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Spring Break 2023

Residence Halls

• All residence halls close at 6:00pm on Friday, March 3, 2023. All residents must be out of the building at this time.
• The Residence Halls will open at 2:00pm Sunday, March 12, 2023.
• Classes resume Monday, March 13, 2023.

If you need housing for the break period or any portion of it, please see the "Break Housing" section below. Students are not allowed to remain on-campus during the break without permission from Residence Life Services.

Before Leaving for Break

Please prepare your room as outlined below before leaving campus.

1. Close and lock your windows
2. Leave your drapes/window coverings open, unless you live on the first floor.
3. Gather and empty all trash
4. Turn your heat/AC to 68 degrees on the heat setting
5. Unplug all electrical cords, except refrigerator and fish tank (see that a self-feeder is installed if leaving fish)
6. Turn off lights
7. Lock room door (and bedroom door if in a Suite)
8. Sign the break sheet on your door

Failure to comply with these instructions will result in documentation. You and/or your roommate will be considered in violation of the University conduct code if any residence hall/university policy violations are found in your room.

Break Housing

If you are unable to leave for the break (this includes students who are required by the university to remain on-campus) or need to return prior to the residence halls opening, you need to complete the break request form prior to 12 noon Tuesday, February 28, 2023. NO ONE WILL BE PERMITTED TO STAY WITHOUT PRIOR PERMISSION! The break housing form can be found here.

Please Note: The University assumes no responsibility for personal belongings left in student rooms during break periods. You may want to consider taking your more valued items home with you over the break.

Please contact a Residence Life hall staff member if you have any questions.

Reinhard Villages

Students currently residing at Reinhard Villages are allowed to stay over Spring break without signing up for break housing.  Please note, there will be NO mail service and NO Reinhard Office hours during the Spring Break.  Please plan accordingly.

QUARANTINES and insolations in all campus housing 

If you test positive for COVID-19 while you are staying with us during the year, we will ask you to go home to isolate or will review your situation and make arrangements on-campus for you. Please know that on-campus isolation housing is limited.  If you have a roommate/suitemate, you will have to go home or relocate until your quarantine/isolation period is over. We understand there may be extenuating circumstances in which we will navigate and will address each situation individually.

If you have been exposed to COVID-19 and are not vaccinated, or if you have COVID symptoms and are waiting for test results, you will need to quarantine for the amount of days determined by Health Services/athletics staff.  If you have a roommate/suitemate, you will have to go home or relocate until your quarantine/isolation period is over.

In all cases of isolation/quarantine on campus, we will provide meal delivery and will be in touch to make moving arrangements.  Be prepared to have snacks in your room in case there a delay in meal delivery especially on the day we will be notified.

 Housing exemptions

There is a freshman and sophomore residency requirement in which students are required to live in university housing their freshman and sophomore year at Pennsylvania Western University.

Students are only exempt from university housing for the reasons listed below.  If you believe you qualify for an exemption from university housing, please, submit the Request for Exemption in your housing and dining portal at  It is advised, you do not sign an off campus lease before you have received approval to be exempt from housing.  Please, contact the Residence Life and Housing office with any questions. 

  • First time in college students or transfers who are living with a parent or guardian at their permanent address within a 30 mile radius of PennWest Clarion at 840 Wood Street, Clarion, PA 16214.  A notarized letter from a parent or guardian is required to verify commuting location. 

  • A full time transfer student with more than 48 credits from a previous institution. (credits transferred will be verified with the student record)
  • Married students (proof of marriage license is required for approval)

  • Students over the age of 21 prior to the start of the contract period (typically Fall unless admitted in Spring)

  • Parent of a dependent child (additional documentation required)

  • Taking all online courses. (schedule verification)
  • Military veterans who have been honorably discharged and can verify their status with an official DD214 form.



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Dealing with Roommate Issues

Living with roommates isn't always easy. Sharing a living space may be stressful, and conflicts may arise. Sometimes situations that work at the beginning of the year become more difficult as the year goes on; remember that college is a time when students grow and change which can certainly impact even the healthiest of roommate relationships. It is perfectly normal to have roommate conflicts.  Please click here for more information.

LEED Certified

LEED is an international green building standard. PennWest Clarion has many LEED certified buildings across campus, including some of our residence halls, in order to become more efficient and environmentally friendly. Learn more about our LEED Certifications.

Last Updated 2/9/23