KNUE Residential Education Center attempted to make a revolutionary change: 24 hours open. Under the existing rule, students have to come in the dormitory before 12:00 a.m. Also, they have to fill in a form when they want to sleep out, and they can’t come in before 5:00 a.m. Thinking this rule, ‘24 hours open’ was evaluated as an innovative idea to students.
Residential Education Center considered this new change to give students freedom and to improve the students’ moral civic awareness. However, the head of the center worried about the possibility of the unfavorable event with the introduction of 24 hours open system. So, REC determined to have the test operation period for two weeks and to ask the student whether it is okay for this system to be implemented hereafter or not. The period of test operation was from April 23 to May 7. In this period, students could come in and out the dormitory anytime. The head of each floor who takes a roll call every night did not enter the room but checked only the form which students wrote on when they came into their room and why they came after midnight.
During the test operation, there were not only many affirmative responses but also dissatisfactions and complaints. Some students were dissatisfied with the fact that they could not utilize the test operation because this period overlapped one week of the midterm exams. Also, other students complained about the noise problem at dawn because of drunk students returning their room after 12:00 a.m. After the period, REC asked the students’ opinion about this new system through a survey. The results would determine whether the 24 hours open system would be progressed or not, which would be revealed by the end of the semester.
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