Every student living within a residence hall at Rutgers University has the right to privacy in her/his own room. Just as a student has the right to reasonable protection against unwarranted physical intrusion, s/he also has the right to reasonable protection against the uninvited intrusion of noise. Each student should expect to be able to sleep, study, converse, listen to the music of her/his choice, etc. within the privacy of her/his own room, reasonably free from disruption resulting from the activities of others.
A uniform noise policy has been adopted by Residence Life and is summarized here:
- Noise, particularly sustained, must not be readily audible within the private living quarters of other students.
- Instruments or amplification devices producing excessive volume, including, but not limited to subwoofers, are prohibited in the residence halls outside of designated practice rooms.
- Sustained, loud noise originating outdoors but audible within residence halls or other University buildings will not be allowed.
- Noise emanating from within one hall must not be audible within any other hall or University building.
- No amplified sound is permitted at outside events without the prior permission of the Assistant Director of Residence Life.
- The general noise level within the hall must be such that it does not interfere with the above-mentioned rights.
As for specific hours and times:
- Courtesy hours are in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Quiet Hours are in effect, Sunday through Thursday from 11pm to 10am.
- Quiet Hours are in effect on Friday and Saturday from midnight to 10am.
- 24-hour Quiet Hours are in effect during reading days and exam periods.
Note: In apartment settings, there may be an extended quiet hour period for registered parties. Students living in those areas will be notified beforehand.