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Guide to Leaving Campus for Break


Once you have been infected, it can take up to 14 days for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 to start. As the holidays approach, now is the time to start taking precautions seriously and begin limiting yourself to possible exposure before heading home for the break.

  • Wear your mask both on and off campus.
  • Stay at least 6 feet from others.
  • Wash your hands and sanitize your surrounding surfaces often.
  • Avoid gatherings.
  • Stay home as much as possible and limit your social activity to the small group of people you live with on a regular basis.

We will continue to offer FREE Symptomatic Rapid Testing for students, Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the garage of the Dean of Students Center until November 25. If you are experiencing any symptoms, please call 406-683-7388 to schedule an appointment.

After November 25, students should contact Community Health Center at 406-683-4440 to be tested.

Students in Isolation or Quarantine

On-campus students who are currently in isolation or quarantine will be asked to remain on campus until they are cleared by Public Health. All meals and services will continue throughout the break.

Off-campus students who are currently in isolation or quarantine should remain where they live off-campus until they are cleared by Public Health.

Rooms will remain open for on-campus students as needed.

Leaving Your Residence Hall Room – Fall 2020

Please find below a list of guidelines for checking out.  If you have any questions, please call the Bulldog Life Office at 406-683-7565.

  • The Residence Halls will officially close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, 2020.
  • The Residence Halls re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, January 8, 2021. You will need to sign up for a time slot to move back in (see email sent from Residence Life Office).
  • The last meal in the Dining Hall will be LUNCH, Wednesday, November 25, 2020.
  • The first meal served in the new semester will be dinner, Sunday, January 10, 2021.

All residents need to checkout with their RAs and complete the checklist before leaving for winter break. Failure to checkout with your RA or complete the checklist will result in a $25.00 improper checkout fee. There will be no exceptions. You do not need to remove your belongings. However, you do need to return your keys to the Bulldog Life Office PRIOR to your departure.

The buildings will be locked and the heat will be turned down. Please make sure to take all the belongings you’ll need for the break home with you. Also, remember to clean out and defrost refrigerators to avoid a mess when you come back.

Please remember to:

  • Turn off your lights
  • Close your windows
  • Unplug all cords
  • Secure your valuables (or take them with you)
  • Lock your door

Residence Life staff and maintenance staff will be doing routine checks and maintenance during the break. Please make sure any work orders are in before you leave for break. Work orders can be submitted online through the StarRez housing portal (where you completed your housing application.)

If you are checking out of the Residence Halls permanently, approval from the Bulldog Life Office is required and you must have all of your belongings removed by November 25, 2020, before 5:00 p.m. Failure to do so will result in a fine. You must also check out with your RA.

Stay-over arrangements may be arranged at the Bulldog Life Office for exceptional circumstances or university business only. Each case will be reviewed independently. The fee for staying in the Residence Halls during the winter break will be an additional $350.

Where Should You Park?

Students should park their cars in the Mathews Hall parking lot if they plan to leave them over the break.

Travel Safely and Return Healthy

As COVID-19 continues to spread though our communities, it is important to stay as safe as possible. Although you should avoid travel all together, we know some students have family out of the county or state. Once you have reached your holiday destination, it is advised to stay in one place and limit your contact with others outside of your household as much as possible. You don’t want to risk spreading the virus to our more vulnerable populations including:

  • Elderly adults
  • Infants
  • People with compromised immune systems, such as cancer and asthma

If you have close family or friends with a compromised immune system, the CDC is strongly advising that you consider not visiting them. If you must, please plan on self-quarantining for at least 14 days before coming in contact with them.

Research Your Destination Beforehand

Before going anywhere for the holidays, research your destination and see how many active COVID-19 cases are in that community. Most up to date case numbers can be found on an individual community’s health department website.

Where to Celebrate?

Take your gatherings outside, if possible. This poses a lesser risk to contracting COVID-19 from others. Also, consider having very brief gatherings at a distance, and don’t forget your masks.

You can find more in depth information on how to celebrate holiday gatherings here.

General Holiday and Travel Tips

  • Monitor your health and contact your healthcare provider immediately if you are experiencing any symptoms.
  • Avoid large gatherings.
  • Wear a mask on all public transportation and when you are around others.
  • Stay six feet away from those outside your household.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands frequently. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Isolate and quarantine if you are directed to do so.

For additional travel and holiday tips, visit the link here.