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Guest & Visitation Policy

Guest & Visitor Guidelines

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  • When a resident has a guest, they assume full responsibility for the conduct and behavior of that guest even in the absence of the resident, and are subject to disciplinary action as a result of their guest's behavior.
  • A guest may only remain overnight in a room if she or he has the permission of all the assigned occupants of the room or suite, a Residence Life staff member, and have followed the appropriate sign-in procedures.
  • All non-university guests must present their valid picture identification at the desk to receive a dated guest pass or electronic approval (depending on building). These guest passes are only good for the building and date issued. (which you must carry at all times) and have their host escort them and take responsibility for their actions. Valid picture identification is limited to a drivers’ license, state identification card, military identification card or a passport.
  • Each resident can only sign-in two guests (including overnight). If the resident needs to have more people then they can ask their roommate to sign them in or ask a Residence Life staff member for permission.
  • Guests are not allowed to stay more than two (2) nights in any residence hall within a seven (7) day period.
  • A guest may be denied permission to remain overnight or be a guest in the future by a senior staff member or the Director of Residence Life. The guest shall be informed of the reasons when they are asked to leave.
  • Any person living in or visiting the residence halls without permission is considered a trespasser and is subject to arrest.

Having guests visit in the residence halls is a privilege, not a right – and may be revoked due to violations of the conduct code.

Residential Guests: are defined by the University as an individual who currently resides in a UMass Lowell residence hall.
Visitors: are defined by the University as any UMass Lowell student or non-student who does not reside in a UMass Lowell residence hall.

Guest Policy for Fall 2020 and COVID-19

Implementation of guest and visitor access to our residence halls and non-essential staff access will be implemented in increments. Guest and visitation "Levels" will be determined by Residence Life through the utilization of current guidance from our local health officials, the CDC, and the current conditions in Lowell and on-campus and may/may not be in the order of the levels below.

LEVEL 1

  • No residential guests or visitors are allowed in the residence halls at this time.
  • No access for non-essential staff

LEVEL 2

  • Limited residential guests in the residence halls between the hours of 7 p.m. - midnight.
  • No visitors are allowed at this time.
  • Limit residential guests to one per resident. Residential guests must be escorted by the host resident at all times.
  • Limit hours of visitation to be in line with security desk hours (7 p.m. – midnight). Guests must be checked in with the front desk or using the online check-in form through the Housing Portal.
  • No overnight residential guests are permitted.
  • Review non-essential staff requesting access; non-essential staff granted access to halls on a case by case basis determined by the potential need.

LEVEL 3

  • Limited residential guests or visitors in the residence halls between the hours of 7 p.m. - midnight.
  • No residential guests or visitors are allowed in the residence halls outside of these times.
  • Residential guests and visitors must be escorted by the host resident at all times.
  • Limit residential guest or visitor to one per host resident.
  • Limit hours of visitation from 7 p.m. to midnight.
  • Residential guests and visitors must be checked in using check-in form through the StarRez portal.
  • No overnight residential guests or visitors are permitted.
  • Review non-essential staff requesting access; non-essential staff granted access to halls on a case by case basis determined by the potential need

LEVEL 4

  • Limited residential guests and visitors in the residence halls.
  • Residential guests and visitors must be escorted by the host resident at all times.
  • Limit residential guests or visitors to two per host resident.
  • Limit hours of visitation to 7 p.m. - midnight.
  • Guests and visitors must be checked in using the guest check-in form through the Housing Portal.
  • No overnight residential guests or visitors are permitted.
  • Non-essential staff access permitted per standard Residence Life guidelines.

LEVEL 5

  • Return to standard Residence Life guest guidelines.
  • Residential guests and visitors must be escorted by the host resident at all times.
  • Limit residential guests or visitors to two per host resident.
  • Guests and visitors must be checked in using the guest check-in form through the Housing Portal.

Guest Sign-In Locations & Hours

In the lobby of each residence hall there is a security desk that is staffed every evening from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Guest Sign-In Process

In order to ensure the safety and security of our students, it is necessary that we strictly enforce our guest sign-in process. Every individual is required to present valid, picture identification at the desk when they enter the building. This includes residents of the building. All non-resident guests, including residents of other buildings, must follow the guest sign-in policy. This guest policy is valid for those guests who enter the building prior to 7 p.m. and must follow the same guest procedures. 

All guests will receive a dated guest pass or electronic approval (depending on building). These guest passes are only good for the building and date issued. Guests must have this identification on their person at all times. Their host must escort them at all times while in the building.

Building Resident

When you enter your own building you are required to show your ID to the Security Officer and then swipe your University ID across a verification reader to prove that you are indeed a resident of that building.

Guest (a residential student of another hall)

Residents who are visiting from another building will have to show and swipe their ID, sign in, and have a “host” from within the building to escort them and take responsibility for them.

Visitors (Any non UMass Lowell residential student)

UMass Lowell commuter students and non-university individuals must present their valid picture identification at the desk, complete a guest pass in person or online (which you must carry at all times), and have their host escort them and take responsibility for their actions. Valid picture identification is limited to a drivers’ license, state identification card, military identification card, or a passport.

Age

Visitors under the age of 17, with a valid ID, are only permitted to be in the building until 11 p.m., when they must leave. Special permission for under 17 overnight visitors can only be obtained from the Area Coordinator or Resident Director of the building at least 48 hours in advance (two business days). The Area Coordinator or Resident Director may ask for parental/guardian permission and contact information so please be prepared and plan ahead.

Responsibility of Host

Hosts are ultimately responsible for the actions of their guests and visitors. We do hold guests and visitors accountable for our Residence Life Community Living Guidelines, the Conduct Code, and all University policies. Failure to follow the guest and visitor procedure or any University policy can result in a guest losing his or her privilege of visiting anyone on the University campus. 

All University students will be held to the standards set for behavior on campus and will be adjudicated with due process through the University disciplinary process for failure to follow policy and conduct unbecoming to a University of Massachusetts Lowell student. 

When a resident has a guest, they assume full responsibility for the conduct of that guest even if they are separated in the building. The host is subject to disciplinary action as a result of their guest’s behavior. A host is defined as the resident signing the guest into the room, and/or the student in the presence of the guest or visitor.

Guests & Visitors and Alcohol

As noted above, valid, picture identification and proof of age is required for permission to drink alcohol in the residence halls and only in the room of a resident who is at least 21 years of age. No guest is allowed to transport alcohol into any of the buildings, only a host (building resident), at least 21 years old, may bring alcohol into the building. Please review the complete text of the alcohol policy in the Student Conduct Code.

Intoxicated Guests & Visitors

Residents may be restricted from signing in a guest or visitor if University Police or the Residence Life Staff determines this is in the best interest of the community, or the guest appears to be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Parents or guardians may be called to transport the guest.

Extended Stay

Individuals remaining for an extended period of time, or without the permission of an Area Coordinator/Resident Director are subject to a charge of $25 per night billed to the assigned occupant/resident. Extended periods are considered to be more than two (2) nights in any residence hall within a seven (7) day period.

Absence of Occupants

A guest may not occupy the hosts’ bedroom or suite room in the absence of the host. The host must be in the presence of all guests at all times within the residence hall.

Maximum Occupancy

Residents may have up to two (2) guests in accordance with the sign-in procedures, and must have the permission of an Area Coordinator/Resident Director to exceed this limit. The maximum occupancy for any residential area shall not exceed three times the designed occupancy.

Denial of Accommodations

An Area Coordinator/Resident Director may deny a guest permission to remain overnight or be a guest in the future. The guest shall be informed of the reasons when she or he is asked to leave. Appeals must be directed to the Senior Associate Director of Residence Life for Housing and Operations.

Trespassers

Any person living in or visiting the residence halls, without a valid housing contract or without following Residence Life guest procedures is a trespasser. Trespassers shall be subject to a minimum charge of $25 per day during the period of occupancy and subject to criminal charges.