Opinions Battle: Do you think that visitation hours should apply to family members?

By JESSIE JENKINS

Contributing Writer

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Visitation hours are a rule that I have disagreed with since coming to Piedmont last year. 

Even though I kind of understand their reasoning behind these rules, I still think that we need to take steps so that they can be removed. 

We are in college now and should be able to make our own decisions about who we spend time with and what part of the day it is. 

I know that this has been a big issue and it’s been beaten to death, but it’s because there have been little changes that have been made. 

It is a huge step that we have extended hours, but there is still the issue of family members.

During basketball season, my whole family comes to watch the games and it’s a pain that my mom and sister can’t come to my room until a certain time. 

It’s understandable if you’re talking about a friend of the opposite sex, but it’s my mom and sister. There shouldn’t be any reason to put rules on that. 

I don’t think that the visitation rules should apply to family members at all. 

For eighteen years of my life before I came to college, I lived under the same roof as my mom and sister, and they should be able to come and spend time with me where I live now. 

There is no reason that a family member of the opposite sex shouldn’t be allowed to visit at any time. 

There could be a policy that they have to sign in and out and have some form of identification, but it needs to be addressed. 

My family is extremely important to me and I would love to be able to spend as much time as possible with them without worrying if I’m going to get in trouble or not. 

Piedmont is a great school, but there are some things that I don’t agree with and this is one of them. 

Hopefully with the changes of hours we will be able to have a policy change with family members coming into our room during visitation hours.

I would be really grateful, and I know my family would too.

By AARON THRAMS

Contributing Writer

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Everyone is always complaining about visitation hours and how they aren’t fair. 

I’m just like everyone else and I don’t like that we have to be told when someone can be in our room, but I’ve also gotten used to it. 

I think that we need to just realize that they are what they are and deal with it. 

We knew before coming here that Piedmont had rules, so there’s no use in crying about it.

I think that visitation hours should apply to everyone, even family members. 

When you make a rule, you have to follow it. 

It’s hard when there are different rules for different people and the lines become crossed. 

If Piedmont starts allowing family members to come and go whenever they want, it’s going to become a problem. 

I love my family and my friends’ families, but I don’t want them coming in at any hour of the night. Families can be just as loud as college students can.

I’m not trying to sound heartless at all, but it will just complicate things a lot more with all of the paperwork that will have to do be done just for our family to visit us.

And if you allow family members, will that include cousins, aunts and uncles? 

No one will ever know when to implement the rules or not.

Another issue is actually knowing if the person that visits is a family member. 

There are a lot of people who have siblings that don’t look anything like them. Are you just supposed to take their word for it? 

I think that we are making a big step with the extended visitation hours, but we also need to think about what is best for everyone as a student body. 

It will be interesting to see what happens on February 18th and if we will be able to handle the changes.

Since we do have these rules, they have to be followed, even if we don’t like them.