Roommate conflicts are natural and healthy. Living in the residence halls at any university is learning to live with a roommate. This experience will help your student to learn essential skills like communication and boundary setting. We have systems in place to address roommate concerns. You can help this process by challenging your student to actively work through the issues, instead of avoiding them or looking for easy answers. Changing roommates is often not the best solution, so helping your student seek alternative solutions, will enhance the learning that can come from this experience. There is a Community Assistant (CA) on each floor, that has been trained to handle roommate issues. The CA or your student can also ask for assistance from the Hall Director or Community Director when necessary.
Even if your student has chosen his or her roommate, and especially if he or she hasn’t, help get them in contact early and often. The more the students communicate BEFORE Move-In, the less like strangers they’ll seem when the day arrives.
- Important topics to cover during the summer are sleep, study and social habits - are they compatible and, if not, what kind of compromise will be made?
- Roommates need to know each other’s expectations and limitations regarding personal belongings such as clothing, electronic equipment and use of items in the room while one or the other is away.
- Roommates need to be clear on the behavior expected of each other’s guests and how to express concerns to each other.
- Most importantly for now, roommates need to figure out who is bringing what for the room - absolutely nobody wants to move heavy electronic equipment or a piece of furniture only to cart it back home!
Roommate Agreement Workbook
Discussing expectations and conflict is easier before you are in the heat of an argument. We encourage students to use the Roommate Workbook to discuss conflict and solutions befor they occur.
Additional Help and Support
Most roommate conflicts are able to be resolved with a little hard work and compromise. Some conflicts require more support and alternate solutions. Encourage your student to take advantage of the many support mechanisms in place at Campus Village to address conflict. The Resident Advisor is a upper-division student who lives on the floor and has had in depth training on helping students work through conflict. The Residence Life Coordinator and Community Manager are also available to help work through conflict and find compromises and solutions. Changing rooms is rarely the first option and is often challenging when the building is at full capacity.
Many parents and students come to CU Denver with preconceived notions of campus conduct, university regulations, and the law. These preconceived notions are often based on media accounts, someone's memories, and assumptions. But every university has to abide by federal regulations; must respect the particular laws of its home state and municipal venue; and has its own traditions, regulations, and institutional integrity. If parents know more about institutional and legal expectations, they can reinforce the positive teachings of CU Denver and help their students avoid complications. Rules and regulations are designed to protect the rights of students and encourage individual and community responsibility. They exist for the following reasons:
- To support the requirements of local, state, or federal laws
- To provide for the health, safety, and security needs of residents
- To allow students the opportunity to sleep, study, and pursue their academic endeavors without undue interference from disruptive community members.
- To learn about the community standards at CU Denver please consult the Code of Student Conduct at the Office of Community Standards and Wellness web page. You can also learn more about the process that the university uses when there are alleged violations of this code.
Expectations Around Alcohol
Talk with your student about alcohol. While parents may not be able to actively monitor students away from home, they can be available to talk and listen, and that is just as important. It can do more than help shape lives, it can save lives.
- Set clear and realistic expectations regarding academic performance. Studies conducted nationally have demonstrated that partying may contribute as much to a student's decline in grades as the difficulty of his or her academic work.
- Stress to students that alcohol is toxic and excessive consumption can fatally poison. This is not a scare tactic. The fact is students die every year from alcohol poisoning. they see someone putting their life at risk through participation in dangerous drinking.
- Tell students to intervene when classmates are in trouble with alcohol. Nothing is more tragic than an unconscious student being left to die while others either fail to recognize that the student is in jeopardy or fail to call for help due to fear of getting the student in trouble.
- Tell students to stand up for their right to a safe academic environment. Students who do not drink can be affected by the behavior of those who do, ranging from interrupted study time to assault or unwanted sexual advances.
- Know the alcohol scene on campus and talk to students about it. Students grossly exaggerate the use of alcohol and other drugs by their peers. A recent survey found that University of Oregon students believed 96 percent of their peers drink alcohol at least once a week, when the actual rate was 52 percent. norm. Confronting misperceptions about alcohol use is vital.
- Avoid tales of drinking exploits from your own college years. Entertaining students with stories of drinking back in "the good old days" normalizes what, even then, was abnormal behavior. It also appears to give parental approval to dangerous alcohol consumption.
- Encourage your student to volunteer in community work. In addition to structuring free time, volunteerism provides students with opportunities to develop job-related skills and to gain valuable experience.
- Make it clear – Underage alcohol consumption and alcohol-impaired driving are against the law. Parents should make it clear that they do not condone breaking the law.
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Health and Wellness
While sending your student to college can be wonderfully exciting, it can also be very stressful. Besides the obvious emotions that come with your student leaving home for the first time, you will continue to worry about all facets of your student's health and well being. Is he eating right? Did she get sick? Is he getting enough sleep, studying enough, managing time well, meeting new friends...and it goes on and on. And sometimes you may even worry about more serious health and wellness issues like dangerous binge drinking, drug use, and other destructive behaviors.
The frustrating part of all this for most parents is that you cannot be there every minute to guide your student and help them make wise decisions.
CU Denver Peer Educators
CU Denver's Office of Community Standards and Wellness proudly hosts the CU Denver Peer Educators. Comprised of undergraduate student employees and interns, they present over 30 programs per academic year and reach over 1000 CU Denver Students each year.
CU Denver Peer Educators Mission Statement
The CU Denver Peer Educators strive to provide inclusive, non-judgemental wellness education to the CU Denver Community. We advocate healthy lifestyle choices, personal safety, and general well-being through a harm reduction model. We focus on the following aspects of wellness: emotional/mental, physical, social, sexual, and spiritual.
We are currently hiring new Peer Educators. For more information, see our website by clicking here.
Student Health 101 and Student Health 101 for Parents
As part of the Office of Community Standards and Wellness' holistic Wellness Program we have partnered with Student Health 101™, the health publication designed specifically for college students and their parents.
Student Health 101™ is a health publication designed to help college students and their parents become aware of the unique opportunities and threats that exist in college life. The monthly newsletter is written and presented in a way that students appreciate. In fact, students are a major contributor to the content of each issue, providing shared experiences and insights on the views and perceptions of students all over the country.
See the current student issue at: http://readsh101.com/cudenver.html
See the current parent issue at: http://readsh101.com/cudenver-pp.html
Parents appreciate Student Health 101™ because it allows them to tune into college life, alleviating one of the major causes of parent stress - not knowing what is really happening.
"The information in Student Health 101™ allows me to engage my son in conversations I would not normally initiate if I did not receive the monthly newsletters. I can't tell you how many times I have talked to my son about an article in Student Health 101™. Each time, I leave the conversation grateful that we had the discussion and grateful that we have a resource like Student Health 101™." Melinda Sanchez, Palo Alto, CA
Every Campus Village Resident will receive Student Health each month at no cost. Parents also have the option to receive the newsletter and parents guide each month. We just ask that you contact and let us know that you would like to receive a subscription. When you sign up to for Student Health 101:
- Ten monthly issues of Student Health 101™ Newsletter delivered during the school year via e-mail.
- Student Health 101 Annual General Health Guide™ the one book every student should have, delivered to your student by mail.
- The Parent Perspective™, an easy-to-read newsletter delivered to you by e-mail that summarizes the work we're doing on behalf of your student. It's uniquely designed to speak to the parent's point of view.
- Online access to our reference website for up-to-the-minute resources for you and your student.
- Weekly health tips from the Student Health 101™ archive for you and your student.
- Access to Special Reports - including subjects like hazing, the scoop regarding online social networking sites like facebook and MySpace, binge drinking and more.
Again, we encourage you to take advantage of this free resource and to use it to with your student. To sign up for a subscription just complete and submit the Student Health 101 subscription form to start receiving your copy.