Winter Break

Mandatory For All Students Living in RIT Housing

You must complete the Finals and Winter Break Circulation Plan to notify us of your travel plans over Thanksgiving, finals, and winter break. This form includes the end of semester guidelines and important information regarding on-campus circulation and travel restrictions.

If your travel plans change, you must return to the form and update each section.

Submit Your Plan

Fall semester on-campus classwork concludes on November 24, 2020. Exams will be online from December 1 – 8. See the following instructions related to your RIT housing during this time and through winter break.

Not Returning to RIT Housing for Spring 2021

End of Semester Guidelines

If you are not returning to RIT housing for the spring semester, you will need to check out of your RIT housing assignment. You must remove all of your items and return your key before you leave. The date you move out of RIT housing depends on your Thanksgiving and Finals plans, please complete the Finals and Winter Break Circulation Plan to determine your date. 

If you do not check out and remove your items, in the event you are unable to return due to a travel advisory or exposure to COVID, RIT will not be responsible for packing and shipping, or storing belongings.

The date you move out of RIT housing depends on your Thanksgiving and Finals plans. You may be required to move out by November 25 at 4:00 p.m. or no later than December 9 at 10:00 a.m.

You must:

  • Remove all of your items from your room.
  • Return your room/apartment/suite key to RIT Housing in Grace Watson Hall. Once you have moved all of your belongings out of your assignment, you must return the key to RIT Housing located in Grace Watson Hall. Please place the key in one of the white key return envelopes and fill out the form on the front of the envelope (do not seal the envelope). RIT Housing is open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. or you may return the key in our 24-hour drop box located to the left outside the office.
  • Return your space to move-in condition.
  • Empty trash cans.
  • Close and lock windows.
  • Clean out the refrigerator, if applicable.
  • Lock your suite/room door.
  • Unplug all electronic equipment.
  • Set your heater to automatic and set room temperature to 65 degrees. Do not remove HVAC covers or turn off the valves to the HVAC unit.
  • Resolve who is responsible for damage in the room/apartment/suite prior to leaving and inform your RC. If you don’t settle the matter before you go, the damage will be split equally between you and your roommate(s).
  • Fill out and submit an online forwarding address form at myLife.rit.edu.


All guests are expected to comply with applicable laws, regulations, and guidelines relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, including completing a health screen, according to RIT's visitor guidelines.

Returning to RIT Housing for Spring 2021

End of Semester Guidelines

Please complete the Finals and Winter Break Circulation Plan. If you are returning to your RIT housing assignment for the spring semester, review the following:

  • Prepare your suite/room for a new roommate(s) no later than December 9th if your roommate(s) is moving out or already moved out or you have a current vacancy. 
  • Empty trash cans.
  • Close and lock windows.
  • Clean out the refrigerator, if applicable.
  • Lock your suite/room door.
  • Move all electronic equipment off the floor and unplug it.
  • Set your heater to automatic and set room temperature to 65 degrees. Do not remove HVAC covers or turn off the valves to the HVAC unit.

If your roommate(s) is moving out or already moved out, or you have a current vacancy, you may be assigned a new roommate(s) for spring semester. You are responsible for preparing the suite/room to accommodate your new roommate(s) and creating a welcoming environment and you must do so before December 9. 

Remove all of your items from the vacated area of the room by Wednesday, December 9. Even if you and your roommate(s) for fall agreed that some of your things could be in their area, you need to move them to your area of the room and re-negotiate that with your new roommate(s). The vacated area of the room should look like it did when you moved in at the beginning of fall semester. Residence Halls will remain at a maximum occupancy of two students per room for the spring semester. 

NOTHING should be in the vacated area of the room – nothing in or on the closet/wardrobe, dresser, filing cabinet, desk, bed, chair, walls, and floor.

RIT Housing will enter the suite/room to inspect for damages, assess your preparation for a new roommate(s), and possibly perform maintenance. In addition, the vacated area may be cleaned.

If you fail to prepare your room for a roommate(s):

  • Your student account may be charged the cost of an outside cleaning company.
  • You may be reassigned to another room.

If a vacancy occurs in your apartment/suite at the end of fall semester, you will be given five days to complete a Roommate Request in order to fill the vacancy with a student of your choice. This process will need to be completed during the break between fall and spring semester. Please continue to check your RIT email during the break. View instructions to request a roommate.

Students living in university residential areas are not permitted to have guests in their room/apartment. In addition, no visitors are allowed in campus residences other than those who live in your apartment or on your floor.

This policy is applicable to your departure for winter break and includes guests who are assisting you.

All guests are expected to comply with applicable laws, regulations, and guidelines relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, including completing a health screen, according to RIT's visitor guidelines.

Living in RIT Housing over Winter Break

Important information if you will be staying in your RIT housing for some portion of the time between the end of in-person classes and before the start of the spring semester.

Students who are eligible may remain in RIT housing throughout the winter break. Eligible students are those who currently live in RIT housing, will remain in RIT housing for spring semester, and will be registered for spring semester classes. Residence halls will remain open throughout the Winter Break.

If you plan to leave campus at any point, you must return to the Finals and Winter Break Circulation Plan and update your travel plans. If you plan to travel to a restricted location you will be required to follow the updated NYS mandatory guidelines before returning to circulate on campus.

If you require emergency assistance, please contact Public Safety at (585) 475-3333 (voice) or (585) 205-8333.

If you need assistance from Residence Life, please email residencelife@rit.edu.  

Select dining locations will be open over the break. View RIT Dining locations and hours.

Students living in university residential areas are not permitted to have guests in their room/apartment. Residents are not permitted to visit other floors or apartments. In addition, no visitors are allowed in campus residences other than those who live in your apartment or on your floor.

All guests are expected to comply with applicable laws, regulations, and guidelines relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, including completing a health screen, according to RIT's visitor guidelines.

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