Number 97-01
Description No more visitation hours in residence halls
Authored by TJ Barber
Sponsored by Ric Carroll
Date Submitted Tuesday, September 17, 1996
Date Considered Tuesday, October 29, 1996
General Body Vote Thursday, January 1, 1970
Committee Student Affairs
Result Killed By Committee
Remarks FAILED - Constitutionality argument not valid. Intentionally vague.
Whereas Students in Residence Halls pay the University for private living space on campus, and said living space should be respected with the same regard as the individuals right to privacy; and
Whereas UTA's policy of not allowing opposite sex visitors to remain in a residence hall after 1:00 a.m. disregards the privacy of the individual resident's; and
Whereas Said policy is discriminatory based on the gender of the parties involved; and
Whereas Individuals may not waive their Constitutional rights, or give permission to the state to discriminate against them, the waiver signed by residents before moving in to university owned housing is invalid; and
Whereas Many students that live in residence halls are from towns farther away than South Arlington, and may occasionally have family and/or friends visiting them over the course of the year; and
Whereas In said situations it is feasible that said visitors would need a place to stay overnight, which is not allowed by the current policies if said visitors are of the opposite sex even if related to the resident.
Be It Further Resolved That UTA discontinue any and all policies regarding visitation rights of residence halls residents with the exception of mid-term and finals week quiet hours which are beneficial to all students; and
Be It Further Resolved That That UTA remove any and all gender based regulations/policies/rules that effect residence halls with the exception of those which allow the existence of gender specific dorms; and
Be It Further Resolved That This resolution takes effect immediately.