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Housing Breaks

Updated Nov. 10, 2022

Thanksgiving Break Services

Please view our Staying for Break? flyer for services open during the break.

Community Front Desks

Front desks close for Thanksgiving Break at 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 20 and reopen at Monday, Nov. 28 at 8 a.m. If you are staying during the break and need a service, reach out to the Aliso front desk, open 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., except Thursday, Nov. 24 when it is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Housing Admin. (Bldg. 31) is also open to assist you 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 21 - Wednesday, Nov. 23. 

For after hours support, call the RA-on-call number located at the front door of each community. 

Prepping your Room

Before you depart for the break, please check our Safety and Maintenance flyer for info on securing your room. The Safety and Maintenance flyer also includes also information on preparing your room for Housing's Safety and Maintenance checks of all residences.  

Safety and Maintenance Checks typically occur at the end of finals week and into Thanksgiving Break. Check with your RA for when checks will start in your community.

    What to Expect During a Room Check

    Room checks are intended to cause the least amount of inconvenience to students, while proactively addressing safety concerns.

    Staff will announce their presence by knocking loudly prior to entering a room.

    Staff will be looking for the following during room checks: 

    • Doors: Room numbers are intact and clearly visible
    • Electrical Outlets: Not overloaded with excessive cords. Surge protectors are permitted but must be plugged directly into the wall and not into one another.
    • Screens: Present, secure, and in good repair (no holes)
    • Windows: Closed and locked (locking pin in place if present)
    • Food/Trash: No open food and all trash removed from room
    • Heaters: Turned off and no visible leaking
    • Closet doors: Properly hung
    • Walls: No damage or holes
    • Mold: Wet window sills or walls, leaks, any visible mold growth
    • Fire Safety Concerns: Candles, tampered smoke detectors, items hanging from the ceiling, unapproved lighting, mopeds in room, flammable items, etc.
    • Other safety/policy concerns: lofted beds, lounge furniture in student rooms, etc.
    • General overall condition of the room is good
    • Curtains/blinds: Closed so that you cannot see in from outside
    • Lights: All lights turned off
    • Bikes: University Housing suggests storing your bike in your room, not outside
    • Cerro Vista and Poly Canyon Village: (In addition to the checks above)
      • Kitchens & Bathroom: Verify that all water is turned off (no dripping faucets or running toilets)
      • Kitchen: Verify that ovens and stovetops are turned off

    Staff will not open closets, refrigerators, or other private property areas

    If any changes are needed, staff will leave a "fix-it-ticket" that describes the needed change. Once residents return, staff will check in to ensure that these items have been addressed.

    If any violations of University Housing policies are observed, they will be documented for appropriate follow-up.

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