Residents made quiet because of vandalism


Notices explain vandalism.

Milana Ballard, Opinions Editor

On Oct. 5, a vandalism report was made in the Living and Learning Center. Multiple vulgar drawings were put on walls along with inappropriate phrases.

The vandalism decorated the resident director’s door, along with the hallway walls and other doors.

LLC residents were put on indefinite 24-hour quiet hours as a punishment.

Colin Harrison, a sophomore in the LLC, said he found out about the vandalism by seeing the drawings on his resident director’s door.

Some students were not aware of the situation at all. There was nothing but a few fliers on walls letting residents know about an investigation into the vandalism. There was also no communication from the resident director to residents.

“To be honest, I don’t even see him,” student resident Nina Casella said about her resident director.

“I didn’t know about the vandalism until I saw the ’24 quiet hours’ signs and then my friend pointed out where the vandalism was.”

According to the student handbook, “All residents of a room, suite, lodge or apartment are held mutually liable for damages to public and/or private areas when individual responsibility for the damages cannot be clearly established.”

Some students were not aware of this rule set by university officials. “I didn’t even know about that until I heard it from someone that it was a possibility,” said Casella.

“I think the person responsible was pretty childish for vandalizing school property,” said Harrison.

“We have not identified the individual (responsible),” said Housing Director Mark Dougherty.

The quiet hours have been lifted and students will not be charged with a community fine, Dougherty said. However, Dougherty said, if the individual or individuals come forward, they could have to pay the clean-up cost.