Resident's Rights and Responsibilities

(found on Page 5 of the 2010-2011 Student Handbook) It has been included here for your convenience. The following is a listing of your "rights" - what you are entitled to as a student living in one of St. Lawrence's residences and your "responsibilities" - in other words, what is expected of you as a member of a residential college.

  • YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to a reasonably peaceful and quiet space in which you can sleep and study.
  • YOU HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY to observe quiet hours, keep your music and your voice at a reasonable volume in the residences, and to remind others that you expect the same of them.
  • YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to confront other's behavior that infringes on your rights.
  • YOU HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY to examine your own behavior when confronted by another and work toward resolving conflicts.
  • YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to a safe and secure residential space.
  • YOU HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY to keep your room door and residence doors locked, not tamper with or prop door open or admit strangers, and not reveal your room combination to anyone.
  • YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to privacy and the proportionate use of your room both in terms of space and time, and the right to be free of unwanted guests in your room.
  • YOU HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY to let your roommate know of your wishes and preferences for hours or sleep, study and visitation, and to work through any differences you may have in a peaceful manner, within the guidelines established in the Student Handbook.
  • YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to be respected as an individual.
  • YOU HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY to act respectfully towards members of the college community, which means not participating in behaviors that are harassing, intimidating, demeaning, violent, abusive, or without consent.
  • YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to public space that is safe, clean, comfortable, and welcoming. Public space includes lounges, hallways, seminar rooms, and bathrooms.
  • YOU HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY to use public space so that other members of the community find it to be safe, clean, comfortable, furnished and welcoming.
  • YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to offer your opinions and suggestions and to participate in dialogue about community issues.
  • YOU HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY to participate in dialogue that impacts the health of the community, and to offer your opinions and suggestions in a way that is respectful of the rights of others.
  • YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to the assistance of your CA, RC or other RLC or University staff when you need assistance.
  • YOU HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY to notify a staff person of your problem in a timely manner and to cooperate with them as they assist you.
  • YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to choose your means of recreation and relaxation;
  • YOU HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY to know and abide by the St. Lawrence University Student Handbook and the laws of the State of New York, including those that pertain to alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs.
  • YOU HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY to follow the rules and regulations established to support the educational purposes of the University and to sustain a safe and comfortable living environment in the residence halls.
  • YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to know what behavior is acceptable and unacceptable in residences.
  • YOU HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY to read the information provided for you by St. Lawrence University including the Student Handbook, the Safety and Security Department, the First-Year Program and RLC, and especially your housing agreement.