The Residence Halls will be closing for the Spring Semester at 5 pm on Friday, May 11, 2012.
The Residence Halls will be officially closed at that time and students will not be permitted back into the building. If a student's last final exam is before Friday, May 11th, that student will be required to vacate his or her residence hall on the day of his or her last final exam. If a student requires additional time (up until 12 noon on Saturday, May 12th) to vacate the Residence Hall due to class or extenuating circumstances, a request must be submitted in writing to the hall director including the student's name, ID #, room, and reason for the request to stay late. Requests to stay late must be received by Friday, May 4th, 2012 at 4:30pm.
If you have any questions regarding the spring semester closing, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Residence Life at (203) 392-5870.
Following is a suggested checklist to help your student move out and transport belongings safely and inexpensively:
Don't Pay for Moving Boxes
Do load up on packing tape, labels or markers and newspaper to wrap small breakables. Check grocery stores for extra boxes they give away. Also, encourage your student to use every duffel bag, backpack, storage bin and grocery sack she has to store and move belongings. There are enough costs associated with moving - like gas, storage and cleaning - and buying boxes doesn't need to be one of them.
When your student is moving everything from campus housing to back home, let's face it: moving can be like the Bermuda Triangle since things disappear! Especially when everyone else is boxing up their belongings, it's easy to accidentally swap one box with a roommate's or mistakenly drop small electronics into the clothes box, losing them until they are unpacked in the fall. Advise your student to label every box and write a brief inventory list on the inside flap so that finding their possessions will be simplified.
Advise your student not to load up the car the night before heading from home, and then plan to head out of town sometime the next day for one last party with friends. A car filled with stuff is a target for burglars. Also, use pillows, sleeping bags, coats and extra blankets as padding for breakables and electronics. A few potholes in the road could turn out to be expensive if the breakable items aren't packed well.
Don't Forget to Clean (not you!)
Resident students have a cleaning checklist that must be followed. While it might seem easier for you to clean up the room while your student packs and moves her or his things into the car, deny the urge! Students will gain a better appreciation for the value of taking care of their living space if they have to clean up their own spaces for the room inspection.
Have a wonderful summer! We look forward to welcoming the students back for the Fall 2012 semester.