Many students are complaining about the inconveniences that they have been experiencing since a new curfew was ordered on University of Seoul (UOS) dormitory. Starting from the beginning of the summer break, students are not allowed to enter or leave the dormitory from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. The school announced that it would impose this curfew about two weeks before the curfew began to take effect.
Until this change, the UOS dormitory’s policy was considered relatively loose, compared to those of other universities. Some students have been critcizing how the announcement was made on such a short notice and without asking for students’ opinions. The biggest concern that many students have is that it would be hard to abide by the curfew as they usually come back to the dormitory around 2 or 3 a.m., after studying or doing their assignments at Main Library. Most of the other universities usually have libraries or places in their dormitories where students can study until late at night, whereas the UOS one does not have such facilities.
Other students, however, point out the need to impose the curfew. According to some students on Gwangjang, the UOS online community, the imposition of the curfew was reasonable and expected, considering how often some students got drunk and passed out in front of the dormitory. One student said, “I have witnessed many times where the police had to come to the dormitory. Even once a drunken student broke into a room where students were preparing for national examinations, and caused such a disturbance that the police had to come to arrest him.”
The curfew states that when a curfew violator receives three demerit points, he or she has to write an explanatory statement. If a student receives ten demerit points in total, he or she will be expelled from the dormitory.