All housing processes consider the following guiding principles: communication, equity, class year and representation, and special needs. First-year students are assigned roommates based on information they supply on the Room Assignment Form. Returning students participate in a housing lottery.
Students are assigned housing for the academic year. If a student would like to change rooms, there are three ways to do so: Room Swapping and Room Change Request. Again, our housing process is guided by the principle of communication. All students are asked to communicate with their roommate and attempt to reasonably resolve the conflict before a move is considered.
If for some reason these solutions are not possible or do not meet with the needs of the student, the student should first try to have their Community Advisor or Senior Community Advisor help mediate. Usually these situations can be resolved by having a student staff member mediate a conversation between roommate pairs or triples. If this does not resolve the situation, the student should make an appointment to talk with the area Assistant Director of Residential Life to talk about other options.
Language Fellow Program
Ham Hall houses a language fellow on each floor. Language fellows facilitate language tables in Ham throughout the academic year. These include Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish conversations at dinner tables each week. Ham Hall also hosts several international dinners each semester.