Community Expectations & Policies
Living in a residence hall involves following procedures and policies that help foster a clean, safe, comfortable and respectful community. These standards were established to protect the rights, privileges and safety of all persons living on campus.
Please review the policies and procedures as outlined in your Student Handbook.
All guests must comply with all Residential Life and Iona University rules and regulations. The resident host is responsible for the actions of his/her guest(s) and will also be held accountable for any damages or inappropriate behavior while the guest is in the residence hall or on the campus.
Guest hours are from 8 a.m.-1 a.m. seven days a week. Residential students may only host a maximum of two (2) guests, day or night.
Roommates should always confer about all visitors and guests (especially overnight guests) in advance of a visit and agree that a visitor or guest is not an imposition.
Overnight guests must be signed in and have their ID held at the respective residence hall front desk before 1 a.m. on the date of visit. No exceptions will be made and no overnight guests will be accepted after 1 a.m.
All residential students are permitted overnight guests any day of the week but may only host one overnight guest for no more than three nights in a seven-day period and five nights in a thirty-day period.
All Students Please Note: Overnight guest visitation is not permitted during periods where the University is closed for breaks or holidays.
Guest Registration & Identification Requirements
Iona University Residential Students
All Residents must show their Iona University ID card upon entering the building. All residents must make sure they have the proper semester resident sticker on their card. If not, they must see the RHD of their building to obtain a resident sticker.
Any Iona resident living in any hall can enter any residence hall during regular guest hours (8 a.m.-1 a.m.) but must have their host check them in and they must leave their IONA ID at the front desk. If they are planning to stay overnight they MUST notify the front desk that they are an overnight guest PRIOR to 1 a.m.
Non-Residential Students & Non-Iona Affiliated Guests
The resident and guest(s) must each register at the front desk. The guest must submit a valid photo ID. Only photo IDs will be accepted and all ID cards will be held at the front desk until the guest(s) departs. Passports will not be accepted at the front desk.
The resident host must also escort his/her guest to the desk to retrieve the ID.
Residents are responsible for their signed-in guest(s) and must be with their guest(s) when entering and exiting the residence hall. Guests need to be escorted throughout the hall at all times and any damages or policy violations caused by guests will remain the responsibility of
If a guest arrives without a resident host, he/she must call the resident. The resident must report to the lobby to identify and escort his/her guest. If the resident cannot be reached, the guest will NOT be permitted to enter the residence hall.
Under 18 Day & Overnight Guests
No one under the age of 18 years of age will be permitted as a guest in the residence halls except for move-in support during the scheduled move-in and move-out times.
No one under the age of 18 is permitted to be an overnight guest.
Our residents' safety and security in our Iona community is important to us. Our residential spaces are equipped with security and fire safety devices as well as policies and procedures to ensure a safe and healthy living environment for all. Residential Life, in coordination with Campus Safety and Facilities Management, work 24/7 to allow for a response to emergency and non-emergency situations.
Nevertheless, everyone has a role to play. Our most important safety asset is our students who help keep our community safe.
In Our Home Pledge
As a member of the Iona community, I pledge to speak up in both emergency and non-emergency situations, to follow rules and procedures, and to utilize campus resources to increase my personal safety and the safety of others. I will do the following:
- Show my Iona ID when walking into the residence halls.
- Wait for the crosswalk light to cross North Avenue, Summit Avenue and Beechmont Drive, and follow the directions of the Campus Safety officer.
- Commit to not texting while I am crossing the road.
- Lock my room/apartment door when I leave or even when I am hanging out inside.
- Walk with a group after dark and stay in well-lit areas.
- Stick together with friends. If I go out with a group of friends, I will do everything possible to make sure that we stay together and that no one is left behind.
- Travel in well-lit areas and with a friend when walking after dark. We have “Blue Alert” emergency phones strategically placed throughout campus to use for emergency situations or if you observe suspicious activity.
- Be attentive to, and observant of, my surroundings.
- If I live in an apartment, I will not buzz in someone who rings my bell until I have verified who they are to help protect both me and my community. If I live in a residence hall, I will not let anyone in behind me who hasn’t showed their ID.
- Avoid potentially risky or dangerous situations.
- Make sure that people I do not know do not follow me into my residence hall or inform the Front Desk Attendant.
- Keep emergency exits in my residence hall closed and report propped doors to Residential Life staff.
- Sign-up for the Campus Text Notification System to ensure that I will receive text notifications from Iona advising me of campus alerts.
- Report safety concerns or conditions in my residence hall or on campus.
- Get help for fellow Gaels when they need it. Gaels take care of Gaels.