Time periods have been designated in residence halls as courtesy hours and quiet hours to promote an environment conducive to living and learning. The university is committed to providing students with housing in which they may grow and develop both personally and academically. To achieve this environment, quiet hours must be established and maintained. The following guidelines have been established to promote an atmosphere conducive to studying.
- Students are required to consider the needs of others at all times and to govern the noise level from their room. Courtesy hours are in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This means that any noise or behavior that distracts a resident from sleeping or studying must cease at the request of another resident or staff member.
- All residence halls will have quiet hours and these hours will be posted throughout the hall.
- The residents of each hall can vote to increase their quiet hours by a two-thirds vote of the Community Activities Board. This matter will be one of the first orders of business for the new Community Activities Boards at the beginning of the academic year. Quiet hours may not be decreased.
- Prior to the adoption of quiet hours for a new academic year, quiet hours are 11:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. on weekdays starting on Sunday and 2:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on weekends. Quiet hours will begin on the first evening that residence halls are open.
- Starting at 11:00 p.m. the Friday before finals, quiet hours are in effect 24 hours a day until the end of examinations. Hall staff members in each area may designate a stress-relief hour (9:00-10:00 p.m. each day) when the quiet hours are not enforced; courtesy hours remain in effect.
- Radios, stereos, musical instruments and sound amplification equipment may be used by students as long as the use of the equipment does not disturb other residents, faculty members or neighbors. Sound equipment or musical instruments may be restricted from a room or confiscated if they are the cause of continuous complaints or disruption. The placement of speakers in room or suite windows is prohibited.
- If students are bothered by noise in their hall during courtesy hours, it is their responsibility to ask the person making the noise to be quiet. If the person who has been asked to be quiet fails to reduce the noise to a reasonable level, the students should request assistance from a residence hall staff member.
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