Residential Rule-Breaking

Kyle Florence

Most anyone who attends college can agree that as fun as living on campus can be, adhering to the university’s guidelines can sometimes be difficult.

“One of the biggest issues I see is the underage consumption of alcohol, which I think is because it’s ‘the cool thing to do in college’.” Other than that we’ve had some minor vandalism, such as people tearing stuff down, which could be attributed to the alcohol,” said Hansen Hall community advisor, Devon Feldt.

Matt Curtis, a community advisor for Baldwin Hall, additionally cited several other typical instances of dormitory rule breaking.

“The most general rule-breaking I see is noise violations and coming in the back doors has become a pretty big thing now,” Curtis said.

Johanna Buksky, a sophomore who currently resides in Smith Hall, agrees with Curtis, admitting that noise violations are a fairly common nuisance.

“It depends on the floor,” Buksky said. “I’m on an all-girls floor, so it’s very quiet, but higher up on the co-ed floors, the doors are never shut, so it can get pretty wild.”

Feldt also noted several other, more bizarre instances of rule breaking that he has personally witnessed.

“We’ve had some smoking of marijuana here in the dorms which I don’t understand because clearly you’re going to smell it,” Feldt said.

“I’ve had people come talk to me about people stealing their undergarments out of washers and driers, which is strange to me, and kind of awkward and unnecessary.”

To remedy these and other similar problems, Curtis went on to explain that the community advisors within his hall have been putting extra emphasis on the enforcement of residence hall regulations.

“We’re starting to crack down on it a little more. Seeing people coming into the back door is no longer an ‘Okay, I’ll let it slide this one time.’ Now it’s more of a ‘No, you need to go around or you’re going to get documented’ kind of deal,” Curtis said.

Curtis also added that all the rules in place, regardless of how irrelevant they may seem, serve a specific purpose.

“The rules are there for a reason, mainly for safety, especially the back doors. If you don’t understand why a rule is there, ask a community advisor because they’re all very important,” Curtis said.

Feldt believes, however, that residents are, for the most part, well behaved.

“I’m pretty darn impressed with my residents,” Feldt said. “Everyone’s made it really fun to be a CA and I’m really impressed with the level of respect that the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point residents have for their facilities, faculty and everyone on campus.”? 

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