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Guest Policies

Residents are responsible for the actions of their guests. Guests must comply with all residence hall and college policies and regulations and hosts are responsible for their guests' behavior at all times.  Courtesy and consideration for fellow members of your residence hall should be of primary concern.  Maintaining the security of our community is a major part of your responsibility as a resident.

Residents must encourage and take action to assure responsible behavior by their guests. This policy acknowledges that you may not be able to completely control another person’s actions, but you can influence who you host, how they behave, and what they do in the community. Failure to monitor or influence guest behavior to assure adherence to the Standards of Residence is prohibited. Residents may be held responsible for violations committed by their guests. For example, if your guest uses illegal drugs in your room, you may be held responsible for a violation of the drug policy, regardless of whether you personally used it. You may also be held responsible for violating the guest policy.  If you need help managing guest behavior or a guest is behaving outside of your voiced expectations, you should contact Campus Police or a hall staff member immediately. Doing so may reduce your accountability for their actions.

Escort Policy

Every visitor to a residence hall must be escorted at all times. This applies to residents of other halls as well as non-residents. The only exceptions to this rule are designated college staff. If a non-resident is found unescorted inside the building or courtyard by a staff member, that person will be stopped and confronted. If the person that they are visiting has knowledge of their presence in the building, the resident will be documented for violating this policy. If a resident from another hall is found alone in the building, they will be documented, as well as the resident that the person was visiting, if the resident has knowledge of the visitor's presence and has not escorted this visitor.

Residents are responsible for the actions of their guests.

  1. All guests, including those who live on-campus in another residence hall, will be required to be signed-in at the Front Desk of the residence hall that they are visiting (with the exception of Willard Hall)
    1. Fridays-Wednesdays 7:00pm to 12:00am.
    2. Thursdays 7:00pm to 2:00am.
    3. Penfield Hall desk hours start at 4:00pm, guest are required to sign in while desk is open.
  2. Proper Identification is required; such as school ID, driver license, state ID, passport.
  3. Guests must be signed-in and escorted in order to gain entrance into the residence halls.
  4. One resident cannot sign in more than TWO guests at a time and may not sign anyone else in until those guests leave.
  5. If a resident has a guest in the building before 7:00pm, they must go to the front desk at 7:00pm to have their guest(s) signed in.

Overnight Guests

A resident's privilege to have a guest in the room/suite may not interfere with a roommate/suitemate's right to privacy, sleep and quiet study space.  Before a guest can be permitted to stay consent from others sharing the room/suite should be granted.

Guests of residence hall students may stay overnight in the residence halls only two (2) nights within a seven (7) day period.  Guests are not permitted to stay more than six (6) nights within a 30-day timespan within all residence halls.  Guests are not permitted to stay more than six (6) days total within a 30-day timespan not per host resident for six (6) days.  Guests found staying longer than allowed may be charge additional fee to their student account and/or trespassed from the residence halls.

             In addition, guests are prohibited from sleeping in any suite area. Use of an appropriate bathroom is strictly mandated for all guests. Violation of this policy may result in administrative action. It is expected that overnight guests be of an age where they can exit the residence hall in case of an emergency without the need of supervision (such as fire alarm evacuation).

Inter-Visitation Policy

The residence halls at Rhode Island College allow 24-hour visitation. Hall Visitation policies are established for the visiting of non-residents of that residence hall, keeping these considerations in mind:

  • Everyone’s rights should be remembered.
  • The living environment must remain safe and secure for all residents.
  • Residents are responsible and accountable for their actions and behavior as well as those of their guests.
  • Students must abide by college policies as well as State and Federal laws.
  • Violation of a college policy will result in administrative actions.
  • Violation of a State or Federal law will result in administrative actions along with possible civil prosecution.

Courtesy and consideration for fellow members of your residence hall should be of primary concern.



For more information about Housing Policies, please review the Residential Life & Housing Resident Student Handbook available on our website.​

Page last updated: March 28, 2017