Universities granting roomate change requests on the basis of race, religion, or sexual preference?? The majority opinion seems to be that it facilitates discrimination, and that it's important for students to learn to live with different types of people. This is why 99% of universities don't do it, and as an alternative, residence hall faculty will try to get the two students to "work out their differences". I completely disagree with this. If a student doesn't want to live with someone that is of another race or sexual orientation, why should they be forced to stay in a situation that they don't want to be in. It makes it extremely difficult for the other peson too, knowing that their roomate is racist or homophobic. I have a friend who is Chinese, and her freshman year she got stuck with someone who was openly racist and would constantly harass her with ethnic slurs. Campus housing wouldn't honor a room change request because it wasnt considered a serious problem! In the real world, we all have a choice as to who we live with. It baffles me that schools expect everyone to get along like this is some sort of Utopia. Are these schools waiting until someone reports a hate crime commited against them by their roomate? They could easily prevent a lot of problems by just letting people live with who they are comfortable with. I understand it makes the school look like it's condoning discrimination, but they need to put their students' safety and well being first.