Break Housing

During Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring breaks, the five residence halls close and students must depart. There are some exceptions, described below. Additionally, prior to the halls closing, you must prepare your room for inspections.

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, Feb. 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 a Language House or Marx Center Honor House
  • A graduate student living in graduate student housing
  • A student teacher/intern doing an internship required by my major. (email internship documentation to residencelife@hood.edu)
  • 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 student-athletes required by their coach to remain during the break do not need to complete the form. Coaches will provide student-athlete names to the Office of Residence Life. In this situation, students-athletes are not charged for staying during the required break period.

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

All residence hall policies and procedures will remain in effect, as are other College policies outlined at https://www.hood.edu/policies. 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 be 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:

  • 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 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 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  https://www.hood.edu/policies/. 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.