Curing the Dorm Dilemma
Most parents and adult professionals would associate the term “the college experience” with words like discipline, hard work, education, and career development. A fresh high school graduate might associate much different words to “the college experience” such as parties, hangovers, hook-ups and little sleep. Sadly, the purpose of moving away to attend college through the years has lost a lot of its core value and benefits. Although attending an on-campus college still provides the opportunity for young adults to leave the nest for the first time, it also serves as a red flag for a teenager that screams freedom! Because of the lack of parental and direct adult supervision, college partying has become a nationwide epidemic and an expected aspect of on-campus living. This is why the Catholic University of America’s President, John Garvey’s announcement to ban co-ed dorms and return to the tradition of single-sex dorms was a sensible decision that would aid in diminishing binge drinking, and the rise in promiscuity and help get back to the basics of the school’s goals, in educating students.
This decision as reasonable as it may seem has come at a high cost, and Garvey has already received threats of a lawsuit for sexual discrimination. What is most surprising is that the threats are coming from a fellow professor from George Washington University. Any professional educator should have the mindset of “what is best for the students?” Putting all political correctness aside, banning co-ed dorms seems a reasonable step to help limit many student’s wild ways and would allow the students to focus on their studies. A 2009 study showed that students who attend co-ed dorms have more sexual partners than students who do not live in a co-ed environment. Women particularly are at a higher risk of becoming depressed or doing poorly with grades. And the fact of the matter is that sexual attraction has always been a leading distraction for young adults. Garvey should not be prosecuted for his decision but commended for his efforts in helping students succeed. If more college campuses considered this policy, and allowed students to have less distractions, students would have a better chance to do better in school and ultimately be better prepared for the workforce. It’s that simple.