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Your end of fall semester preparation guide - RIT Inn

December 20 - January 26 - the break between the end of fall semester and the start of spring semester

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Leaving for Break? Your action is required!

  • Return your space to move-in condition.
  • Prepare your room for a new roommate if your roommate is moving out or already moved out by December 20. See Preparing Your Room for a Roommate section below.
  • Empty trash cans.
  • Close and lock windows.
  • Clean out refrigerator, if applicable.
  • Close shades (students living on the first floor only).
  • Lock your room door.
  • Move all electronic equipment off the floor and unplug it.
  • Set your heater to automatic and set room temperature to at least 65 degrees. Do not remove HVAC covers or turn off the valves to the HVAC unit.

Preparing Your Room for a Roommate

If your roommate is moving out or already moved out, you will be assigned a new roommate for spring semester. You are responsible for preparing the room to accommodate your new roommate and creating a welcoming environment and you must do so by Friday, December 20.

Remove all of your items from the vacated area of the room by Friday, December 20, even if you are remaining in the room during the break. Even if you and your roommate for fall agreed that some of your things could be in his/her area, you need to move them to your area of the room and re-negotiate that with your new roommate. The vacated area of the room should look like it did when you moved in at the beginning of fall semester.

NOTHING should be in the vacated area of the room – nothing in or on the desk, bed, chair, wall, or floor. Leave one-half of the dresser and the closet empty.

Failing to Prepare Your Room for a Roommate

RIT Inn staff will enter the room to inspect for damages, assess your preparation for a new roommate, and to possibly perform maintenance. In addition, the vacated area will be cleaned. If you fail to prepare your room for a new roommate:

  • Your student account will be immediately charged a double-as-a-single room rate.
  • You may be reassigned to another room.

Not Returning to RIT Housing for Spring Semester

Students not returning to RIT housing for spring semester must return their room key card to the front desk of the RIT Inn and have all their belongings removed by Friday, December 20 at 10:00 a.m. Refer to the RIT Inn Check-Out section for instructions on how to properly check-out of your room.

Students needing a later check-out time or date must contact Joanne Lindsey, RIT Housing Operations, at by Friday, December 13. Students who remain in the RIT Inn beyond Friday, December 20 without permission from Joanne Lindsey will be charged $100 per day every day beyond December 20, 2013.

RIT Inn Check-Out

  • Resolve who is responsible for damage in the room prior to leaving and inform an RIT Inn staff member at the front desk. If you don’t settle the matter before you go, the damage will be split equally between you and your roommate.
  • Remove all of your items from the room and make the space ready for a new resident. See the Preparing Your Room for a Roommate section.
  • Complete a key return envelope available at the front desk at the RIT Inn. Place your room key card in the envelope, fill out the form on the front, and submit the envelope to the front desk at the RIT Inn.
  • Return your mailbox key. Mailbox keys can be returned 24/7 at the front desk of the RIT Inn or via the key slot located in the mailroom.
  • Fill out and submit an online forwarding address form. Be sure to use your middle name or initial on your forwarding address form.

Reminder of Termination Policy

If you remain a registered student and move to non-RIT housing (this includes your parent/guardian’s home), you will be charged a termination fee for breaking your 2013–2014 academic year housing contract. The termination fee is one half of your semester's rent.

General Information related to Break/Intersession

Dining Services and meal plan

Your spring semester food debit will be activated on Friday, December 20th; therefore if you are on campus during the break, you can use your debit at Petals and any other open RIT dining facility. Go to to get the dining facility schedule for break/intersession.

Shuttle Service

The free shuttle service will run on an altered schedule during the break, with the exception of the days RIT is closed for the holidays, December 25 - January 1. Get the break schedule at -

The terms of RIT housing and the behavioral expectations remain the same during the break/intersession.

Spring Semester Move-In

New incoming students and students returning from co-op or study abroad may move into RIT housing for spring semester beginning on January 20 at 8:00 a.m. Spring semester classes begin on Monday, January 27.

Summer Storage

Storage is not permitted in any RIT housing area. You are responsible for removing all of your items from RIT housing when you check-out and vacate the space. You may not leave any items behind for current or new roommates to use or watch over.

Start making plans for summer storage now. There are several storage companies in the area that work with RIT students. For more information, please contact RIT Housing Operations at (585) 475-2572 or

Summer Housing

Your current 2013 - 2014 RIT housing contract ends on Saturday, May 23 at 10:00 a.m. If you need to arrange summer RIT housing, you must complete a summer housing contract. Summer housing contracts will be available on March 28, 2014 on the Housing portal - Summer housing will be available in the residence halls, Global Village, and a very limited number of apartments and University Commons. Summer housing is not available at the RIT Inn. The process and policies related to summer term assignments will change this upcoming summer due to term start and end dates related to semesters.