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Community Norms

Beloit College recognizes that learning is not confined to the classroom but also encompasses a broad range of extracurricular activities and experiences. One of the most important of these is the interaction and exchange of ideas, experiences, and lifestyles among students and faculty which occur on a residential campus.

The residence halls are largely self-governing, and operate on the basic principle of mutual respect and consideration for the rights of all residents. There are no social restrictions imposed by the College on the residents, such as quiet hours or co-educational visitation hours. Rather, students are encouraged to accept individual and collective responsibilities for setting their own guidelines in these areas. The exceptions to this approach are: the "Quiet Floor" in Bushnell Hall and the "Alcohol Free Floors" in Bushnell and 609. When requested by students, quiet hours, and other floor/hall/house guidelines will be enforced by the residents and staff.

As a residential liberal arts college, we strongly believe that a significant amount of personal growth and development occurs in the residential environment. For this reason, all students are required to complete at least six terms of full-time enrollment in college-operated residence facilities. College facilities include residence halls, fraternities, sororities, apartments, and special interest houses. In addition, all students are expected to purchase a College Board Plan for at least their first six semesters. First-year students are required to purchase the full meal plan. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life, or the Dean of Students.

In order to ensure smooth functioning of the living areas (Residence Halls, Special Interest Houses, and Greek Houses), the protection of personal and College property and the protection of students' individual rights, a number of operating policies and procedures are in effect in the living areas.