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Living on Campus During the Winter Break FAQs

Reminders for Students Residing On Campus for Winter Break

Expectations for On-Campus Housing Eligibility:


Although you may travel, students should weigh risks and exposure, discussing with their families as they make decisions. You are encouraged to minimize travel and to follow the current guidance from Maryland Governor Hogan.

If you travel during Thanksgiving or over break:

  • Start to limit your social interactions 14 days prior to leaving campus.
  • Review and plan for any travel/arrival state/country guidelines for your final destination AND Maryland guidelines for re-entry.
  • When traveling, you should wear a mask when in public spaces, bring your own pen, and carry sanitizer or wipes.
    • If returning home, let family members know of your arrival. Request to have the room or area you will be staying in cleaned and disinfected before you arrive.
    • Plan what to do if someone becomes ill.
      • Have you and your family make a plan for care and isolation if someone in the household develops symptoms for COVID-19.
    • If traveling, review any state or local COVID-19 guidelines for the travel destination.

Students travelling via public transportation during break:

  • For students who must travel by air, be sure to allow time for a longer check-in process, consider whether you need to eat at an airport or on a plane, and utilize e-tickets to maximize a contactless process.

Create Safe Friend and Family Gatherings

    • Keep gatherings small.
      • When you arrive home or to a travel destination, you may want to connect with family and friends. Keep gatherings as small as possible. If persons from different households will attend, ask everyone to wear a mask, unless eating or drinking.
    • Gather outside.
      • If the weather permits or you have devices such as outdoor heaters and coverings, consider having gatherings outdoors. Indoor gatherings have been linked to increases in COVID-19 exposure risk. If you can’t gather outside, consider having plenty of space for guests and opening windows for air ventilation.
    • Gather virtually.
      • Gathering virtually with family and friends is a safe way to spend time with loved ones. There are lots of ways to make a virtual gathering a great experience.
    • Practice physical distancing.
      • Continue to practice physical distancing, especially with persons outside of your household. Consider shopping online this year to avoid large crowds or having virtual watch parties for holiday sporting events.
    • Avoid alcohol and other drug use.
      • The use of alcohol and other drugs limits the ability for persons to effectively practice COVID-19 prevention steps. Consider avoiding alcohol and other drugs during gatherings this year. Having dry or sober events is also a great way to support friends and family in recovery.

Remember the Retriever Community Agreement and your commitment to keep our community strong and well.

    • You agreed to practice safe and healthy behavior both on and off campus including:
      • Wearing a face covering/mask,
      • Practicing physical distancing,
      • NOT hosting, organizing, or attending any gathering, party, or event that may create a health and safety risk for yourself and/or others, AND;
      • Adhering to the Code of Student Conduct and addendum