Thanksgiving Break Updates from Residence Life and Housing

The following message was sent to students on November 5th.


Thanksgiving Break is fast approaching and we wanted to send out a note to share with you some important information about inspections and Thanksgiving Break. Please read the information below closely and carefully.

If you have questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us or 336.758.5185.

Best –

Zach Blackmon , PhD, MBA

Assistant Director of Operations

  • Thanksgiving break is officially Wednesday, November 21 – Sunday, November 25
  • All University Offices will be CLOSED Thursday (Nov. 22) and Friday (Nov. 23).
  • Dining hours may be LIMITED. For specific hours, please refer to Deacon Dining’s website at
  • Residence Halls will be OPEN throughout the break. However there will be limited staff on-site.
  • For emergencies, or to contact on-call staff, call University Police at 336.758.5911


Leaving for Break

As you are packing, please double check that you have included valuables such as your wallet, keys, passport, airplane tickets, medication, and DeaconOneCard in your luggage.

Health & Safety Inspections

RAs will be inspecting all rooms between November 18-20.

There are several tasks that we ask that you complete prior to leaving for the break in order to help us secure the building, keep energy consumption down, and also keep the buildings in a sanitary condition over the break:

  • Remove and discard perishable items.
  • Remove all trash and recyclables from your room and common areas to outside containers.
  • Remove all personal items from the floor.
  • Unplug all items in the room. All items will be unplugged by staff at inspection to conserve energy and lessen risk of fire.
  • Do NOT unplug microfridges or refrigerators.
  • Turn fan coils units (and thermostats) to 70 degrees and the fan to low.
  • Please ensure that your fan coil unit is clear on both the top and bottom, see image below.instructions for fan coil unit clearance amount
  • Take valuables (jewelry, laptops, iPods) with you or store them someplace safe, secure, and out of sight.
  • Adjust blinds
  • Ground floor or balcony facing rooms: Lower and close blinds
  • Upper floor and non-balcony facing rooms: Raise and open blinds
  • Shut and lock your windows. Shut off room lights.
  • Lock your door and take your key. Staff will lock all doors in empty rooms!
  • Place door hanger on outside of door.

Please be aware that your room will be entered over the break. Office of Residence Life and Housing staff will inspect every room to ensure readiness for the break. Our inspection is generally confined to the main area of your room/apt/suite and the window area. Please be aware that any violations of policy that are observed will be documented and referred to the student conduct system.


To contact the Office of Family Engagement, please visit our contact page.

If Your Student Has a Problem

One of the best ways parents/families can help their students is to let them solve their own problems. Use the Stop, Drop, and Roll method when your student contacts you with a problem.  The flyer also lists contact information for serious concerns where family intervention might be appropriate.

Orientation 2018 slide shows

Select slide shows and handouts from Orientation sessions are available online.