Community Connections: News and Notes from the Director of Residence Life.
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Community Connections: News and Notes from the Director of Residence Life.

News and Notes from the Director of Residence Life

As we approach the end of the semester, we can look forward to a number of exciting events and programs. Now that you've selected your spring semester classes, you can focus in the coming weeks on end-of-the-semester information and deadlines. If you haven't already started writing things down in your student planner, now is a great time to begin.

Even with all this excitement, I encourage you to maintain your focus on academics. Please utilize the remaining weeks to finish strong:

  • Meet with professors to discuss your class work, get study tips for upcoming finals and receive specific information on how you can improve;
  • Consider forming a final exam study group with classmates to help you set aside time for preparation and gain the insight of your peers into course material;
  • Utilize resources such as the Center for Academic Achievement and Retention, which offers guidance on study skills and tutoring in math and writing; and
  • Take care of yourself—managing your stress and physical health will assist you in reaching your potential, so contact the Wellness Center if you're feeling ill and utilize the counselors to discuss concerns

This is the final edition of Community Connections for the fall semester. Be sure to read your Hood e-mail and the fliers posted in each residence hall and in campus mailboxes for additional information concerning the final weeks of the semester. I wish you success in the remaining weeks and safe travel during the upcoming holiday seasons.


Zachary A. Luhman
Director of Residence Life
(301) 696-3577

Closing Information

Residence halls, houses and off-campus apartments will close for Thanksgiving and winter breaks. The normal housing contract and fees do not cover housing during these breaks. Students are expected to depart campus by the listed closing dates and times and should not plan to return prior to the re-opening dates and times below.

Thanksgiving Break
Housing closes: Nov. 23 at noon
Housing re-opens: Nov. 27 at 9 a.m.

Detailed closing information was covered in hall meetings November 1. If you missed the hall meeting, please contact your RA to ensure you have all the information. Please also be sure to read the printed information distributed via campus mail.

Please remember the following as you depart for Thanksgiving:

  • Take home any valuables;
  • Close and lock all doors and windows;
  • Remove all trash from your room;
  • Turn off all faucets (if you have a sink or bathroom in your room);
  • Unplug all electrical devices, except refrigerators;
  • Turn off all lights;
  • Post the checklist provided by Residence Life on your door (except apartments and duplexes); and
  • Staff will be entering all rooms to ensure the checklist items were completed.

As per the Non-Academic Sessions (or "Dry Campus) policy, no alcohol is permitted in residence halls, houses or off-campus apartments or duplexes beginning Nov. 22 at 9 p.m., regardless of age. This restriction remains in effect until Nov. 28 at 8:30 a.m.

Winter Break
Housing closes: Dec. 17 at noon
Housing re-opens: Jan. 22 at 9 a.m.

All residents are asked to begin planning for winter break closing by making transportation arrangements well in advance.

Any student who wishes to remain in housing after closing, return to housing early or stay for any portion of the break must complete the winter break housing application, which is now available outside of Whitaker 221. Refer to the details below.

Detailed closing procedures will be distributed via campus mail upon your return from Thanksgiving break and discussed in hall meetings Dec. 6. Please note that winter break closing procedures are more involved than Thanksgiving break procedures; you should review all information carefully.

In addition to the Thanksgiving break procedures listed above:

  • Close shades or blinds;
  • Remove all food from your room or apartment;
  • Properly defrost your refrigerator: this will take a few days (not necessary in apartments or duplexes);
  • Turn off all faucets (if you have a sink or bathroom in your room);
  • Unplug all electrical devices, including refrigerators (not necessary in apartments or duplexes); and
  • Prepare your room to accept a new roommate (if you have an open space).

As per the Non-Academic Sessions (or "Dry Campus) policy, no alcohol is permitted in residence halls, houses or off-campus apartments or duplexes beginning Dec. 16 at 9 p.m., regardless of age. This restriction remains in effect until Jan. 23 at 8:30 a.m.

Break Housing Information
As a reminder, students who wish to remain on campus for any part (or all) of the break(s) must apply for break housing. Applications are available outside the student life suite. Students found on campus without authorization during the break are subject to late departure and early arrival fees as listed on Page 57 of the Student Handbook.

  • Thanksgiving break housing is $120 (for all of part of the break).
  • Thanksgiving break housing applications were due Nov. 11. If you still need housing over the break, apply today.
  • Winter break housing is $170 per week (or portion thereof)
  • Winter break housing applications are due by Dec. 2 at 5 p.m.

Holiday Tea

House Forum will once again sponsor Holiday Tea in each residence hall after SGA's Holiday Dinner Dec 7. This traditional event provides an opportunity for each hall to show their holiday spirit and come together as a community. Please note the following Holiday Tea events.

  • Residence Hall holiday decorating will begin Nov. 27. Each House Council will coordinate the decorating of the exterior of the hall. Please speak with a member of your house council if you are interested in helping.
  • Holiday decorations will be judged during Holiday Dinner Dec. 7 beginning at 4:30 p.m. The building judged to be best decorated will receive $100 in additional House Council funds for the spring semester. Only exterior decorations will be judged.
  • House Forum will provide hot chocolate and assorted cookies in each residence hall Dec. 7 at 9 p.m. Be sure to join other members of your community to share the holiday spirit!

Spring Status Changes

Residents are reminded that per the housing contract and published College policies, those wishing to change from resident to commuter status for spring 2012 must submit an official Change of Status form to Residence Life (Whitaker 221) by Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. After this time a change in status will result in a $150 cancellation fee. Housing fees will not be refunded if there is a status change after the first day of class (Jan. 23).

Prior to requesting a change of status, please note:

  • First-year students and sophomores are required to live on campus or commute from a parent's home. Change of Status forms that indicate other intentions will not be approved.
  • The housing contract is for an entire academic year. Any request to change status for the spring semester is subject to the approval of the director of residence life.
  • Changing to commuter status generally affects financial aid. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the Financial Aid Office staff prior to submitting a Change of Status form to Residence Life.

Important Dates for Residents: November-January

  • Nov. 19
    "Messiah" performance, 7:30 p.m. (Coffman Chapel)
    "Messiah" semi-formal, 10 p.m. (Coblentz Dining Hall)
    Winter Break Housing Applications available (Whitaker 221)
  • Nov. 20
    "Messiah" performance, 3 p.m. (Coffman Chapel)
  • Nov. 22
    Dry Campus Policy in effect, 9 p.m.
  • Nov. 23
    Thanksgiving recess begins, no classes
    Residence halls close, noon
  • Nov. 27
    Residence halls re-open, 9 a.m.
  • Nov. 28
    Classes resume, 8:30 a.m.
    Dry Campus Policy ends, 8:30 a.m.
  • Nov. 30
    SGA holiday dinner, 4:30 p.m. (Coblentz Dining Hall)
  • Dec. 2
    Winter Break Housing Applications due, 5 p.m.
  • Dec. 4
    Vespers, 7:30 p.m. (Coffman Chapel)
  • Dec. 6
    Hall meetings in all residence halls
  • Dec. 10
    Reading Day
  • Dec. 11
    Reading Day
    Late Night Breakfast, 10 p.m. (Coblentz Dining Hall)
  • Dec. 12
    Exams begin
  • Dec. 16
    Exams end
    Dry Campus Policy in effect, 9 p.m.
    Last day to request a room change for spring semester
  • Dec. 17
    Residence halls close, noon
  • Jan. 3
    J-term begins
  • Jan. 16
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, College closed, no classes
  • Jan. 22
    Residence halls open, 9 a.m.
    J-Term ends

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Frederick, Maryland 21701
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