During the final exam period, Humber residence will be initiating 21-hour quiet days.
Residents are asked to watch their noise throughout the day and are allowed to be a little louder only between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
“During those hours, we encourage residents to come out of their rooms, open their doors, listen to music and to express themselves,” said Sara Willis, residence life coordinator for S building on North Campus.
Quiet hours started last Friday and will run until the end of the semester.
Willis said residents will still be allowed to leave their doors open after 8 p.m. but they must be quiet. If a student is too loud a residence assistant will handle the situation.
“We don’t try to penalize students,” said Willis. “We try to make sure they’re aware that the reasons we have these hours.”
Willis said that she’s not aware of a college in Ontario that doesn’t implement extended quiet hours during exams. She said that some schools only allow one hour for students to be louder than normal.
“If we can hear noise from two doors down, it’s an issue,” said Danni Vella, a second-year early childhood education student and residence assistant at Humber.
Vella said that the issue is some people don’t know that it’s quiet hours. She added that if there are a lot of people in a room, residence assistants will normally ask them to disperse or to go to the cafeteria.
“I find it (noise) to be very distracting when I’m working in my room and people are yelling and laughing in the hallway,” said Daphne Brookes, 18, a first-year University of Guelph-Humber student. “I feel like my room is the best place to work because all my stuff is here and I’m most comfortable here.”
Brookes said she works on school work every day and she feels the noise can disrupt her privacy.
She said quiet hours will be beneficial.
“Some people on residence don’t know how to discipline themselves,” she said. “Many first-years are still young and they need some sort of reminder to tell them what to do.”