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Thanksgiving Break Closing Information

Thanksgiving Break extends from
Saturday, November 20, 2021 – Sunday, November 28, 2021.


  • During the break, all undergraduate residence halls will close at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, November 20, and reopen on Sunday, November 28, at 9:00 a.m.  Students needing to stay in any of the residence halls for any part of the break may do so if they register by 4:00 p.m., Monday, November 15. Students can register by submitting the Thanksgiving Break Registration available in the Housing Portal. Students who fail to register to remain on campus during the break period and are in the residence halls after 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 20 may be subject to disciplinary action. Additional information on break housing is available here.
  • Please post an “Occupied” sign on your door when you are in your room during break. “Occupied” signs will be available from the area information desks. (Branscomb, E. Bronson Ingram, Hank Ingram, Kissam Center, Zeppos, and Lewis).
  • OHARE staff will enter unoccupied student rooms to ensure all closing procedures listed below are completed. 


  • Turn off and unplug all electronics.
  • Clean out your refrigerator and take all trash to the dumpsters. Clean out your recycling containers.
  • Set your thermostat between the “warm” and “cool” settings. If we experience cold temperatures during the break, heat in the halls will be set at a moderate level.
  • Do not leave belongings on the floor of your room. If freezing temperatures cause broken pipes, flooding may occur.
  • Close and lock all windows.
  • Lock your door and take your key with you!


  • Lock your doors at all times. Maintain a heightened awareness of security issues as there are fewer students in the residence halls.
  • If you can do it safely, do not allow others to piggyback behind you into residence halls. If someone piggybacks on your entry and you feel uncomfortable or concerned about speaking to them directly, contact VUPD immediately.
  • Report any suspicious persons to VUPD. Be prepared to describe the person as best as you can. Watch out for each other.  If you see someone who looks like they do not belong in the residence hall, contact VUPD.
  • Stay alert and TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS. If you feel uneasy, leave the area.
  • Be sure to close and lock your windows, open the curtains or blinds, turn off all lights. Carry your key with you and lock your doors, including private bedrooms in suites and apartments.  If you live at ground level, make certain no valuables are visible from the outside.  Please move bikes into your room or another secure area to reduce risk of theft.
  • Do not leave jewelry or other valuable items in your room. Vanderbilt University will make every effort to keep the residence halls secure during the break period, but cannot assume responsibility for your possessions. You should, therefore, take appropriate measures to safeguard your valuables.
  • The Branscomb information desk will be staffed during the break. All other residence hall information desks will be closed.

If you have any questions, please see your HR, RA, or AC for assistance.
Have a great break!