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Visitation violations decrease

March 20, 2003

By Barry Hall

With the change in residence hall visitation hours, the number of violations has declined, campus living and learning officials said.

The visitation policy for residents does not allow members of the opposite sex to be in the same dorm room during hours not stipulated by the Department of Campus Living and :earning. According to Elizabeth Wallace, the associate director of campus living and learning, visitation violations were one of the main reasons why students in residence halls were facing disciplinary action from the university.

Before fall 2002, residents of Baylor's predominantly freshman residence halls were allowed to visit their peers of the opposite sex from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Fall 2002 saw the hours expanded to 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The last change made in visitation hours was in fall 1987.

'The number of visitation violations have dropped so drastically -- from about 700 in 2001-2002 to less than 100 in the past year -- because students have all the time they need to study and visit, and we trust them to abide by the rules,' Wallace said. 'Our students are mature enough to handle appropriate opposite gender situations.'

Some students said they expected the change in hours to change the number of violations.

'I am not surprised the number of [visitation] violations has decreased because the people who live in the hall now have so much time to see each other unlike when I lived there as a freshman,' Jennifer Pilgrim, a Lampasas junior, said.

After debate in Student Congress and the Office of Judicial Affairs for three years, the visitation hours no longer concern many students.

'I am happy with the hours for visiting my guy friends, and I have never really heard anyone complain that much about it,' Alice Anne Yarbrough, a Auburn, Ala., freshman, said.