Break Policies

With the exception of Afton, Catawba, and Elizabeth Hall residents, students must vacate the residence halls during fall, Thanksgiving, winter, and spring breaks. Afton, Catawba, and Elizabeth Halls remain open during all breaks in the regular academic year. Residents of these halls simply need to inform the Office of Residence Life and Housing.

Residents who do not live in Afton, Catawba, or Elizabeth Hall should make arrangements to vacate their rooms during the breaks unless they are asked to stay for a College related event such as athletics or student employment. However, residents who wish to remain during the breaks for personal reasons, such as employment off campus or late travel arrangements, may request to remain for one or more nights and if approved may stay for a fee of $35 per night.  

Residents, who plan to stay during all or part of the breaks, whether at the invitation of the College, for personal reasons, or because they are residents of Afton, Catawba, or Elizabeth Hall, should submit the request form which may be found on the Residence Life and Housing page of the Roanoke College website. Requests are due three business days prior to the break. Requests that come in 24 hours after the deadline will be charged a $35 processing fee. No requests will be accepted on the final business day prior to the break. A list of break request deadlines can be found here. 

An additional charge of $50 per day may be assessed for those students staying in the halls after closing, or returning before opening without permission from the Residence Life and Housing staff.

Residence hall card access will be disabled during break periods. Without approval to remain during the breaks, access will be prohibited.  

Residence hall staff does a safety and security check during closing for fall, Thanksgiving, winter, and spring breaks. Violations of the Student Conduct Code discovered during security checks are dealt with in accordance with the standard referral procedure. Closing violations are recorded and fines are issued where appropriate.  

For specific break dates refer to the Breaks page.


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