I request a repair in the Residence Hall?

Reporting Maintenance Requests - Maintenance repairs in your room (i.e.: malfunction of a light, broken window, etc.) should be reported to Maintenance, extension 7391, to ensure a quick repair and potentially save you money. Youcan submit a building and grounds request with the Building and Grounds Department. They will determine its priority and should complete the repairs within 2-3 working days.

Repairs determined by the Office of Residential Life and Building & Grounds to be abnormal wear and tear will be considered an assessable charge to the student(s) who live within the room or townhouse. Billing for assessable damages will be done at the completion of the end of each academic semester and summarized on your Damage Assessment Statement. Certain serious damage may be assessed immediately.

What is provided for me in my Residence Room?

Per occupant, each room is equipped with one bed/bed frame, one desk and chair, and one wardrobe/dresser. In addition, the room is also equipped with window shades, towel racks, overhead lighting, and one phone jack. Each room has one cable TV port and enough Internet computer ports for one per person. Computer access from your room is ideal, however, there are computer rooms on campus for everyone’s use.

Who picks my roommate?

ll first year students who wish to live on campus in the fall are able indicate their housing preferences. This information aids in the process of matching first year students with potential roommates. New students are assigned to a residence hall after all orientation sessions have been completed. By mid-July, resident students will be notified of their room assignments and will receive names and home addresses of their roommates. Because of Assumption’s very wide range of on-campus housing options, over ninety-percent (90%) of Assumption College students live on-campus for all four years. After their first year, students are eligible to enter the housing lottery in order to secure housing.

What if my roommate and I don't see eye-to-eye?

Successfully sharing a room with another person requires communication and compromise. While most students live well together, there are times when changes may need to occur. We encourage you turn to your R.A. for assistance. They can serve as a neutral third party to help mediate a favorable compromise for all parties involved. Alternatively, Assumption College has a Peer Mediator group that can assist roommates in the same fashion. As a last resort the Resident Director of the area can assist a resident with a room change. However, a moving resident must do so voluntarily.

Who cleans my room?

Students are expected to clean their rooms. The Buidlings and Grounds Staff cleans all public areas (bathrooms, stairwells, hallway, and lounges).

Where can I do my laundry?

Each residence hall is equipped with washers and dryers located in the laundry rooms.

Do I need to have a meal plan?

All 1st year students are required to purchase a meal plan.

Which residence halls prohibit alcohol regardless of age?

Alumni, Desautels, Salisbury, Worcester,, Hanrahan, and Nault Halls are all dry halls.