Guests

UPDATED March 17, 2020 in response to COVID-19
Guests and Visitors Restricted in University Housing

The past week has seen significant change in University operations to combat the spread of COVID-19. Columbia officials, following the guidance of expert health officials, now recommends social distancing, limiting close contact with others as much as possible, and stabilizing the population on campus to slow the spread of this disease. 

In light of these recommendations, and with the guidance of Columbia Health, Columbia Residential is restricting residents from hosting visitors and guests in apartment shares and dorms beginning March 17. This change is out of an abundance of caution, and we recognize that it may be a significant sacrifice for some students. However, as a community, it is time to take all the steps we can to minimize risk of the spread of COVID-19, and that starts in your homes. 

At 362 Riverside Drive (Carlton Arms) and 600 West 113th Street, residents may no longer sign in any guests or obtain any overnight guest passes from Public Safety. Only residents with active housing agreements will be permitted to use their ID’s to swipe into the building. Exceptions will not be made. 

Please understand that we do not take these steps lightly. This change is being implemented after careful thought and consideration, with the best interests of the community in mind. This is a time for our community to consider and support one another, and we believe that following the guidance of expert health officials is the best way for us to do that. 

Please review the standard guest policy below:

Residents are permitted to host a guest overnight in their room or apartment if they remain in compliance with the Columbia Residential guest policy:

  • Guests must always be accompanied by their host; guests may not access the building or apartment without their host present, and hosts may not give their keys to their guests.
  • Residents may not accept any payment, service, barter or other remuneration from a guest in exchange for the guest's ability to stay in a room or apartment. The University considers any such payment to be a violation of the housing agreement.
  • It is the expectation that residents do not host a guest for more than two nights. Residents with guests who stay for more than two nights must obtain written authorization from their roommates. Any resident who hosts a guest for more than two weeks will be issued a guest violation, which may require mediation and/or reporting to Student Conduct & Community Standards.
  • Guests must be accommodated in their host's room and are not allowed to sleep in empty bedrooms, lounges or public spaces.
  • Hosts are responsible for the actions of their guests during their stay. Guests must abide by all Columbia Residential policies, Federal, State and City laws.
  • Residents with concerns regarding guests should talk to the host, and then, if necessary, with Columbia Residential.
  • Failure to abide by the terms of the guest policy may result in guest privileges being revoked.
  • Columbia Residential, Public Safety and other University staff reserve the right to revoke a visitor's access to the building if the guest disturbs or creates any difficulties for other residents.

Residents of the following buildings must also abide by their building's guest policy, which may require additional approvals prior to hosting a guest: