As Valentine’s Day approaches, the eyes of Salt Lake Community College students may fall victim to public displays of affection, as numerous couples on campus express their physical love for one another.
For those wondering if public displays of affection, or PDA, violates some sort of rule at SLCC, the answer is no. In the Student Code of Conduct that Bruins are encouraged to get, there is no clear-cut section that speaks specifically on PDA.
While it is possible that PDA could be stretched to fall under Disorderly Conduct section, as it states “any behavior on College owned property that distracts students from learning and/or obstructs the College’s goal of creating a safe and productive campus community violates the educational experience,” this scenario is unlikely.
Bruin students believe that a large majority of PDA sightings are attributed to the small population of high school students that can be found attending tech classes on nearly all of the SLCC campuses.
For students who may be disgusted by PDA, avoid hotspots like the small bank of couches on the southwest side of South City Campus and the entire Instruction and Administration Building on Taylorsville Redwood Campus.
Although SLCC doesn’t include PDA in their student handbook, each and every high school around the valley does.
East High School, which has students that frequent SLCC, has a section in their student handbook that specifically deals with PDA. Those that fail to meet the standards are required to have a parent conference with the administration.
In conclusion, if you’re a SLCC student and you feel like making out with your significant other for Valentine’s Day, please consider others and save it for home.
For the high school students that attend SLCC’s tech program, you can get in trouble under your own student code of conduct and will inevitably have to explain to your mom why you were kissing on campus.