Winter Break Information

A message from Dr. Susan A. Cole

The Montclair State campus will close at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 23 and reopen on Tuesday, January 3.  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 23 and reopen at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 15.
  • The Red Hawk Diner will close at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 23 and reopen at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, January 2.  From January 3 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 the weekend.  The Diner will close at 12 midnight on Sunday, January 15 and resume 24-hour operations from 7:00 a.m. on Monday, January 16.
  • 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 23 and reopen for dinner on Sunday, January 15.
  • 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 23 and reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3.  From Tuesday, January 3 through Friday, January 6, business hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Beginning Monday, January 9, 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 16 for the Martin Luther King holiday.
  • The Student Recreation Center will be on winter hours starting Sunday, December 18.  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 23 at 8:00 p.m. and reopen on Tuesday, January 3 at 6:00 a.m.  The 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 Center will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, January 17.
  • The Student Center and Student Center Annex will close at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 23 and re-open at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3.
  • The University Bookstore will close at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 23 and reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3.

Library Services

  • Sprague Library will close at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 23.  The Library will be open the following week only on Tuesday, December 27 and Wednesday, December 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The Library will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3, and be open on Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until classes begin on Tuesday, January 17.  24/5 service will resume when classes resume.  That is, the Library will be open from noon on Sunday until midnight on Friday, and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until midnight.
  • Access to the Library’s electronic resources (e.g., online catalog, databases, e-journals, e-books) and services (e.g., interlibrary borrowing request forms) is available at all times, even when the Library is closed, via the Library’s website (http://library.montclair.edu).  Reference and research assistance is available in person and by phone (973-655-4291) when the Library is open.  Requests for assistance via e-mail at Ask A Librarian (http://library.montclair.edu/about/asklibrarian.html) 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 on the fifth floor of University Hall will close at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 23 and reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3.  During that period, the Technology Solutions Center staff will be monitoring and answering voice-mail messages left at the University Help Desk (973-655-7971) and responding to e-mail messages sent to helpdesk@mail.montclair.edu with the exception of the following dates: December 24, December 25, December 31, and January 1.  From January 3 through January 13, the Technology Solutions Center will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The Technology Solutions Center will be closed on Monday, January 16, but will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, January 17.
  • The Information Technology Division has made special arrangements to provide support for students and faculty members participating in the from Saturday, December 24 through Monday, January 2.  Director of Winter/Summer Sessions and Special Programs Jamieson Bilella will distribute a memorandum detailing these support services to all Winter Session participants on December 16.  The University has contracted with Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate) to provide 24/7 support, including during holidays.  People who need technical support related to their use of Blackboard Collaborate may obtain assistance by calling 1-866-388-8674 and selecting option #2.
  • Public Computing Laboratory facilities will be available as follows: 
    • The Information Commons Computer Lab and Laptop Lending Cart on the fifth floor of University Hall will close at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 23 and reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3.  The Information Commons Computer Lab will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the period of Tuesday, January 3 through Friday, January 13.
    • The Laptop Lending Cart and Laptop Lab on the fifth floor of University Hall will close at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 22 and reopen at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 17.  The hours of the Laptop Lending Lab on the lower level of Sprague Library will conform to the Library’s operating schedule. (See: http://library.montclair.edu/library/hours/Hours-Winter_Session_11-12_Snowflake.pdf).
    • The Student Interactive Multimedia (SIM) Lab on the second floor of Sprague Library will close at 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 22 and reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 17.
    • The Surf-n-Print Depot located on the first floor of the Student Center will close at 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 22 and reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3.  The Depot will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday from Tuesday, January 3 through Thursday, January 12, and will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, January 17.

•    Networking and Telecommunications will perform maintenance and firmware upgrades on enterprise network hardware and services between Tuesday, December 27 and Thursday, December 29.  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://oit.montclair.edu.

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.