The Catholic University of America

Visitation in the Residence Halls Policy

Approved by: President
History: Issued               -- August 2004  
  Revised            -- December 6, 2018  
  Last Reviewed -- December 6, 2018
Related Policies: Code of Student Conduct
Additional References: Residence Life
Responsible Official:  Dean of Students tel. (202) 319-5619
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I.         Introduction

University policy on guests and visitation endeavors to maintain the security, privacy and community atmosphere of the residence halls. This policy exists to help students maintain a living environment that supports academic success and personal well-being.  The visitation policy defines guests 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.   Guest means any individual who is not a resident of the residence hall and/or room in which he/she is present.  This includes any University student who lives in another residence hall or off-campus and any individual who is not an enrolled student at the University.

B.    Visitation Hours: 

Guests are permitted to visit in student rooms, lounges, lobbies/entryways and study areas on weekdays (Sunday through Thursday) from 10:00 a.m. until midnight and on weekends (Friday and Saturday) from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m., provided that the visits are consistent with this policy.

Visitation hours for student rooms on University Reading Days and semester final exam periods will be 10:00 a.m. until midnight daily.

Visitation hours may be extended the day of an official University holiday.

III.       Policy

Positive engagement and student interaction in the residential community supports the academic and social development of students and serve as a means through which men and women can contribute to one another’s education while forming genuine friendships.  To support an atmosphere conducive to academic achievement and positive community interaction, the following standards are in place for visitation in the residence halls:

1.   Guest visits should be of limited duration regardless of the time of day.  In consideration of roommates and other building residents, it is important that visits not infringe on another’s right to privacy, sleep and quiet student space. Roommates are expected to discuss and approve any overnight guest, prior to the guests' 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 guest in the room. A roommate should not be compelled to leave the room to accommodate a guest, nor should he/she be placed in situations that might cause embarrassment or inconvenience. If the presence of a guest infringes on the rights of the roommate or other building residents, the guest will be required to leave the residential facility.

2.   Hosts are responsible for ensuring that their guest signs in and out with the hall monitor.  Failure to sign out guests will result in a referral for disciplinary action. Guests must be hosted by a current resident of the residence hall, and the host resident must accompany their guests at all times. Resident hosts may be held personally accountable for damages and/or violations of University policy by their guests.

3.   Students who reside in the same residence hall may visit with one another in lounges, lobbies/entryways and study areas of the building 24 hours per day. Students may not sleep overnight in any common area of a residential building.

4.   Guests are expected to abide by all University policies at all times, regardless of the conduct of others. Laws and University policies authorize only certain persons to use specific campus locations for certain purposes and at certain hours in order to ensure an appropriate living environment and the safety of our students and guests. All students and guests must comply with all such laws and policies at all times, and one student's or guest's failure to do so does not excuse another student's or guest's noncompliance. So, for example, while one student's violation of residence hall visitation hours may affect that student's reasonable expectation of privacy, it does not affect any other student's obligation to comply with University visitation and conduct rules or the University's right to discipline any student who violates law or University policy.   The University reserves the right to remove a guest from the residence halls if the guest'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.

5.   Guests are only permitted to use community restrooms designated for their sex.

6.   On occasion, a University student may host an overnight visitor who is not affiliated with the University. Overnight visitors must be at least 18 years of age, must be of the same sex 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. Overnight guests are required to register with residence hall staff and obtain a guest pass. The guest must carry picture ID and University guest pass with him/her at all times while on campus.

7.   Babysitting is not permitted in the residence halls, except for the children of live-in professional staff and faculty in their assigned residential space.

8.   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 by the University’s Code of Student Conduct.   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.