Residence Rights and Responsibilities

The issue of rights and responsibilities is particularly important in Residence. Being placed in a House or, for that matter, in a room with a complete stranger can be a very difficult adjustment in some cases. The establishment of a residence community also involves the question of rights and responsibilities. Uppermost in your mind should be respect for, and responsibility to, the community and its members. You are offered a unique experience in Residence. Take advantage of it.

Residence Contract Information

Review the legalities, standards, and policies that are in the Residence Contract. Also know the procedures involved to making a room change & cancelling residence. This page will also contain our damage policy.

Community Standards

Learn what kind of sanctions are given for different types of unacceptable and offensive behaviour. This site also shows you how community standards are enforced and the procedures involved in handling a breach of community standards.

Your Rights

You have the right to:

  • a safe and secure residence environment
  • a reasonable peaceful and quiet place in which to study and sleep
  • reasonable privacy and the proportionate use of your room/living space, both in terms of space and time
  • choose your means of recreation and relaxation
  • have the assistance of your Resident Assistant (RA) and other Residence and University Staff when you require help
  • know what is OK and NOT OK in Residence

Your Responsibilities

You have the responsibility to:

  • respect the rights of others
  • keep your room/bedroom door and apartment doors locked, and to:
    • not give out your long distance authorization code
    • not prop doors open or let strangers in
  • keep your stereo and your voice at a reasonable volume, and to remind others that you expect the same from them
  • let your roommate(s) and others know of your wishes and preferences for hours of sleep, study and visitation
  • work through any disagreements you may have in a peaceful manner as established by the guidelines of both the Department of Residence and Conference Services
  • know and abide by the laws of Ontario and Canada, including those pertaining to alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs
  • notify a staff member of any problem(s) you experience in a timely manner, and to cooperate with him or her as he or she works with you to solve the issue(s)
  • read the information sent to you by the Department of Residence, especially your:
    • Residence Contract (which you sign) and,
    • the information posted on the Residence website