Intern Guest Policy


A guest must be accompanied by his or her host at all times. To gain entrance, Interns must sign their guest into the security log book located at the security desk. The guest must leave a valid photo ID with the security attendant. Interns may host guests only in the residence all in which they reside.

  • Hosts must obtain approval from their roommate(s)/suitemate(s) before inviting a guest to the room or suite. If roommate(s) do not approve, the guest cannot stay in the room.
  • Interns may not accept any payment, service, barter or other renumeration from a guest in exchange for the guest's ability to stay in a room or suite. The University considers any such payment to be a violation of the Terms and Conditions of Residence.
  • Interns with concerns regarding guests should talk to the host, then contact the housing Resident Assistant.
  • Overnight stays for one individual are limited to five days in any consecutive 30 day period. An overnight stay is defined as any stay between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.
  • Repetition of visits by the same guest(s) over consecutive periods of time is not permitted.
  • Guests must be accommodated in their host’s room and are not allowed to sleep in floor lounges or other public spaces.
  • Columbia University reserves the right to limit the number of guests that may be signed into the residence halls by one host.
  • Hosts are responsible for the actions of their guests and will face disciplinary action if the hosts or their guest violate policies.
  • Hosts should familiarize guests with community standards.
  • Hosts may not sign guests in under the age of 18. 

Access Policy Violations by Guests

  • Guest policy violations requiring immediate action (including, but not limited to, removal from the residence hall and/or revocation of guest privileges) may result in removal of the host resident from the program without a refund.
  • If the policy violation results in the arrest of the host and/or guest, or in the event of other serious policy violations, guest pass and guest privileges will be immediately revoked by Public Safety.
  • If an intern discovered living in a room other than the one for which s/he been assigned to, s/he will be charged an administrative fee and will result in removal from the program without a refund. 
  • Decisions on the reinstatement of guest privileges and of a host’s privilege to sign in guests are made for undergraduate halls by the Conference Housing department.