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Breaks

Thanksgiving Break

Residence halls will remain open for the Thanksgiving break!

During Thanksgiving Break, residents may remain in their room for all or any part of the break at no extra cost. There are no forms or paperwork that need to be completed to allow residents to stay.

Inspections

Residence hall staff will enter student rooms to conduct a visual health and safety check. This will be a scaled down version from the mid-semester inspections. Staff will inspect rooms to ensure all doors and windows are locked, excessive trash has been removed, and the other checklist items have completed.

Staying On Campus During Break

Please follow these simple, common sense, safety suggestions :

  • Keep your room locked and your key(s) and identification card in your possession at all times.
  • Close all exterior doors when entering or exiting. Never prop doors open or let others prop doors open. Lock your windows when out of the room.
  • Call University Police, x911 if you observe unusual behavior by strangers or any person unauthorized to be in your building.
  • Make it a priority to know who the other residents are in your building during the break period.
  • Never walk alone on campus.

Guests or friends may be entertained during the break, but no parties are permitted. ALL LEASE LOUNGES ARE CLOSED.

Dining Services

Limited dining services are available. Visit Campus Dining for a detailed schedule of hours of operation.

Break Checklist

Residents who will be away for all or any significant period of the break should follow the steps listed below:

  • Close and lock all windows and room door(s).
  • Take all valuables (i.e., computers, books, money, medications, clothing, etc.) that may be needed during the break. This will also be a precaution against theft or damage.
  • Key(s) and identification cards should not be left in room.
  • Unplug electrical appliances from wall outlets. (Micro-Fridge units may remain plugged in but should be cleaned out)
  • Remove all trash and recyclables to outside containers.
  • Personal property should be moved off the floor. This could avoid loss or damage if there is an unforeseen facility issue.
  • Store all food in closed containers. Remove perishables.
  • Take bicycles home or store them in residence hall rooms (not in hallways). No motorized bikes are allowed in the residence halls.
  • Pull shades/blinds down if room is on a ground floor or faces a balcony. Leave shades/blinds up if room is on an upper floor and does not face a balcony. Turn off your lights.

Room Entry Policy

University and Residence Life and Housing staff may enter and inspect or perform work requests in student rooms during the break period. Administrative action, billing and/or judicial referral can result if unauthorized items or unsafe or unclean conditions are found. All staff are expected to report the presence or evidence of pets, weapons, firecrackers, illegal substances, lounge furnishings, fuel or other prohibited items (see the Guide to Community Living).

Parking

If you are a WFU student with a 2014-2015 decal (on or off campus), you may park your vehicle in an on campus student parking lot only (not faculty/staff lots),  from Tuesday, November 25, after 5:00 pm until 7:30 am Monday, December 1, 2014. If your car is illegally parked, you will be ticketed.

Students who live in off-campus apartments are encouraged to leave their vehicles at their residence.

If you are driving home and need to load your vehicle, you should follow the direction given in the Rules and Regulations.

  • Park in an authorized parking space or loading zone space
  • Use your headlights and emergency blinkers while loading your vehicle
  • Pack your items prior to bringing your vehicle from satellite and freshman parking.
  • Cars parked for extended periods of time will be ticketed.
  • Parking in a fire lane, handicapped or other reserved spaces will subject you to ticketing or towing (even with blinkers on).
  • Students may use student, 15 min. and 30 min. spaces to load your vehicle.

For further specifics, please view the Parking Map.

Questions?

See your hall staff or contact Residence Life and Housing via email at housing@wfu.edu or telephone at 758-5185.

Winter Break

Winter Break Information

The dates for the closing and opening of Residence Halls for Winter Break are listed on the Opening/Closing Calendar. The Residence Halls will close at 9 a.m. on the closing date and reopen at 9 a.m. on the opening date.

All residents must vacate their rooms for the entire break period. All residence halls, apartments and houses will be closed and locked throughout the entire Winter Break period. Students will not be permitted back into their rooms during the break period, for any reason.

Why Can’t I Stay Longer?
Due to safety and security reasons, we are unable to remain open during the Winter Break. Students will not be permitted to remain in their rooms for any portion of the break. In addition, students will not be permitted back into their rooms to retrieve forgotten items, feed fish, or for any other reason.

What Should I Take With Me?
University personnel will not be available to give you entrance back and forth into your room over the break. You should:

  • Take anything of value with you as an absolute precaution against theft and damage.
  • Take any belongings you may need over the break such as books or CDs, skis, medication, checkbook, passport, plane tickets, clothing, jewelry, etc.

CAUTION: When packing your vehicle for departure, keep your room and car doors locked between loads to prevent theft.

Holiday Tips

Christmas Trees
Live trees and other live decorations are prohibited in the residence halls, apartments and houses. Artificial trees and decorations may be used as long as they are fire retardant and are placed away from radiators, fan coil units, kitchens, lamps, or other heat sources.

Lights
All holiday lighting and wiring must be undamaged and labeled Underwriters Laboratory (UL) approved. Tree lights should be plugged into a single outlet. Lights may only be placed on the inside of room window(s) using electrical tape. Do not hang lights using staples, nails, or tacks. Outside lights are permitted on balconies and decks as long as they are plugged into a ground fault interrupt (GFI) device. No additional holes may be placed in the building to hang lights and Facilities Management will inspect all light structures for safety. Inside lights should be unplugged whenever residents leave the room and should not be left on overnight. Candles, incense, and other open flame items are never permitted in campus housing.

Other Decorations
Other holiday decorations may be placed on bulletin boards and room doors. Decorations should not be placed near radiators, fan coil units, kitchens, or other heat sources. All decorations used should be made of nonflammable materials, such as foil, metal ornaments, artificial wreaths, and flame retardant paper. Corridor walls, elevators, and fire exits should not be decorated.

Parking

If you live in WFU off campus housing, you must leave your vehicle at your resident location (house or apartment).

Residence Hall and Freshman Students 
If you are leaving your vehicle during break, you must park in Lot W2, R2 or R3. (Refer to the map provided at the link below) If you have freshman or satellite parking decals, please do not bring your vehicle on campus to park for break until you are physically leaving campus. This will prevent parking issues for those who are continuing to take their final exams. Your vehicle MUST be returned to freshman parking or satellite lots by Monday, January 13, 2014 at 7:30am.

Loading/Packing Your Vehicle
If you are driving home and need to load your vehicle, you must follow these directions:

  • Pack your items prior to parking your vehicle to load.
  • Legally park in a parking space, use your headlights and emergency blinkers while loading your vehicle. Cars parked more than one hour will be ticketed.
  • Do not park in fire lanes, handicapped or other reserved spaces or you may be ticketed or towed.

Frequenting Campus During Break
Beginning Monday, December 16, all satellite registered students who will be frequenting campus to work, study, etc. can park their vehicles in student lots for the duration of time needed to do so. (Including Law and MBA students who are completing final exams) Do not illegally park in Faculty/Staff, Visitor or Reserved Spaces. Your vehicle MUST be back in the satellite parking areas by Monday, January 13, 2014 at 7:30am.

As a reminder, Wake Forest is not responsible for any loss of or damage to your vehicle or its contents.

Parking Map

Winter Break Closing Checklist

Residents, please complete prior to departing campus for Winter Break.

  • Close and lock all windows.
  • Unplug all electrical items (including fish tanks, surge protectors, alarm clocks and computer/ printer) from wall outlets.
  • Move personal property off the floor. This could help avoid loss or damage if there is an unforeseen facility issue.
  • Move all personal belongings and furniture away from air conditioner/heater unit. Filters will be changed during break. Personal belongings must not impede reasonable access to the air conditioner/heater units. Items should be moved at least 36 inches from fan coil unit.
  • Set all Fan Coil Units to 70°. Turn fan to low. Do not turn fan coil units off.
  • Empty all trash and recyclable items from your room and common areas.
  • Store food in closed containers. Remove perishables. Pest control may take place in residences over break.
  • Take bicycles home or store in your room.
  • Take all valuables, computers, books, money, medication, clothing, jewelry, etc., home with you as a protection against theft or damage.
  • Pull blinds down if you are on a ground floor or your window faces the balcony. Leave shades completely up if you are on an upper floor and your window does not face the balcony.
  • Please remove ALL items from bathrooms and building common area kitchens. This will allow custodians to thoroughly clean these areas and avoid any potential accidental breakage or removal of the items.
  • Remove all food, including condiments from common area refrigerators and freezers. This includes all residential facilities in Polo and Martin halls, Student Apartments, North Campus Apartments, and Polo Road houses. Do not turn the common area refrigerators off. They will be defrosted and cleaned over the break.
  • Defrost and unplug personal room refrigerators and leave refrigerator and freezer doors open. Microfridge® Appliances should be cleaned and defrosted prior to departing campus for break. Allow yourself time to clean up the defrosted water.
  • Turn off all lights and lock your door. Take your keys and student ID card with you.

Failure to comply with the items on the checklist may result in a minimum improper checkout charge of $50.00.

Entry and Room Inspection Policy

During the break, Residence Life and Housing staff will enter your room to make sure the checklist expectations are met.

Before leaving for break, students must complete all items listed on the Winter Break Closing Checklist. For safety reasons, Residence Hall Staff will be inspecting rooms to ensure all items have been completed. Inspections will begin once the halls have closed (or when students have completely vacated their room and notified their hall staff) and will occur in all student rooms. Fines may result for students who do not complete all items on the checklist. Maintenance staff may also be entering rooms during the break to complete work requests or perform preventative maintenance.

Spring Sorority Recruitment

Women participating in Sorority Recruitment in January, arrangements will be made to allow for your early return to campus housing.

Please visit Fraternity & Sorority Life for more information.

Questions?

See your hall staff or contact Residence Life and Housing via e-mail at housing@wfu.edu or telephone at 758.5185.

Spring Break

Staying On Campus During Break

Students may remain on campus for all or any part of Spring BreakThe residence halls are open. Students’ card access is limited to only their hall and/or suite.

Safety Tips

The best advice in terms of personal safety for current campus residents who choose to remain in their current room assignment during Spring Break, is to exercise reasonable precaution while in and around the residence halls and on campus. Other tips include:

  • Keep individual rooms locked and key(s) and identification card in one’s possession at all times.
  • Close all exterior doors when entering or exiting. Never prop doors or let others prop doors.
  • Call University Police, extension 911, if unusual behavior by strangers is observed or any person unauthorized is in the residence hall.
  • Make it a priority to know who the other residents are in the residence hall during the break period.
  • Never walking alone on campus.
  • Call University Police at 336.758.5591 if one becomes locked out of one’s room.

Guests or friends may be entertained during the break, but no parties or activities are permitted. ALL LEASE LOUNGES ARE CLOSED.

Dining Services

Many of the Wake Forest Dining Service’s facilities are either closed or have limited operation hours during the Spring Break period. Please contact Dining Services at extension 5607 for additional information or visit wfu.edu/dining.

Break Closing Checklist

Residents who will be away for all or any significant portion of the break should follow the steps listed below:

  • Remove all trash and recyclables by 7pm on Friday, March 8, 2013 to avoid fines.
  • Take all valuables (i.e., computers, books, money, medications, clothing, etc.) that may be needed during the break. This will also be a precaution against theft or damage.
  • Close and lock all windows, room and apartment doors. Key(s) and identification card should not be left in resident’s room.
  • Remove any items that may be blocking or have been placed on or near the air conditioner/heater unit.
  • Clean all Common Area refrigerators and remove all personal items in these refrigerators.
  • Unplug all electrical appliances (fish tanks, surge protectors, alarm clocks, and computers) from wall outlets.
  • Do NOT unplug MicroFridge units.
  • Fan coil units are to be set on 70° and low.
  • Personal property should be moved off the floor. This could avoid loss or damage if there is an unforeseen facility issue.
  • Store all food in closed containers. Remove perishables.
  • Take bicycles home or store them in residence hall rooms (no motorized bikes are allowed in the residence halls).
  • Pull blinds down if room is on a ground floor or faces a balcony. Leave blinds up if room is on an upper floor and does not face a balcony. Turn off lights and lock room door.

All rooms will be inspected regardless if the student remains on campus during the break period. To avoid improper check out and/or housekeeping charges, students must comply with each item on the above check list.

Entry and Room Inspection Policy

The University and Residence Life and Housing Staff will enter and inspect or perform work requests in all student rooms during the break period. Administrative action, billing and/or judicial referral may result if unauthorized items or unsafe or unclean conditions are found. All staff are expected to report the presence or evidence of pets, weapons, firecrackers, illegal substances, lounge furnishings, fuel or other prohibited items (see the Guide to Community Living).

Questions?

See your hall staff or contact Residence Life and Housing via e-mail at housing@wfu.edu or telephone at 336.758.5185.

Mid-Semester Inspections

What are Mid-semester Inspections?

Every residence hall room and apartment on campus will be entered by residence hall staff to check the general health and safety of the living spaces. This will include checking for electrical hazards, fire safety issues, general cleanliness, and other policy violations such as alcohol, drugs, and weapons.

Mid-Semester Inspections occurs the week of Fall Break. Students do not have to be present in the rooms while they are being inspected by residence hall staff.

It is important that all students keep their keys and student ID’s with them at all times during this week.

Residence hall staff will always lock the student room door when they leave the room after inspection. Residence hall staff will communicate via e-mail with any students who are in violation of any policies. Students will have to respond accordingly to avoid fines or other violations.

Break Closing Checklist

Residents who will be away for all or any significant portion of the break should follow the steps listed below:

  • Remove all trash and recyclables by 5 pm Thursday, October 18, 2012 to avoid fines.
  • Take all valuables (i.e., computers, books, money, medications, clothing, etc.) that may be needed during the break. This will also be a precaution against theft or damage.
  • Close and lock all windows, room and apartment doors. Key(s) and identification card should not be left in resident’s room.
  • Remove any items that may be blocking or have been placed on or near the air conditioner/heater unit.
  • Fan coil units are to be set on 70° and low.
  • Personal property should be moved off the floor. This could avoid loss or damage if there is an unforeseen facility issue.
  • Store all food in closed containers. Remove perishables.
  • Turn off lights and lock room door.

All rooms will be inspected regardless if the student remains on campus during the break period. To avoid improper check out and/or housekeeping charges, students must comply with each item on the above check list.

Entry and Room Inspection Policy

The University and Residence Life and Housing Staff will enter and inspect or perform work requests in all student rooms during the break period. Administrative action, billing and/or judicial referral may result if unauthorized items, unsafe or unclean conditions are found. All staff are expected to report the presence or evidence of pets, weapons, firecrackers, illegal substances, lounge furnishings, fuel or other prohibited items (see the Guide to Community Living for further details).

Questions?

See your hall staff or contact Residence Life and Housing via e-mail at housing@wfu.edu or telephone at 336.758.5185.