Common Rooms and Dormitory Room Guidelines

Common Rooms and Shared Spaces

Particularly in shared spaces, students should be aware of and receptive to the feelings and needs of others. Some activities can be isolating or offensive (regardless of intent) and may create an unwelcome or threatening environment. For example, misogynist themes and racially-charged language are pervasive in some video games and music. Requests from others to adjust behavior should be respected.

Empty or Open Rooms

On occasion, dormitories may contain rooms that are unassigned, empty, or await the return of a student who is away. Such rooms are off-limits

Dormitory Room Guidelines

  • The following items are not permitted in student rooms: refrigerators, televisions, projectors, 3D printers, laser cutters, offensive posters/pictures, references to drugs and alcohol, and pets (except fish).
  • Furniture provided by the Academy must remain in student rooms; requests for removal may be made to the Student Life Office.
  • Desk chairs are an exception: they may be removed from student rooms if they are replaced with fire-code-compliant alternatives. To request removal of an unused desk chair, contact the Student Life Office.
  • Beds may not be dismantled nor may they be elevated on desks and bureaus.
  • When rooms are unoccupied, all lights should be turned off.

Gaming Systems and Monitors

  • Ninth Graders must store gaming systems with faculty residents. Use is restricted to weekends, in common rooms only.
  • Tenth Graders must store gaming systems with faculty residents. Use is restricted to weekends, in common rooms and individual dorm rooms.
  • For Juniors and Seniors, possession of gaming systems in individual dormitory rooms is allowed but strongly discouraged, as it tends to prevent effective study habits for the student(s) who live(s) there.
  • All students should understand that possession of large monitors (beyond 27”) and gaming consoles can turn dorm rooms into social spaces, inviting frequent distractions and difficult conversations with friends.

Guests, Service Providers, and Family Visits

Students wishing to host guests who are unaffiliated with the Academy must first obtain permission from their Class Dean or the School Officer in Charge (SOC). Students are responsible for ensuring that their guests comply with Academy rules and guidelines.

Families visiting dormitories should contact Security (not faculty residents) for access; doors should not be propped or held open.

Service providers (e.g. cleaners, hair stylists, aestheticians, masseurs, photographers) are not permitted in dormitories at any time.

Students should notify Security if they observe unfamiliar persons inside dormitories.