Thanksgiving Break begins and the student residences close at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 21. Residences open at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 25, 2012. Break housing applications due November 14 at noon.
Winter Break begins and the student residences close at 10:00 a.m. on December 15, 2012. Residences open at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 13, 2013. Break housing applications due December 7 at noon.
Spring Break begins and the student residences close at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2013. Residences open at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, 2013. Break housing applications due February 22 at noon.To view the entire UMW Residence Life Opening and Closing schedule, please visit here.
Students Applying for Break Housing
During Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring Breaks, ALL University owned housing is closed except Eagle Landing. With the exception of Eagle Landing residents, all students must apply for break housing to remain on campus during these periods. Follow this link to submit a Break Housing Application. Only those submitting a request will have card access to their residence halls.
Thanksgiving & Spring Break Housing Application Approval Process:
Applications for Thanksgiving and Spring Break housing received by the Office of Residence Life by the published deadline are automatically approved under the following conditions.
- is unable to leave for the break.
- is unable to leave until after the residence halls have closed.
- needs to return prior to the residence halls reopening.
For safety reasons, there must be a critical number of students staying in the building during winter break for it to remain open. At least 25% of the residents of a given building must request to stay during the break, and meet the above mentioned conditions, in order for the building to remain open. Students who submit a Break Housing application for Winter Break will receive an email from Michelle Brooks, Housing Coordinator, regarding their approval. Students requesting to remain on campus in buildings that do not meet the critical number will be required to find alternate housing arrangements for the break. Alternate arrangements could include staying with a friend in an approved location.
Late Requests for Break Housing
A late fee of $25 will be charged to all requests submitted late; late applications will be accepted on the basis of availability.
Sponsored Break Housing
Departments or student groups sponsoring students for an academic, extracurricular, or athletic event requiring a stay in University owned housing during a break should submit a request for the sponsored students. Note: students living in Eagle Landing should not be included in the request as it remains open during Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring break periods. Only individuals who are part of the University-sponsored organization may remain after the posted closing date and time; roommates, suitemates, and friends of those sponsored are ineligible.
Click here for the Sponsored Break Housing submission template. The Excel file should be e-mailed to Michelle Brooks at email@example.com. The deadline for this template for Winter Break is Friday, December 7, 2012 at noon. Please be sure to have this information in on time; we will not be able to accept late requests.
UMW Police patrols the campus during break periods, but everyone needs to do their part to assist in this effort. Since the University is not responsible for student’s personal property please take these necessary precautions:
- Lock your room door and apartment/suite door at all times.
- Walk with someone whenever possible or call UMW Police at 540-654-4444 for an escort.
- Call the Police to report any suspicious persons, concerns, or problems.
Break Housing Terms
Dining Services is closed for all break periods. Visit UMW Dining for more information. Students remaining on campus during breaks must make alternate arrangements for meals.
All students on-campus during the break are bound by all UMW rules and regulations during the break period. Failure to adhere to these rules and regulations may result in immediate loss of Break Housing and judicial action.
There is no charge for Break Housing. However, any student who remains on campus after the published residence hall closing date and time without permission from the Office of Residence Life is in direct violation of policy, may be asked to leave campus, and will be subject to judicial action and fines.
Preparing for Break Departure
Before leaving for break, all students must prepare their room as outlined below.
- Empty all trash and remove all perishable food.
- To help safeguard against damage to personal property, in case of a maintenance emergency, remove all electronics and other valuables from the floor of your room. Remove ALL clutter, trash, belongings, etc. from the floor.
- Turn all University-installed blower fans and heating units to low; in apartments, turn the thermostat to 65 degrees.
- Unplug all appliances, clocks, computers, stereos, etc
- Remove batteries from alarm clocks so they do not sound.
- Remove items that you have placed in lounge refrigerators.
- Remove from shared hallway bathrooms any personal belongings so the custodians might thoroughly clean during the break.
- Close all windows and blinds.
- Turn off the lights and lock the room door when you leave, and remember to take your key and EagleOne card with you so you can get back in the building when you return.
All UMW campus residences will be visited by Resident Assistants for a health and safety inspection. These are done to ensure compliance with University policy and safety regulations. UMW takes safety very seriously, and students are expected to do the same. During the break inspection of the residences, two RAs will survey the entire room/apartment to ensure it is safe and ready for the break period. The RAs will communicate if corrective action is needed to ensure proper safety practices or other policies are being followed.
Any bicycles found unlocked in an unsecured area on campus during the Winter and Spring breaks will be placed in Police impound. Students should lock and store their bikes in a secure location, such as a bike rack, a bike room, or their residence hall room.