BOMINA KIM ’14
The Task Force assembled by SGA President Panida Pollawit ’12 and administrators has made notable changes to Trinity’s Social Host Policy. This new draft reflects the voices of the student body and addresses the abrupt and exclusive nature of the previous policy, and features various compromises that the Task Force has reached with members of the administration.
The changes represent the Task Force’s goals to optimize social liberties while maintaining a healthy atmosphere. The maximum number of attendees has been increased from 150 to 230 people, recognizing the capacity of certain hosts and venues to manage such a crowd.
The 2 a.m. curfew placed on events has also been lifted, provided that alcohol is no longer served past that time.
The types of alcohol that may be served at private events has been extended to include hard liquor, as maintained by the Office of Campus Life, provided that the guest list is submitted by noon on the Thursday prior to the event.
Events open to the public need to be registered by noon on Wednesday.
In addition to the more relaxed nature of the rules, the severe disciplinary measures have also been modified. The corrective provisions of violators at the first, second, and third offense has been reduced by about half to two week, eight week, and one year suspension of privileges, respectively. The nature of this reduction suggests that students are not being targeted for punishment, but rather, administrators hope corrections will be made and students will engage in appropriate and respectful behavior.
Students will continue to be held responsible for dangerous drinking habits, poor judgment, and offensive behavior towards those of different sexes, races, and sexual orientation.
The new balance of academic rigor, social freedom, and collective civility is a direct vision of the possibilities that can arise from organized collaboration between the administration and the students.
More important perhaps than the changes themselves, is the community’s more favorable reaction to a dialogue rather than a directive being implemented at Trinity.
The College still reserves the right to make changes to the Student Handbook if extraordinary circumstances arise, but the College has also agreed to acknowledge “the value of the free and open exchange of ideas between students, faculty, and administration regarding policies affecting student life.”
In response, Trinity will attempt to provide at least two weeks notice to the student body before making any policy changes, “unless a legal mandate or clear and present danger compels immediate action by the College.”