The Catholic University of America

Visitation in the Residence Halls Policy

Archived 7/2/14

I.          Introduction

The visitation policy defines visitors and visitation hours for the University residence halls, outlines expectations for appropriate behaviors of residence hall visitors and states the responsibilities of each student host. This policy exists to help students maintain a living environment that supports academic success and personal well-being.

II.         Definitions

A.         Visitor means any individual who is not a resident of the residence hall or room being entered.

B.         Visitation Hours

Sunday through Thursday:         9:00 a.m. to midnight in student rooms;

9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. in residence hall common areas

Friday through Saturday:            9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. in all areas of residence halls

III.         Policy

Visitors are permitted in the residence halls during the outlined hours and must be hosted by a current resident of the hall. Visitation in a student’s room or residence hall should respect the right of all members of the community to privacy, sleep and quiet study space. All persons not living in a residence hall must leave the residence halls when visitation hours end and are not permitted to enter prior to 9:00 a.m. on any day.

Students who reside in the same residence hall may visit with one another in lounges, lobbies/entranceways, and study bubbles of the building at any time.  Students may not sleep overnight in any common area of a residential building.

Visitors are expected to abide by all University policies and should be escorted by a host at all times. A host can be held responsible for the activities that occur in his/her room and/or behaviors of his/her visitor, regardless of whether or not the host was a willing participant or knowledgeable about what was occurring. The University reserves the right to deny a visitation request at any time due to behavior that is contrary to the University’s mission and goals.

The University affirms that sexual relationships are designed by God to be expressed solely within a marriage between husband and wife. Sexual acts of any kind outside the confines of marriage are inconsistent with the teachings and moral values of the Catholic Church and are prohibited (see Code of Student Conduct (“Code”), section II.R.)  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 and community members to live in an appropriate and comfortable environment.

Overnight Visitors

On occasion, a University student may host an overnight visitor who is not affiliated with the University. A residential University student may not be an overnight visitor in a room in which he/she does not live. Overnight visitors should 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. Overnight visits should be limited and infrequent.

A host student is required to register an overnight visitor with the Residence Hall Office or residence hall staff in the building where the visitor is staying in order to obtain a guest pass. The overnight visitor must carry a photo ID and a University guest pass with him/her at all times while on campus. 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.