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.


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