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Visitors, Guests, and Leave

In an ordinary home, certain conventions are observed, such as introducing guests to other members of the household, keeping noise down in consideration for others, and letting parents or caregivers know when you are going to be away for a night or more. The College expects Members to observe similar conventions. These are listed below:

Casual Visitors

Visitors are welcome from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm Sunday to Thursday and until midnight on Friday and Saturday, but after these times they must leave the building and grounds.

While visitors are in St Margaret's, the host Member is responsible for their behaviour including any damage or loss caused by visitors in the buildings or grounds. Visitors are expected to respect College customs. All visitors at any time must enter and leave by the main front door. When visitors leave, they should leave the grounds, not just the building, as their noise can disturb Members.

Being social spaces, visitors are welcome in the Valentine Common Room, the Games Room, the Television Room and the Atrium provided they are accompanied by a Member at all times. Should visitors disrespect College customs, become unruly, or interfere with normal College activities, the College Leaders will request them to leave and the Member(s) concerned will be asked to meet with the Master.

To avoid misunderstanding, please ask evening visitors to register with the College Leader on duty. Over time, the College Leaders will recognise Members' visitors and help welcome them to the College. Members of College not wanting to see particular visitors should advise the duty College Leaders. If you are being harassed by anyone please see the Master.

Formal Overnight Guests

If application is made to the Administrator at least 24-hours beforehand (or before 12 noon on Friday for Saturday or Sunday visitors) it is possible for Members to have a mattress in their room for out of town guests for a maximum of two nights. There is a $35 daily charge that covers overnight stays (includes meals).

Exceptions to the 24-hour notice rule may be made in the case of emergency when a Member has genuinely been unable to give earlier notice. Permission for this exception can only be given by the Master or Dean of Students.

Please note that:

  • The College is not a hostel for itinerant people and is primarily for Members; and

  • A Member’s guest who occupies a room during the absence of a Member will be charged the normal guest fee.

Visiting Academics and Other Guests

A number of visiting academics and other guests also stay in the College guestrooms from time to time. Members are asked to welcome these guests and converse with them.

Preference is given to long-term guests for the guest rooms (which include their own bathrooms), but sometimes there are vacancies and parents and friends of Members may rent the rooms. Contact the College Co-ordinator in this regard.

Restrictions on Visitors

Visitors are not allowed during “closed College” functions, and may be restricted or banned at other times. Overnight visitors are normally restricted on the nights of the College's Formal Dinners, orientation period, the College Ball (except for out-of-town partners), and during semester examination times.

No visitors may be in the Norris Dining Hall unless they are entered in the guest meal book that is at the entrance to the Norris Dining Hall or if they are registered overnight guests. Please ensure this is done before entering the Norris Dining Hall.

Casual visitors are normally not allowed to use the following College facilities without the Master's permission: College computers or Wifi; Multi-purpose Room (opposite the Library), Tutorial Rooms, Music Room, Study Centre or Library.

Visitors are not allowed on Main Wing balconies.

Groups in the College

Although the College encourages Members to participate in student activities, the only groups that meet by right within the College are those associated with approved activities (for example tutorials, mentor groups, Red Frogs, etc).

Penalties

If there are problems with visitors they will be asked to leave the College. The College also reserves the right to ban particular visitors from entering the College grounds.

Weekend or Overnight Leave

Members are asked to write a contact address and phone number in the weekend leave book (in the cabinet drawer opposite the Conference Co-ordinator’s Office) if they are to be away from the College for the weekend or public holidays. This information is useful if you fail to return to the College or if we need to contact you in case of a family or other emergency.