Break Housing Policies & Procedures
Limited services are available during break-housing periods. There will be a limited number of Residential Life staff present on campus to handle lock-outs and emergencies. Please refer to the duty schedule on the entrance doors to each building for information about the Resident Assistant (RA) or Apartment Assistant (AA) covering your area of campus. The Office of Public Safety will remain open. The dining halls will be closed; please refer to the Dining Services website for information about the availability of their retail locations. Many other services may be reduced or unavailable including Mail Services, Fitness Center, campus offices and other student support services. For more information on each service or office and its availability during break periods, please visit their website or contact them directly for more information.
If you are not familiar with the winter climate here, expect that over Winter Break there may be significant ice, snow, and wind chills that may make it more challenging to get around campus and the community.
All Ithaca College and Office of Residential Life Rules and Regulations remain in effect during break periods. Residents are only approved to stay in their assigned room during break periods. Room assignment changes cannot occur during break periods.
Thanksgiving and Spring Breaks
All residence halls and on-campus apartments have break-housing available during Thanksgiving and Spring breaks. Residents must fill out a Thanksgiving Break Registration Form or Spring Break Registration Form to register the dates they will be staying in their assigned rooms during the break period. The forms will be available through IC Workflow a few weeks prior to the break period beginning. Residents must submit the registration form prior to 5:00 p.m. the Thursday before the break begins.
A break housing notice is sent to all residents two weeks prior to Thanksgiving and Spring Break. Break housing begins at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on the Saturday of break and ends at 12:00 p.m. (noon) the Sunday that the break ends.
All residence halls except for the Circle and Garden Apartments are closed during Winter break, and offer break housing options after the college has reopened in January. Circle and Garden Apartments remain open during Winter break. During Winter break, if you live in a closed residence hall you must vacate your room for the duration of the break. For information about registering to stay in your current room assignment during a break period, please refer to our Break Occupancy Request page.
To assist our residents with travel planning, the Residence Hall Opening and Closing Dates are published well in advance.
The Circle and Garden Apartments remain open for all current residents who are living in the same on-campus housing assignment for both the Fall and the Spring semester. Room assignment changes cannot occur during break periods.
Residents must complete the Winter Break Registration Form to register the dates they will be staying in their assigned rooms during the break period. The form will be available through IC Workflow beginning after the Thanksgiving break has ended. Residents must submit the registration form prior to 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday before the residence halls close for break.