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provide an “Environment of Responsible Choice” for
its students. The College places with the student the
burden of personal integrity and personal responsi-
bility. This can be done only if there can be created a
nurturing community in which choices can be made
and evaluated and in which personal development
can therefore occur.
It is with this basic philosophy in mind that the
College sees the campus life experience as a part of
the total educational experience. When the student
chooses to live on campus, he or she enters into an
agreement with the College. The student agrees to
abide by both the letter and the spirit of College reg-
ulations and traditions. In return, the College agrees
to provide the student with a community environ-
ment that will be optimally conducive to his or her
educational experience.
The relationship between the College and the
student, however, goes beyond the legal concept of a
contractual agreement. The aim of the College is not
to demand blind obedience of its regulations, but
rather to demonstrate to the students the purpose of
its regulations and that they exist for the common
good. The College seeks to allow the student to
make his or her own decisions. The College acts as a
point of reference for this decision-making and as a
source of counsel. When the student chooses wisely
within the sphere of his or her community environ-
ment, the College seeks to give support to such
choices; when choices are unwise, the College seeks
to guide the student into different choices; and when
a student is indecisive, the College wants to offer the
warm moral support that builds responsible choice.
It is within this context that the College builds its
housing and social policies — policies that allow the
student freedom of choice within the framework of
reasonable community constraints; policies that
allow the student, within the bounds of a nurturing
community, to mature into a thoughtful person.
Students must adhere to the policies regarding
on-campus housing as set forth in this section of the
Student Handbook. It is the duty of the College to
maintain a suitable living environment in the resi-
dence halls, Hilltop Village Apartments, and Greek
Houses. The Residence Life policies have been
established in order to create and maintain an
atmosphere that is safe, considerate, and conducive
to the pursuit of academic excellence. The Director
of Residence Life will address all violations of Resi-
dence Life policies within the Residence Halls, along
with other individuals in Student Development when
appropriate. In each case, the Student Development
official responding to the violation may either offer a
solution to the person(s) involved with the violation
or refer the incident to the Honor and/or Social
Councils. In incidents involving violations of Resi-
dence Life policies, students may appeal any deci-
sion made by the Director of Residence Life or
other Student Development Official to the Associate
Vice President for Student Development. Any
appeals regarding decisions about violations of
Student Conduct policies are addressed through the
Social Conduct Council.
The residence hall visitation policy at Birming-
ham- Southern College is one that promotes the
growth of personal and social responsibilities of each
student. Students are allowed to select an option
that will assure them as much privacy as possible
without restricting the enriching social experiences
that are such an important element of college life.
By allowing the student to determine the visitation
arrangement best suited to his or her needs, the
College is recognizing an environment of responsible
choice as a fundamental premise of College policy.
In structuring its residence hall policies, the Col-
lege recognizes that entering students may not be at
the point in their life where the assumption of com-
plete freedom under the Visitation Option system is
a wise step in their developmental process. The
College acknowledges that the transition from the
home of parents to the freedoms of College living
might be better served by a more gradual introduc-
tion of freedoms and responsibilities. Therefore, the
College offers incoming students of traditional age
the Option 10-1-2 for the first year of their
college experience.
The Residence Hall visitation system is divided
into two options for freshmen students devised to
accommodate each student’s living habits and per-
sonal tastes.
Option 10-1-2: Limited Visitation. Students may
entertain guests between the hours of 10:00 A.M.
and 1:00 A.M., Sunday through Thursday, and
between the hours of 10:00 A.M. and 2:00 A.M.,
Friday and Saturday, as maximum limits.
Option 24: Open Visitation. Students under this
option may have guests with the ordinary freedom of
private living. There will be no restrictions on the