Residence Hall and Apartment Visitation Policy
Students living in University owned
residence hall rooms and suites may have visitors twenty-four hours, seven days
per week. It is assumed that all visitors are invited and/or welcome. The terms
guest and visitor are used interchangeably, defined according to the following
(a) Those individuals not officially assigned by the
University to a particular residence hall room or campus apartment.
(b) Those individuals not officially assigned by the
University to a specific residence hall.
Roommates are expected to discuss
with each other the general parameters for hosting visitors within the confines
of the room or apartment (e.g., advance notice, acceptable visitation hours,
visitor behavior, etc.). It is the responsibility of the host to ensure that
the presence of a guest does not infringe upon the rights of his or her
roommates. Any resident planning to host an overnight visitor is expected to
secure prior permission from all his or her roommates before inviting a guest to
stay. Cohabitation is not allowed. No visitor will be allowed to stay within a
room or apartment for more than two consecutive days.
Bathroom facilities located on
residence hall floors are designated for usage according to gender. Use is thus
restricted to persons of the same gender as those individuals assigned to the
rooms on the floor. Visitors of the opposite gender are required to use
bathroom facilities designated for them in other locations throughout the
residence hall. Visitors are expected to follow the rules and regulations of
the University, with hosts required to assume full responsibility and
accountability for the behavior of visitors.
Visitors who are Shippensburg
University students will also be held accountable for violations of the Student
Code of Conduct. Any resident negatively affected by another student’s guest is
encouraged to contact the residence life staff for assistance.
Guests of residential students are
required to register their motor vehicle with the University Police upon
arrival. There is no charge for this service. The University Police Station is
open twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week. Failure to register a
vehicle may result in the issuance of a parking citation.
Residents of campus residence halls
may, by secret ballot and after at least two weeks of classes, choose to
restrict the visitation on their particular floor. If residents desire to limit
visitation hours on their floor only, a meeting must be called that allows open
debate regarding the proposed restrictions. Within three class days following
the meeting, a secret ballot will occur. Only floor members are eligible to
vote. Residence life staff will administer the election and tally the results.
Seventy-five percent of the total floor residents must vote in favor of the
proposed visitation restrictions in order to implement them. If passed,
restricted visitation hours go into effect immediately, subject to enforcement
by both the residents and the residence life staff.
Residence Hall Sign-In Procedures (Out-of-Hall Visitors)
Nonresident visitors must be met in
the main lobby by a host who resides within that particular residence hall. The
host and guests are expected to proceed directly to the lobby desk and complete
the registration process. Note: During periods when the hall desk is staffed by
a desk assistant, he or she will assist in the registration process. During
periods when the desk is closed, residents are expected to register guests by
completing the card and placing it in the registration box which is available
at each residence hall desk. It is a violation of this policy to host visitors
without registering them at the hall desk. Violators are subject to University
Residence Hall Escort Policy (Out-of-Hall Visitors)
Any visitor, regardless of gender,
must be escorted by his or her host if not a resident of the hall he or she is
visiting. Any situation involving an unescorted visitor will be considered a
violation of this policy and will subject the host and visitor to judicial
action by the University.
Overnight Guest Policy Specific to Minors
Housing and Residence Life welcomes
all visitors in residence halls provided that they are in accordance with all
university rules and regulations. However, because of the significant
responsibility and level of care required for children, siblings or individuals
under the age of 18 that are not currently enrolled at Shippensburg University,
they are not permitted to stay in residence as an overnight visitor unless
taking part in a recognized university special event, i.e. Siblings Weekend or
are on-campus at the behest of the University. All overnight guests must have
and provide a photo ID.