First-year students are expected to remain in their assigned housing for the entire academic year. It is recognized that problems can arise between students living in close quarters. The College believes that working these problems out, or making every effort to do so, is part of a Haverford education. Customs People act as resources to assist students in working out their problems. Room changes are made only as a last resort (and if spaces are available elsewhere) and only after every effort has been made to work things out utilizing the procedures for handling roommate or similar conflicts. The procedures can be obtained from the Customs People, the Dean of First-Year Students or from the Office of Residential Life. The College realizes that there are times when differences are so deep and unyielding that a workable living arrangement is simply not possible. When that has clearly been determined, students may meet with the Director of Residential Life to discuss options and make arrangements to switch rooms if another, more satisfactory, space is available. If a room change is arranged, the student is responsible for making arrangements to move and return the old room key by the date agreed upon by the Director of Residential Life and Facilities Management or the lock will be changed and a lock-change charge levied.
Upper-class students may request a room change during a semester by contacting the Director of Residential Life or may enter the Mid-Year Room Draw to change rooms between semesters. If a room change is arranged, the student is responsible for making arrangements to move and return the old room key by the date agreed upon by the Director of Residential Life and Facilities Management or the lock will be changed and a lock-change charge levied. Students changing rooms between semesters are required to complete their move before the residence halls close at the end of Semester I.