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Committee Reports Room Application Policy

rOR'S NOTE: Following is the
te text of the report by the
louse Council Integration com-
as approved at last night's

s committee was formed to
the policy of roommate as-
tent in the residence halls,
emphasis on the considera-
pf race, religion, and nation-
Instead of limiting attention
to, these considerations, a
er picture, of the residence
was viewed. There appeared
no natural division between

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pointed out that most girls are
'vekry explicit" in listing roommate
preferences, anyway.
Some significant figures from
the survey conducted by the Dean
>f Men's Office on roommate
placement include:
1) There were 394 Jewish stu-
dents In the men's residence halls
;his fall, 132 of these were re-
applicants. Of the reapplicants,
5 were assigned with Jewish
.oommates, 33 by request.
Of the 262 new Jewish residents,
98 were assigned with Jewish
poommates, but only 59 by request.
)f the 39 assigned with non-
rewish roommates, only seven re-
luested this. The rest were placed
_i single rooms.
Two Students Integrate
2) There are 35 Negro students
n the men's residence halls, 11
4ere reapplicants from last year.
ive of these were assigned with
tegro roommates, three by prefer-
'nae. Four were in single rooms
1nd two, by request, were placed
iith non-Negroes.
Of the 24 new Negro students,
6 were placed with Negro room-
nates, but only eight by expressed
>reference. Five lived with non-
gegro roommates and three were
n single* rooms, all by request.
3) There are 87 students classi-
led as "other nationality or race."
Porty-three of these were reap--
'licants. Eight of the latter were
laced with roommates of similar
latftiality or_ race, seven by re-
uest. Nineteen were placed in
Ingle rooms and 16 were assigned
rith American roommates, eight
f the latter by request.
Of the 44 new students, seven
rere placed with "non - Amer-
an" roommates, five by request.
'wenty - one were placed with
inerican roommates, 6 by re-
uest, Ind 16 were placed in single
Doms by request.
Fulfill Requests
Commenting on the survey re-
ort ta en by the Dean of Wom-
r's office, Assistant Dean of
Tomen Elsie Fuller declared that
Wherever the applicant indicates
preference for someone of an-
ther race, we go to unusual ex-
Memes to see that this request is
She stressed, however, that other
ictors of compatibility are taken
to consideration before place-
tent is made so as to insure a suc-
ssful living experience for the
dMake Specific Requests
Significant findings in the Dean
rWomen's survey include:
1) 36.8% of incoming freshman
omen requested a roommate of
specific religious preference. 54%
the incoming group were ac-
ally placed with roommates of
ce religious preference. Of trans-
,r students, 20% requested a
Ommate of specific religious
eference. The closest comparison
at the survey drew between re-
est and results was that 57%
the non-single rooms inwhich
*%of the transfer students were
aced were occupied by room-
ates of like religious preference.
A total of 886 rooms housed one
more reapplicants. In 161 of
ese rooms a transfer student
is housed with a returnee. It is
ese rooms which represent the
un-singles rooms in which trans-
rs were placed, as mentioned
ove. Two hundred ninty-seven
applicants requested and re-
ived single rooms. In the re-
ining 485 rooms reapplicants
re living together by request.
!these, 307 housed girls of simi-
Room With Whites
2): Thirty - one non - Caucasian
lshman and transfer women en-
red the dormitories in the fall,
Negroes and 13 Asian. Ten
groes were placed with other
mbers of their race and eight

re assigned to rooms with white
Is. All of the orientals were
tced with white roommates,wex-
t one, who was given a single

the problem of preference of race,
religion and nationality and other
kinds of preferences. To do a thor-
ough study of the objectives of
the residence halls is a colossal
task, better suited to the Michi-
gan House Plan Re-evaluation
Committee. However, there are
some objectives that are quite
well agreed upon. These can be
divided into two parts: 1) the
objectives in relationship to the
rest of the University, and 2)
those intrinsic )to the residence
halls themselves. The first con-
cerns providing the student a
place to sleep and eat, a desk
and a light to study by, a place
to meet faculty and other stu-
dents on an informal basis, and
so. forth. The second concerns.
the social aspect of the residence
hall - learning to live together'
with all kinds of people; for many
students, making the transition
from the family situation to one
where he is on his own, etc.
It seems obvious that the con-
siderations in the selection of
roommates should be those which
tend to maximize the attainment'
of the objectives. At the same
time it must be remembered that
the part played by the roommate
is a small part of the entire resi-
dence hall picture. Having the
perfect method of roommate as-
signment does not make the per-
fect residence hall; neither does
a not-so-perfect policy make it
a total loss.
The present roommate assign-
rnent policy has not been clearly
formulated. There is no definite
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found several opinions and prac-
tices to be characteristic. Among
these considerations are maximiz-
ing the educational exchange be-
tween roommates, creating a sit-
uation in which the student can
study without being bothered,
helping him in his adjustment
from the home environment, and
minimizing the number of con-
flicts he has to face.
The committee did not ques-
tion the merit of some of these,
however, the effectiveness of the
present mechanics in obtaining
these goals is doubtful. The com-
mittee also questions the value of
the University taking the parent
role, "knowing" what is best for
the student, and trying to mold
and manufacture an "All-Amer-
ican" type of citizen. Wherefore,
the two immediate problems as
this committee sees them are: 1)
the question of the relative values
of social adjustment vs. educa-
tion, and 2) the question .of the
validity of the present methods of
predicting and promoting social
adjustment and education.
1. If in fact the University. is
interested , and strongly believes
that the present policy (or lack
of policy) and mechanics of se-
lecting roommates does predict
and aid education and adjust-
ment, then in the face of much
sociological and psychological evi-
dence and a greater amount of
feeling that the present policy is
not effective in doing this, the
University can no longer put off
testing the effectiveness of the
present application. That is, the
University should list what it
means by adjustment (compatibil-
ity, happiness, good study habits,
etc.) and authorize an independ-
ent study to find if the present
application is useful in predicting
such things. (Such a test should
have a definite time limit and the
data should be made public.)
The committee feels that the
application as a predicting tool is

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in too many cases worthless. The
general picture, the rules of
thumb and intuition that the
housemothers use are of more
value to the housemothers and
administration in making them
feel that they are spreading good
will and keeping everyone happy
(including the parents) than they
are to the students.
Instead of trying to predict and
manage adjustment before the
student arrives, we felt that the
University should concentrate
more on helping the student come
to terms with the situation as he
finds it.
3. Therefore, until the Univer-
sity becomes more certain of the
objectives of the Residence Halls
and of the usefulness of the pres-
ent application, the following is
the type of application blank we
Since the material on the ap-
plication blank has three main
purposes (identification, infor-
mation to be used in counseling,
and information' to be used in
the selection of rooms and room-
mates), we recommend that the
application be divided and labeled
as follows:
Part I. This has to be complet-
ed before contract can be writ-
We suggest that only informa-
tion essential for initial identifi-
cation, eligibility for staying in
the residence halls (physical han-
dicaps, .fraternity .membership,

etc.) and type of room preferred
be contained in this part of the
Part II. This part of the appli-
cation will be used principally
for counselling purposes and
need not be completed until you
arrive at the University.
(Information used principally
for counseling purposes is of that
kind which appears on pages 2
and 3 of the present application-
pictures religious preference, etc.)
Part III. This part of the appli-
cation will be used principally
for the selection of roommates.
"Students at the University of
Michigan differ widely in respect
to habits, preferences, and per-
sonal backgrounds. Your room-
mate may be the same or may dif-
fer from you with respect to age,
race, religion, nationality, smok-
ing habits, musical interests, hob-
bies, vocational interests, person-
ality traits, sleeping with the win-
dows open or shut, etc.
"Generally, entering residents
are assigned to rooms randomly;
however, where strong preferences
are indicated and where other ap-
plicants have supplied the neces-
sary information, they will be re-
spected insofar as administrative-
ly feasible.
"If you have any strong prefer-
ences, please list them and your
reasons for them. (If you have a
roommate preference, please in-
dicate his full name and present'

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