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Restrictions compel residents to move out

By Alberto Paneccasio

Jan. 31, 2013

This past winter break, about 90 students moved out of the dorms on campus at Cleveland State, according to Hazem Jadallah, a Euclid Commons Resident Assistant [RA]. Some students think the reason people are moving out more than ever before is because of the new rules and regulations that American Campus Communities has put into effect.

Euclid Commons Dorm at Cleveland StateAccording to some of the students who have recently moved out, the rules that have been added to the new student handbook are a bit too harsh and not so friendly to the new student. They are asking if the 2-6 a.m. rule, which bars students from signing in guests between those hours, is really necessary?

Kevin Vargo, a junior, moved out of Euclid Commons as a result of the many new rules that limited his college experience.

“I just wanted my own place, but basically because of the alcohol rule they put into effect, that was ridiculous -- it’s college, people,” Vargo said.

Students like Vargo, who until recently lived on campus, said that they got tired of the rules that were put in place and ruined their college experience.

Cleveland State, until recently better known as a commuter school, has been creating opportunity for more students to live on campus. For many students, living independently on-campus is a crucial part of their college experience and growing into an adult.

Students often walk through the door at orientation with a sense of happiness that they will start living alone or with roommates without parental restrictions or an adult figure always watching over. Tons of ideas go through the freshmen’s heads as they see this as an opportunity to flourish independently, and they see rules as an obstacle in experiencing a new life away from their homes.

During the first week, new students are acquainted with an RA in charge of either an entire floor or building, all of whom are trained to lead these students and enforce rules. This often comes as a shock to students who were looking forward to easing of restrictions that they faced at home.

One student, Taylor Miller, who was cautioned four times during her two years living in Euclid Commons, said that the violations were minor. These incidents forced her to move out. She said she felt like the RAs behaved like they were parents.

“The rules are directly hitting college residents with a strong effort that leads them to make the decision to move off campus,” Miller said.

Sara Shields, an athlete at Cleveland State, also moved out of the Euclid Commons due to the 2-6 a.m. rule.

“I would go out with my friends and come home and they couldn’t get in, so I’d sneak them in and risk getting them and myself in trouble,” Shields said.

Students who have moved out or plan to move out say that the rules have an effect on everyone living on-campus. They suggest that housing authorities should look into making residential buildings more enjoyable to live in, and focus on keeping students in dorms rather than moving off campus to apartments, which do not necessarily have student-friendly environments.

Some of the RAs that work in the dorms on campus have their own views on the rules that were put into effect.

“I feel the new rules that were put into place is to make our dorms a more safer environment from a student standpoint,” Jadallah said.

These decisions lead students to spending money at other housing facilities off-campus that benefits a single landlord opposed to beneficing the student dorms with funds that help keep them in top shape.