As the end of the semester draws closer, SRU Residence Life wants to make students aware of the semester break housing that is available and remind them of the procedures of moving out of a residence hall.

Patrick Beswick, director of residence life, sent an email to on-campus residents on Oct. 8 reminding them that the end of the semester is closer than it may appear. He encourages students to put a plan in place now for how they might move out, as this process is “more important than ever before.”

The residence halls will close for the fall 2020 semester on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 4 p.m. This is the evening before Thanksgiving, Beswick noted in the email.

Because of this, Beswick suggested students make the appropriate travel arrangements. Students can travel home for semester break at any time they choose before 4 p.m. on Nov. 25.

On-campus residents’ card access to their building and room will end on Nov. 25. Students are reminded that they will not have access to their rooms until the start of the spring 2021 semester.

Students are allowed to keep their personal items in their rooms over the semester break.

Beswick reminds students to take with them the items that are needed over the break. These items may include items such as their computer, charging cords, clothing, books, etc.

Beswick added that students that have been placed in quarantine or isolation due to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis on or after Nov. 10 will still need to make plans to vacate the residence halls by Nov. 25. Campus services will not be available after that date, he said.

Due to COVID-19, the housing offered over semester break will be “extremely limited,” Beswick said in the email. Semester break housing is not guaranteed, he said.

Obtaining semester break housing will require an application. Each of these requests will go through an approval process as well.

Students can apply by going to their MyHousing portal under the more tasks tab. Applications will be open until Oct. 31. Students who wish to live on-campus in the ROCK Apartments during the break also must complete this form.

Students will be notified of whether their request was approved or denied. Beswick said this process “will be rolling,” but he hopes to notify students of their request status as soon as possible.

For the students whose requests are approved, food service will not be available and certain rules and guidelines will be put in place.

Beswick said more information about semester break housing will be coming out soon.

SRU’s dining services will end Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m., and the Student Health Center will close Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 6 p.m.

Nina is a sophomore majoring in communication: converged journalism. She has aspired to become a journalist for the New York Times for as long as she can remember. During high school, she was on her school's newspaper staff freshman to senior year. She was also the editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper during her senior year. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music and watching YouTube and Netflix. She is elated to be The Rocket's news editor, and she can't wait to see what SRU and The Rocket have in store for her.

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Nina Cipriani
Nina is a sophomore majoring in communication: converged journalism. She has aspired to become a journalist for the New York Times for as long as she can remember. During high school, she was on her school's newspaper staff freshman to senior year. She was also the editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper during her senior year. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music and watching YouTube and Netflix. She is elated to be The Rocket's news editor, and she can't wait to see what SRU and The Rocket have in store for her.

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