Guests

Covid-19 Update

See updated access protocols as of March 25.

Introduction

Residents that host non-Columbia daytime or overnight guests assume responsibility for their guest and their guest's actions while in the residence halls.

Non-Building Resident Guest Policy

Current residential students have access into the common areas of all residence halls, except for brownstones. While this provides convenient access for all residents in undergraduate housing, a student is considered a guest across the residential community when in any space other than their contractually assigned room. Students in a building, suite or room other than their contractual assignment must respect the time and frequency limitations as established below for all guests.   

Non-Columbia Guest Policy

A resident is permitted to host a non-Columbia guest provided there is no interference with the rights of a roommate and that the visit is consistent with the terms of this policy.  

Guests ten years of age or younger must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian in order to gain access to an undergraduate residence hall. 

Residents who wish to host a guest must abide by the following: 

  • Residents may host guests only in the room or suite in which they reside. 
  • Hosts must check with their roommate(s)/suitemate(s) for approval before inviting a guest to the room. If the roommate(s) do not approve, the guest cannot stay in the room. 
  • Residents may not accept any payment, service, barter or other remuneration from a guest in exchange for the guest's ability to stay in a room or suite. The University considers any such payment to be a violation to the Terms and Conditions of Residence. 
  • Students with concerns regarding guests should talk to the host, and then, if necessary, with a member of the Residential Life staff. 
  • Hosts must always accompany their guests.
  • Guests must sign in at the security desk of their host’s residence hall and show valid ID.
  • Overnight stays for one guest are limited to five days in any consecutive 30-day period. An overnight stay is defined as any stay within the hours of 11:00pm and 8:00am. 
  • Repetition of visits by the same guest(s) over consecutive periods of time is not permitted. 
  • Guests must be accommodated in their host’s room and are not allowed to sleep in floor lounges or other public spaces without express permission from the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Student Life/Executive Director of Residential Life. 
  • Residential Life, Public Safety, Columbia Housing and other University staff reserve the right to limit the number of guests that may be signed into the residence halls by one host. 
  • Hosts are responsible for the actions of their guest(s) in the residence halls at all times. The definition of a host shall not be limited solely to the individual who signed the guest in, but may also include other residents who the guest has come to visit, or those individuals accompanying the guest at the time of any violation. 
  • Hosts should familiarize guests with community standards.  

Guest Violations

Policy violations requiring immediate action (removal from the residence hall and/or revocation of guest privileges) will be referred to a Residential Life conduct meeting or the Dean’s Discipline process. If the policy violation results in the arrest of the host and/or guest, or in the event of other serious policy violations, guest privileges will be immediately revoked by Public Safety. Decisions on the reinstatement of guest privileges and of a host’s privilege to sign in guests will be made for undergraduate halls by Residential Life and/or Student Conduct and Community Standards.