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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Getting Tufts on Sex

Sometimes it is just better to shut up.

My alma mater just got some unwanted attention this week. The no-sex-while-your-roommate-is-in-the-room guest policy has now hit the newsstand. Oh boy.

I conducted alumni interviews of prospective candidates for Tufts for over a decade. I don't ever recall asking a question about the applicant's views on permissible sex in the dorms (or being asked a question on the subject, for that matter).

I am not going to debate the pros and cons of the 'oh my god, did we really put that into words' announcement. I just wonder whether this may be followed up by more goodies, like;

Consensual sex hours 8 to 10 PM on weekday nights and until midnight on the weekends
Consensual sex common rooms for off hours sex
For those in single rooms, the same restrictions on sexual activities as for those with roommates (equal protection)
Spooning with clothes on is a permitted activity

The list could be endless. I await the first lawsuit regarding failure to enforce the policy, or even worse, for enforcing the policy.

Somebody is losing sleep tonight, and it may not be the roommate who is a reluctant witness to a violation of the school's code. It may well be the administrator who opened up this can of worms in the first place.

1 comment:

Alexandra said...

I couldn't agree more. In theory, it is a nice courtesy. But it seems impossible to enforce. And I imagine it will cause more trouble than it is worth.