Fall Classes Will Start & End Sooner Than Previously Advertised
Texas A&M University recently announced changes to the Fall 2020 academic calendar, which includes moving the start of classes from Monday, August 24 up to Wednesday, August 19 and the end of classes from Wednesday, December 2 to Tuesday, November 24 before Thanksgiving. Currently, final exams are still scheduled for the beginning of December, with the last day for finals occurring December 9. Commencement is scheduled for December 11-12.
Move-In will begin August 1. Residents moving into the Gardens Apartments may schedule a move-in appointment between August 1-18. If you choose to select a move-in appointment prior to your contract start date, you will pay rent beginning the day you move in.
If you choose to move in after your contract start date, you will pay rent beginning on your contract start date.
Move-in appointments will be open for scheduling on July 1 in myHousing portal. Please complete the Annual Housing Orientation PRIOR to scheduling a move-in appointment.
Current Gardens residents who have signed a contract for the 2020-2021 academic year, will need to take the Annual Housing Orientation between July 1 and August 1.
On-Campus Housing will remain Open through Commencement
As the dates of finals and Commencement have not changed for fall, the housing contract move-out date will not change. On-campus housing will remain open with services and staff accessible through the published commencement date, as usual.
Even with the addition of days to the start of fall semester classes, there will be no change to currently published semester housing rates.
Students who choose to leave prior to Thanksgiving and not return until spring move-in will be held to the full contractual semester rate for the fall 2020 semester. While we hope that we can follow our normal winter break procedures, students may be asked to inform staff what their plans are and/or return their key for the duration of the break. This will allow us to know who is remaining on campus from a safety perspective. Students will not be refunded for checking out early for the semester.
New Policy and Procedure for Closures Due To Emergency Events
We have instituted a new Policy and Procedure for Termination or Suspension of University Housing Contracts due to Emergency Events. Although we hope that no emergency events take place in the future, we wanted to make you aware of our plans should a pandemic situation like what happened this spring or other emergency event happen again in the future. Please read the new Policy and Procedure carefully. In summary, if there is an emergency event and the University decides closure of the student housing facilities is necessary, the University may terminate or suspend the Housing Contract and the students must vacate the facility and remove their belongings, then they may request a Housing Adjustment (refund/credit). However, if there is an emergency event and the University does not close the facilities or require students to vacate, the students may still do so, but the Housing Contract will remain in full effect and the students will not be entitled to a Housing Adjustment (refund/credit) even if they voluntarily chose to vacate.
Gardens Housing Contract Cancellation Information
If you have serious concerns about living on campus or if you are concerned about our new Policy and Procedure for Termination or Suspension of University Housing Contracts due to Emergency Events and need to reassess your commitment, we have extended a penalty-free cancellation deadline to 5 PM CST, JUNE 8.
To cancel your housing contract please email University-Apartments@reslife.tamu.edu prior to the deadline and include your name, UIN, and the reason for your cancellation. Effective June 9, the cancellation policy outlined in the housing contract will be enforced as written. If you are student teaching, doing an internship, coop or participating in a study abroad program and you provide a minimum 30-day request to vacate along with proof of reason you may be let out of your contract. Please review the contract for specific terms.