General Access Policy
Students who currently reside in Columbia undergraduate housing have swipe access into most undergraduate residence halls, with the exception of brownstones that do not have a guard. To enter any residence hall, residents must provide their University ID card to the security attendant to swipe for validation. Residents may enter the room or suite of a contractually assigned occupant by invitation only. Refusal to leave the room of another student at the request of the contractually assigned occupant(s) is prohibited. Access hours and guest policies may be different during holiday or vacation periods. Changes will be announced in advance.
Any student who does not have a current assignment in Columbia undergraduate housing is considered a guest. (See Guest Policy)
Undergraduate, non-residential students or commuters are able to apply for Swipe Access Status through Undergraduate Student Life. Swipe Access Status will be approved or denied on or after the first day of class each semester and will only be considered for currently enrolled undergraduate students in CC/SEAS. Non-residents must be in good disciplinary standing to receive access and must abide by the terms of the Guide to Living while in the halls. Commuters will be held accountable to the standards outlined in the Guide to Living. Undergraduate Student Life Staff will request a review of disciplinary files for students who submit applications.
Applications will be accepted beginning two weeks prior to the first day of classes each semester. Applications will be accepted beginning two weeks prior to the first day of classes each semester. Fall applications will be accepted through October 1. Spring applications will be accepted through March 1. Applications submitted outside these windows will not be reviewed. For special circumstances outside these timeframes, please contact Residential Life.