The Catholic University of America

Archived 10/14/05

Guests and Visitation in the Residence Halls

A guest is defined as any individual who is not a resident of the room or building in which they are 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. As individuals enter a building, they are required to show their HRS-issued key tag for that building to staff at the entryway desk during evening hours. Any individual who is not able to present the appropriate key tag for a given building will be considered a guest.

Guests are expected to abide by all university and residence hall policies and must be hosted by a current resident of said building. By allowing access to his/her assigned room and/or hall, the host becomes responsible for the behaviors of his/her guest whether the "guest" is a fellow CUA student or not. 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 by 2 a.m. and may not arrive before 9 a.m.

Guests staying overnight are required to register in the RHO of the said host prior to arrival and present a picture ID. They will receive a guest pass, and must carry that pass with them for the duration of their stay, as well as a picture ID. Overnight guests must be same gender. Hosts are not permitted to house guests more than two consecutive nights, and overnight visits should be limited and infrequent.

The university reserves the right to remove a guest from the residence halls at any time it deems that the guest's or his or her host's behavior is contrary to the goals and objectives of the university, as judged by a residence life staff member. The host may be subject to disciplinary proceedings as a result of his/her guest's behavior.

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. The roommate should not be compelled to leave the room in order to accommodate a guest, nor should he or she be placed in situations that might cause embarrassment or inconvenience.