The Catholic University of America



The Rome Center offers its students


The library and university computers are available to students for studying purposes only and should retain an atmosphere of studious quiet.


  • WIFI is available to all students
  • Intermittent outages are not uncommon, especially if there is a loss of power in the neighborhood. Nonetheless, any problems with internet access should be reported to the Residence Director.


  • Printers are located in the section of the library closest to the chapel.
  • Each student has their own printing account.

Alcohol and Drugs

Responsible drinking of alcohol is very important. The legal age for purchasing alcoholic beverages in Italy is 16; however, minors are permitted to drink alcohol in the company of friends and family. The consumption of alcohol in moderation is allowed at the Rome Center in the evening after classes are finished for the day, with the expectation that each student is responsible for exhibiting a respectful, considerate, and decorous behavior. Students will be considered responsible for their actions and maintaining cleanliness in the common areas. 

It is expected that students will not engage in the following activities:

  • Creating excessive noise and disruption to the community
  • Engaging in parties, drinking games, or the possession of large quantities of alcohol
  • Drinking in the library, chapel, or classrooms
  • Consuming immoderately so that staff or medical assistance is required.

In addition:

  • Should a student present themselves in class incapable of participating due to intoxication or fatigue, this will be counted as an absence and may result in disciplinary sanctions.
  • Under no circumstance are non-prescribed drugs allowed on the campus.


The Rome Center is smoke-free. This encompasses the entire campus, including but not limited to the garden, the cloister, rooms, hallways, bathrooms, classrooms, dining room, chapel, and library. Any smoking, if desired, must take place outside of the Rome Center property (outside the gate).


Students must get permission from program staff for all guests to the Rome Center. Guests must submit a valid ID. All guests must leave by 7:30pm. Overnight guests are not permitted. 

Residents are welcome to visit one another on different floors between the hours of 9am and 2am. As the CUA code of Student Conduct states, “The University affirms that sexual relationships are designed by God to be expressed solely within a marriage between husband and wife. Sexual acts of any kind outside the confines of marriage are inconsistent with the teachings and moral values of the Catholic Church and are prohibited by the University’s Code of Student Conduct. An overnight visit with a sexual partner is prohibited as this type of behavior is incompatible with the mission of the University as well as with the rights of roommates and community members to live in an appropriate and comfortable environment.”

Building Access

There is a security guard/receptionist on-duty in the mornings and at night. Rome Center IDs are necessary for entry. 

Restricted Areas

Residents and guests may not use the fourth-floor terrace after dark. They may not enter the garden areas where works are underway. Under no circumstance are students allowed on the roofs.


Residents and guests are expected to use the elevator sparingly; it should not be used to merely go up or down one or two floors unless there are heavy items or a disability involved.

Common Areas and University Property

A common area is defined as any space and/or area outside a student room. This includes, but is not limited to, stairwells, hallways, restrooms, lounges, elevators, entrance areas, recreation areas and study rooms. Community members share responsibility for ensuring that common areas are properly utilized. 

Public area furniture may not be removed from the designated place. Dining room dishes, pitchers, glasses, and silverware may not be removed from the dining room without the express permission of the staff. Paper, biodegradable plates, bowls, and glasses are available for personal use.

Damage charges resulting from the misuse or abuse of common areas will be assessed to all residents. If the individuals responsible for the damage are identified, then only those persons will be charged. 


Students are expected to act responsibly at all times. They are expected to treat the facilities and each other with the utmost respect.