Loyola University Chicago

Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution

Division of Student Development

Residence Hall Regulations

Commonly referenced policies pertaining to living in Loyola's residence halls are listed below. For a complete list, please refer to Section 202 of the Community Standards.

For health, safety, legal, and insurance liability reasons, residents are prohibited from possessing the following items in residence halls. This list is not exhaustive. Additional restrictions may also apply.

• Any appliance exceeding 800 watts
• Beds of any kind other than those provided by the University (except for accommodations approved by Residence Life and the Student Accessibility Center)
• Bicycles (other than in designated areas)
• Candles
• Combustibles
• Deep fat fryers
• Drug paraphernalia (see §201(6) Drugs)
• Electric blankets
• Extension cords
• Grills intended for outdoor use (gas, charcoal, or outdoor electric)
• Fog machines
• Gasoline fueled vehicles and other items
• Halogen lamps
• Grow lamps (lighting intended for growing or cultivating plants or vegetation)
• Heaters that are kerosene or electric
• Hookahs
• Incense
• Lava lamps
• Lofts other than those provided by the University
• Mopeds, motorbikes, motorcycles
• Open flames
• Plug-in air fresheners with built-in power outlets
• Power tools (drills, saws, sanders, etc.)
• Water filled furniture
• Weapons (see §201(4) Dangerous Objects)

The following items are prohibited in traditional and suite-style buildings:
• Electric grills intended for indoor use
• Hot plates, including wax/candle burners
• Refrigerator with dimensions no larger than 4.2 cubic feet
• Toaster ovens or open coil toasters

The following items are prohibited in apartment-style buildings:
• Refrigerators, other than those provided by the University, including mini-fridges

Residence halls are an extension of the University’s academic environment. For this reason, conduct that infringes upon the rights of the University community to reasonable peace and quiet is prohibited at all times.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to, playing or using stereos, musical instruments, or amplified sound systems in the residence halls in a manner that disturbs the residential community or University community at large. Students are expected to abide by the following policies:

a.    Courtesy hours are in effect at all times. To protect the rights of others to a conducive academic environment, no noise may disrupt other members of the community.
b.    Quiet hours are in effect from 11:00 PM to 8:00 AM Sunday through Thursday, and from 12:00 AM (midnight) to 8:00 AM Friday and Saturday in all residential buildings. Each floor or building may establish additional quiet hours.
c.    During study days and final exam periods, quiet hours are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in all residence halls.

202 (5) Guests and Visitation (A)

A residence hall guest (“guest”) is someone who is not currently assigned to live in the residence hall they are visiting. A host is a current resident who is responsible for the guest. Please note due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related health and safety measures, there may be adjustments to guest allowances and procedures.

a. General Guest Policies

The following policies apply to all guests regardless of time of day or building, except where otherwise noted:

i. The right of a residential student to live in reasonable privacy supersedes the right of a roommate to entertain people in the room. Visits by guests can be an infringement upon the privacy and convenience of the persons sharing the space. Guest visitation should occur on a limited basis and only with the consent of others sharing the room, apartment, or bathroom. In the practical application of determining when guests should be invited to a residence hall, mutual respect for those sharing the living environment should prevail.
ii. Because residence hall resources are intended for use by the student who is assigned a specific space, the consistent presence of a guest(s) is not permitted in University residence halls or apartments. Guests or visitors who are found to be a consistent presence regardless of time of day are not allowed.
iii. Overnight visitation is defined as a visitation during the hours of 12:00AM until 6:00AM, Sunday through Thursday; and 2:00AM until 6:00AM on Friday and Saturday.
iv. A “Request Form for Minor Visitation in the Residence Halls” must be completed for any minor (under age 18) requesting to visit a student in a residence hall overnight without a parent or guardian present for the duration of the visit. The form must be received by Residence Life no later than 12:00 PM (noon) on the business day before the minor’s visit to the residence halls. A Department of Residence Life staff member will contact the student host and/or guest directly with the decision regarding the request for minor’s visit. All requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
v. Hosts must escort their guests at all times including escorting guests from the building upon departure.
vi. Guests are expected to follow the Community Standards of the University. Residential students are accountable for the conduct of their guests and may be subject to disciplinary action as the responsible party for violations of University policy incurred by their guests.
vii. Residence Life or other staff have the authority to limit guest privileges as needed. This includes, but is not limited to, requiring a paper guest pass for overnight guests, restricting visitation for a specific guest or host, or requiring guest passes during high-volume periods.
viii. In buildings with front desks, residents must (a) properly check in all guests at the desk, and (b) provide a guest’s Loyola ID or a valid government issued photo ID (state driver’s license, state identification card, Chicago “Key Card” or passport). Guests without proper ID will not be allowed in the buildings. This includes expired or voided forms of identification. Exceptions to this policy may only be made by Residence Life or Campus Safety staff.
ix. Hosts must escort their guests at all times including escorting guests from the building and notifying the residence hall security desk upon departure.
x. Hosts and guests must return to the front desk together and notify the desk attendant with their intention to check out.
xi. Guests must be checked in to the facility every 24 hours if the host and guest do not leave the facility during that time.
xii. Students removed from on campus housing or banned from University property cannot be signed in as guests.

Students living in first year residence halls may have overnight guests with the following provisions:

i. Non-Loyola guests are permitted to remain in a room or on a floor during the following visitation hours: 6:00 AM until 12:00 AM, Sunday through Thursday; and 6:00 AM until 2:00 AM on Friday and Saturday.
ii. Residents may host overnight guests if they have the consent of their roommates and are in accordance with the roommate agreement. Residents must obtain a guest pass for any overnight guests. Passes will be issued by Residence Life staff during designated hours.
iii. A resident can be issued up to 18 one-night guest passes per semester. Each guest pass is valid for one overnight guest. All roommates must agree to allow overnight guests in the room/apartment. Regardless of host, a guest may not stay overnight more than three consecutive nights in a one-month period. The guest pass must be received by Residence Life no later than 10:00 PM on the business day prior to the overnight guests visit to the residence halls. All guest pass requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by a Department of Residence Life staff member.
iv. Residents may host members of their immediate family (i.e., parents, guardians, siblings) beyond visitation hours, provided that the resident host has the approval of their roommate(s) and all other guest policies are followed.
v. Overnight guests are not permitted between the date of move-in and Labor Day. The first night a first-year student may have an overnight guest is the Tuesday following Labor Day.