August 4, 2020 - Coming Back to Campus: Guest Policy Information

Dear Student Name, 

As you are making the decision of whether or not to stay with us on campus this fall, we want to communicate with you about a specific policy that will look different than it has in past years.

In response to COVID-19 and in alignment with University, Multnomah County and State of Oregon guidance and directives on safe physical distancing procedures, there will be a strict no-guest policy implemented at the beginning of Fall Quarter for the safety of all residential students at Portland State. The only people permitted in a residential room will be the residents assigned to that room. Residents of a particular building will not be allowed in the rooms of other residents within the same building. 

In order to provide a safe living environment for all, we will be monitoring this policy and may loosen restrictions as further guidance is provided by local, regional and state authorities. But for now, the only people who should be in a particular residence hall are the residents who live there and any essential staff or UHRL-approved caregivers required to access residential facilities.

We want to make sure that you are aware of this change when thinking about your decision to stay on campus. Please take time to reflect on how this will impact your experience this fall and if living on campus is what is best for your health, wellbeing, and academic success.  You may cancel or defer your 2020-2021 housing contract to winter term on or before August 17 without fees by emailing  

We understand that this is a difficult choice to make. Our communities will look fundamentally different in the fall than they have in years past. Please know that the safety and security of each of our residents is the utmost priority for our department and that this is the lens through which we have made this decision.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at

Best wishes, 

Courtney Shiroma
Associate Director
University Housing & Residence Life
Portland State University