March is effectively over, and that means a lot of you are going to have to start thinking about whether to apply for housing for the upcoming academic year. If you are currently a freshman, there are some updates on the way housing policy applies to you that you may want to be aware of.

Notably, the restrictions on guests. As a new resident of ABAC Place, you will now be allowed to have guests stay overnight – as long as they do not stay for more than three consecutive nights, more than six nights a month, and you have the consent of all of your roommates. Last semester the guidelines were changed to follow CDC guidelines. As of right now, students can’t have visitors from off or on campus in their dorms. This policy will continue through the rest of Spring semester and end starting next Fall.

Some of the housing regulations will stay the same as you move from one dorm to another, you will still not be allowed to keep a mini-fridge in your dorm without special permission, no pets that are not aquatic and able to be kept in a tank that is 10 gallons or under, and, if you hang something on your walls, the method by which you hang it cannot damage or discolor the paint.

But ABAC housing isn’t just a list of rules to follow, there are also people there to make sure your experience living on campus is a positive one. Two of ABAC’s newest community assistants (CAs) had this to say about their jobs. Kaylee Myers said, “It has been much more enjoyable than I could have imagined. I love working with other students and helping in any way possible, especially since I was where they are just a year ago.” Her cohort, Hunter Johnson adds, “While I haven’t been a CA long, it has been a great experience! I’ve always been one to help others and I’m happy to be in a position where I can do that.” Both agree that their main goal as a CA is the encourage community growth in campus residences.

ABAC reviews its housing policies annually and, according to Trent Hester, Assistant Director of Residence Life, “[The] process has already started and we’re excited about the things we have planned for the 2021-2022 academic year.”

If students have any suggestions for changes to ABAC’s housing policy, email Residence Hall Association advisor Sarah Herring at sherring1@abac.com.

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