Guests and Visitors

The guest and visitation policy is designed to give residents opportunities to entertain guests, while also protecting the rights of all residents to live in a safe, quiet, and orderly environment that is conducive to academic success. Guest visitation is permitted throughout the week as specified within this policy.  Residents who experience difficulties with a guest or another resident serving as a host, including a roommate/suite mate, should inform their resident assistant.

Under this policy, there are two classifications of visitors:  general visitor and overnight guest. A general visitor is permitted to visit a residence hall student for once within a 24-hour time frame for a duration of no longer than five hours.  General visitors are not required to be registered as guests of their host.

Overnight Guests:  Overnight guests are to be registered by their host.  Typically overnight guests are late night visitors (e.g., after midnight to 7:00 a.m.) whose stay will exceed five hours.

Hosting a Guest:  As the host, a resident must accompany their guest at all times.  The actions of a guest are the responsibility of the host. Guests are expected to have a photo ID card and make it available upon the request of a Residence Life staff member or Security.  Failure to comply with this request will result in the guest being asked to leave campus.

Residential students may sponsor a guest/visitor as the host.  As a host, a resident will understand and assume responsibility as follows:

  • Accompany their visitor(s) at all times while in the residence halls.
  • Assume responsibility for the safety, welfare, and conduct of their guest.
  • Conduct that violates university policy becomes the responsibility of the host and is subject to outcomes through the conduct process, including but not limited to restitution for damages (NOTE: If the visitors are also an Indiana Tech student or employee, they are also subject to response through the appropriate conduct process).
  • Management of guest behavior will determine if permission is granted to serve as a host in the future.
  • Cohabitation, defined as having a visitor stay overnight or longer through a disregard for the visitation policy, is strictly prohibited.
  • Hosts must submit an overnight visitor request form to have an overnight visitor.  Overnight forms are available from a resident assistant, Campus Security, or the Office of Residence Life. Permission from all parties residing in the suite must be obtained before final approval to host a guest will be given.  Required signatures including the affected roommates/suite mates, the host’s resident assistant, and the Director of Residence Life is required.  This form should be completed no less than 24 hours in advance of the visitor’s arrival.
  • No more than two visitors per host are permitted at any one time.
  • The maximum length for an overnight stay is three nights during a single week.

Guests will be permitted to visit a residential student with the following provisions:

  • A guest must be at least 16 years of age;
  • A guest between 16-18 years of age will be required to provide contact information for their parent/guardian and may be required to provide parental/guardian consent of being a guest of Indiana Tech;
  • A guest must possess a state/federally issued photo ID such as a driver’s license, state ID, military ID, or passport. School or university IDs and driver’s permits are not accepted;
  • A guest must present their photo ID available to any Residence Life and/or security staff upon request;
  • A guest must comply with university policies;
  • A guest should understand that failing to comply with university policies, including presenting their photo ID, will result in immediately having to leave campus;
  • Guests should understand that if asked to leave campus, they are no longer welcome as a visitor to campus; and
  • A guest is not allowed to be in possession of a key and/or ID that gives access to an entry door, wing, room, or residence hall other than his/her own. Violators will be subject to a fine of up to $75 and additional disciplinary sanctions.

Visitation logs and overnight visitor request forms are not considered confidential and a school official may release this information upon request from parents, staff, police, etc.

Guests over Breaks:  Guests are not permitted when the residence halls are closed (pre-opening in August, Thanksgiving, between semesters, spring break, and after closing in May) unless previous permission has been given by Residence Life.