A university in Qingdao has likely been removed from many graduating high school seniors’ college wish list this week, following reports about the school’s unusual code of conduct which includes prohibitions on basically all contact between students of the opposite sex.
Students enrolled at Qingdao Binhai University, a private vocational college founded in 1992, are not allowed to hold hands or hug their significant others in public. Violators of this rule face public shaming, punishment and possible expulsion.
The controversial code of conduct also includes bans on guys helping girls carry their bags, as well as couples sharing trays at the campus cafeteria or earphones while listening to music.
One student told the Beijing Times that he was caught by a teacher holding hands with his girlfriend. He was given a “serious warning” for his behavior and made to clean a dirty bathroom as punishment.
Students say that toilet cleaning duty is a common punishment at the university, because it employees no sanitation workers. A manager of student affairs confirmed that the university has no cleaning staff, but claimed that this was not to save money, but to teach students to be responsible and build good cleanliness habits.
The manager added the university had placed these kinds of restrictions on students since the day that it opened, claiming that the school doesn’t ban relationships between students, merely asking them to “mind their manners.”
Yeah, think we’d rather go to the college with all the old people.
Last year, a Jilin university also made headlines ahead of Singles’ Day with a new code of conduct that cracked down on PDA on campus, including couples feeding each other at the cafeteria.