Handbook for Women in Residence, Pamphlet

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Handbook for Women in Residence (Sororities and Residence Halls), University of Kentucky 1955-56

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In this booklet the House President’s Council has not tried to answer any sixty four dollar questions, but to give you a simple guide for everyday group living. Whether you are an acceptable member of your group will be determined not only by whether you live according to the “letter of the law,” but whether you observe the spirit as well. We hope that you will consult this little booklet often and, when in doubt, talk things over with your head resident or student counselor.

We look forward each year with keen anticipation to the return of our old students, and we greet with enthusiasm our new girls. May the year in your residence group pay great dividends in happiness and personal development. Sarah B. Holmes, Dean of Women

Procedures and Regulations

Room and Board, Tuition, Fees

The cost of room and board in the dormitories at present is $240 per semester. Tuition for Kentucky students is $65.00 per semester, and for out of state students it is $125.00 per semester. Room, board, and tuition are all paid in the line of registration. All three may be paid by one check if it is more convenient. For the rates in sorority houses see pages 27 and 28 of this book. By vote of the House President’s Council, a social fee of two dollars is collected each semester at the time she signs into the residence hall. This fee is used for parties, decorations for Homecoming, materials for floats, etc.

In this booklet the House President’s Council has not tried to answer any sixty four dollar
questions, but to give you a simple guide for everyday group living. Whether you are an
acceptable member of your group will be determined not only by whether you live according to
the “letter of the law,” but whether you observe the spirit as well. We hope that you will consult
this little booklet often and, when in doubt, talk things over with your head resident or student
counselor.

We look forward each year with keen anticipation to the return of our old students, and
we greet with enthusiasm our new girls. May the year in your residence group pay great
dividends in happiness and personal development.
Sarah B. Holmes, Dean of Women

Procedures and Regulations

Room and Board, Tuition, Fees

The cost of room and board in the dormitories at present is $240 per semester. Tuition for
Kentucky students is $65.00 per semester, and for out of state students it is $125.00 per semester.
Room, board, and tuition are all paid in the line of registration. All three may be paid by one
check if it is more convenient. For the rates in sorority houses see pages 27 and 28 of this book.
By vote of the House President’s Council, a social fee of two dollars is collected each
semester at the time she signs into the residence hall. This fee is used for parties, decorations for
Homecoming, materials for floats, etc.

Hall Facilities and Service

Phones and Buzzers

All long distance calls, including reversed charges, must be placed on the pay phones. A
$5.00 fine will be charged for calling on a regular phone. Phones in the Halls are not to be used
after 11 p.m. on week nights, nor after closing hours on weekends.
Freshmen do not receive calls during quiet hours. Calls into freshmen halls should be
made before 7:30 p.m., and between 10:00 and 11:00 p.m.

Upperclasswomen may answer the phone until closing time. Be considerate and limit the
conversation to five minutes.

If there is a buzzer system in the hall, learn the signal and how to answer it correctly for
speedy service. Allow the receptionist time to the complete the ring.

Dining Halls

Hours
Breakfast: Weekdays – 6:45 to 8:45; Sundays – 8:30 to 9:30
Lunch: Weekdays – 11:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Dinner: Monday through Fridays — 5:00 to 6:30, Saturdays – 5:00 to 6:00, Sundays –
12:00 noon to 1:30.
No Sunday night supper is served.
If classes interfere with the scheduled dining hall hours, see the hostess in the dining
room.

Conserving Food
A second serving may be served on vegetables and bread only. Take the regular serving
when going through the line the first time. Go back to serving table for a second serving.
Appearance at Meals
Housecoats may be worn to breakfast providing they are clean and reach to the knee or
longer. Hair must be combed, if in pin curls a scarf must be worn over the hair. Slacks, blue
jeans, and Bermuda shorts or peddle pushers are permissible in the dining room at breakfast or
lunch, but never at dinner. Short shorts are never to be worn in the dining room. Only during
exam week may blue jeans be worn to all three meals. This does not mean short shorts.
Sunday dinner is more formal than dinner during the week. Come in heels, hose, and a
dress or suit. No scarves are worn at Sunday dinner.
There is no smoking in the dining room.

Care of Halls

Appearance in Residence Halls
At all times, except before the halls open in the morning and after closing hours at night,
girls are to be fully clothed when they are in the living and recreation rooms. No slacks, jeans, or
shorts are to be worn in the lounges.
A robe or housecoat should be worn at all times a girl is not completely dressed, since a
janitor or repair man may be working in the corridors at any time.

Hours

Hours for Callers
The Residence Halls are open to visitors from 10:00 a.m. until closing time. Many
individual groups, especially sororities, have set later opening hours.
If a girl’s date is late in getting out of the hall she will be penalized as though she were late
coming in.
The hall clock is the official time piece and all residents should set their watches by it.

Closing Hours
All houses close Friday and Saturday nights at 12:30; Sunday night at 11:30. Freshmen
Halls close at 10:00 Monday through Thursday, the other halls close at 10:30. Freshman halls are
closed to visitors at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Lights out in freshman halls at 11:00
p.m. Lights out in upperclass halls at 12:00.
One-half hour is allowed students to return to the residence halls after attending
recognized special activities such as concerts, plays, etc., which extend beyond closing time.
Restricted students, who have night classes, are allowed one-half hour to return to the residence
hall after class.
A 1:30 a.m. permission will be given to each hall and sorority house on the night upon
which a formal dance is given by that particular house. All members of this sorority must spend
the night in the sorority house if they wish to have the 1:30 permission. The house will close at
12:30 a.m. as usual on the night of the formal. No dates will be permitted in the lounges after that
hour. Only those girls attending the dance will receive the 1:30 permission. Permission to go
home, or to spend the night out of town after a dance or other late function will not be granted.

Quiet Hours
Freshmen quiet hours are 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. and from 11:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Monday
through Thursday. (Freshmen may not receive telephone calls during these hours.) On Friday
and Sunday nights Quiet Hours are from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. and from midnight until 8:00 a.m.
Upperclass quiet hours are from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. and from 11:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Monday through Thursday. On weekends the halls are to be quiet 30 minutes after closing hours.
Radios and record players should never be played in such a manner that they disturb
others. Do not place radios in the windows.
Typewriting, after 10:30 p.m., must be done in special rooms.
The piano is not to be played before 10:00 a.m., or after 7:30 p.m. Monday through
Thursday, except during relaxation periods. No practicing is to be done on any musical
instrument in the halls. There are practice rooms in the Art Center for this purpose.

Quiet Hour Courtesies
There should not be an undue amount of noise in the building at any time.
The keeping of quiet hours in the hall will be much more successful if the following
courtesies to others are observed:

  1. Please refrain from loud talking, loud laughing, slamming of doors, running in the halls,
    calling down the halls, running or shouting on the stairs, singing and loud talking in the
    bathrooms, walking in wooden soled shoes, and otherwise creating a disturbance when
    others are trying to study or sleep.
  2. Please keep room doors closed during quiet hours. It helps to eliminate noise.
  3. Please respect your fellow student’s “Do Not Disturb” signs and sleeping schedules,
  4. Please carry group discussions to the recreation room. When a group of girls gather in the
    hall, or in any room, the noise may be louder than it seems to those talking and laughing.
    Calling out of windows is not an accepted means of communication. This rule applies at all
    times.

General

Alcoholic Beverages
The taking of alcoholic beverages or liquor into student rooms or into the halls, either for
use or for storage, is prohibited. Residents who violate this rule, or who return to the halls
showing evidence of excessive drinking subject themselves to disciplinary action.
Excerpt from the minutes of the university faculty, December 9, 1946: “The University of
Kentucky looks with disfavor on the excessive use of intoxicating liquors and on their use under
any conditions which will jeopardize the reputation of the institution.
“No intoxicating liquors are to be brought into any fraternity or sorority house, and the
drinking of such liquors or being intoxicated in these houses, is forbidden. The same prohibition
applies to all residence halls and to all rooming houses for University students. The serving or
drinking of intoxicating liquors at dances or other social functions held by University
organizations is forbidden in all areas under the jurisdiction of the group responsible for the
function.
“A student adjudged in violation of the above regulations shall be subject to dismissal
from the University. An organization which, as such, violates these regulations shall be subject
to such penalty as seems appropriate, including if necessary, the withdrawal of its charter.”

Campuses
A campus is a penalty imposed for the infringement of one or more rules. This may be
given for a week night, or a weekend night, depending upon the seriousness of the offense. It
may also be made to apply to day time hours. A campus not kept at the appointed time will be
doubled.
When a girl is campused:
She may not receive callers or phone calls.
She must sign in at a designated place every hour, on the hour, from 6:00 p.m. until the
time designated by the House Council. (At times the Dean of Women or Head Resident may also
impose a campus upon a student for misconduct.)
A campus may consist of the student’s being restricted to the upstairs of her hall, or to her
room.

Dancing
Dancing is not permitted in the University Residence Halls on Sunday.

Marriage Announcements
Women students who are married without public announcement, during the school year,
are required to report such marriage to the Office of the Dean of Women immediately.

Serenades
During serenades lights should be turned out. Students should listen quietly to serenades.
Applaud at the end of each song without undue noise.

Standings and Probation
When a student makes below a C average, she is said to be on Restriction and is
permitted fewer nights out.
Probation is much more serious and should not be confused with Restriction.
With the exception of the Colleges of Law and Pharmacy any full-time student who fails
either to pass nine semester hours of work during the regular semester (or five semester hours
during the summer term) or fails to attain the following standing shall be placed upon probation
by the college in which the student is enrolled.

Freshmen – average of 1.4 quality points
Sophomore – average of 1.6 quality points
Juniors and Seniors – average of 1.8 quality points

Probation shall continue until the student attains the scholastic standing specified for his
classification in the University. Any student failing to meet the minimum standards specified for
two consecutive semesters or terms shall be dropped from the University. The above regulations,
with the exception of the minimum number of semester hours required, shall apply to part-time
students. A part-time student is required to pass half of his scheduled load.
A student may also be placed on disciplinary probation by the Dean of Women.

Source Citation:

University of Kentucky. 1956. “Handbook for Women in Residence (Sororities and Residence Halls), 1955-56.” In Essential Documents in the History of American Higher Education, edited by John R. Thelin, 231-236. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

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University of Kentucky. 1956. "Handbook for Women in Residence, Pamphlet." History of Higher Education. https://higheredhistory.gmu.edu/primary-sources/handbook-for-women-in-residence-pamphlet/