As the end of the semester approaches, please read the following important information to help you prepare for winter closing:

Quiet Hours:

Quiet hours for the reading period will be in effect from Friday, December 8th, 2017 at 11:59 pm through the closing of the residence halls at 10:00 am on Saturday, December 16th, 2017. During this time, 24-hour quiet hours are in effect. Any gatherings and behavior disruptive to other residents will not be tolerated, and multiple offenses will result in student fines.

Closing Process:

The residence halls close for winter break on Saturday, December 16th, 2017 at 10:00 am All residents should plan to be out of the residence halls by this time. While the residence halls are open until Saturday, December 16th, students are encouraged to leave the residence halls within 24 hours of completing their last exam. During the break, health and safety inspections occur in each student room. Any observed violations of the law or campus policy will be reported to the appropriate parties and could lead to student fines or judicial action. Items will be confiscated from rooms. Students must be sure to remove all trash and leave their room in a clean and orderly fashion upon their departure. Failure to do so will result in a room cleaning fee.   

Before departure, residents must do the following:

  • Sign up for a checkout time on their RA's door. Residents must sign up at least 24 hours before their departure. Residents should be ready to leave the residence hall at the time of checkout.  For winter break, only the last resident to leave each room needs to sign up for a checkout time.
  • Defrost, clean, and unplug any mini-refrigerator in their assigned room. Students should consider placing a towel under the device as it defrosts to keep water puddles to a minimum.  It is not necessary to unplug fridges in on-campus apartments.
  • Remove all food from their assigned room and take all garbage to the residence hall's trash room. FMS will remove any improperly stored food, and charges the residents of the room.
  • Turn off and unplug all electrical appliances.
  • Take home any approved pets, such as fish or birds.
  • Take home all valuables. Residents should check to make sure they have left no personal belongings in the common or laundry rooms. 
  • For students with radiators in their rooms, turn the valve on. Keeping the heat on will help pipes from freezing.
  • Move any furniture at least 3 inches away from the heating units to avoid any potential fire risks and for FMS to do maintenance work over the break. 
  • Ensure the window screens are in place, the windows are closed and locked, and the blinds are down. 
  • Upon departing, lock the doors to their assigned room. 

For students not returning in the spring or switching rooms:

Students not returning next semester,
 for any reason, should return their room key to the Office of Residential Life no later than 10:00 am on Saturday, December 16th, 2017. 

Students switching rooms for the spring semester 
need to have all of their belongings out of their room and their key returned to the Office of Residential Life no later than 10:00 am Saturday, December 16th, 2017. Students switching rooms will be offered storage through the Office of Residential Life to help accommodate their transition to their new room in the spring. Students moving into new rooms in the spring will be able to pick up their new keys when they return to campus in January.

Failure to return keys to the Office of Residential Life will result in a $120 charge. 

Travel extensions (for students needing to stay on campus a few extra days):

Students who need extra time before they depart can request to stay on campus by completing the Winter Extended Stay application. Information about this application and extension dates will be shared closer to the end of the semester. 

Winter housing:

Information about winter housing will be made available closer to the end of the fall semester. 


The Office of Residential Life offers on-campus storage to current Goucher students on a space available basis. Payments can be made using cash or Gopher Bucks, and students may store items for up to a full year. For more information on our storage policies, click here. The Office of Residential Life will be selling boxes and space starting Wednesday, December 6th, 2017. Students can place their items in the Heubeck storage unit from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm & 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm on the following days:

  • Friday, December 8th, 2017
  • Monday, December 11th, 2017 - Friday, December 15th, 2017

Storage units will not be accessible after Friday, December 15th, 2017.