Winter Break Closing Information

HALLS CLOSE

Saturday, December 16th

at 10 a.m.

HALLS RE-OPEN 

for Spring Semester
Sunday, January 14th at 10 a.m.

There is a $25/hour charge for students who remain in their hall after 10:00 a.m.

Residents are expected to leave within 24 hours after their last final. You will not be permitted in your room during the closure period and prior to 10 a.m. on the 14th. 

Finals Quiet Hours (24 HOURS)

Quiet hours are in effect 24 hours a day starting Thursday, December 7th at 11pm. Noise violations during finals period will be treated more severely and may result in a resident required to vacate housing immediately. Please be sensitive to your roommates and neighbors!

Closing To-Do List

Complete these tasks before leaving for the semester break. Charges will be assessed for items not completed prior to closing.

  • Empty, defrost, and unplug personal refrigerators.
    To avoid an odor, leave the door ajar, place a towel under the front end and tilt it back.
  • Unplug all items
    and lay the cords across the desk.
  • Remove all perishable foods and place other food items in plastic, sealed containers.
  • Remove ALL trash and recycling from your room and/or suite and deposit into appropriate receptacles.
  • Remove all winter decorations especially those outside.
  • Close and lock windows. Close your curtains.
  • Turn thermostat off. (VT only)
  • Take all VALUABLES with you
    (medication, tickets, ID/passport, electronics, important papers and fish).
  • Turn off all lights in rooms and bathrooms.
  • Return OZZI containers and dishware removed from the dining center.
  • Review the safety guidelines for your room; refer to your Housing and Residence Life Handbook - Policies and Behavioral Standards section available at housing.ucmerced.edu and address potential safety/policy violations.
  • Lock your room and suite door and take your keys with you. You will need them for spring Semester.

Access to Room/Suite

  • Once the halls close at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 16th, the front door of your suite/hall will be re-keyed. Your key/ID card will not work in this temporary lock.
  • When you return any time after 10 a.m. on January 14th, your same key/Cat Card will once again work.
  • Maintenance will access room/suites on an as needed basis over the break. As we do not yet know the extent of work to be done, we will not be able to give advance notification to specific affected residents.
  • Remember: you may leave your belongings, but please take all valuables with you. We cannot guarantee the safety and security of any items.

Closing Inspections

  • Starting at 10 a.m. when the halls close, Housing Staff will enter every room/suite to ensure that rooms were properly prepared for closing and to inspect for any safety violations. All unsanitary conditions will be addressed or billed to resident(s) at a minimum rate of $37/hr.
  • Please check your doors and windows to make sure they lock and submit a work order for any items that need to be addressed before or during the break at http://fmhelp.ucmerced.edu

Vacancies in Your Room?

If there are currently vacant beds in your room, please make sure they are cleared before leaving for break. We will be having new residents join us for the Spring semester and want to make sure the space is welcoming when they move in. You will be notified over break if you will be getting a new roommate or suitemate.