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Three university rules you didn’t know existed

Rules have been pounded into your head at hall meetings, but here are several rules you may be unaware of.

Social dancing is prohibited 

The student handbook states social dancing is prohibited on campus, and members of the student body are not permitted to use ORU’s name in planning or sponsoring social dances of any kind off-campus.

After talking to fellow students about what they would like to see in Student Association events, SA member Halle Byrams found many enjoy dancing.

“I think where our culture is today, social dancing is widely acceptable and can be clean and wholesome fun,” Byrams said.

Don’t hog the room

If a student lives in a double room but lacks a roommate, the student’s belongings should only occupy half of the room.

“That roommate may not becoming,but somebody else may select that space,” Director of Housing Brandon Almeida said. “And when they show up, they can’t move in. That’s probably the worst impression we can make on a new student.”

Students cannot take up both closets and chest drawers or remove one of the beds unless they paid for a private room.

Students who refuse to condense their belongings to half of the room could be charged for a private room, which Almeida said is an extreme measure that has never been implemented.

Do not harm the Canada Geese 

Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, disrupting their eggs, nesting sites or inflicting any harm can result in fines ranging from $5,000 to $10,000.

Leon Melton, wildlife specialist and owner of Green Country Wildlife, holds a license to relocate the geese.

“When I’m done putting them in the truck, I’m all bruised up from the geese biting me and pecking me,” Melton said. “They hold on and twist.”

Especially during spring, nesting  season, the geese can be aggressive and even attack students.

“They will run after you,” Melton said. “The more scared you act, the more aggressive they will be.”

In lieu of an attack, students should not harm the Canada Geese.

Melton said students should respond to confrontations by facing the geese, holding out their hands and yelling.

Byrams said students should read the handbook to avoid getting in trouble for unknown rules.

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