Bubble Banter: Visitation Hours

What is the point of visitation hours? Anything that happens at 1 a.m. can happen at 1 p.m. in the afternoon. Preventing people of the opposite sex from entering their respective dorms is an inconvenience that makes no sense. If female friends from Ford can visit my dorm in Centennial at nighttime, why can’t my male friends? It seems like this is a deterrence policy that ignores the existence of LGBTQ individuals and fails to realize that activities administration may frown upon can happen at any time of day.
Ivy Wright, senior

Although having visitation hours may help reduce roommate conflict and make some residents feel more comfortable late at night, these benefits are greatly outweighed by the inconveniences posed by visitation hours. Being able to access other halls and common spaces earlier in the morning would be very beneficial to students. Also, spending time in residence halls late into the night on weekends is an integral part of the college experience that is hindered by visitation hours.
Timothy Wooley, junior

I think that visiting hours are, like anything, a mix of good and bad. I think in terms of traditional housing, it makes perfect sense considering that you are sharing a hall and bathroom with many different people. But in alternative-style housing like the Townhouses or Centennial, it would be nice to be able to not have to worry about that restriction with my friends who all live in an apartment or house together. By the time I’m a junior or a senior, if I want to have a sleepover with my female and male friends, I feel like I should be able to have that option.
Kenny Morgan, junior

Commuters have the best visitation hours.
Josh Hines, senior

I understand their purpose and feel as though they are designed with good intentions. I also think that there are some productive amendments that could be made to allow for more freedom while still ensuring the protective measures they were created to provide.
Daniel George, junior

I wish that dorms that aren’t our own opened earlier than 10 a.m. on weekends.
Shelby Sims, sophomore

Good idea, but hard to enforce. So it’s neither good nor bad, it’s just a quirky part of Berry.
Colby Francis, sophomore

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