Winter Break Information
For Fall 2017/Spring 2018, the residence halls will close and reopen as follows:
- ALL residence halls close and residents must depart campus by 9:00 AM on Sunday, December 17, 2017.
- Residence halls open for students to return on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at 9:00 AM.
All residents must vacate their rooms for the entire break. All residence halls, apartments, and houses will be closed and locked during the break.
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 for any reason, including to retrieve forgotten items.
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 a precaution against theft and damage.
- Take any belongings you may need over the break such as books, skis, medication, checkbook, passport, plane tickets, clothing, jewelry, etc.
Remember to keep your room and car doors locked while loading your vehicle for departure to help prevent theft.
- Live trees and other live decorations are not allowed in residential facilities.
- 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.
- All holiday lighting and wiring must be undamaged and labeled Underwriters Laboratory (UL) approved.
- Lights are only allowed in a single-strand and should be plugged into a single outlet.
- Lights may only be hung using electrical tape; do not hang lights using staples, nails, or tacks.
- For those in our Road Houses, outside lights are permitted on 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.
- Lights should be unplugged whenever they are unattended and should not be left on overnight.
- Candles, incense, and other open flame items are never permitted in campus housing.
- 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.
Winter Break Closing Checklist
Residents, please complete prior to departing campus for Winter Break.
- Remove perishables and store all food in closed containers.
- Return To-Go containers to The Pit to receive your deposit back; if you fail to return a container you will have to pay for a new one for the Spring semester.
- Move all personal property off of room and suite floors.
- 72 hours prior to departure empty, defrost, unplug, and clean personal mini-fridges and MicroFridges. Ensure that water from defrosting is cleaned up and leave refrigerator and freezer doors open.
- Remove ALL items from common area refrigerators and freezers. This includes all refrigerators in Polo, Martin, NCA, Student Apts, and Road Houses. Do not turn the common area refrigerators off; they will be defrosted and cleaned over the break.
- Remove all trash and recyclables from your room and common areas to outside containers.
- Remove ALL items from bathrooms, countertops, and community kitchens. This allows these areas to be cleaned over break while avoiding avoid any potential accidental breakage or removal of the items.
- Take bicycles home or store them on designated bike racks (not in hallways, on balconies, under stairwells, or under bannisters). Motorized bikes are NOT allowed in the residence halls or under breezeways; these should be parked in designated moped spaces.
- Key(s) and identification, including passports, should not be left in room. All doors will be locked during inspections.
- Take all valuables (i.e., computers, books, money, medications, clothing, etc.) that may be needed during the break. This can also be a precaution against theft or damage.
- Take down any and all string/strand lights.
- Unplug all items from wall outlets.
- Leave blinds down if your room is on a ground floor or faces a balcony. Pull blinds up if your room is on an upper floor and does not face a balcony.
- Move all personal belongings at least 24” away from fan coil units to allow units to be serviced during the break.
- Fan coil units should be set to 70° and low fan speed.
- Turn off your lights.
- Close and lock all windows and room door(s).
Failure to comply with the items on the checklist may result in a minimum improper checkout charge of $50.00 and/or referral to the University’s student conduct process.
Room Entry Policy
Wake Forest University staff will enter student rooms during the break to perform inspections and for routine maintenance. During this time we will lock all windows and doors. Administrative action, billing and/or student conduct referral can result if unauthorized items or unsafe/unclean conditions are found. All staff members are expected to report the presence or evidence of pets, weapons, illegal substances, lounge furnishings, fuel or other prohibited items (see the Guide to Community Living).
Spring Sorority Recruitment
Students involved with sorority recruitment will receive details regarding their return to campus via email. You can also visit the Fraternity & Sorority Life website for more information.
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.