Evolving dorm sleepover rules
Who knew some colleges still had dorm "visiting hours" for members of the opposite sex?
I wrote a story for Friday's newspaper about Howard University giving upperclassman in one residence hall 24-hour visitation hours. Everyone else has to continue escorting guests out of the dorms at midnight (or 2 a.m. on Friday or Saturday nights).
In researching visitation policies, I came across lots of interesting rules -- from paragraph-long ones to extensive page-long ones. Opposite sex vs. same sex. Overnight vs. cohabitation. Underclassmen vs. upperclassmen. Single-sex dorms vs. coed ones.
Another interesting campaign that I stumbled upon was at West Virginia University, where students hosted sit-ins at several dorms this spring to protest the lack of 24-hour visitation. One school did add the privilege to one upperclassman apartment-style hall last year, and a recent survey found that students overwhelmingly love the privilege, according to the student newspaper, The Daily Athenaeum.
What's the policy at your school? Is there a need for these policies? Let me know in the comments section.
| October 8, 2010; 1:25 PM ET
Categories: News Overload | Tags: Howard, University of West Virginia
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