Revised Guidelines for Guests and Visitors in On-Campus Student Residences

The following was sent to all students living on CRC and BUMC, and those incoming or registered for the fall, on Monday, August 9, 2021.

Friends,

As we plan for a return in-person fall, we are writing to update you on BU’s policies for guests and visitors within on-campus student residences.  These changes have been made to the Guest Policy for the Fall 2021 semester and are reflected in the Lifebook’s COVID-19 Policies  and will go into effect on August 16, 2021.

This Fall 2021, resident students are welcome to have guests, so long as all roommates offer consent and guests are BU community members with a green badge, which demonstrates proof of compliance with the University’s COVID-19 requirements. Please note: no overnight guests are permitted until one week after the start of classes: Thursday, September 9, 2021. Also, no overnight guests are permitted during study and exam periods.

Remember that masks should be worn in all common areas of the residences (e.g., lobbies, corridors, lounges, stairwells, elevators). Masks are not required in private rooms, suites, and apartments in the residences.

Guest Policy for Fall 2021

Boston University grants students the privilege of hosting guests in the student residences. All guests must be BU community members with a green badge, which demonstrates compliance with the University’s COVID-19 requirements. In addition, a resident’s ability to host guests is, in fact, a courtesy extended by a roommate or roommates. A foundation of this guest policy is that guests are only permitted with the consent of a resident’s roommate(s). Students are expected to communicate with each other to work out arrangements for guests within a shared room, suite, or apartment. Members of the Residence Life staff are available to assist students who may require support or guidance in working with a roommate about the presence of guests in their shared accommodations, and especially in cases where a roommate displays a lack of consideration for others or abuses the privilege of hosting guests.

For the purposes of this policy, a resident is a student who is assigned to a room, suite, or apartment in the Boston University residence system. A guest is an individual who is not assigned to said resident’s room, suite, or apartment. A resident host is a resident student who escorts a guest into the residence to which they are assigned. An overnight guest is a guest who visits between the hours of 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. (or any fraction thereof).

Generally, residents must accompany their guests at all times. A resident may have no more than three (3) guests at a time, and guests may stay in a room, suite, or apartment no more than three consecutive nights. Residents are able to have guests stay overnight for no more than seven (7) such visits each semester.

Guests are expected to respect and comply with all rules and regulations while in or around the residences. At all times, residents are responsible for the conduct and activity of their guests, including any damage caused to University property and violations of policies for student residences. Roommates are expected to communicate about whether or not guests should wear masks while inside the roommates’ shared living space.

Resident (on-campus) students who wish to visit one of the larger residences can use their Terrier Card (BUID) to gain access between the hours of 7 a.m. and 2 a.m., each day.

During dining service hours, any resident student with a dining plan may sign in a non-resident at Warren Towers (where access through a security desk is required to enter the dining room), so long as the non-resident is a BU community member with a green badge. A non-resident BU (off-campus) student with a dining plan can use their Terrier Card to access Warren Towers during dining service hours.

No overnight guests are permitted during the first week of the academic year, and during study and final examination periods.

In addition to the preceding terms, which apply to all students in residence, this guest policy includes terms that apply to specific campus residences:

Guests within 575 Commonwealth Avenue, 1019 Commonwealth Avenue, Danielsen Hall, Myles Standish Hall, Kilachand Hall, The Towers, Warren Towers, and West Campus residences

Between 7 a.m. and 2 a.m., a building resident must sign in all non-residents. The non-residents must be BU community members with green badge, which demonstrates proof of compliance with the University’s COVID-19 requirements. Prior to entering the residence, the resident host’s Terrier Card must be scanned at the security desk, and the guest must leave a photo identification card with the Residential Safety security assistant.

For the purposes of a one-night visit only, between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m., guests must check-in at the security desk. A resident must meet guests in the lobby and must escort them into the residence. Prior to entering the residence, the resident host’s Terrier Card must be scanned at the security station, and the guest must show a green badge and also leave a photo identification card with the Residential Safety security assistant.

A resident who wishes to have a guest visit for up to three consecutive nights must request these overnight privileges by submitting an overnight guest pass to the Residential Safety security assistant before 2 a.m., of the first night of the intended overnight period. The resident’s roommate(s) or suitemates must provide written consent.

Guests within 10 Buick Street and 33 Harry Agganis Way

A resident must meet guests in the lobby and must accompany them into the building. Residents must obtain verbal authorization from all other students within the apartment and/or suite to host an overnight guest. Prior to entering the residence, the resident host’s Terrier Card must be scanned at the security station, and the guest must show a green badge and also leave a photo identification card with the Residential Safety security assistant. Guests are permitted within the residence at any time, as long as they are accompanied by a building resident.

Guests within the smaller dormitory-style and apartment-style residences, including Bay State Road brownstones, and Beacon Street, Commonwealth Avenue, and South Campus residences

A resident must meet guests in the building’s vestibule and must escort them into the building. Residents assume responsibility for ensuring all guests have a green badge. Residents must obtain verbal authorization from all other students within the room, suite, or apartment to host an overnight guest. Guests are permitted within the residence at any time, as long as they are accompanied by a building resident.

 

Be well,

Judy Platt
Director of Student Health Services

Kenneth Elmore
Associate Provost and Dean of Students

2 comments

  1. Regarding the updated guest policy, it seems that no guests outside of BU are permitted at all. Would this mean that there won’t be a parents weekend? Could this policy possibly be modified if non BU guests were able to provide an equivalent to the BU covid restrictions, such as another university’s form of a green badge, or proof of vaccination and a negative test result within the last 24-48 hours?

  2. Madeline, Thank you for reaching out. Right now, guests are not allowed in the living areas/residences on campus. Guests are allowed in the entrance lounge areas in the areas/residences, but not up to the room. Guests are allowed in certain buildings on campus, like the GSU. While indoors, everyone must wear a mask. We are not excepting outside COVID test results or proof of vaccination at this time. To learn more about Parents and Family Weekend, please reach out to Christy Loring at colson@bu.edu. We are planning a full weekend! Please feel free to reach out to dos@bu.edu with any additional questions as well.

    Thanks – Danielle Staub, Assistant Director, Operations & Strategic Initiatives, Boston University Dean of Students Office & Division of Student Affairs

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