The house counselors are the primary adults responsible for the students living in their dormitories. Resident house counselors live within the dormitory buildings, while complementary house counselors are assigned to be on duty in dorms on certain nights and weekends, but do not actually live in the buildings. House counselors are the primary liaison with parents and work with advisors (see below) to help and support the students in their dorms. The house counselors also are charged with maintaining safe conditions, order, a good study climate and observance of school rules. The house counselors grant day excuses and room visiting permission, and they approve, with the cluster dean, all overnight excuses. House counselors are assisted by older students who serve as resident proctors, or, in junior (ninth-grade) dorms, prefects.