Dorm Flashback at the University of Oregon

The New York Times recently posted the dorm rules for the University of Oregon in the 1960s and today and we thought it was too funny not to share! Check it out below (read the full article here)…

Handbook for Dormitory Women, 1960s

DORM HOURS Freshmen are to be tucked into bed by 11 p.m., and counselors will count noses at this time — upperclass noses, too. During quiet hours (all but four and a half hours a day during the week), residents should use phones, not windows, to call friends. Call limit: five minutes.

PERMISSIONS To go home, sign out with the housemother and pay her for a 2-cent postcard. She will send it to your parents to let them know you are on your way. Written permission from home is needed to go to the beach, ski lodge, hotel or boyfriend’s home.

SOCIAL STANDARDS To improve in poise and social ease, students should observe and practice good manners — for example, by standing when an older person enters the room or approaches to speak. Dining room manners should reflect the training thus far received and absorbed.

PERSONAL APPEARANCE Shorts may not be worn on campus except to and from P.E. classes, and then only when covered by a long coat.

Residence Hall Contract, 2012

WEAPONS Possession, use or threatened use of firearms is prohibited. Possession of knives with a culinary purpose or a blade no longer than three inches is allowed. Combat knives and ceremonial swords are not.

ALCOHOL Residents under age 21 are not allowed to consume or possess alcoholic beverages. Possession of a rapid-consumption device (“beer bong,” for example) is prohibited.

PERSONAL SAFETY Residents are not allowed on roofs, sides of buildings or outside ledges. No one is allowed to extend any part of his or her body outside the windowsills.

FIRE SAFETY Ceiling lights and lamps, including lava and disco lamps, cannot be covered with hats, towels or any other fabric.

GENDER EQUITY HALL Residents can choose to room with a student of any gender or gender-identity. Restrooms in this hall are gender-neutral.



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