University of Kentucky Parent Association

Residence Hall Check-in and Visitation Policies

CHECK-IN POLICY

All guests, including family members and students who live in residence halls, must register at the front desk and be escorted by their host at all times while in the building. In addition, guests are required to leave their own picture identification at the front desk, which will be returned when the guest leaves the hall. In order to stay in compliance with fire safety regulations, each resident may sign in only two guests at a time (overnight guests are limited to one per resident or no more than two per room). During Family Weekend, additional guests will be allowed as long as they are family members.

When a resident has a guest, the resident assumes full responsibility for the conduct and behavior of that guest. Hosts will be held responsible for any policy violations, damages, or loss of property attributable to their guests. If a guest fails to comply with any university policy, then they may be asked to leave the undergraduate housing facility until the Office of Residence Life addresses the behavior. Whenever overnight guests are permitted in a particular facility, visits by these guests must be in compliance with the residence hall Cohabitation Policy and with any applicable roommate agreements. All overnight guests must be registered as overnight guests at the front desk.

Bathroom facilities in each residence facility are designated by gender. Residents and guests may only use facilities designated for their gender. Guests needing to travel between floors in order to use such facilities must be escorted by their host to the bathroom door.

VISITATION

The University of Kentucky provides several different visitation options for students depending on where they live. The visitation policy strives to recognize and balance the following priorities:

  • The need to provide options to students and parents who have different desires regarding visitation arrangements
  • The need to maintain a safe environment in all residential facilities
  • The need to respect students' desire for privacy
  • The need to recognize the value of visitors in a vibrant, educational community

In balancing these priorities, UK offers the following visitation options to students:

Co-educational Residence Halls

In all co-ed halls, "in-hall" visitation (students who live in the same hall visiting each other) is permitted 24 hours-a-day, 7 days a week. In addition, the visitation policy in co-ed halls is gender-neutral (no distinction as to gender). Two guest visitation options are offered in co-ed halls:

Option 1: (24 - 7) Guests from outside the hall (regardless of gender) are permitted to visit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This policy applies to the following halls:

  • Blanding I-III
  • Central II
  • Champions Court I-II
  • German House
  • Haggin Hall
  • Johnson Hall (formerly Central I)
  • Kirwan II-IV
  • Smith Hall
  • Woodland Glen I-V

Option 2: (24-hour Weekends) Guests from outside the hall (regardless of gender) are permitted to visit from 12 p.m. - 12 a.m. Monday - Thursday and then 24 hours a day from Friday at 12 noon until Sunday at 12 midnight. This policy applies to the following halls:

  • Baldwin Hall
  • Ingels Hall
  • Roselle Hall

Single Gender Residence Halls

In all single gender halls, the visitation policy is gender-specific. In these halls, visitation by members of the same gender, whether they live in the hall or not, is permitted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Two guest visitation options are offered in single gender halls:

Option 1: (24 - 7)Guests of the opposite gender are permitted to visit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This policy applies to the following halls:

  • Kirwan I
  • Blanding IV

Option 2: (24-hour Weekends)Guests of the opposite gender are permitted to visit from 12 p.m. - 12 a.m. Monday - Thursday and then 24 hours a day from Friday at 12 noon until Sunday at 12 midnight. This policy applies to the following halls:

  • Wildcat Coal Lodge

Minor Visitation

Overnight visitation by children age 8 and older is permitted with consent of minor's parent and host's roommate, in accordance with Residence Life visitation policy. Overnight visitation by children under age 8 is not permitted. Guests under the age of 18 may be checked in for visitation between 12 noon and 12 midnight. Minors must present either a driver's license or parental consent form (available online) to check in. Visitation by minors between 12 midnight and 12 noon is considered overnight visitation, and the following conditions apply:

1. Minors (ages 8 - 17) must have parental consent in order to check-in between 12 midnight and 12 noon.
2. Consent must be in writing, signed by parent, and contain reason for visit and usable contact information for parent/legal guardian.
3. Parental permission is subject to verification by Residence Life staff.
4. Minor visitation must be approved at least 24 hours in advance by the House Director.
5. Permission for minors to check in may be denied at the discretion of the House Director.
6. Babysitting is not permitted in any residential facilities or resident rooms.