Published: March 3, 2016
An email sent out from Bradley J. Troy, director of Residence Life, to University students on Thursday stated that overnight visitors must register with their host’s resident assistant in dorms, effective Feb. 25.
According to the email, guests must be accompanied by their hosts at all times. Hosts are held accountable for the conduct of their guests, and may be subject to punishment under the Student Code of Conduct. Guests are not permitted on Parade Day weekend, March 11-13.
Additionally, the email stated that policies disallowing overnight guests of the opposite sex will now be strictly enforced.
Sophomore Theresa Mazzuca said it will be a hassle when her boyfriend visits campus.
“My boyfriend does live locally but it would be a lot easier if he would be able to stay over and visit, rather than him having to drive home at one o’clock in the morning when visiting hours are over,” Mazzuca said.
Despite a portion of the student population holding negative views of the pre-existing policies, there are some students who praised the policies’ enforcement.
“I think it’s a good idea,” sophomore Erin Ciarrocca said. “I think it’s nice that they’re taking an extra step to protect our safety, and I don’t really see it as being a big inconvenience to have to tell our RA if you’re having a guest.”
Senior Cody Sacks said the policies being enforced could be beneficial for safety reasons.
“It could potentionally prevent some possible intruders from coming in,” Sacks said.
First-year student Ryan Corcoran holds a stronger opinion about these rules. He said they are discriminatory in practice.
“At the same time they’re kind of discriminating against straight people, because this doesn’t ban overnight guests that are the same sex,” Corcoran said. “Really they didn’t ban sexual relations on campus – overnight sex on campus – they really banned the possibility of that happening with a normal, heterosexual person.”
Troy said The University’s prior decision to ban overnight opposite sex visitors is not about sexual relationships, but rather from a bathroom and facilities perspective. He said it is University policy to segregate dorms by sex, and visitation policy should mirror that.
“The policy exists to create a respectable environment between roommates,” Troy said. “At the end of the day, having an intimate partner in a bedroom overnight is not necessarily a respectful relationship amongst roommates.”
The visitor registration form has a special block for students who wish to hold guests of the opposite sex. Hosts must find secondary hosts who are the same sex of their visitors. The secondary host must agree to house the primary host’s opposite sex visitor.
The University’s decision to ban overnight opposite sex visitors was centered around accountability and safety, Troy said.
“We decided at this point, at the University, that it is an appropriate time to start collecting this information and having it available,” Troy said.
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