Winter Session Closing and Move-Out

On September 23, 2020, Fr. Jenkins announced plans for an extended break period during the semesters in light of COVID-19, you may read the announcement here. Residence Halls will close for the fall 2020 semester on Saturday, November 21 at Noon. Students should depart 24 hours after their last final, and no later than noon on November 21.

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Hall Closing

Residence Halls officially close for the Winter Session of Spring 2021 semester at 12:00 p.m., Noon, on Saturday, November 21. The Spring 2021 semester will begin on Wednesday, February 3; additional details about return to campus after the Winter Session will be forthcoming. All students should utilize the Closing Check-List (below) when departing. All students who will not be returning to the hall in February must complete a check out in person with a member of Hall Staff,  remove all belongings from the room (so as to permit the room to be cleaned prior to new students moving in), and turn in all room keys before departing.


While students should not move out of their residence hall room for the Winter Session, they should know that they will not have access to their residence hall room after November 21, 2020 at Noon. In order to prepare for the extended vacancy in your room, please make certain the following items are completed prior to departing. The last resident to leave the room should post this checklist on the door. Staff members will double-check each room after departure to ensure all items have been completed.

  • Close windows tightly and lock all windows.
  • Unplug electrical items from all outlets, including desk lights, aquariums, and alarm clocks.
  • Clean, defrost, unplug, and prop open the door of the refrigerator. Be sure to allow time for it to melt and dry out!
  • Empty trash and recycling, and remove all food.
  • Turn heat on and set at Medium or 70 degrees.
  • Remove all holiday decorations
  • Remove all personal items from community bathrooms, laundry rooms, showers, etc. for cleaning
  • Remove all items from window ledges and heating units to allow for filter replacement.
  • If not returning next semester, schedule and complete checkout with Hall Staff, turning in key(s).
  • Turn lights off.
  • Close and lock room door.

Late Departing Residents and Accommodations

The Residential Life office does not grant late departure requests to residents. Residents who fail to vacate the residence hall by 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 21, or who disregard their Rector's check-out instructions, may be charged an improper check out fee. 

The University will be providing more information about the type of COVID-19 testing that will be available upon exit from campus in the weeks ahead, especially if students are traveling to a state that requires testing for reentry. Students who are concerned about returning to the immediate home of a high risk family member should contact the Sara Bea Accessibility Services to request an accommodation.

The University realizes that some on campus undergraduate students may need accommodations for portions of the longer winter break due to COVID-related travel issues. These students could include some international students, some student athletes, and students for whom returning home would present a particular hardship. Notre Dame International, the Department of Athletics, the Office of Student Enrichment, and the Center for Student Support and Care will work with Residential Life to determine available accommodations and communicate with pre-approved students in the weeks ahead.

Notre Dame International will provide additional guidance for Spring Study Abroad students as it becomes available. 

Room Assignment Changes

Students who will not be returning to their current room assignment in the spring semester for any reason must complete the Check-Out process with their current, fall Rector (which includes removing all belongings from the room, conducting a room inspection with a member of hall staff, and returning all room keys). This must be completed no later than 12:00 PM on Saturday, November 21..

Unexpected Housing Changes

Students with unexpected changes to their housing assignments for the Spring Semester after November 21, 2020 (transfer, dismissed, etc.) must contact the Office of Residential Life ( or 574-631-5878).