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Access to Residence Halls
Residence halls are not public buildings; they are private residences owned and maintained by the College. Therefore, visiting is a privilege extended by members of the residence hall, not a right of the visitor. (Hall staff and residents are encouraged to challenge the presence of strangers in the residence halls.)
Each resident has two basic rights: access at any time to his or her room and the right to sleep at any time without any visitors present.
No “live-in” arrangements are allowed. In other words, no one may move his or her personal possessions into a room occupied by others, or spend a significant amount of sleeping or waking time in a room to which he or she has not been officially assigned. Bathrooms in residence halls offer separate facilities for men and women. Some private suites and apartments, where there is a coed living arrangement, provide private, lockable toilet units for those residents. Provisions may be made for emergency bathroom use by the opposite sex. If you feel your rights are in violation or that the preceding regulations are not being complied with, you should talk with a member of your hall staff.
All residence halls are secured 24 hours per day. Residents have the obligation to ensure that this protection not be compromised by propping doors open. The residence halls are not open for occupation during the winter and spring recesses. Should it be necessary for some students (such as admissions tour guides) to remain on campus during these breaks, housing accommodations will be concentrated in one specific location—generally, the Mary Low Co-op.
Residential Life Policies and Procedures