BY SARAH MARSHO
The Visitation Policy at SNC has changed. There is no longer a restriction on how late students of the opposite gender can stay in the residence halls. In the past, guests had to leave at midnight on weeknights and at 2 a.m. on weekends.
However, there are still rules that apply to visits from students and non-students. For example, if students are hosting a non-SNC student, they are required to submit a Residence Hall Guest contract to the Hall Director at least 24 hours in advance or by 12 p.m. on Friday for weekend visits. Additionally, the guest may not stay more than three consecutive nights. The host must also make sure to have his or her roommate’s permission for the guest to stay. Alexandria Staskiewicz ‘16, a Sensenbrenner Hall Resident Assistant said, “Residents can expect much more free visiting times for their guests; the only restrictions are what you agree on with your roommate(s). All the RA’s ask is that you respect courtesy and quiet hours, that you fill out a guest form for non-SNC students staying overnight and above all, that you remember you are responsible for the behavior of your guests.”Students prompted the school’s big policy change.
“The RAs were actually the drivers of the change in policy in order to both enforce the safety of the residence hall communities as well as respect the social and academic needs of the residents. This was something the RAs have been working toward for a couple of years now, so we were all very excited to have this trial period approved,” said Kristen Nyholm, Sensenbrenner Hall Director.,Student reactions to the new policy are positive overall.
“It seems like the students are enjoying the new policy. My Sensenbrenner residents have been good about getting their guest forms in on time (usually before the 24-hour deadline) and we have about two to three guests in the hall each weekend,” said Nyholm.
Delilah Rezk ‘17, said, “I like the changes. Last year it felt really restricting, like we weren’t really being treated like adults. We’re already in college and responsible for ourselves and our actions.”
“I am looking forward to seeing how residents will handle this freedom with their guests. I am hopeful and optimistic about this change and I think it’s for the better,” said Staskiewicz.
Rezk also stated, “In my opinion, it’s a positive change. College is that transition period into adulthood for students Now, they don’t have to feel like they’re being monitored and watched by the RAs for curfew and guest violations.”Although students have more freedom, they must remember to honor the restrictions that are still in place. Students are still expected to respect all residents of their hall and honor the designated quiet hours.