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Harvard grad students may be smart, but still need someone to hold their hands when it comes to going to the bathroom

Sep 8, 2009

harvard-etiquetteA high GRE score doesn’t equate to high levels of common sense – or at least that’s how administrators at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences feel.  Upon arriving for school this week, grad students at the school who reside on campus were presented with the usual garb of campus gear – school IDs, housing rules, safety precautions, fire exit locations – and a guide to proper bathroom etiquette.  In case they weren’t smart enough to figure it out themselves, students at one of America’s most highly respected and prestigious universities were actually presented a pamphlet of appropriate and inappropriate actions for toilets, urinals, sinks, and showers.

The checklist included rules such as:
–   Don’t leave bodily fluids on the toilet seat
–    Don’t stand on the toilet seat
–    Don’t collect or store urine and then dispose of it later in the bathroom or shower
–    Don’t urinate, defecate, or excavate the naval cavity in the shower
–    Don’t urinate, defecate, vomit, or wash feet in the sink
–    Urinate in the urinal with the proper aim
–    It’s OK to smile at yourself in the mirror

Well I’m glad someone is teaching our Ivy League students not to stand on the toilet seat! That’s been a real issue bothering me for awhile now.  If you are interested in educating yourself like a true Harvard student, click here to read the full list of bathroom rules.

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22 Responses to “Harvard grad students may be smart, but still need someone to hold their hands when it comes to going to the bathroom”

  1. Bathroom Colors - January 29th, 2010 at 8:08 am

    haha!! that’s how i feel sometimes. like i need to bring my work wiht me!!

  2. Sony - February 18th, 2010 at 1:43 am

    Thanks very Good Sharing :)

  3. Clare @ Harvard Application - February 19th, 2010 at 8:56 am

    I just can’t help myself to laugh about this blogpost.

  4. Bathroom washers - June 22nd, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    That is disgusting, I mean the list of don’t dos in the toilet just sounds like behaviors of 7 years old child, not graduate students!

    Some have to kick into their brains the common sense I guess!

  5. Molly - June 23rd, 2010 at 6:02 am

    Just another sign that book smarts and common sense are not the same thing. Everyone needs to be taught some manners, and bathroom etiquette is definitely a priority in shared spaces.

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  7. Online Backup Company - July 16th, 2010 at 10:04 am

    I agree that when someone is smart is does not necessarily mean that he has common sense. Smart people can sometimes be stupid too.

  8. Molly - July 16th, 2010 at 11:20 am

    True, or they just have a lack of consideration for others.

  9. Larry Quinto - July 26th, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    I agree that not all intelligent people can be independent. They still need guidance support and advices.

  10. truancy call - August 10th, 2010 at 6:27 am

    I think a lot of people (mainly men) do need to be reminded of this from time to time but clearly this little pamphlet was intended to be a light joke so it’s all good. I think toilet wipes should be provided for those who make a lot of mess.

  11. Molly - August 10th, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Wipes might be a good idea. Thanks!

  12. senior portraits - August 29th, 2010 at 4:18 am

    This serves as a reminder for the students. It does not mean that they’re not smart or they don’t have common sense, this just means that some people are really messy.

  13. Jenny Honasan - September 27th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    As we all know, Harvard is very popular because all the students who are studying there are intelligent and smart. However, they must still be taught when it comes to toileting.

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  15. Treadmill Traci - February 17th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Lol what’s wrong with using a laptop while sittin on the toilet?

  16. Rugged Depot - February 21st, 2011 at 10:42 am

    This cracked me up! The campus must have been encountering really bad toilet etiquette for them to come up with such a list! Great sense of humor, Harvard! :)

  17. Electric showers - February 24th, 2011 at 11:15 am

    A very funny post thanks

  18. Jes@ Computer Repair Ventura - April 15th, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Wow! That’s very interesting. I guess if anyone gets punished for standing on the seats, they can’t say they weren’t warned. Common sense is no longer something you should expect out of people, even Ivy League students.

  19. Classic Photographers - April 26th, 2011 at 4:08 am

    Good one, Harvard! Train ’em well before they enter the “real world.” 😉

  20. Hesticare - May 3rd, 2011 at 6:27 am

    I guess they had some precedents in the past with all the mentioned things on the list. How else they could be so exact (:

  21. Douglas Scott - June 30th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I would have to assume that students who partook in the above listed “inappropriate” bodily deposits were either drunk or hazing requirements :)

  22. LW - October 21st, 2013 at 2:40 am

    Hilarious blogpost but someone needs to let those ivy league students know how to utilise the bathroom properly. I guess wherever you go there will always be someone that refuses to follow the bathroom etiquette. Good on Harvard for the checklist!

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