code of community responsibility

Noise/Quiet Hours

Residents have a fundamental right to study, rest, and have a degree of uninterrupted privacy within each room. Therefore, it is the responsibility of each resident to maintain an atmosphere that is considerate of others and conducive to learning. While minimum quiet hours are established by the college for each residence hall, courtesy and consideration are expected of all residents and guests at all times (see also Guests). It is every student's responsibility to maintain a level of quiet acceptable to all students in each hall, and individuals are encouraged to think about the imposition their activities may put on others.

College Standards

Sunday-Thursday, 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 1:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Because of internship, clinical, and other commitments, these hours are the same for evenings prior to days when classes are not held.

  • Noise must not disturb students in adjacent rooms, and headphones/earbuds are strongly encouraged for those who choose to listen to music beyond the stated level.

  • Stereos, TVs, radios, etc., may not be played so as to be disruptive to any room occupant.

  • Hall lounges, the Ware Campus Center, and The Lodge should be used during quiet hours to socialize so that your activities do not disturb others.

  • Twenty-four hour quiet hours are in effect at all times during finals periods and reading days with regular hours the night before the first reading day. For violation of quiet hours during finals, students may be asked to leave the hall immediately.

Courtesy/Consideration/Communication

Students are expected to respect the rights of other students, and individuals bothered by noise are expected to take the initiative to communicate with noisy fellow residents just as noisy residents are expected to respond with courtesy. Students should curtail at all times social or recreational activities that infringe on others' rights without being asked. Residential Education staff should be consulted for support if person-to-person communication efforts encounter difficulty.

Inter-Residence Hall Noise

The use of radios and stereos is permitted in student rooms, but situated so the sound is not directed out open windows. All other sounds must be at a level non-disruptive to classes, individuals, and/or other halls.


Policy reviewed in the spring of 2008 by Student Government Association and revised July 2013 by the associate dean of students and director of citizenship education.

Rationale
  • Humans are social creatures and the desire to interact with others is not merely a desire but a need.

  • Primarily our college is an academic environment and the rights of students to sleep, study, and have solitude take precedence over another student's right to socialize and relax with music or other devices.

  • The policy above attempts to balance these two interests fairly.

Values
  • Excellence
  • Interconnectedness
  • Respect
  • Stewardship