Room Change

Room Changes during COVID-19:

When a student moves from one building to another, during this pandemic, there is risk.  Risk the student is a-symptomatic and could spread the virus in yet another building, or be exposed to it upon moving to the new facility.

In an effort to promote the health and well-being of our residents while remaining in alignment with university, local, and state guidelines for reopening higher education institutions for in-person classes, Housing and Residence Life will limit the number of room changes allowed for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The State of Washington has declared that residents living with each other in the same room and on the same floor are considered part of a “family unit.” Should students wish to move, they will be asked to meet virtually with their Residence Directors to explain why they are seeking a change. Residence Directors will explore all housing options with petitioning students prior to approving a move.

In the instance of roommate conflict, students will be asked to have a conversation with their roommate to review and revise their roommate agreement. If that does not resolve the concern, the Resident Assistant will conduct a mediation session between the conflicting students. If that does not resolve the situation, the Residence Director will meet with the students to facilitate a dialogue about the situation and may outline appropriate behaviors for the students in an effort to mitigate any concerns.

Only after students have completed these steps will the Residence Director determine whether a student may relocate to another room on campus.

Room Change Procedure:

  • The room change process is designed to allow students some control over their living situation. The first priority in all living situations, however, is to work with students to affect change in their current room and community. Room changes are time consuming for everyone and should be a last option. Any room change impacts many people, including the community of the hall from which the person is leaving and the community the person is joining.
  • Room changes are limited to certain periods each semester. They may be initiated at or after the following periods of the semester:
  • If your roommate moves out, expect another roommate to be assigned by the Housing Office at some point during the academic year.  We have international students arriving mid semester, every semester.  In addition, other continuing GU students are also looking to move to vacancies.  Your responsibility is to keep the vacant side of your room clear and ready for occupancy, including closet, drawers, desk, and bed.  You will be charged a fee for the labor of moving your belongings to your side of the room if you have not already done so and a new incoming student checks in.