Opening, Break, & Closing Information

Please read the following information well in advance of the actual dates so you may plan accordingly. Please note that during the break, health and safety inspections are completed in each student's room in accordance with the residence hall contract. Any observed violations of law, regulation, or campus policy will be reported to the appropriate authorities.

Fall Semester Opening

Student athletes participating in a fall sport should plan to check in on Thursday, August 17th, 2017 between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Please contact your coach for more information.

International students should plan to participate in international student orientation beginning on the evening of Tuesday, August 15th, 2017. Please contact Karen Sykes with questions.

All other new students, both first-years, and transfers should plan to arrive at the Dorsey Center Courtyard for check-in on Saturday, August 19th, 2017. Arrival times are delineated by house assignment, so please check the schedule below. You are welcome to check in at any time after your scheduled time and before 3:00 pm. We ask that you please wait to arrive until (or after) your assigned time to minimize the length of your move-in process. While we work hard to expedite the move-in process, please be prepared to wait for your car to be unloaded. The check-in times are as follows:

  • 9:00 am 4th floor of Pagliaro Selz Hall, Probst House, Sondheim House, Welsh Hall
  • 10:30 am 2nd floor of Pagliaro Selz Hall, Alcock House, Winslow House
  • Noon 3rd floor of Pagliaro Selz Hall, Gallagher House
  • 1:00 pm Commuters

Athletes and international students already on campus will need to check in at the Dorsey Center as well. The Fall Orientation for students will begin at 3:30 pm and is mandatory for all new students. A concurrent Family Orientation will also begin at 3:30 pm in Kraushaar Auditorium.

A detailed schedule of orientation sessions will be given to students and families at check-in. Fall Orientation will run from the evening of Saturday, August 19th through Tuesday, August 22nd. Schedule adjustment day will be on Wednesday, August 23rd and classes begin on Thursday, August 24th. For questions or additional information, feel free to contact the Office of Student Engagement (410-337-6124) or email firstyear@goucher.edu.

For All Other Returning Students, the Office of Residential Life will have evening and storage hours for the following dates. Students who return to campus when the Office of Residential Life is closed may pick up their keys at the Office of Public Safety. Students need to make sure they are returning to campus on their approved date, as only approved students will have their keys made available. Students who return to campus before the official move-in day without written approval from the Office of Residential Life will be subject to an early return fine of $50.

Students who need to return to campus before Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017, can submit an Early Return application. The application, will only be accessible through the college's new housing software, The Housing Director. Please note, the Office of Residential Life is no longer using Residence by Symplicity and accessing that page will result in an error. The Early Arrival Application deadline is 5:00 pm on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017.

Friday, August 18th, 2017

  • Office: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Storage: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

  • Office: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Storage: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

  • Office: 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Storage: 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Monday, August 21st, 2017

  • Office: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Storage: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

  • Office: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Storage: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

  • Office: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Storage: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

  • Office: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Storage: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Thanksgiving Break

The residence halls close for the 2017 Thanksgiving break on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 at 12:00 pm. Residents should coordinate their travel plans to vacate the halls by this time.

Before you depart, we ask that you prepare your room by completing the following:

  1. Remove food and all garbage to avoid pests.
  2. Close and lock all windows.
  3. Take home fish and birds.
  4. Take home all valuables.
  5. Turn off and unplug all electrical appliances (computers, lights, fans, alarms, etc.). However, you do not need to defrost or unplug your refrigerator during Thanksgiving break.
  6. Lock your door.

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. Any unauthorized items found in the room will be confiscated and students will be fined. 

The residence halls reopen on Sunday, November 26th, 2017 at 9:00 am.

Thank you for your attention to these policies. We wish you a restful and enjoyable break!

For information about staying on campus during breaks, see the Break Housing page.

Winter Closing

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. Any unauthorized items found in the room will be confiscated and students will be fined. 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 keep 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, must 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 2017 application. The application can be found on Housing Director and is due on December 8th, 2017.

Winter housing

All students who wish to return to campus for the month of January or before January 27th, 2018 must fill out the January Housing application, this includes students who have signed up for J-Term. Specific rates can be found on the application or at this link. Rates are are between $200-$750 with various length and meal plan options. There will be no charge starting January 26th, 2018 for early arrival.

Please keep in mind, the period between December 24th, 2017 and January 1st, 2018 has been designated as a blackout period where no student will be allowed on campus for any reason.

Storage
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 4:00 pm on Friday, December 15th, 2017.

Spring Break

The residence halls close for Spring Break on Saturday, March 17th, 2018, at 10:00 p.m. Residents should coordinate their travel plans to vacate the halls by that time.

Before you depart, we ask that you prepare your room for checkout by completing the following:

  1. Please remove food and all garbage from your room. This is very important because open food containers and garbage are a prime cause of rodent and insect infestations.
  2. Close and lock all windows and reinsert screens that are not in place.
  3. Take home all pet birds and fish.
  4. Take home all valuables.
  5. Turn off and unplug all electrical appliances (computers, lights, fans, alarms, etc.). However, you do not need to defrost or unplug your refrigerator during spring break.
  6. Clean up your room as best as possible. This includes removing any clothing and papers from the floor. In the event of a facilities emergency, a cluttered room impedes our ability to address the problem.
  7. Lock your door!!!

The residence halls reopen on Sunday, March 25th, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

Summer Closing

The residence halls close for all non-graduating students on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. At that time all students who are not graduating are expected to depart for the summer. Graduating students can learn more about their closing dates under the Graduating Students subheading.

Quiet Hours

  • Quiet hours will be in effect from Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. through Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
  • During this period quiet must be maintained at all times in the residence halls. Any loud gatherings or disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.
  • Failure to abide by quiet hours will result in sanctions through the student conduct process as well as possible fines.

Checking Out and Returning Keys

  • Students should plan to depart campus no more than 24 hours after their last final examination.
  • It is important to check out using our one of our check out processes, as it is the best to avoid undue damage or cleaning charges.
  • This year students can choose from two processes, traditional or express, for checking out before they depart campus. Each individual in the room will need to check out using one of these processes.
    • Traditional Check Out
      • Students will sign up to check out of their rooms with their RA before they depart for summer break.
      • Residents can find sign-up sheets on their RA’s door to reserve a check-out time.
      • Residents should sign up no later than 24 hours in advance and plan to leave upon completing this checkout.
      • Once the checkout process is completed, the RA will issue a key envelope to the resident and they can turn their key into the Office of Residential Life and depart campus.
    • Express Check Out
      • Students can grab an express check out envelope from the Office of Residential Life. Envelopes will be kept at the front desk and by the front entrance when the office is closed. 
      • Once a resident is ready to depart, meaning their side of the room is clean and all belongings are vacated, residents will place their key in the express check out envelope and fill out the information.
      • The last step is placing the express envelope in the drop box at Residential Life and departing campus. This step should only be completed when the student is ready to depart campus.
  • Regardless of the process, when students depart, their assigned rooms need to be in the condition that they were during move-in. This means that:
    • Students should thoroughly clean their rooms and if residing in a suite or apartment their common rooms and bathroom.
    • Students must remove all personal belongings from their room before departure.
    • All college furniture assigned to the room must be present and accounted for before students check out with their RA. Students will be charged if furniture is missing. 
    • Students should close and lock all windows and their doors before departing.
  • Students must return their room key to the Office of Residential Life. The deadline for all students is Monday, May 28th, 2018. Failure to return your key before the deadline will result in a $120 charge to your student billing account. Keys will not be accepted after the deadline.
  • Keys will only be accepted if they are placed in a Residential Life key envelope. Students who go through the traditional check out process will obtain envelopes from their RAs. Students who wish to do an express check out can find the express check out envelopes outside the Office of Residential Life. Please make sure you include your name and room number on the envelope to avoid any unnecessary charges.
    • If the Office of Residential Life is open, it can be turned into the front desk staff. 
    • If the Office of Residential Life is closed, students can place their labeled envelope & key in the drop box to the right of the office’s front door.

Storage

  • The Office of Residential Life offers limited storage on campus to returning students. Storage is on a space available basis. Items may be stored in our unit for up to a full year.
  • Beginning on Monday, May 7, 2018 the Office of Residential Life will begin selling storage space and boxes. The only acceptable forms of payment are cash and gopher bucks.
  • Any items that students plan to store must be packed in the standard boxes supplied by the Office of Residential Life. The only exception is refrigerators.
    • Boxes can be purchased at the Office of Residential Life during business hours, which are Monday through Friday 9:00 am- 5:00 pm. Only boxes purchased from our office will be accepted. 
    • Pricing, as well as other information, can be found on our website at this link.
  • Students can begin dropping off storage items to our units beginning Monday, May 14th, 2018 between the hours of 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please note, there will not be a 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. shift on Wednesday, May 16th. The last day to access the storage units are Friday, May 22, 2018.

Microfridge

  • Microfridges will be picked up on the morning of Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018.
  • 24 hours before the pick-up date OR the student’s departure date, students must remove all food from and unplug their units so that they can properly defrost.
  • When defrosting their units, students should place a towel in the freezer section. Students should not try to remove any ice with sharp objects.
  • Students should fully clean and dry the unit before departing.
  • If a unit requires cleaning or has missing or broken parts, the student on the rental agreement is responsible for all costs. If a unit is not returned, then the student will be responsible for the cost of replacing the unit.
  • Any questions regarding micro-fridges can be sent to myfridge@verizon.net

Graduating Students

  • The residence halls close for all graduating seniors on Saturday, May 26th, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.
    • Please review all other headings for closing specifics.

Extended Stay Requests

  • Non-graduating and graduating students that cannot leave campus by their assigned closing date, may apply for a short departure extension.
    • The deadline for all students to apply is 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 24th, 2018.
      • Non-graduating and graduating students may only apply for extensions to stay until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 27th, 2018.
      • Failure to depart the residence halls by Sunday, May 27th, 2018 at 5:00 PM will result in an improper move-out fine of $100.

Applications for travel extensions will be reviewed on a case by case basis by the Office of Residential Life. Students will be informed via email if their application has been approved

 

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