EDIT: This is not a real policy. I was told about it by a friend who heard it directly from one of Res-Life's trained RAs. I apologize for the confusion, but apparently some of our RAs don't even know what they can and can't do.
Ah, it's only the second day of classes and blogging is already taking priority over classwork. Yesterday I found out about some new paraphernalia policies that UNH has put in place for student housing. One of my friends informed me that shot glasses and ping-pong balls are now considered enough evidence for an RA or CA to enter one's room and do a visible to the eye search. These items are NOT illegal to have in your room but can lead to a search. What this means is that if you are a ping-pong enthusiast keep your heroin out of sight. In all seriousness, I am not a fan of this policy at all. Simply having a shot glass as a decoration on your windowsill or some pong balls on the floor should not allow an RA to enter your room without permission. A few years ago empty beer cans (like stacked in a pyramid for "decorations") were put into that same category and the student senate got that revoked. So I am hoping they will do the same with these ridiculous rules.
Sure, students with shot glasses probably don't have them for just decoration and students with ping-pong balls aren't playing ping-pong, but you have to draw the line somewhere. Think about it. What are we talking about here? Not bongs, bowls or pipes or empty handles of liqueur. A ping-pong ball. And a tiny 1.5 oz glass. I have a feeling that not all RAs will use those items as grounds for a search, just the bloodsucking ones who I have offended before with my "immaturity." Those with souls will probably ignore these sanctions. I know that for a fact because in the past I have drank with RAs and in reality some don't give a shit what you do. Some do have souls. Some.
Remember, we are in college and we are adults. (Except for the few freshman not yet 18) but still, how are shot glasses and ping-pong balls considered grounds for a room search? Until this policy is changed (if it is for that matter - come on student senate!) be sure to keep all your naughty things out of sight. Big brother is watching.
What are your feelings towards this new policy? Has UNH gone too far with these sanctions or not?
Stay classy, not UMassy.