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Break Housing

Thanksgiving Break: Residence halls close at noon Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018 and reopen at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25.  Thanksgiving break housing forms are due Friday, Nov. 16.  

Winter Break: Residence halls close at noon Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 and reopen at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019.  Winter break housing forms are due Monday, Dec. 17.

Spring Break: Residence halls close at noon Saturday, March 2, 2019 and reopen at 9 a.m. on Sunday, March 10, 2019.  Spring break housing forms are due Monday, February 25, 2019.

During Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring Breaks, all campus housing is closed.  Students living in campus residence halls must complete the Break Housing Form (link will be updated for the form when it is open) in order to stay in their residence; the $30 daily rate for the dates staying in campus housing over the break is charged to the student’s account.  The following students are eligible for a waiver of the break housing fee:

  • A resident of the 7th Street Duplexes or Marx Center Honor House.
  • A graduate student living in graduate student housing.
  • A student teacher/intern doing an internship required by my major. (Student must email documentation of their internship to
  • An international student.
  • A Resident Assistant.
  • Though not an international student, a student with a home more than 1,000 miles away. (Note: only applicable for Thanksgiving break.)
  • A student participating in a Hood-sponsored community service program.

In-season athlete required by their coach to remain during the break do not complete the form; coaches will provide student names to the Office of Residence Life for approved athletes (who are not charged for staying during the required break period).

Though the Marx Center and 7th Street Duplexes are open during the breaks, these residents still must complete the break housing form so the College is aware of who is present in case of an emergency.

All residence hall policies and procedures will remain in effect, as are other College policies outlined at  Alcohol  possession  and/or  use  by  students  is  not  permitted  in  College  residential facilities  (including  leased  facilities) when regular classes are not in session including during these break periods.  Any  student  who  is  found  in violation  of  this  policy will  receive  a sanction and  may  find  him  or  herself  in  jeopardy  of  automatic  suspension  or  dismissal  from the  College.  Restrictions on alcohol possession and use in non-residential buildings and public areas of the campus, also remain in effect.

Students remaining during the break are responsible for their meals as the dining hall is not open.  Campus Safety staff are present during break periods, but everyone needs to do their part to assist in the effort to ensure their own safety. Students must take the following precautions to help ensure the safety and security of themselves and their personal belongings:

  • Lock their residential doors at all times.
  • Walk with someone whenever possible or call Campus Safety at 301-696-3548 for an escort.
  • Call Campus Safety to report any suspicious persons, concerns, or problems.

Before departing for the break, all students must prepare their room as outlined below.

  • Empty all trash and remove all opened perishable food (to avoid attracting pests).
  • 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.
  • Unplug from the wall all appliances, clocks, computers, stereos, window air conditioner units, etc.  Everything must be unplugged.
  • Remove batteries from alarm clocks so they do not sound.
  • Close all windows and blinds.
  • Defrost your personal mini-fridge, and keep it unplugged.  Note:  this applies to Winter and Spring Breaks only.  Over Thanksgiving Break, mini-fridges may be kept plugged in.
  • Turn off the lights and lock the room door when you leave, and remember to take your key and ID card with you so you can get back in the building when you return.

All Hood campus residence hall rooms will be visited at the beginning of each break by Resident Assistants for health, maintenance, and safety inspections. These are done to ensure compliance with College policy and safety regulations.  Hood College 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 to ensure it is safe and ready for the break period. Typically, it takes less than a few minutes.  For more information about residence hall policies, all residents are encouraged to read the Student Handbook at URL  Residence Life always has two people conduct these inspections so no one is ever in your room alone, and a notice is left so you know they were there.