Visitation Guidelines

Updated August 10, 2022

The visitation guidelines for students living in Bloomsburg University's residence halls, suites, and apartments has been developed in an effort to balance student privileges with academic demands, the rights of occupants not hosting a guest, and health and safety. It should be noted that visitation is a privilege, not a right. Students violating this privilege or the rights of others may be subject to the loss of some or all visitation privileges up to the loss of campus housing.

A mature attitude is necessary when exercising your freedom and responsibility regarding guests in the residential facilities. Visitation guidelines are in place to provide a measure of safety for the residential communities. Please understand that any system is only as safe as those whom are using it, allow it to be. Safety is a shared responsibility. Your cooperation in escorting your guests and informing visitors of our visitation/escort policies when entering any on-campus residence is expected. Failure to comply with visitation guidelines will result in disciplinary action as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. A guest is considered anyone that is not assigned to a specific room. Therefore, a guest can be a non-BU student, family member, BU student, off-campus student, a resident of another hall or a resident of the same hall.

No one under the age of 18 years old are permitted to stay without supervision of a legal guardian, unless it is a recognized university special event, i.e. Siblings Weekend. This would include providing childcare/babysitting.

The following information outlines visitation guidelines:

  • Overnight visitors, limited to two per resident, can visit up to two (2) consecutive days, not to exceed six (6) nights in one month.
  • Hosts are responsible for the behavior of their guest(s) at all times and are obligated to inform the guest(s) of all University and Residence Life policies. Violation of any policy by a guest may result in disciplinary action being taken against both the host and guest.
  • Guests must be specifically invited by a resident in order to be permitted into the residential facility.
  • Guests must enter and exit the building through the front doors.
  • Residents should never agree to escort a person they do not know personally. This includes opening the door to allow unknown visitors to enter a residential facility. Guests who reside in the same residence hall are not required to be escorted.
  • Guests must be escorted by your host at all times when walking throughout the residential facility.
  • Guests left unattended or found to be unescorted may be documented and escorted out of the building. In addition to this, their hosts may be documented for leaving guests unattended.
  • Students are permitted to have visitors in their rooms only if there is no objection from their roommate(s). In case of a disagreement between roommates, the person without the guest will retain priority.
  • Guests can be asked to leave if they are causing a disturbance or if a roommate does not wish them to be there. University staff will make this decision.
  • Violating a roommate’s right of entry into their room or hindering a roommate’s ability to study and/or sleep within their room because of a guest’s continual presence, is considered a violation of this rule.
  • Guests may not stay in unoccupied beds in a room without the consent of the resident whose bed is to be used.
  • Must be registered online via the Overnight Guest Registration form.

Please note, there will be additional visitation restrictions for non-BU students during Block Party weekend.