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Visitor Policies

Current planning and guidelines suggest that allowing visitors is a risk factor we want to avoid. Therefore, visitors will generally not be allowed in our residence halls until it is deemed safe. Parents/guardians (up to 2 at a time) are the only allowable visitors. Currently, we are not able to allow for siblings, other relatives, friends, significant others, etc. to visit. 

Parents/guardians may visit, however, residents will need to follow these steps:

  • NO overnight visits are allowed.
  • Pre-register your visitor(s) by filling out the Visitor Request Form at least one hour before their arrival.
  • Show the receptionist a pre-registration receipt (via smartphone or in print).
  • Show a government-issued photo ID card (e.g., state ID, driver's license, passport) upon the visit that matches the information on the pre-registration form.
  • Visit only between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Wear a mask/face covering at all times in the building (in elevators, in corridors, in the lobby, in common areas, etc.). The only exception for mask wearing is in the student’s room with the door closed.
  • We enforce the City of Chicago's Emergency Travel Order and cannot accommodate visitors from states that are categorized as Travel Advisory: Avoid Travel as a 10-day quarantine is required. T​o view Chicago's Emergency Travel Order, click here​ and check to see if your visitor is travelling from a confirmed "Avoid Travel" state.

Winter 2021 Update

We will NOT allow any visitors for the first two weeks of Winter Quarter (January 2-18), including parents/guardians. Students who are new residents arriving Winter Quarter may have assistance with their move, 
but nothing beyond their scheduled move-in day.​ For more information, please visit the Winter Quarter FAQs​ 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.

Visitors (18 and over) must provide state-, government- or DePaul-issued photo identification in order to be signed in to a residence hall. Visitors who do not have proper photo identification will not be allowed to enter the residence halls, no exceptions. 

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

DePaul Housing and Residential Education reserve the right to suspend campuswide or building-specific visitor privileges at any time if it is felt this is in the best interest for the safety of the residents and/or as a sanction within the student conduct process.

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.