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III. Guests and Security

Other than staff and authorized personnel, only residents and their guests are permitted in the residence halls.  Any individual not assigned to the hall to which they are visiting is considered a guest. Residents may be asked to verify their identity by showing their WolfCard or government issued ID.  This security measure is in place to ensure the safety of residents and the residence halls.  Having a guest or visitor in the residence halls is a privilege that may be revoked if the resident or guest violate the policies of the Standards of Conduct. Residents are responsible for informing their guests of residence hall policies and to encourage compliance. You are expected to accompany guests at all times while they are in the building. 

Every member of a community has obligations to others in their community. Consequently, the people who bring a nonresident into their living environment must be willing to assume responsibility for that person's behavior.  This policy fosters more judicious decision making by residents, encourages residents to give more consideration to whom they bring into the residence hall, and promotes responsible guest behavior.  While you cannot control another person's behavior, you can control whom you choose to have as a guest.

To verify that you are a resident of the hall, you may be required to show your WolfCard or government issued identification.  Your cooperation will help protect the security of your building.  Being a guest is a privilege, not a right.

A. Guest Behavior. Residents are responsible for informing their guests of the RLHFS Standards of Conduct. Residents are held accountable for the behavior of their guests.  If a guest violates a policy of the Standards of Conduct, the resident with whom they are checked in will be held responsible for the policy violation. 

B. Guest Check-Ins. During designated hours, residents are responsible for following the guest check-in process and accompanying their guest at all times.  Residents may check in a guest at the residence hall's front desk.  The guest check-in process requires the guest to present a government issued ID to the front desk staff.  The ID will be kept at the front desk until the resident checks their guest out of the residence hall.  WolfCards and credit/debit cards may have cash value, are not government issued IDs, and cannot be accepted as forms of identification for the purpose of guest check-in. The Department of Residential Life, Housing and Food Service is not responsible for IDs that are not retrieved upon check-out. Individuals not properly signed in are considered trespassers and are subject to citation or arrest.

B.1. Minor Guest Check-In. Residents may check in guests who are under the age of 18 by following the front desk's minor guest check-in process.  With consent of the resident and guest, the minor's parent or guardian will be contacted to provide permission for the minor to be checked in as a guest in the residence hall.

C. Guest Escort. Residents are responsible for assuring that their visitors are properly checked in and escorted while in the building. Additionally, residents must escort their guest to the front desk to check out and collect their ID. The department is not responsible for IDs left at the front desk due to improper check-out. Delivery personnel and unescorted guests must be met at the building entrance.

D. Propping doors. It is prohibited to prop open any wing or exterior doors. Propping doors is a security issue which can endanger the safety of the residence hall community. Do not let unknown individuals into the building. Refer them to the front desk for assistance. As part of your commitment to community living, it is essential for you to assume responsibility for helping maintain a safe and secure environment for all residents.

E.  Emergency Exits. Opening a fire exit door is prohibited at all times except during an emergency.  Many exterior doors have limited hours for use. Failure to abide by the limitations is deemed a serious breach of security for the residence hall community and may result in severe administrative action. An alarmed door should only be heard in times of a fire or similar emergency.  Therefore, causing an alarm to sound is the same as causing a false fire alarm and is a violation of state law. 

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