Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities

Visitation and Guests in Residence Halls

PLU is committed to maintaining safe, respectful and healthy residential environments that are conducive to living and learning. This commitment to residential students takes precedence over any one resident's preference to host a guest. The university believes that overnight guests have the potential for being an infringement upon the community by compromising the privacy and convenience of the people sharing residence hall space. Therefore, PLU selectively restricts visitation and expects overnight guests be hosted on a limited and infrequent basis.

The university encourages roommates to discuss issues of privacy and personal space. It is recommended that roommates discuss courtesy guidelines for the use of their room during visitation hours and for overnight guests proactively and early in the semester. If any assistance is needed, contact a residence hall staff member.

Visitation is unrestricted in:

  • residence hall lounges, hallways and kitchens at all times. Residents and guests are expected to act courteously and abide by campus policy at all times.
  • resident rooms between the hours of 8:00am and 2:00am, Monday - Friday, and 8:00am - 3:00am, Saturday and Sunday.
  • South Hall and Kreidler Hall at all times.

Visitation is restricted in:

  • resident rooms between the hours of 2:00am and 8:00am, Monday – Friday, and 3:00am – 8:00am, Saturday and Sunday. Guests must not stay longer than four consecutive nights, any four nights out of seven, or any eight nights out of thirty. Out of consideration for roommates and neighbors, overnight guests must not be in an intimate relationship with any resident of the hosting room.

Residence halls and/or residential wing communities may permit amendment to these guidelines by working with the Resident Assistant or the Resident Director of the hall. Once community permission has been granted, specific alterations to these restrictions must be approved in writing by all roommates per the guidelines set forth in the Residential Life Roommate Agreement Process.

Guests and residents are not permitted to sleep in university lounges and lobbies. If the guest or host refuses to abide by university rules, regulations, notices or directions, as given by staff members or other authorized notices issued by the university or its staff members, the guest may be required to leave and the host referred to Student Rights and Responsibilities.

The university reserves the right to remove a guest from the residence hall or the campus at any time it deems that the guest's or host's behavior is contrary to the goals and objectives of the university or is violating university policy. (See also "Guests on Campus and at PLU Events".)

Students who need assistance addressing an unwanted guest are encouraged to contact a residential life staff member or, in cases of emergency, Campus Safety at 253-535-7441.

Last Modified: September 11, 2013 at 05:02 PM