College of Arts & Sciences
It is our operating procedure to respect the privacy of students and, therefore, rooms generally will not be entered or searched. However, for the purpose of safety codes, fire regulations, and general cleanliness, the college does reserve the right to maintain and make repairs and routinely inspect individual rooms any time during the school year. Scheduled room checks are done at the end of each semester and before spring break. In circumstances where there is reason to believe that state or federal laws or Bethel policies have been violated, the college reserves the right to inspect, or authorize inspection of, rooms and apartments.
The academic and physical health needs of the residents have priority over other considerations, and residents should maintain a sufficiently quiet atmosphere for adequate sleep and study. Quiet hours are enforced from 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. daily. This means no excessive noise in the hallways or near the buildings. The noise level must be contained within student rooms. Courtesy hours constitute the remaining hours of the week. In a community living situation, cooperation is essential to ensure that personal freedom and preference do not infringe on the rights of others. Disrespect for the rights of others in the area of noise level will not be permitted. The responsibility for confronting residents regarding noise level does not belong exclusively to the residence staff but to all residents living in the building.
Room changes requested prior to the opening of school in the fall will be permitted on a space-available basis only. Once the academic year begins, room changes will not occur during a semester. Some extenuating circumstances (e.g., health concerns, safety issues, etc.) may necessitate a room change prior to the end of a semester. If students believe their situation may require an exception to the room transfer policy, they may contact their RD to begin the appeal process. Room Transfer Appeal Forms will be reviewed by a committee on an as-needed basis. Appeals will be considered on one or more of the following grounds:
Mid-year room transfer policy: Students who believe they have a compelling reason for transferring rooms during finals week (December) for the remainder of the year must submit a Mid-Year Room Transfer Request Form by the second Monday in November. Contact the RD to receive the form. Requests will be reviewed by a committee. Before students pursue a room transfer, they should be aware that there may be other and better solutions to a situation besides moving rooms.
Room transfer process: Any pursuit of a room transfer must begin with the RA or RD. Requests initiated by anyone other than the resident will not be considered. Room changes will only be set in motion once a resident director has observed evidence of good-faith efforts to resolve the issue(s) (e.g., completing a Roommate Agreement Form, setting up a roommate meeting with your RA, etc.)
Once the RD has observed this evidence, student will be directed to complete a room transfer request form if that is the resolution option that remains. Staff will work with the student to seek out available room transfer options. All room changes require the prior permission of both the current and future (if applicable) resident directors. If students change rooms without following proper procedure, they will be required to return to their previous housing until the appropriate procedure is followed and/or an improper checkout fine will be assessed.
When there is a vacant spot in a room, the Office of Residence Life may assign a new roommate to the open spot. Should the occupancy of the room, suite, or apartment fall below 50 percent capacity, space consolidation may be necessary and will be directed by residence life staff.
No soliciting is permitted in any residence without the written permission of the associate dean for residence life. If you see someone soliciting products, please ask them if they have received permission. Solicitation includes selling or distributing free materials door-to-door, and group parties such as Amway®, Mary Kay®, Tupperware®, etc. Individuals from off campus desiring personal information about residents should be referred to the associate dean for residence life.
Sports of any kind may not be played in any area of the residence hall. This includes student rooms, hallways, lounges, and stairwells.
There are no specific hours when students must be in their residences at night, but the residence life staff encourages a schedule of regular nightly sleep as a part of an individual wellness program. Visitation by the opposite sex is allowed in order to facilitate socialization and community; however, with the large number of students living in housing, certain procedures are necessary to preserve individual rights and privacy. Therefore, all visitation regulations must be observed and students are asked to display common courtesy and common sense when the rights and privacy of others are involved. In addition, it is the student’s responsibility to monitor and confront violations of visitation policy. If an RA confronts the violation an incident report will be filled out. Abuse of visitation privileges will result in fines and disciplinary action.
During visitation, room doors should remain open. Visitation is by invitation only, and all visitors must leave at the designated hours. Students in individual rooms, suites, apartments, floors, wings, or even whole buildings are encouraged to meet and set aside portions of their visitation hours for studying, private time, and in-house activities. These additional non-visitation times are clearly posted for outsiders and enforced by the residents. Approved visitation hours are as follows:
Bodien, Edgren, Getsch, Nelson:
Arden Village East and West, Lissner:
Fountain Terrace, Chalberg, Heritage, Danielson, Turnwall, and Wessman: