Noise levels becoming a nuisance

By Shane Hebert
Contributing Writer

As the year progresses, it seems that people become a lot looser regarding the rules and common courtesies on campus. Bathrooms become filthy, cards get left behind and noise level increases. How can noise level become a problem, one may ask? Candise Aultz a student at Edinboro University, relates the following story of a simple attempt to watch television in one of the Highlands lobbies.

“It seems like pretty much everywhere we go on campus, someone is being extremely loud and obnoxious. A student and I were trying to relax one evening after a long day by watching television in one of the Highlands lobbies and these people decided to stand not even 10 feet away from us and literally scream over each other and cackle like witches. When I turned the television volume up, they didn’t take the hint and got even louder. It was frustrating. Also, the girls in the room across the hall from me think it’s a lovely idea to have people over every night and be out in the hall at 2 or 3 in the morning, yelling and laughing and slamming into walls. ‘Quiet hour’ means nothing to people on this campus, apparently.”

So what are the rules for this sort of thing? What and when are “quiet hours?” After all, how can anyone be expected to follow the rules if the rules are unknown? According to the Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Procedures, found at Edinboro.edu, the official rules for noise are as follows:

“To promote academic success, quiet hours must begin by at least 10:00 PM and continue until at least 8:00 AM Sunday Thursday and 1:00 AM until 8:00 AM on Friday and Saturday. All other hours of the day are considered ‘courtesy hours,’ during which anyone has the right to ask another to mitigate noise for any reason (i.e. sleep, study, etc.). Living units are encouraged to set additional hours and determine if there are specific periods of the semester when additional hours will be expected (such as midterms, etc.). In order to assist students in preparing for final exams, 24-hour quiet hours will be instituted during the final week of each semester. Floors which have been pre-designated by the Residence Life and Housing Office as 24-hour quiet areas will remain as such.”

So which of the people in Candise’s story are breaking the rules in the student code of conduct? The people in the lobby may have been violating the rules by being excessively loud, though depending on the time the event occurred, those people may have been within the rules. The girls slamming into the walls at 2 or 3 in the morning, however, are in clear violation of the rules regarding quiet hours.

How can this situation be improved? Self-regulation can be a good start.

It can be hard to regulate one’s own volume, so perhaps a good rule of thumb to follow would be to aim to be quieter than you need to be. Another thing you can do is to check when quiet hours are. Most buildings will have different times than that is in the student code of conduct, so make sure you aren’t being loud in a building where quiet hours start earlier.

To make sure what the quiet hours for the building you’re in, inquire at the front desk of the building or check with the resident advisor of the floor you are staying at. Sometimes, the hours will be posted. Students all live together in these buildings, so some common courtesy is appreciated. Don’t be like the people in Candise’s story.

Shane Hebert is the contributing writer for the Spectator. She can be reached by voices.spectator@gmail.com