Resident Students May be sharing mail with a stranger

By Christina Fazio

Comment Staff

A few weeks ago, students in the Pope Hall mailroom were greeted with a large poster providing insight of the chance residents “may be sharing a mailbox with another student.”

Rita Camara, Assistant Director of Residence Life and Housing, who oversees assignments, was unaware of any official notification to students about the shared mailboxes.

“Students usually know if they are, if they find someone elses mail in their mailbox or if there is sometimes a letter following the mailbox number,” Camara said. The poster on the wall of the mailbox room wasn’t present until the spring.

“I don’t feel comfortable sharing my mailbox with someone because it allows whoever I’m sharing a mailbox with to know what I’m getting and the things I get will be out there for whoever I share with to take,” said sophomore education and psychology major Megan Dickinson. “I don’t even know who I’d be sharing it with, how can I trust them?”

Students may be sharing their dorm mailboxes with an unknown neighbor. Christina Fazio Photo.
Students may be sharing their dorm mailboxes with an unknown neighbor. Christina Fazio Photo.

The absence of any official document, informing students their mailbox may be shared with another student, jeopardizes the delivery of mail to the intended recipient. According to the federal law, this could have led to students facing legal consequences.

The United States Code 18 U.S.C. § 1702, Obstruction of Correspondence states, “Whoever takes any letter, postal card, or package out of any post office or any authorized depository for mail matter… before it has been delivered to the person to whom it was directed… shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.”

Camara also mentioned there are more students sharing a mailbox in the fall, in comparison to the number of those sharing in the spring due to the higher enrollment in the fall.

Christina Annan, a sophomore majoring in sociology, expressed similar concerns at the thought of sharing a mailbox.

“What if they accidentally took my mail and then forget to return it to the mailbox or end up throwing it away?” she said.

Typically there are regulations and procedures for matters involving federal laws, to prevent violating such laws.

The 2012-2013 Student Handbook provides a brief description of the mail services offered on campus, but fails to inform students they may share a mailbox. The description under the section titled Mail Services states, “Each resident student is assigned a mailbox through his or her residence hall,” but says nothing about the possibility of sharing that mailbox with another student.

Christina Fazio is a Comment staff writer. Follow her on Twitter at @Fazio_Christina or email her at cfazio@student.bridgew.edu.

 

+ posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related

Project 2025: A Conservative Hostile Takeover

As the 2024 presidential election nears, conservatives led by The Heritage Foundation’s Project 2025 blueprint reports preparing for a significant shift in governance. Should Donald Trump win the presidency, the project would initiate an extensive overhaul, replacing key government employees identified with ‘woke’ ideologies and policies in exchange for vetted loyalists. In the White House, […]

Mayorkas Impeached

On February 13, 2024,  Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas (he/him), was impeached by the United States House of Representatives. Mayorkas is being impeached for a “breach of public trust” and “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” by House Republicans, led by Speaker Mike Johnson (he/him, LA-04). The vote […]

UNRWA Under Investigation for Alleged Hamas Ties

  A report released on January 26 alleges that UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) had 12 staff members aiding Hamas in the October 7 attacks against Israel, which led to the military campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. This newfound evidence has resulted in the […]