The Catholic University of America
Archived 7/31/07
I. Policy

A guest is defined as any individual who is not a resident of the room or building in which he/she is present. In addition to non-CUA students, this includes CUA students who live off campus and CUA on-campus residents who wish to enter a room or building to which they are not assigned.

Guests are expected to abide by all university policies and must be hosted by a current resident of the building. By allowing access to his/her assigned room and/or hall, the host becomes responsible for the behaviors of his/her guest. Hosts should escort guests at all times during their visit. Guests are only permitted to use community restrooms designated for their gender. Non-overnight guests must be escorted from the host's residence hall, including common areas, by 2 a.m. and may not arrive before 9 a.m.

Guests staying overnight are required to be registered in the residence hall where he/she will be staying. The guest will be issued a pass, which must be carried along with a picture ID for the duration of his/her stay. Overnight guests must be of the same gender and are normally not permitted to stay on campus for more than two consecutive nights. Overnight visits should be limited and infrequent.

Sexual expression inconsistent with the teachings and moral values of the Catholic Church is not permissible in the residence halls. Specifically, "human sexuality … is to be genitally expressed only in a monogamous heterosexual relationship of lasting fidelity in marriage." Co-habitation, an overnight visit with a sexual partner, is prohibited, as this type of behavior is incompatible with the mission of the university as well as with the rights of roommates.

The university reserves the right to remove a guest from the residence halls at any time when the guest's behavior is considered contrary to the goals and objectives of the university, as judged by a residence life staff member. A resident's privilege to have a guest may not interfere with the roommates or the community's right to privacy, sleep and quiet study space. The right of a student to live in reasonable privacy takes precedence over the privilege of his or her roommate to host a guest in the room. A roommate should not be compelled to leave the room in order to accommodate a guest, nor should he/she be placed in situations that might cause embarrassment or inconvenience. A resident can be held responsible for the activities that occur in his/her room, regardless of whether or not he/she was a willing participant or knowledgeable about what was occurring.