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 Area Director.
Regardless of circumstance, students must submit an online request through the student's MyHousing portal
(click here for assistance)
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
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:
Request break access online in MyHousing by date indicated and if your request is
Card Swipe Access will be granted on your ID
Nov. 19 by 8 AM
Dec. 6 by 8 AM
Feb 27 by 8 AM
Apr. 20 by 8 AM
To request access after the deadline above, contact your Area Director or ORL. Students
accounts will be charged a $50 late fee for requesting after the deadline.
Frequently Asked Questions about Break Access
How do I request break access?
Requests need to be made online in the student's MyHousing Portal. After the online
form closes, students can make requests through their AD or ORL.
By when I do need to make a request?
Please check the dates on the
break key dates website.
How does this work - do I need a key?
You will be given break access through your residence hall card swipe system. Your
ID will work if you have been given break access for that specific break.
What if my coach/sponsor doesn’t request break access on my behalf?
Students must make their own requests in MyHousing. Access cannot be requested by
a coach or other campus sponsor, but a coach or sponsor may be contacted to confirm.
One of my friends/teammates requested access, can they just let me in?
No. Students must make their own requests in MyHousing. We need to know who is on
campus over breaks. A $50 Charge will be assessed to students who fail to request permission to remain in residence
through a break, and a referral for a violation of the student code of conduct may
also be made in these cases.
How do I avoid costs?
Plan ahead and make your request in advance (by the posted deadline) to avoid a charge.
Are residence hall policies in effect during the break period?
In case of emergency over break, whom do I contact?
Contact emergency services at 911, campus security at 309/556-1111.
What if damages occur in the hall during the break period?
If damages occur in the hall, and individual will be held accountable for them if
one can be identified. In cases where an individual cannot be identified, all students
with a break access will be charged equal shares of the damage cost as per the
residence hall damage policy.
If you have additional questions, please contact your
Office of Residential Life