Noise Ordinance

The College exists so that a community of scholars can fully participate in the learning process. Students and groups may not engage in excessive noise that obstructs academic classes, College business and faculty offices, the neighboring non-Bowdoin community, and other campus activities.

The following guidelines comprise the College’s noise ordinance:

  1. Musical instruments, stereos, radios, televisions, and other electronic devices should be played at a level acceptable to individuals within the same room and that does not disturb community and non-Bowdoin neighbors. Students may not place speakers in windows or direct sound out of windows in a way that disturbs the peace of the community.
  2. Other kinds of noise must be kept at levels that do not impinge on the rights of others.
  3. Noise and other entertainment at all parties and other non-academic gatherings should be restricted to College non-business hours (between 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.). Any exceptions to this must be cleared through the dean’s office.
  4. Residents of Bowdoin College housing must maintain music and other noise at levels that do not disturb adjacent areas. Music should be inaudible from buildings after midnight on weeknights and after 1:00 a.m. on weekends.
  5. Students may not engage in organized political expression (rallies, drumming, speak-outs, etc.) in which the noise level disrupts the educational processes of the College.
  6. The Dean of Student Affairs must approve exceptions to the above.
  7. Violations of this ordinance will subject students/groups to College disciplinary action.