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Well it wasn't like that in MY day... - dorsetgirl
August 3rd, 2013
06:38 pm
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Well it wasn't like that in MY day...
My son has been received confirmation of his university first-year accommodation. He’s been allocated a single en-suite room in a self-catering Residence, which he’s very pleased about, as am I. However, I've been looking through his Accommodation Agreement (£100 deposit - guess who paid?) and all I can say is, I’m glad I went to university before the world became so politically correct and seemingly entirely run by accountants and wannabe politicians, because under these rules I would have been kicked out of uni in my first week. (Yes, it is relevant that my university days were also post-Pill and pre-AIDS).

Some of the more unexpected rules:

The Student will not bring into the Room any multi-adapters, musical amplification or uplighter lamps.

The Student will not create any noise at any time which can be heard outside of the Room.

Staff have instructions to pay particular attention to groups of people making noise in kitchens or study/ bedrooms.

Parties and Social gatherings are not permitted inside or around Residences.

The Student will not use the Room for any illegal or immoral purposes.

The Student will not entertain any visitors overnight in the Room and the Flat/House without obtaining permission from the Residence reception (which the reception is not obliged to provide) who will inform the Residence Manager.

This isn’t even the rulebook for some special "Quiet Hall" - it’s all of them. And I have to wonder who's going to decide what constitutes "immoral purposes". There are a lot of sub-groups who think some things are immoral that other people think are perfectly normal and acceptable. Sex, for example. Gay sex, even more so. Eating beef. Drinking alcohol. Eating pork. Driving whilst female. Travelling whilst Asian. I just think that sort of thing should be spelt out so everyone knows where they are, not left to interpretation by unnamed authorities at the time of an "offence".

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Date:August 3rd, 2013 06:06 pm (UTC)
When I went to uni I was given a long strict list of things I wasn't allowed to bring or do, including kettles, toasters, electric heaters, use blu tac on the walls, etc, etc. I got there to discover every one else in my hall had brought as many things as they pleased, and spent a miserable (and COLD) first half term having to brave the shared kitchen for all drinks, food and warmth, until my uncle did an emergency run up the country to stock me up with all these illicit items. Nobody ever checked/cared.

(and I was in the quiet hall, and no fucker ever enforced that either. grrr.)
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Date:August 4th, 2013 05:39 pm (UTC)
I think I'd have died without my coffee filter machine on my desk...
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Date:August 3rd, 2013 06:28 pm (UTC)
I'm inclined to think the rules are there so that if someone majorly breaks them then they can be asked to leave without hassle. In our day reasonable behaviour was expected, nowadays it has to be defined.
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Date:August 4th, 2013 05:38 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a bloody monastery.

Honestly you're SUPPOSED to be social in the kitchens, adn you're supposed to play music as long as it's not deafening and you turn it down if your neighbours are trying to concentrate.

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