Housing guest policy restricts off-campus students from residence halls

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The I street entrance to District House was temporarily closed Friday morning for "emergency repair."

All off-campus students are restricted from entering residence halls, officials announced Friday.

In an email sent to students, officials said the University’s current guest policy prohibits off-campus visitors from entering any residential buildings, even if an on-campus resident is the host. The announcement comes as an update to a series of rollbacks to its guest policy that aims to maintain public health on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The entire off-campus student population was previously prohibited from entering residence halls until the University loosened the guest policy last month to allow off-campus students who were members of the on-campus cohort this summer to enter residence halls as guests. Under the previous policy instituted in May, on-campus students could enter any residence hall without capacity limits after access to buildings was solely restricted to their residents.

The email states that students caught violating the current guest policy may be reported for conduct violations, including trespassing and non-compliance. Officials said they will re-evaluate the guest policy during the fall semester based on advice from the Medical Faculty Associates, according to the email.

Residents are permitted to host other residential students as guests from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., but no overnight guests are allowed.

“Thank you in advance for cooperating with this effort to keep our community operating as normally as possible while preventing the spread of COVID-19,” the email reads. “With your cooperation, we hope to demonstrate that changes to the guest policy can still maintain safety and limit the spread of COVID.”

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