Residence Hall Security

The campus and University facilities are private property. Presence on campus is at the pleasure of the University. It is the University’s expectation that visitors abide by University rules. Policies for persons visiting residence halls are outlined in du Lac: A Guide to Student Life. Visitation in residence halls by members of the opposite sex is restricted to hours between 9:00 a.m. and midnight Sunday through Thursday, and until 2:00 a.m. on weekends.

Except in those buildings where posted notices prohibit trespassing, most non-residence campus buildings are open to guests during normal business hours. Visitors’ access to offices, rooms, labs and studios is restricted in these buildings and not permitted without permission from a University representative. Community members are encouraged to immediately notify Notre Dame Police if visitors are present in these areas.

Safety and security within undergraduate residence halls is the joint responsibility of the Offices of Residence Life and Housing and Notre Dame Police. Entrances to residence halls are generally locked at all times except during move-in and move-out. Residents of graduate student housing are responsible for maintaining security in their apartments by keeping doors and windows secured.

Ensuring that residence halls are free from uninvited visitors requires that residents themselves take an active role in making sure strangers are reported to hall staff and/or Notre Dame Police. Residents should protect themselves by always locking their doors whether they are in or away from their rooms – even when leaving for a moment. Residents should not prop open locked doors. Remember too, that residents are held accountable for the actions of their guests.

Residence Hall Crime Prevention Tips

  • Lock the door to your room when you are sleeping or are out. Know who’s at the door before you open it.
  • Take care of your keys! Don’t give anyone the chance to duplicate them. Don’t leave a key over the door or nearby your room.
  • Don’t leave valuables, like your wallet, checkbook, or jewelry, in open view.
  • Hang up immediately on any obscene or harassing phone calls. Report them to Notre Dame Police immediately.
  • Look out for your fellow students. Report any and all suspicious activity and crime to Notre Dame Police immediately.