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Howard University is experimenting this fall with something that many universities did at least a generation ago, allowing undergraduates to stay overnight in each other's dorm rooms.

By Abha Bhattarai  |  October 7, 2010; 7:22 PM ET  | Category:  Local Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I heard Karen Owen will start making the rounds there now

Posted by: bendan2000 | October 8, 2010 12:20 AM

If a a student has a single room, ok although STDs are rampant already without encouraging sexual activity among students. It is also teaching them immorality - as if that isn't a problem already. My question is - what if there are roommates? Having men and women who are not living there roaming around cannot be comfortable for all. If your parents or you pay for a particular living arrangement, this is an infringement.

Posted by: lk20850 | October 8, 2010 6:18 AM

Teaching responsibility is not limited to class-rooms, it also extends to places and circumstances were pupils are among eachother, especially when peers are showing responsibility for eachother!

Besides, when young people are forbidden to do things, they find ways to do them, and then there is no way of checking at all!

Morals and ethics are not learned by and through NOs, YESses also ways and means to learn about normal and good behavior among people!

A lot of people have nowadays problems with behavior with other people due to the lack of inter-acting with other people, when they would have been able to inter-act with other more in the past they would not end up with being closed closeted cases, running around with guns and shooting innocent bystanders!

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Posted by: itkonlyyou306 | October 8, 2010 9:10 AM

What about the poor roommate who gets the boot. Is Howard arranging accommodations for the displaced roommate(s) or is it a blanket in the lounge. Remember, the displaced roommate has paid equally for the room. How about Howard arranges discounted hotel rooms for the players instead kicking out the roommate? I think part of the problem with the whole Rutgers situation was an immoral roommate (gay or straight) who was inconsiderate to the sensibilities of another. Broadcasting that one is entertaining in a sexual nature is an open invitation for trouble, especially in a college dorm environment.

Posted by: stillwaiting | October 8, 2010 9:22 AM

I can't imagine that students would not be allowed to have overnight guests. Poor college students can't afford to stay in hotels while visiting friends.

My university had a sleeping bag weekend program. Prospective students slept on the dorm room floor of current students in sleeping bags. It was a great way to see what life was like at the university.

Posted by: kimk1 | October 8, 2010 10:06 AM

I hope the University is going to use this opportunity to study the effects of the policy... Monitor # of visits to University Health Services for STD's, Unwanted Pregnancy Rates, Prescriptions for Plan B, and the number of complaints for housing violations relating to being displaced while their roomate is "doing the nasty"- Universities should be viewed as places of learning- if you want house guests- live off campus...

Posted by: powholes | October 8, 2010 10:56 AM

if d.c. has a large number of people with herpes, aids and other std's...
what are the stats of these std's in thsi environment...
I know they already have the diseases, we just want to know the percentages...

Posted by: DwightCollins | October 8, 2010 11:22 AM

I am a Former Howard Student and resident of the East Towers. For the record, the dorm being discussed is composed of suites that have individual rooms for each resident inside the suite. 1 bed per room. 2 rooms per suite. Howard is only just now making official what has occurred for years. It has always been easy to sneak overnight guests into the Towers.

Posted by: koiboy1 | October 8, 2010 11:30 AM

As Chef says, there's a time and a place for everything, and it's called "college."

Posted by: ex-Virginian4 | October 8, 2010 12:41 PM

Strangers without college IDs who can't be readily identified by Resident Assistants or Resident Directors near a high crime area given access to college dormitories.

Why does this sound a little dumb?

Posted by: PALADIN7E | October 8, 2010 12:46 PM

This has been informally happening at Howard for years, so it really is no big deal to make it official.

One mitigating factor that is important is that Howard has a very urban campus with dorms that are very spread apart. If you live in Meridian or the Towers and you are studying with someone else), you have to cross several city blocks, sometimes at night. Outside of my umm...personal guests, there were plenty of very legitimate times that I would have wanted to hunker down for the night at a classmates' room, as opposed to walking through Columbia Heights by myself at night to get back to Meridial Hill. (BTW, if you think the students aren't finding a way to get it done because they are not supposed to sleep over, you're nuts.) It's about time.

Posted by: blackandgreen | October 10, 2010 12:51 PM

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