Campus residents will be allowed to request overnight guests and parties from November 1, after “intensive lobbying” to lift the ban in place since the start of the pandemic.
A note distributed to members of Trinity’s Living With COVID group, seen by University times said: âAs the country and the University continue on the path to full reopening, the director [of Trinity Hall] and the junior dean recommends that from November 1, 2021, temporary bans on overnight stays and parties in student residences be removed.
Residents were notified of the rule change by email this afternoon.
An email signed by Junior Dean Philip Coleman said residents should read the guidelines for occupancy terms regarding visitors and overnight parties. “Prior notice must be given in all cases, and other stipulations may also apply,” he said.
As of March 2020, overnight visitors were banned due to advice from College Health and HSE guidelines.
Pre-pandemic accommodation rules will return for both accommodation on campus and at Trinity Hall.
Guests at Trinity Hall must register by 10:30 p.m. Guests in campus accommodation can be logged in electronically before midnight through a form on the resident’s online accommodation account. Parties are not allowed in the Halls apartments.
Residents will be responsible “at all times for the behavior and actions of their guests”.
In an Instagram post, the Trinity College Dublin Student Union (TCDSU) said: âAfter intensive lobbying from the SU, the College has revised its COVID accommodation regulations and overnight guests will now be permitted, as are approved holidays from November 1. “
Finally, after continued lobbying by @TrinityGSU on behalf of students residing in campus accommodation, we have entered into an agreement with @tcddublin that regulations can revert to having an overnight guest from November 1st. Both student unions have worked hard to achieve this.
– GisÃ¨le Scanlon President of Trinity College GSU (@GoddessGuide) 28 October 2021
Last Friday, the campus reopened to the public. Students and staff no longer have to slip in and out of college entrances or book library spaces.
Previously, the only visitors allowed on campus were for business purposes and had to comply with visiting rules.
In November last year, six residents of Trinity Hall were fined â¬ 250 each for staging a rally inside, which was prohibited under the resort’s coronavirus restrictions.
Earlier that year, Trinity announced that residents who allow guests into their apartments – during the day or at night – could be evicted.
Last October, eight students said University times on a culture of intimidation and fear at Trinity Hall during the coronavirus pandemic. Students risked deportation and threatened with fines of several hundred euros if they broke the strict rules of the complex, making residents feel scared, unwelcome and as if they were in “jail.”
Isolation and loneliness was a common theme among those interviewed – all of whom had only recently moved to Dublin. They felt the College ignored the mental health of students in policing the halls.
One of those interviewed who broke coronavirus rules by visiting a friend told this newspaper that their only roommate frequently came home on weekends, leaving the student alone for much of his time in the halls.
Last September, University times reported that Halls residents sharing an apartment will be considered members of the same household if one of the roommates catches the coronavirus.
Correction: November 1, 2021
An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Professor Philip Coleman is the Registrar of the Chambers. In fact, Professor DÃ³nall Mac Donaill took over from Coleman in the role earlier this year. Coleman is the junior dean.
Correction: 5:53 p.m., October 28, 2021
An earlier version of this article stated that guests and overnight parties would be allowed in campus accommodations starting November 1. In fact, residents must request to have a visitor for the night or a party. Overnight guests may reserve the day of their stay and party requests must be submitted seven business days in advance.