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Semester Breaks

The College Houses and Sansom Place remain open for Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, and Spring Break. For Winter Break, all of the residential buildings close except for Harnwell, Harrison, Rodin, and Sansom Place. More information can be found below.

Quick Tip

Make sure you review occupancy dates of your building so you plan your travel accordingly.

Winter Break 2020 - 2021

 

The Fall Occupancy period ends at noon, Wednesday, December 23, 2020. Spring occupancy begins at 9AM, Saturday, January 9, 2021. 

 

Closed Buildings

Most residences, except the high-rises and Sansom Place, close at noon on Wednesday, December 23.  Residents in buildings that are closing MUST vacate their rooms and buildings by noon on Wednesday, December 23.  Front doors and/or gates will be locked at that time. 

 

Open Buildings

 

The following College Houses will remain open during Winter Break: 

  • Harnwell College House
  • Harrison College House
  • Rodin College House
  • Sansom Place East

 

Residents of Harnwell, Harrison, Rodin, and Sansom Place who wish to stay in their rooms over Winter Break will need to register through the Winter Break registration website. Instructions will be sent to residents via email.

In addition to the information found in the Other Break Periods section, please note the following steps for leaving campus for Winter Break:

  1. Close your windows when you leave to keep out cold air, rain and wind. Failure to do this may result in fines of at least $50. 
  2. Leave heat settings on low to minimize risk of frozen pipes. 
  3. Leave interior doors open to let air circulate inside. 
  4. Store items OFF the floor of your room (i.e., on the bed or desk) to avoid damage in the event of a flood. 
  5. Make sure that lounge and common bathroom windows are closed and locked at all times. 
  6. Seal food items in containers to avoid drawing pests. Clean up crumbs after that last study break. 
  7. POWER DOWN! Unplug appliances: i.e. lamps, clocks, fans, computers, appliances except refrigerators. 

  • Access to open buildings is restricted to building residents and their guests only. 
  • Anyone who is not a resident of the building, or does not have a valid PennCard, including a family member, is considered a guest. Residents will be able to sign in guests at the Information Center, following established guest access procedures. 
  • Guests must have a valid form of photo ID to be signed in and must be accompanied by a building resident host at all times. They should expect to present their ID for sign in and for physical verification upon each entry. 
  • For the Sabbath observant, a Shabbat Security List is generated by The Orthodox Community at Penn to permit observant Jewish students special access to the residences on Shabbat without carrying their ID cards. 
  • Residents are responsible for their guests at all times! 
  • Guest passes will NOT be issued or accepted for access into open buildings during the Winter Break period. 

When you leave campus for Fall, Thanksgiving, or Spring Break, please do the following:

  1. Lock your apartment or room door whenever you leave. Make sure that windows are closed and locked and that shades, drapes, and blinds are closed. 

  1. Make sure that valuables and electronics are stored in a safe and secure location. 

  1. If you have a bike on campus, think about storing it in your room, or use a "U-Lock" to secure it to a bike rack in a populated area. 

  1. Make sure that lounge and common bathroom windows are closed and locked at all times. 

  1. Seal food items in containers to avoid drawing pests. Clean up crumbs after that last study break. 

  1. POWER DOWN! Unplug appliances: i.e. lamps, clocks, fans, computers, appliances except refrigerators. 

  1. Unplug, remove or throw away decorations.