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Community Living

A successful residence hall community requires a shared sense of positive interdependence. Each resident must realize his or her responsibility to every other resident since individual choices in a residence hall environment have the potential to impact the entire community. Likewise, each resident has an important role to play in establishing and maintaining the standards by which the community will live.

In instances where the standards are not met by a member or members of the community, it is the responsibility of any of the members of the community to report such behavior. Any community member who fails to take advantage of any reasonable opportunity to do so assumes a portion of the responsibility as well as consequences for such action.

It is expected that all Berea students will become familiar with and uphold these principles daily. In addition to the rules and regulations stated in the Berea College Catalog & Student Handbook, which apply to the whole campus, the following rules apply to residents living in residence halls.

Community Living Rules

Babysitting

Babysitting is not permitted in the residence halls.

Board of Residents (BOR)

The Board of Residents (BOR) is a part of the Student Government Association and is comprised of elected representatives from each residence hall’s House Council. The BOR is the body that supports the House Council by providing leadership development, service opportunities, and funding to support hall events. The BOR is committed to improving the quality of the residential living experience at Berea College. (see also “House Councils”).

Civic Responsibility

Staff members are trained to respond to a variety of situations that happen in the residence halls. Their effectiveness often depends upon cooperation from students. Students are expected to respond to all reasonable directives, written or verbal, from staff members in performance of their duties. Failure to comply with reasonable directives may result in judicial follow up.

Co-Ed Visitation

Residence halls have the privilege of co-ed visitation under the conditions specified below:

  1. Co-ed visitation is not permitted in first year residence halls during the Fall and Short terms. During this time, first year students are not permitted to participate in co-ed visitation in their rooms or residential rooms in upper class halls during designated visitation hours.
  2. Students conducting the act of visitation outside permitted parameters will be subject to the judicial process.
  3. All persons who participate in visitation must be either Berea College students or at least 18 years of age. Non-Berea College students must present valid photo ID.
  4. Upper class halls have the option of visitation year round. Upper class residence halls shall have visitation during the following times:

    Monday – Friday…………………..5:00 PM to 1:00 AM
    Saturday – Sunday…………….12:00 PM to 1:00 AM

  5. Upper class halls will sign in and out all guests at the front desk noting name(s), time, extension, and room number. Failure of the residents to comply with the sign in procedures or any aspects of this policy will be referred to the judicial process.
  6. Resident Assistants are responsible for ensuring visitation has ended by asking guests to leave if they have not at the close of visitation.
  7. No person may enter an individual’s room except in the company of the resident. Roommates are expected to make mutually acceptable visitation arrangements early in the year. Either roommate may deny the privilege of visitation in his\her room to any person. Respect for personal property of residents is expected.
  8. Visitors of the opposite sex are not to use bathroom facilities located on the residential floors unless officially designed for that sex. Restroom facilities for guests, located near the main lounge areas,are to be used by opposite sex visitors.
  9. Guests must be accompanied by their host at all times; expectations are made for bathroom usage where the host is expected to escort their guest to the bathroom, wait for them to exit the bathroom, and escort them back into the living quarters.
  10. Visitation is defined as the “act of visiting” not cohabitating.
  11. Residence hall staff is to post signs at the sign-in desk indicating whether co-ed visitation is in effect and if so permitted times for visiting.
  12. The House Council and/or a Residential Life Collegium may deny privileges when deemed necessary in the interest of safety or other college obligations.
  13. Current rules as approved by the Student Government Association\BOR and the Residence Life and Collegium Office will be posted in every hall at the beginning of each term. Minor changes will be reflected in this posting. Changes of substance, as determined by the Student Life Committee, require approval of the General Faculty.
  14. Visitation will begin the first day of classes and close on the last day of classes at the end of each semester.
  15. Exceptions to this policy shall be limited to those approved by the Collegium in which it is necessary for a member of the opposite sex to enter living quarters outside the hours of visitation.
  16. A report of any infractions of these rules shall be forwarded to the Residential Life Collegium.

Furniture in Public Areas

Furniture placed in lounges and other public areas is for the use of all residents. Furniture may not be moved to a student room. Any furniture removed will be considered misuse of property and/or theft.

Garbage

Everyone is responsible for taking her/his own garbage to the dumpsters located outside their residence hall. Garbage is not to be placed in bathrooms, hallways, stairwells, lounges, or recycling areas. Recycling bins are found in each hall (see “Recycling” for more information).

Guests

Residents who wish to have overnight guests (of the same sex) must have them sign in with the residence hall staff, indicating the room in which they are staying and the name of the host/hostess. Non-resident guests will be charged $12.00 per night for lodging. Parents or siblings of residents are not charged. Guests less than twelve years of age are not permitted to stay overnight. Guests must abide by College and residence hall regulations. Host students are responsible and accountable for the behavior of their guests. Residents may be held responsible for rule infractions occurring in their room, regardless of whether they were present at the time of the incident. Cohabitation or the excessive presence of a guest in your room is not permitted. Collegium Members may use their sole discretion in allowing or not allowing guests in the hall.

House Council

The House Council is a group of residents elected by each residence hall in the fall of the year to serve as a guiding body for interests specific to that hall. House Councils will work with their communities to develop Community Standards and provide programming opportunities for the hall and campus wide. House Council members include, but are not limited to: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Floor/Suite Representative, and Board of Residents Representative.

Pets

No pets are allowed in the residence halls. Some small fish are acceptable if approved by a Collegium Member. Small fish must be kept in a tank that is smaller than 10 gallons.

Quiet Hours

A residence hall is a place where students live and have the opportunity to study where there is
reasonable quiet. If, at any time, noise is disturbing others, the offended person should ask to have the noise level reduced. If it is not reduced, then the offended person should report it to a staff member immediately. A resident should only seek assistance from a staff member once he/she has attempted to have the noise reduced and the attempt was unsuccessful. With the exception of certain approved times, quiet hours must be maintained by all students outside and inside campus buildings. Excessive noise produced by stereos, TVs, radios, voices and musical instruments may not only affect nearby academic buildings, but also the residents of a particular building. Excessive noise outside buildings should be reported to the Residential Life Collegium Office or Public Safety. Campus violators will be handled through the judicial process. As with all social regulations, a third charge will be heard by a higher board.

  • Reasonable quiet means that no one will be able to hear noise further than two doors away from the point of origin. Reasonable quiet will be expected at all times. A resident should be able to ask their neighbors for reasonable quiet at any time of day.
  • Strict quiet means that no one will be able to hear noise next door. Strict quiet will be in effect in all residence halls, Sunday through Thursday, from 8:00 PM to 9:00 AM. Beginning with finals reading period of each semester and ending with the last day of that term, 24 hour quiet hours will be in effect.

Recycling

Recycling is available in your residence hall in the recycling areas on your floor. Recyclable items must be free from contaminates such as food, drink, and other debris for the Recycling Center to accept them.

Suite Living

Upper class students living in Danforth, Kettering, and James are expected to clean designated areas (such as suites, living rooms, etc.). Facilities Assistants are not assigned to these areas. Failure to meet these obligations will result in a judicial violation and can result in a variety of sanctions including, but not limited to, room assignment changes or financial charges. Unusual damages to public areas or furniture therein will be charged to the person(s) responsible. If no responsible person(s) is/are identified, residents may be charged for damages as necessary (see “Repairs”).

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