Guests and Non-Resident Use of Facilities
1. Guests & Hosts Defined
A guest is defined as any person who is not an assigned resident of the University hall or apartment being visited.
A host is defined as a person(s) who is assigned to the particular University student room or apartment being visited.
2. Guest Policy
All residential facilities are reserved for the exclusive use of residents and their individual guests. For clarification of this general policy, the following guidelines are offered:
It is the basic right of every student to have privacy in his/her assigned room or apartment. The right of a student to live in reasonable privacy takes precedence over the right of his/her roommate to entertain guests.
Students are permitted to have guests 24 hours a day, (with any individual guest limited to ONE monthly visit with a maximum of two consecutive nights per visit) and the guest(s) must be accompanied by their host at all times.
The number of residents and guests may not exceed a room or apartment occupancy limit. (e.g. 2 person rooms or apartments are allowed a total of 5 people. In 4 person apartments, are allowed a total of 9 people.) All guests are expected to abide by the rules and regulations of the State of California, San Francisco State University (SF State), and the offices of Residential Life University Property Management (University Housing).
Should a guest be a disruption to members of the room/apartment/floor, or the University staff, a guest may be required to leave the premises.
In order to maintain a living environment that respects the privacy of all residents, guests must adhere to the following specific policies:
- Guests are subject to the same rules, regulations and expectations as a resident, and the host is responsible for informing his or her guests of the rules, regulations, and expectations in advance.
- The needs of roommates/apartment mates to sleep, study and otherwise be free from interference and disruption as well as the right to privacy are paramount, and supersede the right to host a guest. Roommates reserve the right to reasonably refuse guests at any time.
- Hosts assume full responsibility for the behavior and activities of their guest(s) regardless of whether the host is present to observe the behavior of the guest(s). However, hosts are expected to, whenever reasonably possible, and in compliance with these Community Living Standards, accompany their guests at all times.
- For safety and security reasons, guests must be escorted at all times and in all areas of the residence by his/her host of the building.
- After 10:00pm or at other times designated by the Area Coordinator, guests may only enter the building if they are accompanied by a host who is a resident of the building. The guest will be required to present a picture ID and sign in to gain entrance to the building.
- During the course of their visit, guests are expected to behave in a way that positively contributes to the residential community, showing respect and consideration for others and for property.
- Guests, who are acting inappropriately, may be asked to leave the residence.
- Guests will not be issued keys or electronic door access, nor are residents to permit guests to use keys or electronic door access. Guests will not be issued, nor are they to be given, bathroom keys.
- All guests in the residential areas between the hours of 10:00PM and 8:00AM are required to register through their host at www.sfsu.edu/~housing on the Current Residents page. Additionally, all guests who have not registered their presence in a residential area and do not have in their possession a valid guest pass between the hours of 10:00PM and 8:00AM may be considered trespassers and subject to arrest.
- Non-residential SF State students and non-students are required to be registered as a guest by a resident student to enter any residential facilities at the conclusion of a University sponsored event. Any individual authorized to use computer labs in residential facilities is required to register as the guest of a resident student, should he or she remain in the residential area upon leaving a computer lab.
- Once registered, the system will maintain an ongoing record of a resident’s guests, as well as an apartment’s history of guests in the Residential Community.
- All guests must be mutually agreed upon by ALL assigned roommates as agreed upon through roommate agreements and community agreements. Once everyone agrees, they must all sign the guest pass. In the event a roommate does not consent, students and their guests may meet in common areas including Residential Community lounges. Once a guest registers, the system will record all guests’ visits to campus.
SF State residential students are responsible for the behavior of their guests and may be subject to disciplinary action if their guest violates University regulations. The University reserves the right to deny guest visitation privileges on a limited or permanent basis. These individuals may be considered trespassers and subject to arrest. Guests will not be allowed on campus during orientation, during exam periods, and other times as determined and notified by Residential Life.
- Groups of Non-Residents - Non-Resident groups may not use the Residential Hall facilities. Campus and off-campus groups cannot use residential facilities for their meetings. Clubs, fraternities, and sororities may not meet in the buildings. Inquiries regarding facility use should be directed to the Director of Residential Life.
- Non-Approved Guests - Building entrances are posted with signs indicating the buildings are closed to the public and only Residents and their approved guests may enter. These signs give you and the Residential Life Staff the right to ask non-approved guests to leave and subject violators to possible arrest. The residential facilities are living quarters for students who pay to live here; they are not public buildings and are not accessible to non-residents and the public. If you permit a non-approved guest to stay in the facilities, you will be charged the fee for that guest.