IRHA approves new door policy allowing non-offensive displays

Amber Billings

ISU dorm residents may post any decorations or signs on their doors they please — as long as it doesn’t offend other students.

Inter-Residence Hall Association members unanimously passed a bill at their Thursday meeting making guidelines for what can be hung on residence hall doors. The bill is based on a Department of Residence policy outlining rules for door postings.

Department officials ask IRHA to revise and approve the policy every year.

According to the bill, all decorations on doors are allowed except when they violate student governments’ election codes, the university’s policies on harassment or a person’s right to privacy. Also, any information that is defamatory is not allowed.

The bill serves as a guide for residence hall floors to discuss decorations residents might feel violate any of these rules. It also outlines the procedure for removing offensive decorations.

In new business, Hawthorn Court and Buchanan Hall may be represented by IRHA next year if parliament approves a bill that had its first read at the meeting.

The bill proposed changing the IRHA constitution so the association is composed of all of the residence hall associations.

David Eilers, Union Drive Association at-large representative, said the bill would allow Hawthorn Court or possibly Buchanan Hall to be represented by IRHA in the future.

“Anyone can join,” said Eilers, co-author of the bill.

Eilers helped write another bill concerning changes to IRHA bylaws. He recommended parliament review various changes, including adding community adviser as an equivalent to a residence adviser, requiring the secretary must type 50 words per minute and adding advertising to the list of the secretary’s duties.

“We spent a lot of time going over this so take a look at this before next week,” Eilers said.

Nathan Ohrt, Richardson Court Association president, spoke about a bill that defines what art can be painted on elevator doors, size of posters that could be hung in the houses and the avoidance of trademark infringement.

“We looked it over, had [University Legal Services Director] Paul Tanaka look it over,” Ohrt said. “It should be good.”

The last bill concerned support for the American Heart Association. The bill calls for IRHA to donate $1,500 from its discretionary fund to the RCA government for its 100-inning softball game for charity.

All proceeds from the event, which will be held April 29, will benefit the American Heart Association.