The Catholic University of America

Archived 8/11/08

Guests and Visitation in the Residence Halls


I. Introduction

Visitation in the Residence Halls defines visitors and visitation hours for the university residence halls, outlines expectations for appropriate behaviors of residence hall visitors, and defines the responsibilities of each student host.

II. Definitions

A. Visitor: Any individual who visits a residence hall during visitation hours, including any CUA on-campus resident who is not assigned to the room or building in which he/she is present or wishes to enter; any CUA student who resides off campus; and any individual who is not affiliated with the university.

B. Visitation Hours:

Sunday through Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - midnight

Friday through Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.

III. Policy

Visitors must be hosted by a current resident of the residence hall. Visitors must be escorted from the host's residence hall, including common areas, when visitation hours end and may not arrive before visitation hours begin. Students who reside in the same residence hall may visit with one another in designated common areas of the building after visitation hours. The activity after visitation hours should not disturb other residents of the building.

Visitors are expected to abide by all university policies at all times. The university reserves the right to remove a visitor from the residence halls at any time if the visitor's behavior is considered contrary to the goals and objectives of the university, as judged by a residence life staff member or by the Department of Public Safety. Hosts should escort visitors at all times. A host can be held responsible for the activities that occur in his room and/or the behaviors of his visitor, regardless of whether or not he was a willing participant or knowledgeable about what was occurring. Visitors are only permitted to use community restrooms designated for their gender.

On occasion, a CUA student may host an overnight visitor who is not affiliated with the university. A CUA student may not be an overnight visitor in a room in which he/she does not live. Overnight visitors must be at least 18 years of age, must be of the same gender as his/her host, and are normally not permitted to stay on campus for more than two consecutive nights. Any visitor under 18 should have their parents/guardians sign a waiver prior to the visitor staying overnight on campus. Overnight visits should be limited and infrequent. Overnight visitors are required to register with the residence hall staff in the building where he/she is staying. The overnight visitor will be issued a pass which must be carried along with a picture ID for the duration of his/her stay. An overnight visitor of the opposite gender as the host may stay overnight with a student of the same gender, as arranged for by the host. The room where the visitor will be staying overnight and the responsible person in that room must be noted with the residence hall staff when the overnight visitor receives his/her guest pass.

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.

A resident's privilege to host a visitor may not interfere with the roommates or the community's right to privacy, sleep and quiet study space. Roommates are expected to discuss and approve any overnight visitors, prior to the visitor's arrival to campus. The right of a student to live in reasonable privacy takes precedence over the privilege of his or her roommate to host a visitor in the room. A roommate should not be compelled to leave the room in order to accommodate a visitor, nor should he/she be placed in situations that might cause embarrassment or inconvenience.