Every Resident at Salem State is Entitled To:
- A safe and clean living environment
- Security for one’s self and possessions within one’s room or apartment, and within the building
- Respect from roommates, other residents and guests visiting the building
- Freedom from physical and emotional intimidation
- Personal privacy
- Undisturbed time to read and study within one’s room
- Sufficient sleeping time, with minimal disruption
- The ability to have guests in one’s room, or apartment, and building with roommate approval and guests’ willingness to follow residence life and university policies
- Assistance from the residence life staff in resolving conflicts
Roommate and Apartment Agreements
In order to avoid conflict, it is extremely important that you and your roommate(s) or apartment-mates work with your resident assistant to complete a roommate or apartment agreement. These agreements are an opportunity to talk about how you will share your space and belongings, and how you will deal with issues when they come up. It is important to understand that even after agreeing on certain things, disagreements can and will occur. We encourage you to talk things over with your roommate(s) before tensions escalate. There will be times when compromise is necessary and good communication is the key to resolution. Your resident assistant and resident director will be happy to help you with advice.
Please note that because of space availability, it is often challenging, and sometimes impossible, to grant room changes. Therefore, residence life fully expects residents to work together to remedy a roommate conflict before a room change request is made.
After completing roommate and apartment-mate agreements, all resident students participate in the community agreement process.
After classes begin, your resident assistant will provide you with materials to help you begin thinking about what it means to live as a part of a floor/entryway community. What sort of expectations do you have of your neighbors? How will you keep your floor/entryway clean and damage free? How will you address issues such as noise and cleanliness? This is a great opportunity for you and your fellow students to begin setting the tone for your community, and establishing a set of guidelines for everyone to follow.
Watch for more details regarding the time and location of your community agreement meeting at the end of September!
Residence life offers a number of options for students interested in a unique on-campus living experience. If you are interested in any of the housing choices outlined below, please contact either your resident director or Kelly Bowes, assistant director of residence life, housing operations, at 978.542.6513.
First Year Experience (FYE) Program
The Salem State University First Year Experience program begins with an expanded “first day” program at the beginning of the fall semester to help students adjust to the Salem State community. Throughout the year, it offers an expanded array of programs and activities, and places an emphasis on academic success through increased staffing, the addition of academic mentors in Bowditch, Marsh, Peabody, and Viking Halls and opportunities to connect with students, faculty and staff at various levels of the university.
Substance-Free Housing/ 21+ Housing
All residential areas on campus are substance free, with the exception of Bates Complex. Alcohol is permitted in student rooms and apartment by residents and guests who are 21 years of age, or older. Salem State’s alcohol policy, outlined later in the guide, is strictly enforced across campus.
Salem State’s entire campus, including all residential areas, apartments and common areas, are tobacco free.
Gender Inclusive Housing
Residence Life at Salem State is committed to providing an inclusive, comfortable environment for all of our students. As part of this commitment, we offer gender inclusive housing options on campus. Students living in gender inclusive housing can select or be assigned roommates regardless of gender or sex. Students interested in gender inclusive housing should select that option on their housing application and Residence Life will connect with them.
Scholars in Residence
Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher—or who are members of the Commonwealth Honors program with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher—are eligible to participate in the scholars-in- residence program. The scholars-in-residence community fosters and supports academic excellence, provides participants with an opportunity to take part in academic programming and allows students to develop a sense of community among academically advanced students that extends beyond the classroom.
The coordinator of the honors program selects the scholars- in-residence, works closely with the resident assistant to plan programs and manages issues related to housing.