Important winter break housing and dining information

Posted: November 2, 2020

On behalf of the Office of Residence Life, thank you to the nearly 900 students who completed the winter break survey. The information you shared was helpful as we prepare for how to best serve our students over this extended break.

As we continue to prepare for the winter break, we would like to share information on students’ next steps for departing or remaining on campus. 

Remaining on campus over break

Those who are planning to stay on campus for any portion of the break will now need to complete the Break Stay Registration Form. Whether you are staying for a couple days, for a month or just returning one day early, if you will need to stay on campus any time between Nov. 24 after 5 p.m. and Jan. 24 before 8 a.m., you will need to complete this form. We urge all residents who need to stay or return to campus for any portion of the break to complete the form by Nov. 6.

To access and complete the form by Nov. 6, click here to visit the MyHousing Portal.

In addition to this, information regarding meal options and other campus resources that will be open and available over the winter break will be shared via email and at in the coming weeks. This will include hours of operation for various campus buildings and services.

Departing from campus

The University is offering voluntary testing to those who would like a test prior to departing for break. Tests for residents will occur Nov. 4-6, while all other voluntary tests will occur Nov. 9-11. For more information on voluntary testing and scheduling your test, please visit

Those who are not planning to stay on campus for break should make arrangements for departure within 24-hours after your last exam. A departure checklist was provided to residents from Residence Life today for a safe and clean exit for break.

We understand that some students may want to pack and take home more than normal for this extended break. If you anticipate doing so, please be mindful of the University’s guidelines for non-residential visitors, as they are not permitted in residence halls for the safety of our entire community. Guests coming to campus to help students depart will need to remain outside. If you need additional assistance with moving items outside of the help roommates or friends can provide, please contact

As like other breaks between semesters, various campus buildings and resources may implement reduced or alternative hours of operations and have limited access to students. A listing of campus operation changes will be made available on in the coming weeks.

Returning to campus

Early arrival residents will receive specific instructions for check-in and move-in via email from the Office of Residence Life. This process will be similar to August move-in and will include a spring check-in process for all resident students, regardless of whether you’ve traveled away from campus or stayed for the duration of break. 

For those returning right before the spring semester begins, your check-in will take place between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Jan. 23 and Jan. 24 at Room 219 in the Waldron Campus Center. You will have your temperature taken and LiveSafe app checked at this time. 

Spring meal plans for all students will officially begin at dinner on Jan. 24. Please prepare for access to food accordingly if you plan to arrive to campus prior to this date.

No matter what your winter break plans are, we will follow up with specific instructions on how to start the spring semester safely for all students, faculty and staff.

This process will depend greatly on CDC and Erie County Department of Health guidelines as a result of the dynamic COVID-19 situation. Please continue to monitor for important information regarding your safe return to campus over the coming weeks and throughout winter break.

Please submit any questions at Residents may contact the Residence Life Office at or 814-871-7564 for specific housing questions.