Communication between roommates is key to their having a successful and enjoyable year living together.  As we know, every resident is different and brings something unique to their roommate relationship.  Sometimes the differences can clash and create conflict in the room.  It is important that residents talk with their roommate and establish clear expectations for each other and how their room will be utilized during the academic year.  One way to ensure this communication happens is for them to fill out a roommate agreement.  The form can be found on the Living with a Roommate page on the Residence Life website.  RAs should encourage all residents to fill out an agreement.  When the residents have finished, the RA should go over the form with the residents and after everyone signs off approving the agreement, the RA should make a copy for the residents and keep the original just in case there is a need to go back and revisit the agreement at a later date.