Date Approved

6-29-2017

Embargo Period

6-29-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MA Higher Education

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton R.

Second Advisor

Walpole, MaryBeth

Subject(s)

College students with disabilities--New Jersey; Student housing--Resident satisfaction

Disciplines

Higher Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore the challenges that students with disabilities face while living with a roommate. These were explored to determine the impact those challenges have on their experience living on campus. Students with disabilities come to college with a unique set of challenges from their disability and navigating living with a roommate can add to the difficulty of their collegiate experience. A survey was adapted from a study on living with a roommate and a study on the supports for college students with disabilities. This survey gathered information on the student's class year, their experience with a roommate, and their experience with residence life staff. From the data collected, it was concluded that students with disabilities have overall negative experiences with roommates and they do not feel supported by residence life staff.

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