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The Residence Hall Open House Program is designed to encourage academic study, fellowship and spiritual development. The program will permit guests of the opposite sex to visit a student room during designated time periods.


OPEN HOUSE will be held from 8:00 pm-11:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and from 7:00 pm-11:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. All roommates must give their approval for a guest to visit during the prescribed visitation hours.

Students and guests of the opposite sex who desire to visit in residence hall housing must check-in at the appropriate station (see below). Visitors should report to the designated area for each resident hall and call the person he/she intends to visit. Visitors must leave their college ID or driver’s license at the check-in station. Guests must wait in the designated area until the resident arrives to escort him/her to the room. Unescorted guests and guests who do not check-in will be denied OPEN HOUSE privileges and will be subject to additional disciplinary action.

  • Women’s North and Women’s South: Call from Littlejohn Parlor.
  • Russell East and Russell West: Call from Russell East (2nd floor lounge)

Due to the structural layout of the buildings and difficulty of monitoring student activity, visitation will not be allowed in the Quads or the Wingate Hotel. Only male residents are allowed inside the Quads, including the courtyard areas. 

Residents must escort guests at all timeswhile in the residence hall. This includes the water fountain and bathroom. Guests are not allowed to use the bathroom in the dorm room. Instead, they must use a bathroom in the common areas of Littlejohn and Russell building breezeways.

Doors to rooms where students are participating in OPEN HOUSE must remain unlockedand open at all times. If the door is closed, residents will be considered in violation of Section 1-e of the CSU Student Code of Conduct. Violators will lose OPEN HOUSE privileges for a designated time period and may be fined and/or suspended from the residence halls and/or university. All participants must pass Room Inspection prior to program involvement. 

If a student does not report a visitation violation he/she will be guilty of violating visitation.

All students must remain appropriately attired during the OPEN HOUSE period. Only students assigned to the room or guests of the same sex may sit on beds. All guests of the opposite sex will either sit in chairs or on the floor.

Parents and siblings may visit their student during “non-OPEN HOUSE” hours when preapproved by the RLC, Director of Housing, or Dean of Students. Siblings must be accompanied by a parent when visiting during “non-OPEN HOUSE” hours as approved by the Resident Life Coordinator, Director of Housing or Dean of Students.

The Resident Assistant (RA) on duty during OPEN HOUSE will continuously check all rooms observing OPEN HOUSE. RAs will check to see if visitors have properly signed-in. Students submitting false information concerning OPEN HOUSE guidelines (room numbers, student ID, etc.) will be denied OPEN HOUSE privileges and may be subject to additional disciplinary action.

All OPEN HOUSE participants must reclaim their ID/driver’s license no later than 11:00 returning to the appropriate station for check-out. After 11:00 p.m. Resident Assistants (RAs) will check residence halls and notify the RLC on duty of any ID cards/drivers’ licenses that have not been picked up. This information will be turned over to the Security Officer on duty, and disciplinary action will be taken.

Students are expected to honor the OPEN HOUSE guidelines. Flagrant violations of these guidelines will result in the loss of OPEN HOUSE privileges for the specific floor, residential building or all campus housing.

All students and guests must conduct themselves in a proper manner according to the regulations of CSU as indicated in the CSU Student Handbook.

Propping open any doors used as entrances or exits from buildings during OPEN HOUSE is strictly forbidden and will result in disciplinary action for students who are found to be responsible for such activity.

Students on disciplinary probation will be ineligible to participate in the OPEN HOUSE program.

For students participating in OPEN HOUSE, the maximum number of occupants per room will be six. Group gatherings larger than six will be restricted to the common areas in the Residence halls.

Violation of the Residence Halls Visitation Policy during any non-OPEN HOUSE scheduled times will result in a fine of $250, community service of 10 hoursand loss of OPEN HOUSE privileges.