The following information will help you prepare for Spring break. More information will be added as it becomes available. If you have questions that are not addressed here, please contact our office.
The residence halls are open and students are permitted to remain on campus (note that meal plans do not cover all of spring break, though -- see the section below on office and building hours). However, all student housing (residence halls, apartment buildings and houses) will be locked at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4 and will remain locked until 7 a.m. on Sunday, March 15. Only residents of a particular building will have access to that building over the break; guests wanting to visit a building in which they do not live must make arrangements with a resident of that building to gain access.
As always, please lock your room door when you are away from your room (even if you just run down to the bathroom), carry your keys at all times, and do not prop exterior doors for any reason. RAs are scheduled to be on duty over the break; however, there will be reduced staffing in the RA offices. If you need to check anything out from the RA office (cooking equipment, games, videos, etc.) or you need access to storage, please do so by Tuesday night (March 3) at the latest. Campus Safety is not permitted to check out hall equipment or give students access to storage.
During break periods (including official College holidays), Facility Services staff may be doing necessary maintenance, deep cleaning, and/or renovations to common areas. At times, this work may require altering normal traffic flow (like periodically closing certain entrances or stairwells). At other times, this work may require entering student rooms. Every effort will be made to notify students in advance (through e-mails or through signs posted in the buildings). However, advanced notice may not be possible in every situation. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns.
Campus Safety officers will be on campus at all times over break. The officers will be making regular rounds through the residence halls. As always, students are advised to report any suspicious characters or activities to Campus Safety. If you need assistance, contact Campus Safety at (319) 895-4299 (or x4299 from an on-campus telephone). For an emergency, call 911 (or 9-911 from an on-campus telephone).
Severe weather information
With spring comes unpredictable weather in Iowa. Students are encouraged to review Campus Safety's Emergency Information Guide, especially the information on tornados and other weather emergencies.
Checklist for students leaving for the break
If you are leaving for break, we encourage you to:
- Turn off and unplug appliances (refrigerators and aquariums may remain plugged in)
- Remove all trash from your room and take it to a common area trash can in your building
- Close and lock all windows (pipes could freeze and burst if windows are left open)
- Close blinds
- Turn off alarm clock
- Turn off lights
- Lock your door
The last meal before spring break on the second semester meal plan is dinner on Saturday, March 7. Meal plans start again with dinner on Saturday, March 14. Meal plans do not include brunch on Sunday, March 8 through lunch on Saturday, March 14. However, Zamora's Market or the Hilltop Café will be open for limited hours and will accept flex dollars and cash sales. Students who are required to be on campus between March 8-14 (such as spring student athletes and select RAs) will have meals covered by their sponsoring departments.
Office and building hours
Though the College is open during the week of spring break, services like the Thomas Commons, Cole Library, Dining Services, computer labs and the Small Multi-Sports Center will all have abbreviated hours. Refer to the College's list of spring break hours for the most updated list.
Getting to and from the airport
If you will be traveling and don't have a car, you can refer to a list of transportation suggestions compiled by the the Thomas Commons Information Desk. There you will find the College's electronic need a ride board as well as information on commercial transportation opportunities.