Requesting Access to Stay over Break

Housing is not generally provided for the Thanksgiving break, Winter break, Spring break or May Term break. Halls close for each break and reopen after the break ends.  However, a number of students may have a specific need to remain on campus for all or part of a break period.  Details follow about how a request may be made and permission obtained to remain in housing when the university is closed.

There are several reasons for which permission is granted to student requests to remain in housing during a break period:

  • students whose permanent home is more than 450 miles away from campus
  • students with an essential on-campus job (with confirmation from supervisor)
  • students who have a musical or theatre rehearsal or performance (with confirmation from Director/Professor)
  • students who have an athletic practice or competition (with confirmation from Coach)
  • students with academic commitments (with confirmation from professor)

Permission may also be granted to students who have special or unique circumstances.  Students who believe their request warrants additional consideration should discuss it with their Residence Director.

Regardless of circumstance, students must submit an online request through the student's MyHousing portal (click here for assistance) .  Students may also wish to explore frequently asked questions about the process and practice of staying on campus during a break.

Coaches, faculty or staff who wish to express approval for a student to remain on campus may contact the Office of Residential Life to submit a name or list of names.  However, individual students must also initiate an online request.

Charges may be incurred for the following reasons:

  • Requesting access after the deadline - $50 charge
  • Staying without a valid reason - $50/night charge
  • Students found in residence hall during a break without requesting access or obtaining permission - $50 charge (in addition to per night charge) and a judicial referral may also be made in these cases.  

The following important dates and deadlines related to staying over break should be noted:


Deadline for

Deadline for

Deadline for

Deadline for
May Term

Request break access online by date indicated and if your request is approved:

  • no charge

  • Card Swipe Access will be granted on your ID

Nov. 16

Dec. 12

Mar. 6

Apr. 26

To request access after the deadline above, contact your RD or ORL. Students accounts will be charged a $50 late fee for requesting after the deadline.