December Closing and Winter Break
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Stay in my Residence Hall Room during Winter Break?

The answer depends on where you currently live on campus.

If you live on North Campus
(Bel Air, Cambridge, Centreville, Chestertown, Cumberland, Denton, Easton, Ellicott, Hagerstown, LaPlata and Oakland Halls)

Residents living in the halls listed above cannot stay in their rooms during the winter break. All North Campus residents must depart for the break before 7:00pm on Saturday, December 21.

If you live in Elkton Hall and wish to stay over winter break
Elkton hall residents planning to return to their same on-campus housing assignment for the spring 2014 semester have the option to stay in their residence hall room over winter break. All Elkton residents who wish to stay in their room over winter break must complete the Winter Break Housing Authorization Form  (Available Monday, November 18 at 12:00 noon) by no later than Monday, December 16th by 4:00pm.

Once approved, this will activate your UMD Student ID card so you may continue to have access to your residence hall from 7:00pm Saturday, December 21 until 10:00am Saturday, January 25, 2014. The cost for winter break housing is $400.82, which is billed to your student account in late December or early January.

If you live on South Campus
(Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, Kent, Leonardtown, Montgomery, Prince George's, Queen Anne's, St. Mary's, Somerset, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico, and Worcester Halls)

South Campus residents (those living in the halls listed above) planning to return to their exact same on-campus housing assignment for the Spring 2014 semester have the option to stay in their residence hall room over the winter break. All South Campus residents who wish to stay in their room over winter break must complete the Winter Break Housing Authorization Form  (Available Monday, November 18 at 12:00 noon) by no later than Monday, December 16th by 4:00pm.

Once approved, this will activate your UMD Student ID card so you may continue to have access to your residence hall from 7:00pm Saturday, December 21 until 10:00am Saturday, January 25, 2014. The cost for winter break housing is $400.82, which is billed to your student account in late December or early January.

I live on North Campus but I need to live on campus during Winter Break?

Most North Campus residents will not be able to stay in their rooms during Winter Break.

You will need to depart for the break by no later than 7:00pm on Saturday, December 21. The Department of Resident Life will provide space in Elkton Hall lounges, for those who will need to reside on campus during the break. A bed and a dresser will be provided for each of the six students in the lounge; one phone line is also provided in each lounge for the residents to share.

Students may sign up for temporary winter break housing in Elkton hall by completing the Winter Break Housing Authorization Form  (Available Monday, November 18 at 12:00 noon); these spaces are assigned on a first-come/first-serve basis. If you are approved and space is available, you will be allowed to pick up your key on Saturday, December 21 at 5:00pm from the Elkton Service Desk; you will need to return your key to the space on Saturday, January 25 by 5:00pm. The cost for this housing is $200.41 and will be billed to your student account in late December or early January (for the time period between Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 7:00pm and Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 5:00pm).

Applications will be available starting Monday, November 18, 2013 at 12:00 noon.

Important: All resident student ID cards will be turned off on Saturday, December 21 at 7:00pm and will not allow you access to your hall. Be sure to sign up for winter break housing before Monday, December 16, 2013 in order to have your Student ID remain activated. The cost for Winter Break housing is $ 400.82 and will be billed to your student account in late December or early January.

I live on South Campus but I need to live on campus during Winter Break?

Beginning Monday, November 18, and no later than Monday, December 16, South Campus residents may login and complete the Winter Break Housing Authorization Form  (Available Monday, November 18 at 12:00 noon). After signing up and being approved, your UMD Student ID card will remain activated in order to provide you access to your residence hall during the break period (7pm on Saturday, December 21, 2013, through 10am on Saturday, January 25, 2014).

Important: All resident student ID cards will be turned off on Saturday, December 21 at 7:00pm and will not allow you access to your hall. Be sure to sign up for winter break housing before Monday, December 16, 2013 in order to have your Student ID remain activated. The cost for Winter Break housing is $ 400.82 and will be billed to your student account in late December or early January.

What do I need to do if I am leaving campus for the entire Winter Break?

The answer depends on where you currently live on campus.

If I am not staying on campus for Winter Break, when can I return to my Residence Hall?

The residence halls re-open for the spring semester on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10:00am.

When will my student ID card stop giving me access to unlocking the door to my hall?

All student ID cards will stop allowing access to residence hall exterior doors at 7:00pm on Saturday, December 21. You will no longer have access to your building at this point unless you have signed up for Winter Break housing, which will activate your student ID for the Winter Break period.

How much does Winter Break housing cost?

North Campus
North Campus halls, except for Elkton Hall, are closed for Winter Break. Elkton residents approved to stay in their current assignment will be charged a flat rate of $400.82. Other North Campus residents being approved to stay in temporary housing, in Elkton lounges, will be charged a flat rate of $200.41.

South Campus
South Campus residents will be charged a flat-rate of $400.82.

What are the Service Desk hours during Winter Break?

Elkton Hall Service Desk
Elkton Hall service desk will be open, but have limited hours during winter break. They will be open Monday through Sunday from 4:00pm to 9:00am and be closed from 9:00am until 4:00pm.

South Campus
South Campus Service Desks have limited hours during the winter break. The Annapolis, Queen Anne's and Leonardtown service desks will be open from 11:00am to 4:00pm each day beginning Tuesday, December 24, 2013. Service desks will be closed on Wednesday, December 25, 2013.

What do I do if I am locked out of my room when the Service Desk is closed during Winter Break?

If you are locked out when the service desk is closed, please call the residential facilities service center at 4-WORK or (301) 314-9675. The service center staff will work with you to contact a UMD police officer to come and provide you access to your room. You will then need to go to the service desk when it re-opens to sign out a temporary spare key.

How do I contact the RA on Duty if there is a problem and the Service Desk is closed?

If you are staying on South Campus, you can contact the RA on Duty by calling the Service Desk for your community:

• North Hill: (301) 314-HILL
• South Hill: (301) 314-ANNA
• Leonardtown: (301) 314-LEON

Listen to the pre-recorded voicemail message. The message will contain information on how to contact the RA on Duty for that evening. An RA is on duty in each community from 4:00pm until 8:30am on days when the University is open. RAs are on duty for 24-hour periods on days the University is scheduled to be closed.

If you are staying in Elkton hall, you can contact the RA on duty by calling the Elkton service desk, (301) 314-ELKT, and listening to the pre-recorded voicemail message. The message will contain information on how to contact the RA on duty. The RA on duty begins their shift at 4:00pm until 8:30am on days when the University is open. RAs are on duty for 24-hour periods on days the University is scheduled to be closed.

Are the Dining Halls open during Winter Break?

The South Campus Dining Hall and the Ellicott Diner will be closed beginning at 2:00pm Saturday, December 21, 2013. Please visit the Department of Dining Services website for information regarding shops in the union and hours of operation.

What do I do about Winter Break if I live in South Campus Commons or The Courtyards?

The Courtyards at Maryland and South Campus Commons do not close for the Winter Break. For specific questions, please contact the South Campus Commons Capstone Main Office at (301) 314-2499 and the Courtyards Main Office at (301) 314-2466.

What do I do if I am a Senior who is graduating in December?

Graduating seniors who live on South Campus must move out of the residence halls and return their keys to the Service Desk by 10:00am on Monday, December 23, 2013. Student ID cards will not provide access to the residence halls after this deadline so make sure to have all belongings moved out by that time.

What do I do if I am not returning to the residence halls after the Fall 2013 semester?

You must move all of your belongings out of your residence hall room, suite, and/ or apartment by 7:00pm on Saturday, December 21, 2013. Additionally, you will need to check out of your unit and return your key(s) to your service desk by 7:00pm, Saturday, December 21, 2013. Anyone that has cancelled, or is planning to cancel, their housing contract after Fall 2013 is not eligible for winter break housing.

Please Note: If you are not returning to the residence halls after the Fall semester, you need to complete a petition for release by Saturday, December 1, from your housing and dining agreement. Login with your Directory ID and password in order to access the petition.

I want to return to my residence hall prior to Spring Opening on Saturday January 25, 2014?

North Campus
All North Campus residence halls remain closed until 10:00am, Saturday, January 25, 2014. No early arrivals are possible before this date.

South Campus
You may return to your room, suite, and/or apartment at any point throughout the Winter Break by visiting your Service Desk between the hours of 11:00am to 4:00pm. Service Desk staff will provide you with instructions on how to sign up for winter break housing. Regardless of the date you return, a flat-rate charge of $400.82 will be billed to your student account.

Will my room be inspected before or during Winter Break?

Since North Campus halls close for each break period, residence hall staff conducts visual safety inspections inside all student rooms prior to each break.

On South Campus, given low-occupancy and the length of the Winter Break, residence hall staff conducts visual safety inspections inside all student rooms at the end of the fall semester prior to the start of the Winter Break period. Staff will visually inspect every room regardless of whether or not students register to stay in their rooms over the Winter Break.

During these visual inspections, staff is instructed to watch for observable violations of the Residence Hall Rules. Staff is expected to report those violations including presence or evidence of pets, weapons, fire crackers, illegal substances, modified spaces, lounge furnishings, fuel, lofts or other prohibited items. Administrative action, billing, and/or judicial referral can result if unauthorized items or unsafe or unclean conditions are found. University, State, and private property which are not authorized for student rooms may be removed. If damages, missing furnishings, deficiencies requiring maintenance or housekeeping attention are found, the room's residents may be billed the costs of corrective action.

During visual inspections, staff is instructed not to open drawers or closets or search through personal belongings and will observe only those things which are in plain sight in the room.

When does mail delivery stop for the Fall semester?

Mail delivery will end for the fall semester on Friday, December 20, 2013 and is scheduled to resume on Monday, January 27, 2014.

Mail sent throughout the winter break will be held at the Campus Mail Facility building. Students can visit the Campus Mail Facility during winter break to pick up mail if needed. Please call (301) 405-4473 (5-4473) for hours of operation.

If you have questions, please contact the Campus Mail Services Office at (301) 405- 4473 (5-4473)

Will I have Internet access in the Residence Halls over Winter Break?

Yes. There are no scheduled service interruptions during Winter Break.

When do residence halls open for the Spring 2014 semester?

All residence halls re-open for the spring 2014 semester on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10:00am. The first day of classes is Monday January 27, 2014.