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Last Updated: Mar. 23, 2021

External visitors, including family, after move-in day

For the health and safety of our campus community, Bentley has made the difficult decision to prohibit family and other external visitors from entering any campus building including residence halls after move-in day. Students who bring external visitors into the residence halls are subject to immediate removal from the residence halls and a ban from campus.

We know that parents and family would like the opportunity to visit, and we know this is important. We encourage you to come to campus and take your student off campus for a visit. Please follow all safety protocols including wearing face coverings and keeping social distance while picking up students on campus, and we urge you to continue these practices while visiting off campus. We know this is difficult but necessary for keeping the community safe.

Visitation Policy

While we understand the importance of connection to friends and family, the collective health and safety of our community remains paramount in our decision-making and policy-making for the fall. Therefore, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe, Bentley has instituted the following restrictions on visitors to the residence halls. We encourage limiting interactions with others by using technology such as FaceTime, Zoom or any of the other video conferencing services available. When in-person interactions occur, it is important to remember that face coverings and proper physical distance are key to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Important COVID-19 Policies

  • Residents may not visit other students in halls/suites/apartments that they do not live in. If you are a resident in Copley North for example, you are not permitted in any other residence hall for any reason. 
  • Students within buildings are permitted to visit one another (while abiding by the occupancy threshold below) until 10:00 p.m. and then must return to their specific room. That means that no guests will be allowed, and only those who live in a specific room, suite or apartment can be in that specific room after 10:00 p.m.
  • Off-campus students are not permitted to be on campus or in the residence halls except for approved participation in Bentley’s weekly Screening Testing Program. 
  • We ask that you limit the guests you have in your hall, suite or apartment using the chart below.  These restrictions will help you maintain a smaller circle of close contacts in the event you test positive for COVID this trimester. 
  • All resident students, for the safety of your peers, should not leave campus except for work, internships and essential activities (grocery shopping, medical appointments, etc.).



Open Door?

Masks Required

6ft Physical Distancing Required

First-year buildings

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Requesting a Visitor

In order to ensure the health and safety of the Bentley University community, access to Bentley's campus by visitors and guests is discouraged and will be significantly restricted through the fall trimester. We recognize, however, that some outside community members will be considered essential to some areas of the university. For that reason, Bentley has developed a protocol by which any visitors must be approved for access to campus. Visitor approvals could be granted for, but may not be limited to: program vendors and suppliers, panelists or guest speakers, visiting faculty, co-curricular instructors or coaches, or corporate and executive partners.

Any member of the Bentley community who requests a campus visitor must first review the documents below:
External Visitor Guidelines
External Visitor Approval Process
On-Campus Events Checklist

To request a visitor, please complete the form below. 

Request a Visitor