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Curfew elimination promotes safety

By Optimist Editorial Board
Posted on September 10, 2009 | Editorials | 3 comments

Walk the halls in Gardner Hall on a Friday night, and you will probably see a lot of empty rooms. Try Mabee or Nelson, and you might notice fewer freshmen there, too. Fewer, that is, than would have been there last year or the year before – or 50 years before, for that matter.

Freshman curfew is a thing of the past, and freshmen are out celebrating their newfound freedom.

As of this semester, freshmen are no longer bound by curfew Friday and Saturday nights. Freshmen are no longer required to “pull” their cards or sign out for the weekend, although curfew will still be enforced Sunday through Thursday. Changes to visitation rules are also under consideration. Residence Life made the decision, reasoning that freshmen are adults and should be treated as such.

Curfew has ensured freshmen are in their rooms at a decent hour on weekends for as long as anyone can remember. People have petitioned, complained and disagreed about curfew times for just as long, but elimination of weekend curfew is a brand new step in the right direction for the university.

It always comes back to the age-old argument: if 18 year olds are old enough to be drafted, they’re old enough to drink, smoke, own a gun and vote. All of those freedoms are debatable, of course, but the point is freshman can and should be given more responsibility than a high school student. Not only will elimination of curfew allow a deserved – but wisely limited – freedom, it will show students that ACU considers them adults that should be treated with respect. In return, student should show greater respect for the university and their resident assistants.

Curfew on weekdays does more than give new students time to study and sleep while getting accustomed to college life. It also offers students a chance to form a community within their dorms, socializing with other students on their floor instead of romping around Abilene all night.

Elimination of weekend curfew, however, is beneficial to students for two reasons: it shows the university trusts its students, and it also promotes safety for freshmen. If a student makes plans to be out for the weekend and those plans fall through, they no longer face a locked door and a disgruntled desk worker pointing to a threatening sign-in sheet. Instead of calling random acquaintances and sleeping on a floor off-campus, students can consider their dorm as a safe and welcoming alternative.

The decision will inevitably draw criticism from those who have considered curfew essential to college life at a Church of Christ school, but it shows that Residence Life is putting thought into meeting the interests of our students. Although a few upperclassmen wish Residence Life came to this realization a few years sooner, the university deserves a pat on the back for making the decision at all. From a freshman’s perspective, they deserve a hug and a plate of cookies, but we’ll let the freshmen do that.

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3 Responses for “Curfew elimination promotes safety”

  1. avatar cdb03b says:

    When I was a freshman they still had curfew on the weekends and I think it was a good thing and was safer for the student. If I made plans and they fell threw I stayed at my dorm. I never had a disgruntled desk worker get upset or snippy when I was suppose to check out and was unable to.

    The main purpose for checking out for the weekend was to have contact information for the students available in case something happened. If your parents attempted to contact you the university knew where you were and could either tell them or give them the contact information. If you did not show back up on Sunday night they knew who to contact to see if there was an accident or some other problem. While getting rid of it may promote a sense or image of trust it does not teach them to leave contacts and other important practices if you plan on traveling.

    These rules were created prior to the era of everyone having a cellphone or even being handed one by the university so some of it may have been out dated but I still think that over all getting rid of it puts the students at more risk rather than helping them so I see your second point as not being very valid.

  2. avatar ehtnadroj742002 says:

    I feel sorry for the Dean of Students as he is going to be swamped every weekend all weekend with calls b/c of the no curfew on weekends! Not a good move for ACU to make! ACU alum

    • avatar gokats05b says:

      This was definitely a bad idea!!!! Yes they are adults, but you still need that adjustment and transition phase. Curfew allows you to be able to spend more time in your hall, make friends there and really get used to college life. The article stated that it would allow them more time to work and get rest, PLEASE!!!!! That is the last thing they will be doing! Terrible decision. Thats one of the things ACU prided on, discipline, now your really no different than any other university. NOT ALL CHANGE IS GOOD!!

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