Living in a college dorm is one of the best parts of going away to school. It is your new room; your home away from home and you get to make it yours. Some may say it is just like living at home, but it is different and there are certain rules that must be followed.
Depending on how strict or how lenient your school is, there are certain guidelines and restrictions that must be followed while living in the dorms.
Although your new home away from home is yours, you are still on school property and need to behave in a mature manner.
Some rules include quiet hours, which indicate the halls must be completely silent after a certain hour late at night, especially during exam week.
It is respectful to other students living in your dorm. You must respect the furniture and objects in your dorm, since they do not belong to you, they are provided for you by the school. If there is damage to any school property in your dorm, it is the student’s responsibility to pay for it to be fixed.
Drugs and alcohol
There is a strict zero tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol. Attempting to bring drugs or alcohol into your residence hall results in extreme consequences.
You could be kicked off campus, put on school probation or even worse, kicked out of the university altogether and that will not look good on any resume.
Students that are 21 and live in an upperclassmen building are allowed to bring alcohol into their room. Some schools are different, but at my school, we had to “sign in” our alcohol.
The resident staff at the front desk had to take note of every alcoholic bottle that entered the building. After checking our ID’s, of course.
If you are under 21, it is easier to just not bring alcohol into your room because if you get caught, there are consequences waiting for you.
Visitor and guests
Some rules must be followed that concern visitors. Guests are not allowed to stay more than two nights in your dorm room.
The reason for this is it becomes uncomfortable for your roommate to be sharing a room with not only you, but also your guest too.
Everyone needs their privacy and has their own routine so it would be rude to have your guest possibly ruin that for your roommate.
College dorms are meant to be your new home and the resident staff wants to give the students as much freedom as possible, but the rules are there for a reason and that is for them to be followed.
As long as you don’t break the rules, you will have a great time living in your college dorm.
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