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Visitor Policies

​​​​​​​​​​​Last Updated: October 18, 2021

Fall 2021 Visitor Policy

Effective October 18, 2021, DePaul Housing is transitioning to Phase 2 of the visitor policy which allows: 

  • 1-2 pre-registered parents/guardians at a time (must be vaccinated for COVID-19)

  • 1-2 DePaul resident visitors at a time
    • For example, a resident living in Munroe Hall may visit another resident living in Belden-Racine Hall.  
    • Individuals living outside of DePaul Lincoln Park residence halls may not be visitors at this time. ​​

Residents who choose to host a visitor must follow the instructions below.  ​

Steps for hosting parents/guardians: ​
  • Residents must pre-register their visitor(s) by filling out the Visitor Request Form​ at least one hour before their arrival.​
  • Residents must show the desk receptionist a pre-registration receipt (via smartphone or in print).
  • Parents/guardians must present their government-issued photo ID card (e.g., state ID, driver's license, passport) and proof of COVID-19 vaccination (e.g., vaccination card or photo of their vaccination card) to front desk staff on the date that matches the information on the pre-registration receipt. To determine if a visitor is fully vaccinated for COVID-19, please refer to DePaul’s immunization requirements
  • Everyone must wear a face mask 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.
  • In addition to wearing a face mask, it is highly recommended that all residents and parents/guardians continue to follow common COVID practices, such as social distancing and hand washing/sanitizing.​​

Steps for hosting other DePaul on-campus residents (i.e., resident visitor): 

  • ​For on-campus residents visiting from another on-campus residence hall, hosts must meet their resident visitor(s) at the front desk. No more than 2 resident visitors at a time.  
  • ​The host and resident visitor(s) must present their DePaul ID card to the front desk staff to be signed in before the visit can begin. 
  • Resident visitors must stay with their host at all times.  ​
  • Before exiting the building, hosts and resident visitors must sign out at the front desk. 
    • If a host does not join their resident visitor during the sign out process, an Unescorted Visitor Violation Form is completed and the host could lose visitor privileges.

Though this is the current situation, we continue to monitor the City of Chicago COVID Dashboard and the DePaul COVID-19 Dashboard. If there is a significant change in the positivity on campus or throughout the city, DePaul Housing reserves the right to alter the visitor policy to match local and state guidelines regarding COVID-19 at any time. For more housing information related to COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 Campus Housing Information​ webpage. ​

Additional 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.

In order to be signed in to a residence hall, parent/guardian visitors must present a government-issued photo ID and resident visitors must present a DePaul-issued photo ID. Visitors who do not have proper photo identification will not be allowed to enter the residence halls, no exceptions. Non-photo IDs will not be accepted. 

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 campus-wide 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.

Lincoln Park Campus residents are allowed to host up to two (2) 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.  

As of Monday, October 18, 2021, DePaul Housing is permitting 1-2 pre-registered parents/guardians (must be vaccinated for COVID-19) OR 1-2 resident visitors (DePaul students with an active housing agreement on the Lincoln Park Campus). 

• 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 who visit 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. 

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.