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Visitor Policies

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Spring 2022 Visitor Policy

Effective Monday, April 11: DePaul Housing and Residential Education will open the visitor policy to any 1-2 visitors, which includes non-DePaul students, extended family, and other external guests. Please review guidance on this page carefully to avoid a visitor policy violation.

Steps for hosting visitors 

  • Hosts must meet their visitor(s) at the front desk. No more than 1-2 visitors at a time.
  • Before the visit can begin, the host and visitor(s) must present their ID cards to front desk staff for an official check-in. Visitors without a DePaul ID card must present a government-issued photo ID card (e.g., state ID, driver's license, passport) AND proof of COVID-19 vaccination to front desk staff. 
  • Visitors must stay with their host at all times.
  • This is a mask-friendly campus; visitors may choose to wear a face mask inside residential buildings. 
  • Before exiting the building, hosts, and visitors must sign out at the front desk. 
NOTE: If a host does not join their visitor(s) during the sign-out process, an Unescorted Visitor Violation Form is completed and the host could lose visitor privileges. 
Our departments will continue to monitor COVID cases via the City of Chicago COVID Dashboard and the DePaul COVID-19 Dashboard​. If there is a significant change in the positivity rate on campus or throughout the city, DePaul Housing and Residential Education reserve the right to alter the visitor policy.

For more housing information related to COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 Campus Housing Information webpage​.

Additional Visitor Information 

As hosts, residents may be personally and financially responsible for the actions and behaviors of their visitors. Visitors must be personally known to residents. Residents are responsible for informing visitors of the policies and procedures of campus housing. Visitors must abide by university and residential policies and procedures at all times. As hosts, residents are accountable and may be subject to disciplinary action if visitors violate a policy or procedure. Visitors who exhibit inappropriate behavior may be required to leave campus housing. Staff will not escort a visitor into any units without a resident host. 

To be signed in at the front desk, DePaul student visitors must present their DePaul-issued photo ID and visitors outside the DePaul community must present their government-issued photo ID AND proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Visitors who do not have proper photo identification and proof of COVID-19 vaccination will not be allowed to enter the residence halls⁠—no exceptions. Non-photo IDs will not be accepted.

Visitors cannot be left alone without their resident host. Visitors must be escorted at all times, including the sign-out process. At the end of a visit, resident hosts must accompany visitors to sign out at the front desk. Failure to sign out a visitor at the time of departure may result in the loss of visitor privileges for the resident host. 

Each Lincoln Park Campus resident may sign in a maximum of two (2) visitors at any given time. DePaul Housing and Residential Education reserve the right to suspend campuswide or building-specific visitor privileges at any time if it is in the best interest of the DePaul community (specifically the safety of residents and/or as a sanction within the student conduct process). 

Residents living in Courtside Apartments and Sheffield Square are not required to sign in visitors but are expected to follow the policy of no more than two (2) visitors per resident in an apartment at any given time. 

Lincoln Park Campus residents are allowed to host overnight visitors after informing all roommates of the visit prior to the visitor’s arrival. 

• An overnight visitor is anyone who is not a resident of a particular unit, which includes residents from the same residence hall/building. 

• An overnight visitor stay is defined as any visit exceeding four (4) hours between midnight and 8:00 a.m. on any given night. 

• Resident hosts are allowed to register overnight visits a maximum of two (2) nights in a seven (7) day period. The seven-day period begins at midnight on Sunday and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday. 

• Visitors of DePaul, regardless of which host they are visiting or which hall, may not have more than ten (10) overnight visits in any given academic quarter. 

• Visitor registration software tracks all visits, and any host found to be in violation of this policy may have visitation privileges suspended or revoked. 

• Registered visitors may only sleep in the unit of the host who is sponsoring their visit. Sleeping in other units or public/community spaces within the halls is strictly prohibited.

• Visitors may not stay in unoccupied beds in a unit without the consent of the resident whose bed is to be used. 

Overnight visitor expectations can be discussed between roommates during the roommate agreement process upon move-in. The above standards are designed to prevent abuse of roommate rights. If these standards are violated, residents may be subject to student conduct action and loss of privileges. A student whose housing agreement has been canceled through the student conduct process may not be a visitor in campus housing.

Minor visitors are those who are 17 years and younger. Resident hosts should fill out the online registration form for minors wishing to stay in DePaul Lincoln Park Campus residence halls or apartments. Once the form is submitted, the resident host will be contacted by Housing staff with further instructions. Resident hosts should contact their Housing Operations Coordinator or Area Office with questions. For minor visitors, please also note: 

• Per the visitor policy, minors who visit must be in the company of their DePaul resident host at all times.  

• Minors should bring a driver’s license, state ID, passport, or other government-issued form of photo identification with them when possible. 

• Minors under the age of 5 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian inside residential buildings at all times and are not permitted for overnight stays. 

• As with any other visitor, resident hosts are expected to inform their roommate(s) of the minor visitor’s stay in advance of the visit.

Guest policies at the University Center may differ from those on the Lincoln Park Campus. Residents in that building are expected to abide by all rules set forth within the University Center student handbook, found with our student guides and also at ucresidentservices.com under the "Residence Life" tab. 

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