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Jan Term & Spring 2021 Opening Date Information for Apartments

A letter from President Turner outlining a new start date for Jan Term and the Spring 2021 semester was sent to the SMU Community on October 14.  RLSH will be adjusting the apartment opening dates for Jan Term and Spring 2021 to align with the revised University calendar.  

To share important information about the adjustment to the opening dates for the apartments, the following information was shared with residents of Daniel House, Moore Hall, and Grad House on Wednesday, October 21: 

Students who live in Daniel House, Moore Hall or Grad House who register on the housing portal to stay in their apartment over Winter Break will have access to their unit during Jan Term.  If residents in the apartments plan to enroll in Jan Term, they need register to stay over break and note the dates they will be on campus.  The deadline to complete this process is November 8. 

  • Students who decide to enroll in Jan Term after the November 8 deadline will be able to request Jan Term housing, beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 5. In order to stay on campus for Jan Term, students will need to enroll for classes and complete a housing registration process. This registration process will be announced in November. 
  • Students who are not registered to stay over the winter break or for Jan Term will be able to return to the apartments beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 23 for the Spring 2021 semester. There will be a sign-up process for students to tell us when they plan to return to campus.  The sign-up process will be announced on a later date. 
  • Panhellenic and IFC recruitments are virtual this year, therefore students will not need to be on campus in order to participate.  RLSH is working closely with Fraternity and Sorority Life to ensure that members and potential new members will be fully able to participate in recruitment and still have plenty of time to return to campus on January 23 and 24 after the process is complete.  

Student and families are reminded that the University will continue to take precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19. For this reason, parents and guests will not be permitted in any residential community as outlined in the Residence Life and Student Housing policies.  We hope that by providing these new dates as quickly as possible, students and families will have ample time to make appropriate travel arrangements. For more details on Winter Break housing and Spring 2021 opening, please visit the 2020-2021 FAQs.  

Students who are graduating, transferring institutions or who are not planning to return to on-campus housing for the spring 2021 semester should contact RLSH at  

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