The online version of the Student Handbook is currently undergoing revisions. For the latest version of the college handbook, please see the Rhodes College Student Handbook PDF (updated November 2022).

Guests and Visitors

Rhodes has always welcomed guests and visitors to the campus; however, we also recognize that there are certain identification, safety, and security problems attendant with this practice. Therefore, it is essential that guidelines be established to insure the wellbeing of the College community. While it is impossible to cover every variable, the following general policies apply with respect to visitors to the campus.    

Visitors to the campus are generally prospective students and parents, alumni, and those who have business with academic or administrative departments. Once the identity and purpose of these persons are confirmed, they should always be made to feel welcome and accorded the same amenities that faculty, staff and students are allowed.    

Guests of students are welcome on campus. Guests staying with a student overnight along with their host-student must register with Campus Safety. Guests are expected to remain under the auspices of the host student.  The host student bears the responsibility for the guest's behavior and compliance with campus policy. Rhodes access keys should never be loaned to guests. Guests are not allowed on-campus during exams. When it appears that guests have been completely abandoned by a host, they will be asked to leave campus. Host responsibilities for a guest should not be transferred from one student to another.

Visitors arriving at a Gatehouse to see a student, faculty member or staff person will be detained there until the officer can phone and locate the host.  If the host cannot be located, the visit will not be allowed. If the host is located, he/she must authorize the visit before entry is allowed. Students expecting a visitor, who is not staying overnight, may call Campus Safety and advise the staff on duty whom to expect, the time of arrival, and the name of the host. If this is done, the visit is allowed regardless of phone confirmation of visit.