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FAQ: Housing and Residential Life

Details about leaving for the fall, winter stay, and returning in the spring

Updated November 24, 2020

Fall break, winter stay, visitors, and more

For students who are able to go home, you are expected to vacate your room no later than Wednesday, November 25 at 9 a.m. View details.

We ask that those students who have chosen to study remotely for spring term take their belongings with them and make arrangements to check-out with their area office.

For those planning to return to campus in Spring 2021, you may keep your belongings in your room, suite or apartment. View details.

Reference this detailed guidance on how to get tested.

There are two options for staying on University campuses this winter:

  • Short-term stay: November 25 to December 19, 2020
  • Long-term stay: November 25 to January 22, 2021

Updated 11/17 Students needed to register for winter stay by Monday, November 16 on the Residential Life website.

View more details.

For the short-term stay, there is no required dining plan. However, Dining Services will have several dining locations operating on a break schedule. View details.

Students will have access only to their current building as has been the practice during the fall term. Students who haven’t registered for winter stay will not have building access. View details.

Unfortunately, no. Students will not be able to enter residential facilities other than the building in which they reside. No visitors—either from off campus or elsewhere on campus—will be allowed into your residence hall.

Yes. Anyone living in University-owned housing, regardless of where the housing is located, is required to follow the strict access policy. Graduate students living in family housing, for example, will have access to residence limited to themselves and the family members who already live there.

Yes. Students will not be able to enter residential facilities other than the building in which they reside. No visitors will be allowed to residential facilities. This means, for example, that students living in Gilbert Hall will not be permitted to visit the room of a student in Susan B. Anthony Hall.

Updated 11/24 With the new Orange Zone regulations in place, the Goergen Athletic Center is closed.

Wilson Commons Student Activities will continue to host programs that are integral to the Rochester experience, such as Yellowjacket Weekend. Programs will be offered in a hybrid model, including both in-person and virtual experiences. A full list of program offerings can be found on the Campus Community Connections website.

We have expanded our virtual offerings for all students, and knowing many of our students may still be remote, offerings will be sensitive to time zone differences and technology challenges. Creative use of outdoor spaces on campus and nearby are under consideration to increase programming and event capacity. All programming will follow University, New York State, and Federal COVID-19 guidelines to maximize safety and reduce risks.

For more information regarding events, you can reference the updated events guidance for the fall semester.

The Eastman School has decided that performance ensembles will be offered on campus as in-person instruction. Larger ensemble groups (orchestra, wind ensembles, choral) will be sub-divided into smaller groups for rehearsals that meet physical-distancing requirements. Jazz ensembles and other smaller or instrument-specific ensembles are expected to follow the required physical distancing within assigned rehearsal spaces. Chamber music coaching will be offered with in-person coaching.

Along with the on-campus, in-person experiences, all ensembles and chamber music coachings must provide an online enrollment option for students who are electing to study online as a personal choice or because of travel restrictions.

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