Winter Campus Closing Information

A message from Dr. Susan A. Cole

The Montclair State campus will close at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 21 and re-open on Wednesday, January 2.  The following conditions and exceptions apply.

Residence Halls and Dining Services

  • The Village at Little Falls, Hawk Crossing Apartments, Sinatra Hall, Machuga Heights, and Russ Hall (resident rooms only) will be open and staffed during the entire period, but qualified student residents remaining on campus must make prior arrangements with their community director.
  • Except as noted above, all residence halls will close at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 21 and re-open at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 20.
  • The Red Hawk Diner will close at 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 20 and operate from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. from Friday, December 21 through Sunday, December 23.  The Diner will be closed from Monday, December 24 through Tuesday, January 1.  It will re-open Wednesday, January 2 at 7:00 a.m.  From Wednesday, January 2 through the remainder of the winter break, the Diner will follow a schedule of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on weekdays and 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weekends.  The Diner will resume 24-hour operation from 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22.
  • Sam’s Place and the Freeman Dining Hall will close after an extended breakfast from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 21, and will re-open for dinner at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, 2013.
  • Hours of operation for all other food service locations will be posted at each unit and displayed on the Montclair State website.

Health Center, Recreation Center, Student Center, and the University Bookstore

  • The University Health Center will close at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 21 and re-open at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2.  From Wednesday, January 2 through Friday, January 11, business hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Beginning Monday, January 14, the Health Center will resume normal hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday.  The Health Center will be closed on Monday, January 21 for the Martin Luther King holiday.
  • The Student Recreation Center will be on winter hours starting Sunday, December 16.  It will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weekdays, and from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the weekend.  The Recreation Center will close on Friday, December 21 at 6:00 p.m. and re-open on Wednesday, January 2 at 6:00 a.m.  The Recreation Center will follow an abbreviated schedule until classes begin: it will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weekdays, and from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the weekend.  The Recreation Center will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, January 22.
  • The Student Center and Student Center Annex will close at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 21 and re-open at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2.
  • The University Bookstore will close at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 21 and re-open at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2.

Library Services

  • Sprague Library will close at 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 20, but will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 21.  The Library will be closed from Saturday, December 22 through Wednesday, December 26.  The Library will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 27.  The Library will be closed Friday, December 28 through Tuesday, January 1.  The Library will re-open on at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2, and will be open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until classes begin.
  • Access to the Library's electronic resources (e.g., online catalog, e-books, databases, e-journals, streaming audio and video) and services (e.g., interlibrary loan borrowing request forms) is available at all times, even when the Library is closed, via the Library's website (http://montclair.edu/library).  Reference and research assistance is available in person and by phone (973-655-4291) when the Library is open (http://montclair.edu/library/hours).   Requests for assistance via e-mail at Ask a Librarian (http://www.montclair.edu/library/contact-the-library/ask-a-librarian/) will be answered on the same day if the Library is open or, if a request is made on a day when it is closed, the next day the Library is open.

Computer Laboratories and Information Technology Services

  • The Technology Solutions Center, located on the fifth floor of University Hall, will close at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 21 and will re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2.  For technical assistance during this time, a University Help Desk technician will be available via phone (973-655-7971, option 1) and e-mail (helpdesk@mail.montclair.edu) between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. with the exception of December 24, December 25, December 31, and January 1.  Feel free to visit the self-service documentation page located at: http://www.montclair.edu/oit/documentation
  • For the 2012/2013 Winter Sessions Semester, beginning Friday, December 21, the University has contracted with Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate) to provide 24/7 support, including holidays.  Faculty members or students who need technical support related to their use of Blackboard Collaborate may obtain assistance by calling 1-866-388-8674 and selecting option #2.
  • The University Help Desk will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Wednesday, January 2 through Friday, January 18.  The Help Desk will be closed on Monday, January 21 in observance of the Martin Luther King Holiday, but will resume its normal business hours on Tuesday, January 22.

    The Public Computing Laboratory Facilities will operate on a modified schedule:
    • The Information Commons Computer Lab, located on the fifth floor of University Hall, will close at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 21, and will re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2.  The Information Commons Computer Lab will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Wednesday, January 2 through Friday, January 18.  The Information Commons Computer Lab will be closed on Monday, January 21 in observance of the Martin Luther King Holiday, but will resume its normal business hours on Tuesday, January 22.
    • The Laptop Lending Cart and Laptop Lab, located in University Hall 5008, will close at 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 20, and will re-open at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22. 
    • The MMR Laptop Lending Lab, located on the lower level of Sprague Library, will conform to the Library’s operating schedule (see above).
    • The Surf-n-Print Depot, located on the ground floor of the Student Center, will close at 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 20, and re-open at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2.  The Surf-n-Print Depot will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, from Wednesday, January 2 through Thursday, January 17.  (That is, it will be closed Friday, January 4, Friday, January 11, and Friday, January 18.)  The Surf-n-Print Depot will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, January 22.

  • Networking and Telecommunications will perform maintenance on enterprise network hardware and services on Wednesday, December 26 and Thursday, December 27.  These maintenance activities will produce service interruptions and degraded performance for periods of 15 to 45 minutes.  With the exception of the planned service interruptions outlined above, any significant problems with the University’s hardware and software systems will be announced on the Technology Solutions Center telephone line (ext. 7971) and on the IT website at: http://www.montclair.edu/oit.

Shuttle Bus Schedule

Shuttle service will end on Friday, December 21 at 9:30 p.m. and will resume on Wednesday, January 2 at 6:30 a.m.  Service from Wednesday, January 2 through Monday, January 21 will be as follows:

  • Monday through Friday — 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Route A (all campus) and Persons with Disabilities (PWD) service only.
  • Weekends: 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Route A (all campus) service only.
  • Saturday Shopper Special will resume service on Saturday, January 26.

Normal shuttle service will resume on Tuesday, January 22 at 6:30 a.m.

General Access to the Campus

To maintain the security of the campus during the winter closing, employees may have access to their offices only in the unusual circumstance that their supervisors require them to perform a specific job duty during that period or, in the case of faculty members, to pursue ongoing research or other faculty responsibilities.  The employee or a dean must inform University Police via msupolice@mail.montclair.edu as soon as the need to be on campus is known, specifying the purpose, date(s), and time(s) that access is required.  Upon arrival and departure, the employee must sign in and out at the University Police building.

The names of students who are engaged in research that requires their presence during the winter closing must be submitted in advance to University Police via msupolice@mail.montclair.edu by a faculty mentor or dean.  The submission must indicate that no safety hazards are posed by the student’s presence in the laboratory and/or office.  Upon arrival and departure, the student must sign in and out at the University Police building.  Students may also have access to buildings if they are accompanied by a faculty member or administrator who has followed the procedures described above.  Anyone not authorized to be in a building during this period will be escorted from the building.  All employees and students must have a key and/or access code to gain entry to the specific room requested.  University Police will be responsible for opening the exterior door of the building as needed.

Please note that most building temperatures will be lowered from 68° to 65° to conserve energy.

I hope you will get some well-earned rest and relaxation during the winter closing.  I especially want to recognize the contributions of the many fine employees in Physical Plant, University Police, Residence Education, Information Technology, and Sprague Library who will be working during the closing to maintain and improve our campus.