Guest Policy Update
Residential Life and Housing continues to monitor, assess and address the changing guidance, best practices and circumstances related to COVID-19. If COVID-19 positivity and hospitalization rates continue to improve in the coming weeks, Residential Life and Housing plans to update the current guest policy starting April 8, 2022.
Beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 8, 2022, Residential Life and Housing plans to implement a guest policy for non-residential and non-affiliated guests. Every non-resident guest and non-affiliated guest must have valid picture identification. This can include a state-issued identification or valid passport. Credit cards, ATM cards, other university or college IDs, or expired photo identification documents will not be accepted. At this time minors without an ID are not permitted without being accompanied by a legal guardian.
Residential Life and Housing will begin training staff immediately and will use the coming weeks to prepare for this policy change on April 8, 2022. We appreciate your patience as this time will allow for a smooth transition.
As a reminder, here is the policy for all guests in the residence halls:
- All residents and guests must abide by all policies while in the residence hall, including the Student Code of Conduct, Guide to Residential Living, and posted occupancy limits.
- Residents are permitted to host no more than three guests at any given time, and guests may be hosted in the VCU residence halls for no more than three consecutive nights and no more than six nights total in any 30-day period.
- Guests under the age of 14 are not permitted in the residence halls at any time unless they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Guests who are 14-17 years of age are permitted to enter VCU residence halls with a complete and satisfactory Minor Guest Permission Form from a legal parent or guardian. Visit the Guide to Residential Living for additional information on hosting minor guests.
- Residents must have their roommate’s consent to invite a guest into a shared suite or apartment.
- If an invited guest violates residence hall or university policy, they must vacate the residence hall immediately. Guests documented for violations of policy will be referred to Student Conduct and may lose their guest access pending investigation.
Additionally, resident hosts must complete the following steps to sign in a non-resident or non-affiliated guest:
- Residents must register the guest before arrival at the desk.
- Resident host must meet the guest at the front desk with a valid VCU ID
- The resident host must sign the guest in
- The guest will be required to present a current and valid photo ID at the front desk for the purposes of registration
- The resident host must escort their guests at all times. Resident hosts assume responsibility for their guests and must ensure their guests comply with all VCU policies
Any individual who attempts to enter a residence hall without guest access privileges may be subject to arrest for trespassing, and Residential Life & Housing will notify VCU Police. Guest access privileges may be restored only by the Associate Director of Residential Life or designee.
Residential Life and Housing will be sending information on how to register guests/minors the week of March 28 and guest access will be restored on Friday, April 8, 2022.