By BRIANNA WHITE
A possible change in visitation hours was brought up for discussion at Monday’s Residence Life Council (RLC) meeting.
Bi-weekly meetings between Kaitlin Palmer, vice president for residence life, and Kenna Middleton, director of University Housing, brought the idea for extended visitation hours to Eastern’s residence halls. The proposed resolution would extend the current visitation hours from noon to midnight to 10 a.m. to midnight.
“I think the idea would be beneficial,” Palmer said. “It will let students be more productive with group projects and will make it easier if family want to come and visit.”
Some RLC members agreed to the benefits the change in visitation hours would bring but there were also disagreements.
Increased noise complaints and roommate disrespect was a concern for many of the hall representatives that attended the meeting and was a primary part of the open discussion.
Resident Assistants (RAs) were mentioned numerous times as the individuals who could handle most of the problems. Even if an RA can help the situation, representatives agreed it is ultimately the responsibility of the roommates to make agreements and attempt to solve minor problems that could result if the visitation hours do change.
“This will be an educational moment for roommates,” said Bethany Jones, a member of RLC.
A debate of whether visitation should begin at either 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. also occurred among the representatives. Some expressed beginning at 11 a.m. would be a “wasted effort” after so much discussion has already been put into the resolution. They said beginning the visitation hours at 10 a.m. would be the “full job” for what they have worked for.
The motion was tabled until the next meeting in order to gain more feedback from residents on the matter.
Plans for a student survey were discussed after the motion was tabled in order to have quick feedback.
Campus residents should be on the lookout for a survey about the resolution either at their residence hall front desk on paper or by email through SurveyMonkey.
After the results are reviewed, a final vote will be made on the resolution leading to residence hall visitation hours to change or to remain the same.
If the RLC vote is in favor of new visitation hours, the new times will be enacted during the spring of 2015.
The Progress reached out to Middleton for comment but she was unable to respond before press time.