Life on Campus Residential Visitor Policy Fall 2020

We are excited to welcome students back to residence life on campus! In order to keep our campus community safe, we have adopted the following policies.

Restricted Areas

The following are designated as restricted areas in campus housing:

  • All residential hall floors and bedrooms
  • Apartments/houses
These areas are limited to only the residents living in that location. At no time are visitors permitted in those areas. If there are unique circumstances, a host may contact his or her area coordinator to request an exception. Note this policy does not apply to the check-in/check-out process.

Non-Restricted Areas

Visitor Policy

All non-residential visitors and residential visitors must be accompanied by a host. Visitors are subject to the same guidelines as the entire campus community.  

Those guidelines include:

  • No overnight visitors are permitted. 
  • Non-residential visitors who are ill or exhibit any of the COVID-19 symptoms will not be permitted on campus, specifically in a residential building.
  • Any visitor who comes into a residential building exhibiting symptoms will be asked to leave immediately.
    • Symptoms include: fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, new loss of taste or smell.
    • In addition, visitors who have been exposed directly in the previous 14 days to someone confirmed with COVID-19 or someone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 may not come to campus. 
  • Visitors must practice physical distancing while on campus, keeping to the CDC guidelines.
  • Visitors must adhere to hand washing, hand sanitizing and hygiene protocols.
  • Visitors must wear a face covering. Read the university's face covering policy.

Visitor Hours

  • Houses and Apartments: No visitor hours
  • Residential Hall and Suites Rooms and Individual Floors: No visitor hours
  • Residential Hall and Suites Public Spaces: Open at any time if visitor is with the host and area occupancy capacity is within limits


Non-Residential Visitor: A non-residential visitor is defined as an individual who is not living in university housing or does not have an associated university task to accomplish (i.e., responding to a work request). Visitors include students' families and other individuals who do not reside in that location. 

Residential Visitor: A residential guest is defined as an individual who is not living in a particular building but does live in university housing. 

Host: A host is an individual who is living in that specific university building or is a residential life or housing staff member. 

Card Access and Area Capacity

Card access will only be granted to those living in a given residential area. 

Unless approved access is granted through an area coordinator, no space listed below should exceed the maximum occupancy for that location. This occupancy allows for all people in that area to practice physical distancing. 

Residential Hall lobbies: 12 people maximum

Mini-Residential Hall Gathering Spaces (suites, small lobbies, study areas): Five people maximum

Houses and Apartments: No visitors at any time

Physical Distancing and Face Coverings

To help ensure the safety and well-being of staff and students, George Fox University’s Office of Residence Life is following all state and CDC guidelines in all shared living area locations. In the case where a host or visitor cannot maintain physical distancing, they must wear a facing covering. Read the university's face covering policy.