Important housing information regarding the end of the semester. Please review it carefully.

Thanksgiving Break

The university will be closed for Thanksgiving Break November 24-27 and will re-open on November 30.

Residence halls are closed at 6 p.m. on Nov. 24 for Thanksgiving Break.

Students who wish to stay over the Thanksgiving break must complete an Intent to Stay form through the Housing Gateway by 5 p.m. on Monday Nov. 16 so that campus police and Residence and Commuter Life staff know which rooms are occupied.

Remember that Dorrill Dining Hall and food options in Upchurch University Center will not be open during Thanksgiving Break.

Exam Week

The university will be open from November 30-December 12 for exams.

Because most exams will be online, we know that there are many students who do not plan to return to campus after the Thanksgiving Break.

If you plan to be on campus for any portion of exam week, please let us know by completing an Intent to Stay form through the Housing Gateway.

This will ensure that campus police know how many students are on campus and RCL staff can complete room checks of those students who are not on campus.

Winter Break

Winter Break begins at noon on December 12.

Students are not eligible to remain in on-campus residence halls after 12 p.m. on December 12, 2020-January 9, 2021.

Lancer Park and Longwood Landings

Residents of Lancer Park and Longwood Landings returning to the same apartment space for the Spring 2021 semester are eligible to remain in their apartments Dec. 13-Jan. 9, but must complete the Intent to Stay form through the Housing Gateway.

Departure Requirements

RCL staff will perform standard safety checks on all campus housing rooms on November 24 and December 12.

Before residents leave for the semester, they need to complete this departure checklist. RCL staff will check all residential units to make sure the checklist items have been completed. Failure to comply may result in disciplinary sanctions and/or financial charges.

Main Campus Checklist

  • Remove all trash, contraband, and/or perishable food
  • Thoroughly clean the assigned unit, including the bathroom & any common spaces
  • If applicable, adjust room thermostat/fan to a low/medium setting
  • Take valuables and often forgotten items (medication, eyeglasses, checkbook, etc.)
  • Shut down and unplug all electronics, except refrigerators
  • Turn off all lights
  • Close and lock all windows
  • Lower all window blinds/shades
  • Lock all doors

Apartment Checklist

  • Dispose of all trash and perishables from your apartment
  • Thoroughly clean your assigned living area (including bathroom)
  • Remove all perishable items from the kitchen refrigerator
  • Mini refrigerators need to have all items removed and need to be defrosted
  • Close and lock all windows and doors
  • Adjust thermostat heat to 68 degrees
  • Remove objects from on top of/around heaters, radiators, vents, etc.
  • Lower blinds and twist slightly open
  • Leave porch light on (Lancer Park residents)
  • Unplug everything except major kitchen appliances
  • Shut down and unplug all electronics (including mini-fridge)
  • Take valuables and often forgotten items (medication, eyeglasses, checkbook, etc.)
  • Townhouse residents should open their bathroom cabinets and leave the bathroom doors open

If you have any questions or concerns, visit the RCL webpage, see an RA, or contact your REC.


Campus dining locations may be closed or have limited hours during all or part of the break. Students may use their Meal Plan Bonus Dollars or Lancer Ca$h at operating Longwood-managed locations.  See the Dining website for hours of operation.


Students should continue practicing personal safety habits during the break. 

Always be aware of campus and community surroundings.

If you need assistance:

  • Dial 911
  • Use the LiveSafe app
  • Contact Campus Police at (434)395-2091

Student Handbook

All student handbook policies, including the guest policy restrictions, remain in effect during the break.

Nurse Help Line

To consult with a nurse to discuss medical symptoms, call the Nurse Help Line at (805) 858-3117.