Housing Policies

Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Procedures

The Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Procedures specifies the regulations and standards that have been established for students by the University of Pittsburgh's Board of Trustees. It also describes your responsibilities as a University student and your rights under federal, state, and local law.

All students are expected to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Procedures and their individual responsibility.

Residential Handbook

The Residential Handbook (PDF) is a comprehensive reference for everyday life on campus. The handbook is available online or from Panther Central. If you can't find an answer to your question in the handbook, contact Panther Central.

Summary of Key Policies

The following brief summaries are not comprehensive statements of the University's policies on each topic. You should refer to the relevant policy in your copy of the Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Procedures.


In accordance with Pennsylvania state law, you must be 21-years-old or older to possess, consume, or transport alcoholic beverages in University housing buildings. All alcoholic beverages must be registered with the desk attendant, and the amount registered per person per week is strictly regulated.

Residents are responsible for their actions and the actions of their visitors should any damages or injuries result during or after the consumption of alcoholic beverages in University housing. See the Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Procedures for the complete alcohol policy.


You are financially responsible for damages you cause to University property. If a reasonable investigation cannot attribute damage to one or more individuals, responsibility may be assigned to your entire living unit, resulting in review of guest or floor privileges.


All students have the right to be free from harassment and discrimination based upon but not limited to factors such as sexual orientation, color, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, handicap, marital status, age, or veteran status. Individuals and groups can be targets of harassment, and it can occur via telephone, mail, e-mail, or face-to-face.

Victims of harassment should immediately report the incident to their resident director, the Division of Student Affairs (412-648-1006), or the Office of Affirmative Action (412-648-7860).

Quiet Hours

Students are required to observe Quiet Hours in residence halls as follows and are expected to maintain a level or reasonable quietness at all other times:

  • Sunday–Thursday, 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Friday and Saturday, 11 p.m. to 8 a.m.


The entire campus of the University of Pittsburgh is smoke free, including residence halls and apartments.

Substance and Drug Abuse

Student use, possession, distribution, or sale of narcotics, dangerous drugs, hallucinogens, or controlled substances is prohibited in all University buildings. Also, student possession of drug paraphernalia that can be linked to drug activity is prohibited. See the Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Procedures for the complete substance and drug abuse policy.

Visitors and guests

All visits are subject to the following conditions:

  • The roommate's approval is required, which is granted through the roommate contract.  All resident students will have the opportunity to establish and regulate visitation through their roommate contract.
  • All residents and visitors/guests must present proper photo identification to gain building entry. Proper identification includes state issued identification cards and Pitt IDs.
  • All guests must be scanned in and out with the desk attendant.
  • All visitors/guests must be escorted by the resident who scanned them in while in the building.
  • Residents are limited to three (3) visitors/guests at any one time.
  • A resident may not entertain children under ten (10) years of age unless accompanied by a parent.  If the parent is not present, permission must be obtained from Residence Life. At no time are children under the age of five (5) permitted to stay in the residence halls overnight.
  • A resident may not entertain persons under the age of sixteen (16), unless accompanied by a parent.  If the parent is not present, permission of Residence Life must be acquired through the issuance of a guest pass. Guest passes must be acquired by visiting Panther Central in the Towers Lobby. Both the resident and the guest must be present for a guest pass to be issued..

Extended guests
An extended guest is defined as any guest visiting between the hours of 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. All visitation regulations apply to extended guests. Residents may have extended guests subject to the following additional conditions:

  • The roommate's signature of approval is required on the roommate agreement.
  • A resident may not have more than three (3) extended guests at one time.
  • A resident is limited to having ten (10) extended guests during any calendar month.

The University reserves the right, under appropriate circumstances, to restrict access to the Residence

See the Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Procedures for the complete visitation policy.

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