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Welcome to Residence Life!
The ResLife Staff is committed to making your on-campus living experience memorable and filled with valuable learning opportunities. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your on-campus experience better. The Residence Life Handbook outlines the services and building information for all of the residential communities on campus. The Residence Life Handbook has important information for you. Please remember to bring it to campus when you move into your new home. We are so glad to have you as a part of our Truman community of learners and look forward to the next academic year. We hope you are able to make many fond memories, develop new friendships, and find yourself academically and personally successful!
Need to contact Res Life? The Residence Life Office is located in Missouri Hall 1100, 660-785-4227, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Living and Learning Environment
Truman State University’s status as a residential institution, where almost half
of all undergraduates live on-campus, opens up unique educational opportunities for you. The University is committed to enriching undergraduate life with experiences that integrate living and learning. As an on-campus resident at Truman, you will be able to participate in the mainstream of the University’s social, recreational, cultural, and educational activities. Ideally, you will find within your residence hall a supportive learning community where you can gain an understanding of yourself and others, explore ideas and values, develop an appreciation for diversity, discover new interests in small group and informal settings, and share some of the fun and satisfaction of life-long learning.
The on-campus living environment for first year students is very important to their adjustment to the first year of college. Truman also strongly believes that residence halls provide significant opportunities for growth as students learn to relate in positive ways with those who are different from them. Learning is also enhanced as students consider ideas, experiences and beliefs that are unfamiliar to them.
In assigning students who have not selected a roommate for themselves, we strive to balance the needs for safety and comfort with the opportunity to learn from differences. If there are certain special circumstances that would require special considerations is assigning you to a roommate due to reasons of physical or psychological safety, please contact the Residence Life Office (Missouri Hall 1100, 660-785-4227) to discuss those needs and to make special requests.
Residence Life’s Statement on Multiculturalism
In the community environment, mutual respect for all residents and staff is essential. Therefore, Residence Life pledges continuing support for the development of a cultural perspective among its staff, residents, and student organizations. Such a perspective encourages an appreciation of the differences among people, promotes harmonious understanding, and provides a culturally enriched environment. Residence Life recognizes individual rights to cultural expression and encourages exploration of other traditions within the parameters of building a positive community environment. Residence Life condemns any conduct that threatens, harasses, or results in abuse of any individual, or particular group, in our community. Incidents of this type should be reported to one or more of the following individuals: your Student Advisor, your Apartment Manager, your Community Coordinator, your Hall Director, an Area Coordinator, the Department of Residence Life, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Vice President of Student Affairs, or the Department of Public Safety. An embracement of multiculturalism recognizes the breadth of experiences represented in the diverse Truman State University community.
Welcome to Your New Home
The living-learning communities that make up our residential areas fit a wide variety of personal needs and preferences. Our residence halls and apartment complexes provide either large communal living environments or more private living spaces. Whatever your choice, we hope to help you find opportunities to meet new people, learn about diverse cultures, be intellectually engaged, and explore new ways to become involved on campus.
You will have both freedom and responsibility here at Truman. Our resources, programs, and policies are designed to create a positive living experience and a stimulating educational environment for our students.
Important Dates to Remember
The Department of Residence Life uses the University’s master calendar to determine academic break periods. However, due to the nature of living environments, we have specific dates that students need to be aware of for move in and move out, as well as when the residence halls are closed during the academic year. Please refer to the following calendar for these important dates:
- Aug. 12: Halls Open for Check In, First-Year & Transfer Students ONLY (8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)
- Aug. 12 – 16: Truman Week
- Aug. 15: Halls Open for Upper-Division Students Move-In (8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.)
- Aug. 17: Fall Classes Begin; Room Change Waiting List Begins
- Sept. 2: Pre-Approved Room Changes Permitted (5:00 p.m.)
- Sept. 26: Family Day
- Oct. 15 – 16: Midterm Break (No Classes)
- Oct. 24: Homecoming
- Nov. 20: Halls close for Thanksgiving Break (6:00 p.m.)
- Nov. 29: Halls Reopen (10 a.m.)
- Dec. 6: Finals Quiet Hours Begin (12:01 a.m.)
- Dec. 12: Halls Close for Winter Break (6:00 p.m.)
- December: Housing Renewal Information Available Online
- Jan. 10: Halls Re-open for Spring Semester (10:00 a.m.)
- Jan. 11: Spring Classes begin; Deadline for Spring Meal Plan Changes (5:00 p.m.)
- February: Housing Registration (Dates to be announced)
- March 5: Halls Close for Spring Break (6:00 p.m.)
- March 14: Halls Re-open (10:00 a.m.)
- April 5: Term Break
- May 2: Finals Quiet Hours Begin (12:01 a.m.)
- May 8: Commencement; Halls Close for Summer (6:00 p.m.)
What We Are All About…
Residence Life oversees seven residence halls and two apartment complexes, all of which include modern living facilities and are located within easy walking distance of academic buildings. Within these communities are exciting opportunities for personal, social, educational, physical, and emotional growth.
In a college residence hall environment, the impact of where students live has a tremendous effect on their academic, social, and developmental experience in college.
Since Residence Life believes that residence halls are educational environments, a major goal of the staff is to develop and implement programs that meet the social, developmental, and educational needs of students. Thus, the college residence halls become more than a place to eat, sleep, and study.
Residence Life’s staff strongly believes that programming is one avenue by which we can have a strong, positive impact on students outside of the classroom.
Throughout the academic year, programs, events, and activities are planned and provided for students to enrich the living environments and to provide opportunities to learn about new things. The residential communities are designed to bring a rich out-of-classroom experience to students, where they can learn about themselves and others, become involved in leadership positions, or hold discussion groups with other students, faculty, and staff.
Various programs are developed for educational, health and wellness, and social purposes based on observed student needs, or identified through feedback.
As a part of the Student Affairs division, Residence Life is devoted toward optimizing the impact of out-of-class experiences of a student’s college career. We believe that a student’s out-of-class experiences can provide personal and social development of the student, which can enhance the quality of learning and holistic growth of the individual. Truman provides a high quality education with a plethora of ways to get involved and develop leadership skills and problem solving abilities.
These activities include such opportunities as joining a student organization, participating in a theatrical production, holding a student leadership position, attending a cultural event, volunteering in the community, attending an athletic event, meeting diverse people, or simply hanging out with friends. Many of these activities can happen in the living environments or with groups of people who live around you. Numerous educational, social, recreational, or competitive leisure activities and opportunities for peer leadership are available to you within the residence halls and campus wide. Students spend an average of 150 hours per week outside of the classroom, so our role is to work within the University and surrounding community to provide quality options for students to become involved.
Vaccination and Meningitis Information
New Immunization Requirement
In 2004, the State of Missouri passed a new state law which requires all students living in university housing to receive education about the meningococcal vaccine and its role in preventing the deadly disease, meningitis. As required by the law, all students living in residence halls will be required to either: 1) show proof of immunization against meningitis within the past three years; or 2) sign a waiver stating they understand and fully accept the potential consequences and liability associated with refusing the vaccine. Students WILL NOT be allowed to move into the residence halls without first meeting the above requirements. The Menomune vaccine will be available at cost through the Student Health Center on an appointment basis.
Please arrange to get the vaccination before next year, and avoid the hassles of standing in line for a vaccination on move in day, or not being able to move into your room at all!
In order to more fully protect the health and well-being of its students, Truman State University requires the following:
All students born on or after January 1, 1957, must have two doses of measles vaccine in order to demonstrate adequate immunity. Students must provide the Student Health Center with official verification of immunization. The following forms of documentation of immunization are acceptable forms of verification:
1) A copy of immunization records from a physician, health department, military record, high school record, or
2) Verification of immunity by serological titer.
Students requesting medical or religious waivers should contact the Student Health Center. Serological titers will be required for students requesting permanent medical or religious waivers of the immunization requirements.
- Failure to provide verification of the required immunizations will result in a block on the next semesters’ registration.
- Any student in on-campus housing must have received a meningococcal vaccine or signed a waiver refusing the vaccine. This requirement must be fulfilled before the student will receive a key to their room.
- You will need to complete a Health History form. A copy of this will be mailed to new students or you may also download the form at studenthealth.truman.edu.
Please refer any questions you may have about this vaccine to the Student Health Center at (660) 785-4182. Thank you for complying with this policy in advance by submitting the required documents to Student Health! You will help prevent long lines and frustrating waits on move in day for everybody.
Your Truman ID
As a Truman resident, you will be issued a student ID, a computer coded card with your photograph on it. Since you will use your student ID for the library, student recreation center, and other areas on campus, you should carry it with you at all times. Campbell Apartments residents can purchase meal\ plans or Bonus Bucks, and the credits for the purchased plan is put on their student IDs. You cannot eat without it, and if you lose or damage it, you must report it immediately to the Food Service Office in the Student Union. If you live in the residence halls, your ID also grants you access to the halls.
Lost or stolen cards may be replaced for a $25.00 fee at the University ID Office, located in the Residence Life Central Office, Missouri Hall 1100. Your student ID is yours and yours alone. No one else may use it under any circumstances, even if you do not use it for a particular meal. If someone other than you uses your ID, it will be confiscated and you will be required to pay a $25.00 reprogramming fee.
As a student living within the residence halls you will select a meal plan with your housing contract. You will have a varied and balanced menu to choose from, including entrees, pizzas, grill items, side dishes, soup & salad, deli bar, desserts, ice creams, and beverages. The cafeterias also feature a monthly premium night when they serve entrees such as steak and shrimp, and themed dinner nights that highlight holiday or regional food favorites. Menus, Nutritional Info, and Allergen Info can be found on the Sodexo Food Service page or on the dining app (Bite by Sodexo).
Campbell Apartments have kitchens, so a meal plan is not required with the housing contract. Students living in these apartment complexes who wish to purchase a meal plan may do so during housing renewal or through TruView under the Housing tab via the Deposit and Room Status Inquiry link.
It may be a new experience for you to become accustomed to living in a new community of people. Many students are away from home for the first time, and find the transition to the college campus to be challenging. Within the University, we are prepared to help you through being trained in areas of student transition and the developmental process that occurs in a college environment. In order to help yourself and others create the smoothest transition possible, there is an expectation that as adults within the community, you will respect yourself, others, and your environment.
As a resident, you have a right to:
- Read, study, and sleep without interference, unreasonable
noise, or other distractions
- Have personal privacy within your hall room or apartment
- Live in a clean environment
- Be free from intimidation, physical, and emotional harm
- Expect that your personal belongings and property will be respected.
As a resident, you have the responsibility to:
- Respect other residents’ and staff members’ rights
- Read and adhere to all University and Residence Life rules, regulations, and policies (including the Student Conduct Code)
- Abide by all federal, state, and local laws
- Assume the responsibility for the actions of your guests
- Address situations and communicating concerns about issues that undermine community or individual rights, whether they be your own or others
- Speaking and listening to others to reach shared understandings
- Preventing your actions from infringing or violating others’ rights
- Be accountable for your choices—taking ownership for your actions, opinions, and beliefs, and how that may affect others within the community
- Comply with the reasonable requests of Residence Life and University staff members
- Report policy violations to your Residence Life staff or the Department
of Public Safety
Connecting with neighbors & building lasting friendships
Your house community will become an important part of your on campus living experience. “Houses” range from 20 to 60 residents, and are used to divide up the residence halls. Each house has a name with some historical reference, and generally refers to a famous resident from the state of Missouri. Your house community will become the place that you call home. You will have the opportunity to meet other individuals, participate in community events and programs, and just have fun!
Using a “house” concept instead of a “floor” concept, we hope to create an environment that is homey, safe, comfortable, and a great place to learn.
Members of each residence hall’s student government (Hall Senates) work together to provide programming and events geared towards residents in that community, and encourage students to voice their feedback regarding decisions made in the halls.
Members of the Residence Hall Association (RHA) are also nominated and selected from every hall. RHA serves in a unique capacity as the central student government, the collective voice, for all on-campus residents. They work hard to provide residents a way to express their perspectives on policies and issues that affect the entire residential community. RHA combines programming and policy review/proposals for Residence Life. (See the Get Involved section for more information on Hall Senates and RHA.)
From our traditional residence halls to on-campus apartments, there are several different housing options to select from to best meet your housing needs. These options include community-bathroom or suite-style, single-gender wings or co-ed living arrangements, large or small buildings, and several special housing communities.
Approximately 70 percent of the residence hall rooms or apartments, are designed for two students, with the remaining rooms being single or three-person occupant rooms. If you are an upperclassman or a married student, you may choose to live in the on-campus apartments. Most of these apartments are partially furnished and offer an optional meal plan through Sodexo Food Service.
For more information about the options available, please visit the Housing Options page.
Where Can I Park?
Students who wish to bring a vehicle to campus must register it with the Department of Public Safety (DPS). You will get an application with your housing information if you are a first-time student. If you are returning, you must contact DPS directly for your application, or use their on-line registration form, located on their website. For more information about parking or campus police services, visit police.truman.edu.
Within the University, or Residence Life, there are a variety of services available to you to help make your living experience enjoyable. Some of the services most applicable for students living in University housing are listed below.
Students are not allowed to bring their own grills, except for in the apartment complexes. Students may not possess grills in the residence halls. Community grills are available for general student use in designated areas around campus near the residential facilities.
Each residence hall room and apartment will be provided with basic television cable service through Truman State University as part of the room and board rate. At this time, there are no premium upgrades available to students (including DVR service or additional channels).
Brooms, vacuum cleaners, mops, and buckets, as well as various cleaning supplies (e.g. glass cleaner, furniture polish, etc.) are available for checkout at the hall desk with your student ID. Cleaning supplies available at the hall desk vary per hall.
Duty Staff Members:
Professional staff and Student Advisors work rotating duty schedules to be on call for emergencies and to conduct rounds within the residence halls and apartments on a daily basis. They are available to respond to your requests 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These staff members are trained in crisis management, facilities operations, suicide response, alcohol and drug emergencies, and many other areas.
There are also professional counselors from the University Counseling Services on call for emergencies. Because these staff members are either full-time professionals or students, we ask that during the late nighttime hours, you differentiate between an emergency and something that can wait until the morning.
The University Facilities Department will make every attempt to make the necessary repairs to maintain the residence halls or apartment fixtures. If something in your room or bathroom needs repair, or if your window or door screen has become torn or damaged, please call the Fix-It-Line. The Fix-It-Line operates from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday during University business days. The phone number is x4687, or xINTR (I Need This Repaired). Requests can also be made via an Online Work Request. Emergency repairs occurring outside these hours should be reported to a hall staff member. Repairs will be completed based on a campus-wide priority system including urgency, type of repair, and date received. University personnel are allowed to enter individual apartment or residence hall rooms starting at 8:00 a.m. to perform maintenance functions.
The residence halls and the Campbell Apartment complex have their own Hall Desks. Hall Desks are open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 a.m., and on Sunday from 11:30 a.m.-12:00 a.m. The Hall Desk serves as an information resource and provides an assortment of supplies for residents within the building. Students may receive small amounts of change, purchase stamps, or have questions answered by desk staff.
In addition, most halls have sports equipment, games, cleaning supplies, vacuum cleaners, and cooking equipment that can be checked out with your student ID. For Campbell Apartments, vacuum cleaners are available through the Hall Desk.
Each residence hall has its own office to assist students with questions regarding their room, processes or procedures, or problems they may have. There is a professional Residence Hall Director and a Community Coordinator, in addition to Student Advisors and Apartment Managers, available within the building to assist you.
Housekeepers in your living environment work hard to make your building a comfortable and pleasant place to live. The neat and clean appearance of the halls, lounges, and restrooms is due in large part to their efforts. Housekeepers are not expected to clean unnecessary messes made by residents. Your cooperation in caring for the facilities makes their job easier, creates a pleasant atmosphere, and helps keep room and board costs low. Trash containers are located on each floor for you to empty your personal wastebaskets during the week; on the weekends, trash must be taken to an exterior dumpster. Unwanted large items, such as boxes and carpeting, should be taken directly to the dumpster located outside your residence hall. Do not sweep dirt into the hallways or stairwells. Students who have vandalized property, or caused unnecessary messes, may be subject to disciplinary action and damage expenses equivalent to the full replacement value of the item(s).
The University is not responsible for losses caused by theft, vandalism, resident negligence, or natural disaster. To provide protection against lost, stolen, or damaged items, students are strongly encouraged to take out personal property insurance or be sure that your belongings are covered by your parents’ homeowners’ policy.
Insurance policies through insurance companies may also be taken out as a source of protection. If losses or damages occur as a result of a University facilities malfunction or staff negligence, students are encouraged to forward their concerns to the Physical Plant office within 30 days of the event.
Lost room keys pose a significant safety risk for residents of a room/suite. For this reason, when a student reports a lost key, the lock will be changed with new keys created for each resident of the room. The student responsible for the lost key will receive a charge of $30.00 on their Student Account to cover the cost of the new lock, new keys, and labor. Students that lose a mailbox key will receive a charge of $10.00 on their Student Account to cover the cost of the replacement key. University keys cannot be duplicated commercially.
Students who lock themselves out of their rooms are able to check out a temporary key at the hall desk. Students will be given a grace period at the start of the Fall semester to adjust to having their room key with them. Starting September 1st, students will receive a charge of $10.00 for each use of a temporary key at the hall desk. Lock-out charges are applied to Student Accounts monthly.
All living environments have kitchenettes available for your use. A limited amount of cooking equipment is available to students to check out with their student ID at the Hall Desk. Students using community kitchens must clean the area after their use, and not leave food or cooking supplies (including cooking equipment or utensils) in the kitchen. The Housekeeping staff is not responsible for cleaning up unnecessary messes within the residence halls or kitchens. Please refer to the chart in this handbook that lists all approved appliances that students may use within their rooms. Campbell Apartments residents have their own kitchens, and are expected to keep their kitchen properly cleaned. Students leaving the kitchen unclean may be charged a fee equivalent to an hourly rate and cleaning supplies estimated necessary for cleaning the kitchen.
All residence halls, and the Campbell Apartments, have laundry facilities. Laundry is included in the room and board rates. All residents will have access to laundry through a code distributed by hall staff.
Clothing items that are left unclaimed in the laundry facility will be donated to a local shelter. It is the community’s responsibility to ensure that laundry access codes are not shared with non-residents.
Mail to all Residence Life areas is received and distributed to the campus living environments Monday through Saturday, except on national and University holidays or breaks. Outgoing mail is picked up once a day from the hall desk or other designated mail drop slots when mail is delivered. The following information should appear on mail sent to students:
Residence Hall or Apartment Name and Room Number
Kirksville, MO 63501
An example would be:
1407 BNB Hall
1111 South Mulanix Street
Kirksville, Missouri 63501
Street addresses for each area can be found here.
Packages are logged electronically by name at the hall desk and must match with a student name in the roster. Students must ensure their name appears on the package, properly spelled, and is not that of a parent or someone else. Students receive an email from Residence Life notifying them that a package has been logged at the hall desk. A student must bring their Truman ID card to the desk to pick up and sign for their package. Packages that cannot be logged will be returned to sender.
Letters and other small mail items are placed directly in the student’s provided mailbox. Mail is sorted and distributed by room number. Students must ensure that their address on all mail contains their name, hall name, and room number. Students likely will share a mailbox with their roommate. Students should check their mail every day. Unlike packages, students are not notified when mail is placed in their mailbox. Because mail is sorted by room number, it is likely students will receive mail for past occupants. This mail should be returned to the hall desk for forwarding. Mail that cannot be sorted and distributed will be returned to sender if the postage permits.
Residence Life will make an effort to forward mail and packages for former residents for up to one year after checkout. It is best, however, for students to update their mailing address immediately with vendors and other senders as forwarding increases the chance for loss. Mail and packages will be forwarded to the forwarding address given to Residence Life at the time of checkout. If a resident needs to update their forwarding address, they should contact Residence Life (email@example.com). Packages can only be forwarded if they were shipped through the United States Postal Service. Packages shipped via carriers (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc) cannot be forwarded and will be returned to sender. Only letters with first-class postage can be forwarded. Postal regulations do not allow mail with presorted standard, non-profit, or other discount postage types to be forwarded or returned to sender.
All mail delivered in mailboxes must include the name and address of the resident and a return address. A campus mail system operates for all academic and residential buildings, including the campus apartments. According to U.S. Postal regulations, only University business mail may be sent through the campus mail system. (Holiday/Birthday cards or personal mail sent among residents is not considered University business mail.) Personal mail sent through the campus mail system will be returned to the sender, or declared not deliverable if no return address exists.
United States Postal Service mail is delivered first to Campus Mail Services and then to the residence halls. Packages from the carriers are delivered directly to the residence hall desks unless the desks are closed for holidays and breaks, in which case it will be left with Campus Mail Services until the hall desks reopen. It is highly recommended that students who will be receiving packages or mail that hold monetary value have these packages insured. Mail shipped with “Delivery Confirmation” from the Post Office only shows that the mail was marked for delivery at the Post Office. It does not show that the mail was ever delivered to campus. Mail shipped with “Signature Confirmation” is signed for by Campus Mail Services staff when it arrives and is then taken to the residence halls. The University is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged mail, or mail that is not picked up by the owner. Students are only allowed to pick up their own mail. For your own security, always lock your mailbox, and do not disclose your mailbox combination to any other person.
Some residence halls have pianos available for your use. You are requested to respect the rights of others when using any musical instrument. You are allowed to play handheld instruments at a reasonable level during non-quiet hours, but are not allowed to play scales at any time. Space is available, through the Fine Arts Department, in academic buildings for practicing instruments. Residents must comply with any request, made by other community members or hall staff, to stop playing.
From 10:30 pm – midnight, students who live on campus may use their student ID card to gain access to any residential facility using the Primary Access Door (green) and Secondary Doors (yellow).
Starting midnight, access is limited for the Primary Access
Door (green) for only residents that live in the building. Guests must be escorted by a resident of the building. Guests are expected to carry identification while in the building.
Non-compliance with this process, including falsification of names in the registration log, poses a security risk to the building resulting in a conduct review and denied entrance. In extreme circumstances of security risk, Residence Life reserves the right to lock down the residential facilities.
Residence Life provides numerous picnic area around campus that students can use when studying outdoors, eating meals, or hanging out. Several areas also have barbecue grills.
Microfridges contain a large refrigerator, freezer, and microwave, and can be rented for $150.00 per academic year. This fee will be charged to the student’s account who holds the contract for the unit. It is a good idea to submit your request early, because these are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Often times roommates choose to split the rental costs for a microfridge, however this must be handled between roommates. Charges will ONLY be applied to the account of the resident contracted.
Residents in buildings may bring their own microwave (1000 watts or smaller). In the event that you wish to bring your own refrigerator, it must be less than 2’w x 3’h x2’d. Refunds for microfridge units are not given once the academic year begins if the student has already been issued the unit.
Part of the obligation of community living is to help safeguard the living environment. Thousands of people, both residents and non-residents, have access to the halls. Because of this, you are encouraged to keep your room locked at all times and also report people who seem to be tampering with locks, damaging facilities, harassing students, or having suspicious behavior to a staff member. Do not prop open community bathroom doors or the building’s exterior doors unless there are designated approved times to do so as directed by hall staff. You are advised to be particularly security-minded at times of check in, vacations, checkout, or when fewer residents are in the halls.
The non-emergency telephone number for Public Safety is (660) 665-5621. The emergency number is x911. There are emergency phones mounted on bright blue or red posts located around campus. Public Safety has fully sanctioned police officers and trained security patrol to monitor and secure the outside of buildings, as well as public areas, and to assist with any emergency within the University.
My Space/ My Room:
Your room gives you the opportunity to create a new living environment. This is your home away from home, so decorating and personalizing your room is strongly encouraged. Because students will receive room assignments and roommate information in the summer, you will be able to talk to, write to, or email your roommate before you move to campus. Space is limited, so we encourage you to communicate with your future roommate about what you would like to share to avoid duplicating non-personal items. Any furniture that is in your room when you arrive must stay in your room.
Storing residence hall furniture outside of its original room is strictly prohibited and may result in fines. Specific information on room decorations is found elsewhere on this page. You may hang posters and pictures from the wall. However, this must be done with non-damaging materials or removable hangers to prevent damages. Special products, such as poster tack or non-damaging hangers, are available, through general retail stores, to hang items on painted walls that do not damage the walls.
When decorating your room, please take care to not place any items in ways that they block the ventilation system in your room. If blocked, air cannot circulate through it to heat your room during the cold season. If your room is not heating, check the area around the ventilator first before calling your Student Advisor or the Facilities Fix-It Line. Due to fire safety policies, students are not allowed to have space heaters; however, if the temperature in a student room is less than 65 degrees Fahrenheit as determined by Facilities heat sensor, Facilities may temporarily issue one to that student after the student pays a security deposit.
What to Bring
Whether your roommate(s) is a friend from high school or someone you’ve just met, we encourage you to connect with each other to share what each other is planning to bring, and what can be shared in your room. Below are items you may considering bringing with you.
You may want to bring a mattress pad or “eggcrate” foam padding, bed linens (rooms contain standard twin beds), pillow, blanket, bedspread, clothes hangers, wastebasket, desk light, and shower curtain (Apartments, Blanton-Nason-Brewer, Ryle, Centennial, and West Campus Suites). You are encouraged to bring a fan to help circulate cool air during the early Fall and late Spring. You may also bring any approved electrical appliances that fall into our approved appliance categories as listed in this handbook. Students bringing small refrigerators must limit them to 2’w x 3’h x 2’d in size. Two-prong extension cords are prohibited as they pose a fire hazard; residents are expected to use grounded 3-prong, 15-amp minimum, extension cords and/or surge protectors. All electronics or appliances must be UL approved and in good, working condition.
Residents must report all electrical problems experienced in their rooms (e.g., tripped circuit breakers) to their hall staff or the Facilities Fix-It Line.
Approved Appliances (if UL approved & in good condition)
- Alarm Clock/ clock
- Aquarium with fish (up to 10 gallon maximum)
- Automatic iced tea maker
- Bread Machine
- Can Opener
- Coffee Maker/ Electric Tea Kettle
- Crock-pot/ Slow Cooker
- Curling Iron or Hot Rolling Curlers
- Electric Blanket
- Food Dehydrator
- Gaming Console
- Hair Dryer
- Heating Pad
- Hot Air Popcorn Popper
- Indoor Holiday Lights
- Iron with Automatic shut-off
- Lava lamps
- Microwave, 1000 watts or smaller
- Non-halogen Lamps
- Rice Cooker
- Small Refrigerator (2′ x 3′ x 2′)
- Toaster (Toaster Ovens not allowed anywhere)
- DVD/ Blu-Ray Player
*If your item is not listed, please consult with your Hall Director or the Residence Life Central Office
|Allowed Only With Permission from Residence Life||Special Circumstances|
Needed for Approval
|Additional Usage Fee Required|
(1,000 watts max.)
|Only permitted when rented as part of a Microfridge unit||$150 rental fee for the Micro-fridge unit for the academic year.|
What Not to Bring
To prevent severe electrical overloading of our circuits, air conditioners are restricted from campus unless a student meets certain requirements.
In areas that are not air conditioned, air conditioners must be approved by the office of Student Access and Disability Services as an accommodation. If an accommodation for an air condition is granted, the university will provide the air conditioner.
Blanton-Nason-Brewer Hall, Missouri Hall, Ryle Hall, West Campus Suites, and Campbell Apartments have air conditioning in the student rooms. Centennial Hall does not have air conditioning in the student rooms.
Community kitchens are available in the residence halls to encourage cooking in common areas rather than in individual student rooms. High heat or open heating-element appliances are not permitted at any time. Students are required to clean up all cooking areas after use, including community kitchen areas. Students leaving the kitchen unclean may be charged a fee equivalent to an hourly rate and cleaning supplies estimated necessary for cleaning the kitchen.
The possession of prohibited appliances or electronics may result in referral to the university conduct process. Students will be required to move the prohibited appliances off-campus, or to a designated storage area in the hall until they can be permanently removed from campus. The University reserves the right to enter student room for the purpose of inspection, safety concerns, maintenance, or repair. The University further reserves the right to enter an assigned room and to inspect the possessions of the occupants if reasonable cause exists to believe that the student has violated University rules and regulations (including possessing an item which is not allowed), or is in danger. During inspections, some personal items may be moved by staff to fully inspect, disconnect, or unplug items in your room.
Not approved appliances (* – Allowed in on-campus apartments)
- Air Fryer*
- Cappuccino Maker*
- Convection Oven
- Deep Fat Fryer*
- Dehumidifier/ humidifier
- Electric Crepe/ Sandwich Maker*
- Electric Fry Pan*
- Electric Grill
- Electric Hamburger Cooker*
- Electric Mixer*
- Electric Waffle Iron*
- Electric Wok*
- Fondue Pot
- Food Processor
- Halogen Lamps
- Holiday Lights (outdoor)
- Hot Oil Popcorn Popper
- Hot Pot or Hot Plate
- Indoor Grill or Broiler
- Outdoor Grill (charcoal, no propane anywhere)*
- Portable air conditioners
- Pressure Cooker*
- Space Heater
- Sun Lamp
- Toaster Oven*
- Warming Tray
If you have questions about an appliance not listed above, please contact your Hall Director or the Residence Life Office.
What is a Roommate Agreement?
Living with another student is a rewarding but sometimes challenging experience. After you arrive on campus (or anytime you have a new roommate), you should sit down with your roommate(s) and talk about some of the challenges that you may face over the next year. The hall staff will provide access for the residents of each room to a Roommate Agreement that must be completed in the first few weeks of school.
If problems arise throughout the year, your Student Advisor will try to work with you and your roommate(s) and use the Roommate Agreement as part of the discussion.
If one person in the room is violating an agreed upon point that is listed in the agreement, the SA will work with the residents to help enforce the items in the Roommate Agreement. If sections of the agreement differ according to preferences of each roommate, the SA will go with the most conservative point.
Starting the first day of classes, residents can start reviewing open bed spaces by visiting the Room Change Process, found on the Housing Portal. Physical room changes will not be approved until after the first two weeks of the semester have passed; this waiting period is necessary for the Residence Life team to confirm all students have arrived and moved-in, as well as identify all available spaces for future room changes.
If you have questions about the room change process, please contact the Residence Life Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As vacancies occur in the residence halls throughout the year, students will receive a consolidation letter giving them options for that space. If your room is under capacity (less than maximum capacity in any room), you will have the following options if there is not a housing waiting list or other demand for the space:
- You may have another student (by mutual agreement) move into your room.
- You may move into another student’s room.
- Leave the unoccupied space open which puts that opening on the list of available spaces for any student that needs to change rooms. Residence Life reserves the right to move another student into that space or move you into a different space if necessary. All residents must be welcoming of potential roommates. Students who choose this option will be sent through the Residence Life conduct system if they verbally, in writing, or otherwise turn away potential roommates for non-legitimate reasoning.
- If occupancy levels permit, you may pay an increased cost and continue in the same room if there are less people living in a room than can be assigned to that space. This is called “buying out” your room to have a Super Single Room.
If you are changing rooms/halls, you must officially check out of your current room/hall and check in to your new room/hall, or face fines for improper checkout. Room moves may only be made with prior approval from your Hall Director. The student is responsible for completing the proper room checkout procedures, and may not move into another room until they are approved. Any questions about the move process should be directed to your Hall Director or the Residence Life Office. Room changes must occur within one week of an option being selected with the Residence Life housing placement staff, or the student may be charged with an improper room change fine. Students moving into a different room type will have their housing charges adjusted to reflect a different room rate (double, multiple, single, super single, apartment, etc.). This new rate is effective on the actual move date, or the approved move date, whichever is earlier.
Your Student Advisor will be able to inform you of the mediation services available on campus. Mediation is a process where each person involved in a conflict sits down with a trained mediator to express his or her perspectives. The goal of mediation is for all parties involved to work towards a compromised solution. If you are having roommate issues and would like assistance, please fill out the form requesting assistance at Roommate Central or contact your Student Advisor or Apartment Manager. After mediation, if it is determined by the mediator and your Hall Director that you and your roommate(s) cannot live together, they will then work with you to determine the best solution to the conflict.
This ensures all people involved in the conflict have had a chance to communicate their concerns related to the living situation. Residence Life believes the ability to work with differences to be a valuable growth opportunity for college students, therefore, room changes are the last resort for roommate conflicts.
Housing Renewal/Registration Process
Housing Renewal/Registration for the Fall Semester takes place during February. During this time you have the option of returning to your current room/suite or choosing to move to a new room in your building or across campus; regardless where you move you will need to find a roommate. Unfortunately, we are unable to allow residents to sign up for rooms without a roommate. In an effort to create the best possible experience for first year students we have a policy that prevents us from placing upper-class and first year students as roommates (unless reciprocal requests have been made). In December, you will be able to find additional housing renewal information on the Residence Life website.
ResLife General Policies
All residence communities are air conditioned except Centennial Hall. Students residing in Centennial Hall who need an accommodation in the form of an air conditioning unit must contact the Office of Student Access and Disability Services.
Alcohol and Alcohol Paraphernalia:
Missouri State Law prohibits the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by those under the age of 21. Missouri State Law also prohibits making alcoholic beverages available to persons under the legal drinking age.
The possession, use, and distribution of alcohol on Truman State University property is prohibited, except as approved by the President of the University. For the 2020-2021 Academic Year, the President has approved a pilot program that would allow for the possession and use of alcohol, within certain parameters, to be allowed within the Campbell Apartments, and in the West Campus Suites Residence Hall.
The University also prohibits the following:
Public intoxication, regardless of the location in which consumption took place. Indicators of intoxication include, but are not limited to, situations in which individuals demonstrate an inability to self-manage their behavior and/or appropriate self-care.
Possession of alcohol paraphernalia (empty bottles/cans/containers, etc.)
Possession of devices associated with rapid or excessive consumption, such as beer bongs, beer pong tables, tap devices, funnel devices, etc.
Residence halls and all campus apartment complexes are located on University premises; therefore, any alcoholic beverage or container, located in any residence hall room or apartment, is considered to be in violation with the University Student Code of Conduct, except where Presidential approval has been granted and specific regulations are in place.
Violators of the campus alcohol policies are subject to University discipline through the student conduct process. Students are also responsible for the conduct of their non-student guests, and will be held accountable for alleged policy violations committed by their guests.
Students found responsible for violating Residence Life, campus, state, and federal laws/policies, as well as students who condone such violations through their presence when violations occur, are subject to sanctions through the University conduct process.
Response by University Staff to situations involving Alcohol: Guiding Principles
The University is committed to student safety and well-being. As a state university, we have campus policies in place that align with state and federal law, specifically in regard to alcohol use by students. We are also well aware that the misuse of alcohol on college campuses across the nation continues to be a significant concern. While the University does not condone the unlawful possession, use and distribution of alcohol by any individual, our primary focus is the educational mission to which we are all committed, and the individual safety and well-being of our students.
Residence Life staff are expected to take appropriate and reasonable action to maintain an environment that permits students to pursue their academic goals and to exercise their rights as citizens without infringing on the rights of others or the community overall. As a result, Residence Hall staff are expected to confront situations in which students demonstrate the inability to self-manage their behavior or to engage in self-care, and in situations in which the individual poses an imminent risk of harm to themselves or others in the community. Hall staff will contact/consult the Department of Public Safety as appropriate. Based on the nature of the incident, the Hall Director will determine when formal conduct action is necessary, and when an informal approach is more appropriate. Additional details about the formal conduct process, students’ rights, potential outcomes and general timelines for resolution are available in the Student Conduct Code.
The specific outcome a student faces when involved in a situation involving alcohol is dependent upon a number of factors including but not limited to: first occurrence vs. repeat behavior, severity of circumstances, a student’s willingness to engage in productive discussion and remain open to learning from the experience, etc.
The Department of Public Safety will be called when necessary. The responding officer will determine whether a citation is appropriate. When students are cited by DPS they may be subject to resolution through the courts for alleged violations of law in addition to the student conduct process for alleged violations of university policy.
Alcohol Policy Change Pilot Program for the 2020-2021 Academic Year: Possession and Consumption of Alcohol in Designated On-Campus Residences (West Campus Suites, and Campbell Apartments Apartments)
Missouri State Law prohibits the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by those under the age of 21. Missouri State Law also prohibits making alcoholic beverages available to persons under the legal drinking age. The unlawful possession, distribution and consumption of alcohol on Truman State University property is prohibited. Truman State University and the Office of Residence Life expect students and their guests to comply fully with local, state, and federal laws as well as University policy.
Residents of West Campus Suites and Campbell Apartments who are 21 years or older may possess and consume alcohol responsibly in their room and in compliance with all other related policies. The following limitations will be enforced:
- All residents of the room/suite/apartment must be 21 years or older, and they must indicate their willingness to permit alcohol possession and consumption to occur in the living unit on the Roommate Agreement
- Individuals (including residents and guests) under the age of 21 may not possess alcohol in any area of the residence hall or apartments.
- Anyone possessing or consuming alcohol shall possess valid photo identification as proof of age, and comply with a request to show such identification when requested by residence life staff and/or any member of law enforcement agencies.
- Open containers are prohibited in all areas (regardless of a person’s age), except within the residence hall room or apartment of a student who is 21 years of age or older.
- Any use of alcohol that may be considered binge drinking per the Student Conduct Code is prohibited. (Binge drinking is not considered responsible drinking.)
- Public intoxication, regardless of age, is a violation of the Student Conduct Code. Indicators of intoxication include, but are not limited to, demonstrations of the inability engage in self-control and self-care.
- Parties, defined as more than 6 people in the room/suite/apartment, are prohibited.
- Doors to the hallway, adjoining rooms, and sidewalks must be kept closed while alcohol is consumed.
- All guests must comply with the residence hall alcohol policy. Example: If a 21-year-old guest visits a room where the residents are not 21, no alcohol is permitted, even by the 21-year-old guest. Residents are responsible for the behavior of their guests.
- Alcohol may only be purchased and stored by a resident who is 21 years or older. Students under the age of 21 who are in the presence of alcohol, or are consuming alcohol, will be considered in violation of campus alcohol policies, even in rooms of residents who are of legal drinking age.
- Anyone present in a room where an alcohol infraction has occurred will be considered in violation of the alcohol policy, regardless of age.
- Alcohol is not permitted at any time in any public area of a residence hall or apartment, except when residents of legal drinking age are transporting closed containers from the building entrance to residence hall room/apartment. A public area may be a hallway, lounge, lobby, laundry room, courtyard or outside area, or any other area not contained in a specific residence hall room/apartment.
- Alcohol may only be transported to the resident’s room/apartment by someone who is 21 or older. Alcohol containers must be closed, completely covered from open view, transported discreetly and be taken directly to the resident’s room. Disposal of empty alcohol containers should be done within community expectations regarding recycling and trash disposal.
- Use or possession of common source containers such as kegs, beer balls, handles of distilled spirits, etc. are prohibited. Drinking games and devices associated with the rapid or excessive consumption, such as beer bongs, beer pong tables, tap devices, funnel devices, etc. are also prohibited.
- A student of legal drinking age may not possess more than the total fluid ounce equivalent of one case of beer (30 count max), or two liters of wine, or one liter of distilled spirits.
- Students cannot “share” possession of larger alcohol containers such as a handle of distilled spirits, a pony keg of beer, etc., even with roommates/suitemates.
- Possession of any alcohol manufacturing materials such as distilleries, beer kits, etc. is prohibited.
Other alcohol and/or controlled substances policies are specifically outlined in the Student Conduct Code and on the Residence Life website. All students will be responsible for reading and understanding these policies.
Residents also agree not to possess, use, manufacture, produce or distribute, or aid in the use, manufacture, production or distribution of any controlled substance except as expressly permitted by law or University policy.
Appliances or Electronic Devices:
Approved appliances and electronic devices for the residence halls and apartments are listed on the Residence Life website. Students found in possession of unapproved appliances or electronic devices will be refered to the student conduct process. The University reserves the right to restrict the use of personal appliances and extra refrigerators. A list of approved and banned appliances is listed under the “Leave it at Home—What Not to Bring” section.
Barbecuing/Use of Outdoor Grills:
Grills for public use are available on campus in designated areas. Residents of the apartments may possess and cook with a charcoal grill outside their apartment. (gas grills are not permitted). After each use and when appropriately cooled, grills must be stored inside the apartment, however lighter fluid and fire-starting devices should never be stored inside. Students in residence halls may not possess gas or charcoal grills. All students who choose to utilize either public use or personal charcoal grills are expected to closely tend the coals at all times. Warm or hot coals should never be left unattended and once fully cooled, should be disposed of appropriately in campus dumpsters. Students engaging in the improper or irresponsible use of grills (including but not limited to improper coal/ash disposal) will be referred to the university conduct process.
In buildings with community bathrooms larger washroom facilities are available within each living space for each gender. Students living in buildings with community style restrooms will be assigned a restroom according to their housing assignment. Students are expected to use bathrooms that align with thier gender identity. Students should use another bathroom while housekeeping staff are cleaning the bathrooms. For added security for the residents communal bathroom facilities are locked and only residents of that community are provided access. Students may not prop the door open or prevent the locking mechanism to engage.
Bicycles may either be stored in students’ rooms or locked to one of the bike racks outside of the residence halls. Students are not permitted to attach bicycles to stairwells, light poles, or other campus fixtures. Students are required to register their bicycle with the Department of Public Safety regardless of where it is stored. For more information, or to report a lost or stolen bicycle, please contact the Department of Public Safety.
Public officials may not campaign for public office or distribute materials to residents within the residence halls or apartments. Student candidates vying for a student office on campus may only campaign within the residential areas according to University approved campaign policies, as developed jointly by Student Senate and Residence Life. Candidates who do not campaign in accordance with these policies will be required to leave the building and referred to the student conduct process. Student candidates will also be reported to the Student Senate Ethics Committee. (See also Solicitation.)
Candles, incense and other devices that emit an open flame or burning embers are significant fire hazards, and may also be an irritant to eyes or respiratory systems. To ensure the safety and comfort of our communities, use of these items are prohibited.
When moving out of a residence hall or apartment on campus, whether at the end of the year, after withdrawal from the university, or during a room change, it is important to follow proper check out procedures. Improper check-out will result in a minimum charge of $50.00, but may also include charges for lock changes, key replacement, damages, and continued housing fees.
Checkout at the End of the Year: Students are required to check out of their assigned living area within 24 hours of their last final exam. For additional information on checkout at the completion of the academic year, refer to postings/publications and other communications provided by hall staff to ensure compliance with expectations and proper checkout.
Checkout after Withdrawal from Classes: Students must be enrolled in classes to live on campus. Students are required to check out of their assigned living area within 24 hours of withdrawal from the university.
In an effort to focus on community development and individual growth, we encourage all students to practice good citizenship. This involves courteously approaching neighbors to request that they lower the volume of their activities, refrain from activities that are disruptive to the community in which they live, or discontinue actions that are policy violations. If individual attempts are unsuccessful, the duty SA/AM may be contacted for further assistance. Students are asked to alert hall staff of any reoccurring noise or other problems so that they might assist in improving the living communities. Good citizenship also includes being respectful of others by accommodating the request when approached in an appropriate and reasonable manner.
Community Area Policies
Damage & Vandalism: The condition of community areas including but not limited to kitchens, lounges, study bubbles, conference rooms, etc. is the responsibility of all students. Students are expected to help maintain those areas by treating them with care. Students can help keep their overall costs down by encouraging others to respect public areas and assume responsibility for their actions. Damage or vandalism occurring in community space which cannot be attributed to an individual(s) may result in fees assessed to all members of the community. Students believed to be involved in causing damage or vandalism in public areas will be referred to the student conduct process. If found responsible, outcomes are likely to include restitution.
Furniture: Furniture provided in lounges and other community areas is for use by all on-campus residents. Furniture may not be removed from community areas. A resident with community area furniture that has been moved into their room or to an inappropriate area may be referred to the conduct process.
Use: Lounge spaces and other community areas are designed for the use by all residents. When watching television or listening to music, students must keep the volume to a reasonable level and are expected to respect the requests of others if asked to turn volume level down. Sleeping is not permitted in public areas. Students may not leaving materials/possessions behind in common areas. Students who leave materials in the lounges prevent others from using that space, and demonstrate a disregard for the community. The university is not responsible for items left in public spaces that are stolen, damaged, or discarded by Univeristy staff.
Decorating & Customizing Your Living Environment
Damage: Students are responsible for the condition of their rooms and are expected to thoroughly and completely fill out a Housing Condition Report form upon move-in. Damage to walls, furniture, ceilings, doors, windows, or other locations/fixtures in the room may be charged to students. This includes paint or wall damage left by adhesives, as well as any tile/grout damage. Students may not paint or wallpaper their rooms. To request assistance with fixing broken room items/fixtures, students can submit a Fix-It request by visiting the residence life website.
Fire Hazards: Due to fire and safety concerns students may not hang signs or decorations on the hallway wall around their door. Decorations should not block lights or windows and must be fire retardant if hung near any heat source. Students may not tamper with cable, internet, fire safety, or electrical systems in the room. The installation of dimmer switches, circuit breaker boxes, cables, wiring, etc.) are not allowed.
Furniture: Students may bring their own furniture; however, all University owned furniture must remain in their room or apartment. Waterbeds are not permitted. The University reserves the right to restrict the use of all outside furniture or appliances. A list of approved and banned appliances can be found under the “Leave it at Home— What Not to Bring” section on the residence life website.
Room Doors: Exterior and interior finishes on room doors are easily damaged by tape, tacks, etc. Students choosing to post materials on the inside or outside of their door assume full responsibility for damage (including damage created to the door if posted materials are vandalized). Adhesive and mounting materials that can damage a door should not be used to post materials. Students are responsible for removing all adhesives and mounting materials from their door prior to check out. Students may not post materials on the door frame or walls around their door in the hallway. When posting materials on the outside of the room door, we expect students to be mindful of how their messages may impact community dynamics.
Tacks, Tape, & Adhesives: Carpet tape, duct tape and other adhesives are not allowed due to the gummy residue they leave behind. Poster tack or products that do not damage the walls are allowed. Any adhesive or residue remaining on doors, floors, walls, ceilings, or in any part of the room or bathroom may result in damage charges. Students using any form of adhesives or mounting hardware (tacks, nails, etc.) assume all responsibility for damage occurring as a result.
Room doors should remain closed and locked when students are not in the room or when sleeping for personal safety reasons. Students are prohibited from using the deadbolt, magnets, tape, or any other item/method which interferes with a door-locking mechanism. Doing so poses risk to personal safety, theft, and damages the door. Students interfering with a door’s locking mechanism or for using a deadbolt to prop open a door, may be subject to damage charges and/or referred to the univeristy conduct process. The use of a doorstop or soft item which does not damage the door, frame, hinge, or other hardware is permitted only when students are present and awake in their room.
Drugs & Drug Paraphernalia:
The University prohibits possession, use or distribution of marijuana, LSD, or other hallucinogens or narcotics or any other illegal drug by any studens in any campus facility, or at any university sponsored event. Any student possessing, using, or distributing drugs is subject to the university conduct process. Removal from on-campus housing, arrest, imprisonment, or fine according to state law are potential consequences for failure to uphold this policy. Drug paraphernalia is not permitted in the residence halls.
To ensure the safety for all residents, tampering with electrical systems in any area of a building is not allowed. This includes but may not be limited to: switches, circuit breaker boxes, cables, wiring, etc.
Emergency and Safety Policies:
Bomb Threats: Bomb threats are illegal and dangerous. Any student making a bomb threat will be subject to arrest and disciplinary action by the University and local police.
Fire Alarms: Students who do not evacuate the building will be referred to the university conduct process. False fire alarms are illegal. Any student causing a false fire alarm may be referred to the university conduct process. Consequences may include removal from on-campus housing and/or criminal prosecution. Any student starting a fire in or near a residence hall or apartment building may be charged for the cost of repair or replacement of all damaged areas of University property in addition to being referred to the university conduct process and the police.
Fire Equipment: Fire and safety equipment must function properly; therefore, the following are prohibited and subject to disciplinary action:
Tampering or misuse of any fire safety equipment, including but not limited to, fire panels, extinguishers, hoses, fire equipment storage boxes, pull stations, smoke detectors, exit lights, emergency lights, etc.
Obstructing, covering, or removing smoke sensors or detectors.
Engaging in conduct that causes fire alarms to sound, thereby creating a false fire alarm.
Non-compliance or interference with established evacuation procedures
Individuals who tamper with fire equipment may be charged for repair or replacement of the equipment, and may be referred to the university conduct process.
Each university apartment is equipped with a fire extinguisher. Students should check their extinguisher gauge to ensure it is properly charged and should submit a Fix-It request if it needs to be recharged. Each apartment is also provided with an adequate number of smoke detectors.
Removal from On-Campus Housing:
Students who are removed from campus residential facilities for disciplinary reasons resulting from a violation of Residence Life policies and/or the Student Conduct Code may be assessed damage and cleaning fees and will lose their housing deposit. Students are required to leave their Residence Life area by the date/time established by the University. Failure to vacate within the set times may result in additional conduct consequences in addition to fees to recore the residence hall room or apartment. Students who have been banned from entering residence halls/apartments will be reported to Public Safety, and handled according to Missouri state laws for trespassing if found in violation of the banning/restriction.
Family housing options are available and are located within the apartments only. Students interested in family housing must inform Residence life of any spouses and dependants living with them. Family housing rates will apply to parents living in the apartments who have children living with them on a full-time basis. Students who have children may not allow their children to stay or live with them in the residence hall during the academic year. Additional housing fees apply to family housing.
All guests are expected to follow all university and Residence Life policies and must not disrupt other community members. Residents are responsible for the actions of their guests and are liable for any damages caused by their guests. Students assigned to the apartments may not allow other students to live with them during university breaks when residence halls are closed. Additional fees may be charged for allowing unapproved guest(s) to live in their assigned apartment during university breaks periods.
Escort Policy: Students who live in a residential community on campus may gain access to any residence hall by using their student ID from 10:30 p.m. – midnight through a green or yellow access door. A guest to a residence hall, who is not a current student living on campus, must be be escorted by a resident of the building at all times. Unescorted guests will be considered a security risk and will be asked to leave the residence community.
Overnight Guest Policy: Residence hall rooms and apartments are living spaces for the students assigned to that area only. The 24-hour visitation policy is set-up to allow students the ability to bring guests (anybody not assigned to your room) into their living environment at any time. Guests are permitted to stay a maximum of up to 3 consecutive days within a 7-day week WITH the approval of all roommates and suitemates. There is no charge for approved overnight guests. Room keys and perimeter access cards will not be issued to any guest. Guests may be asked to leave if they are not upholding residence life policy by the residence hall staff at any time. The guest policy is inteded to allow residents to have friends and family visit them in thier on-campus residence for short and occassional stays. Students who allow a non-resident to live with them for extended and on frequent occassions may face additional housing fees and referral to the univeristy conduct process.
Firearms, Weapons, and Other Dangerous Items:
Possession of items such as firearms, ammunition, bows and arrows, air soft guns, fireworks, flammable materials or liquids, explosives, dangerous chemicals, combustible items, noxious or harmful materials or liquids, etc., is strictly prohibited in any on-campus environment. In addition, any item used as a weapon (including but not limited to a knife), in a threatening manner towards another person, will be in violation of this policy. Any student found in possession of any such items will be subject referred to the university conduct process. Consequences could include removal from on-campus housing, and/or criminal prosecution. Students who wish to bring firearms for recreational or hunting use to campus may store these items with the Department of Public Safety. Arrangements for storage must be made prior to bringing the item(s) to campus.
First-Year Residency Waiver:
As outlined in the Board of Governors Code of Policies, all freshman students are required to live on-campus unless they are:
- Living within 50 miles of campus, with an immediate family member (parent, grandparent, or legal guardian), OR
- Student released from housing due to marriage, parenthood, OR
- Have extenuating circumstances resulting in an exception being approved by the Director of Residence Life
Students that meet the criteria outlined above can obtain the Residency Waiver HERE.
In accordance with the laws of the state of Missouri, gambling is not permitted within the residence halls or apartments.
Hallway Decorations and Storage:
Corridors may not be used to store items from your room. Items, including welcome mats, found in the hallways may be removed. Any items posted on the wall or frame surrounding your door in the hallway are also not permitted and may be removed. The university is not responsible for items left in public spaces that are stolen, damaged, or discarded.
To avoid a fire hazard, live, cut trees are not permitted in your room. Students may have small potted plants in their rooms. Low heat bulbs and flame retardant materials may be used to decorate. Outdoor or high heat decorations are not allowed.
For safety purposes, students are not permitted to duplicate or let others borrow their room or mailbox keys. Students found responsible for doing so may incur recore fees and will be referred to the university conduct process. Students who have lost their key(s) are expected to report the loss immediately to a residence life staff member. For information on charges for key replacements and lock-outs please see “Keys” under Hall Services on the Residence Life Website.
Students may have microwaves smaller than 1,000 watts. Microwaves 1,000 watts and higher can cause electrical outage problems in the residence halls. Microfridges are available for rent through the Residence Life Office. Microwaves for community use are provided in floor kitchenettes and students are expected to ensure they are clean after each use.
Quiet Hours: Quiet hours are Sunday-Thursday: 10:30-7am, and Friday & Saturday: 12 Midnight-9am. During these hours, noise must be kept to a minimum to allow residents to study, relax, and sleep. Noise should not be heard in another room or out the window. The quiet hour policy applies to the building itself and the surrounding grounds outside of the building. Sound producing equipment may be played anytime, however it must comply with all established guidelines. Group activities during quiet hours are permitted only in student rooms or in special lounge areas. If you are in the hallway a normal speaking voice is acceptable.
Courtesy Hours: Courtesy hours are Sunday-Thursday: 7am-10:30pm, and Friday & Saturday: 9am-12 Midnight. During courtesy hours reasonable noise levels are to be maintained. Loud volumes, whether through electronics or other disturbances that affect hallways or buildings, are not acceptable. Any request to lower one’s volume should be complied with respectfully as part of standards for the community.
Facilities Exceptions: Facilities will attempt to observe quiet and courtesy hours; however, they begin working around 7 am and are not required to abide by posted quiet hours in completing their work.
Final Exam Courtesy & Quiet Hours: Quiet hours during final exams are extended to 22 hours per day. Courtesy hours run from 6-8 pm.
More Restrictive Hours: Each Residence Hall Council may extend quiet hours beyond the minimum established limits. Changes to standard quiet hour times should be clearly posted within each Residence Hall.
Musical Instruments: Students are expected to be respectful of others when using any musical instrument. Students are allowed to play instruments at a reasonable level during courtesy hours. For loud instruments, band activities, or to practice after-hours, practice rooms are available in Ophelia Parrish. Please contact the Fine Arts department for information on their usage. Residents must comply with any request made by other community members or hall staff to stop playing.
Perimeter of Residence Halls: During quiet hours, campus organizations, residence halls, and community groups may not schedule events physically located outside of halls without permission from the Hall Director. Such activities can cause unacceptable noise levels for residents and safety problems.
Students are required to comply with the directives given to them by any University official, including via official written notice. Non-compliance with a University official may result in referral to the university conduct process. Non-compliance includes failure to appear to meetings related to the univeristy conduct process.
Students are not allowed to paint their rooms. The Fix-It crew schedules regular painting for all areas on campus. Repairs to room paint should not be handled by students. If you have a painting need, you may submit a Fix-It request.
Residents may have fish in the residence halls or apartments if they are nonpoisonous and are contained in a tank no larger than 10 gallons. Additionally, pets are allowed in Pet Housing, per the guidelines listed on the residence life website related to Pet-Friendly Housing. Residents are expected to take proper care of the hygiene of the pet and tank maintenance. If proper hygiene and maintenance is not taken, the student may be required to remove the pet(s) from the residence hall or apartment. Since students share a living space with other residents, all approved pets must be accepted by all roommates and suitemates. Emotional support animals may be permitted with required documentation of need and only after approval has been granted through the office of Student Access and Disability Services. Students are not permitted to bring emotional assistance animals to the residence halls prior to receiving approval. Service animals are allowed; students with service animals are encouraged to inform the office of Residence Life of thier service animal.
Poster & Publicity Display:
Anyone interested in posting publicity items, notices, etc., related to a University sponsored organization or event, must have the postings submitted for approval to the Residence Life Office (Missouri 1100). For information on the University’s and Residence Life’s posting policies, see the Union and Involvement Service’s website. When posting, the following guidelines should also be observed:
- The name of the chartered organization, University division, department or office must appear on the posted material as the designated sponsor.
- The event cannot take place at any business or agency whose primary business is the selling of alcoholic beverages (Dukum, Wrongdaddys, TPs, any bar, etc.)
- The event cannot promote the consumption of alcohol, drugs or other illegal substances.
- The poster must include the date, time, location, and title of the event that is taking place.
- The poster must not include any profanity or graphic images.
- If a poster is questionable, ask a staff member.
No posters, signs, banners, etc., are to be placed on the outside of the halls, including columns outside entrances and doorways, lawn areas, trees, etc.
Posters will be hung by hall staff. Hall staff reserves the right to remove posters at any time.
No material may be posted on the walls outside the door to students’ rooms. Posting on student room doors is only allowed with the permission of the students living in that room.
Organizations and individuals violating guidelines will have all publicity removed and may face suspension of posting privileges.
Non-residence hall organizations and individuals must request approval of posters through the Office of Residence Life.
Possession of road signs is a violation of state law and will be reported to the Department of Public Safety
Residence hall and apartment public spaces are not for physical recreational activities. To increase the safety of residents and facilities, recreational activities must be taken outdoors. Recreational activities include but are not limited to: Frisbee, golf, kickball, running, jogging, bicycling, hoverboarding, rollerblading, playing catch, etc. These activities may be harmful to residents, or to the condition of the building. Students violating this policy may be referred to the university conduct process.
All campus living environments (residence halls and apartments) are smoke free areas. Therefore, smoking within any area (rooms, community spaces, hallways, etc.) in the residence halls or apartments is strictly prohibited. Electronic cigarettes or similar devices are also not allowed to be used in the residence halls. Storage of hookahs is not permitted in the residence halls or student rooms on campus. Truman State University is a smoke free campus. Students, staff, faculty, and guests are prohibited from smoking on campus property.
The University does not allow door-to-door solicitation of products or services in the halls. Printed material may not be distributed under students’ doors, or left on desks and tables within residence halls. Student rooms are not to be used for group commercial solicitation. This policy applies to all campus organizations as well as off-campus groups or individuals. Violation of this solicitation policy may result in revocation of the approval for that organization to hang posters within the residence halls. Solicitation in the main lobby of a residence hall community requires approval from the hall director.
Trespassing in Unauthorized Areas:
Several areas exist within the residence halls and apartments that students are not allowed to enter. Such areas include, but may not be limit to: areas under construction or renovation, housekeeping and storage closets, maintenance rooms, steam tunnels, roofs, attics, etc. Entering another student’s room without thier permission is considered trespassing. Students entering these areas without an authorized university staff member will be referred to the university conduct process.
The safety of residents is critical. Allowing unauthorized visitors into the building intentionally or by propping open doors (including room doors, exterior doors, bathroom doors, or any other door within a building, as well as tampering with locking mechanisms), poses a security risk for all who live in the community. Students propping a door, allowing students to enter the building unescorted after hours (12 am – 6 am), or entering the building through a propped entrance or red access door, may be referred to the university conduct process.
University Identification Card:
All students are issued one University identification. This ID card should be kept in a student’s possession at all times, as faculty and staff members reserve the right to request your ID to verify your identity. This card is for your use only and is nontransferable. A student caught with someone else’s ID card, and the owner of the card, will be referred to the University conduct process. If a card is lost or damaged, the student will be charged $25 for a replacement card.
The use of a web camera is allowed with consent of the roommate(s). Students are expected to respect the privacy of others in their room, within their community, and not broadcast others without their consent. Students not respecting others’ rights within the community with the use of their web cameras may be referred to the university conduct process.
Windows & Screens:
Window screens are not to be removed or opened. Climbing in or out of room or apartment windows is prohibited. For the safety of others outside of the residence hall, students should not allow any items to be thrown, dropped, placed outside of, or pushed out of windows. Screens are not intended for frequent opening and closing. The opening, or removal of screens, results in damage to the screens and fixtures. Students failing to adhere to these policies may face damage charges and may be referred to the university conduct process.
Housing Charges Appeals Process
Students may incur charges on their student accounts for room and equipment damages, improper checkouts, cleaning, lost keys, lockout key rental, university break-period housing, contract breakage penalties, and other concerns. These charges are rooted in student actions with expectations and financial penalties outlined by Residence Life. Language regarding those expectations and processes are shared with students in their housing contracts, printed mailings, departmental websites, emails from Residence Life, and /or other official communications. All students are expected to read, understand, and ask clarifying questions about the information they receive as it is shared by Residence Life.
Appeals will be considered when the concern is rooted in at least one of these approved appeal criteria:
- The student’s belief that the facts surrounding the student behavior are untrue.
- Residence Life not providing the information or terms to the student.
- Residence Life not upholding its contractual obligations after notice from the student and attempts by Residence Life to remedy the concern after being notified.
Appeals will not be considered when the concern is rooted in:
- the student not knowing or understanding terms and expectations shared with all students.
- the student not agreeing with the terms and expectations shared with all students.
- the student’s personal or family financial hardships.
To begin an appeal of charges, students must first wait for the charges to appear on their student account. Once the charges post, the student can submit the appeal online using this link. Appeals must be submitted by the student with whom Residence Life has a contract. Appeals submitted by parents, relatives, and friends will not be accepted. The student will receive notice within five business days acknowledging receipt of the appeal request.
The Student Life & Development Coordinator for Residence Life will use the information available to decide if a student is responsible for the housing charges or if the charges should be removed. A second appeal can be made to the Director of Residence Life. These appeals can be made by emailing the Director at email@example.com. Second appeals are not a rehearing of the original appeal. Second appeals can only be made if:
- New information has emerged that was unavailable at the time of the hearing and could materially impact the decision of the initial appeal submission.
- The finding of “responsible” is not supported by substantial evidence.
- The sanction(s) imposed is not proportionate to the severity of the violation(s).
University and Residence Life Protocol
Those who violate the alcohol policies, and guests in incidents involving alcohol, are subject to a conduct review through Residence Life and/or the Conduct Officer. This is a campus-wide policy.
The unlawful manufacturing, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance is prohibited on all property owned or operated by the University. The manufacturing, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of intoxicating liquor is also prohibited on the University campus, except for those times, places, and purposes approved by the President of the University. The presence of persons under the influence of unlawful drugs or intoxicating liquor is also prohibited on the University campus. Any student who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of residential housing contract and eviction, and up to and including expulsion from the University.
University Conduct Process
Citizenship and Community Standards
The Office of Citizenship and Community Standards (OCCS) is charged with the administration of the Student Conduct Code. This Conduct Code creates an expectation of behavior that the University views as acceptable and appropriate. The University recognizes the significance of students’ rights. Those rights include freedom of expression, autonomy, procedural protection, and the respect for personal integrity of all members of the community and their property. By ensuring those individual rights, the University fosters an environment conducive to students’ success and well-being. By doing so, students respect the dignity, rights, and property of the University community.
The Office of Citizenship and Community Standards (OCCS) strives to resolve allegations of misconduct under the Student Conduct Code in a manner consistent with its core values of fairness, honesty, and integrity. The Office acknowledges the importance of balancing the interests of the individual student or student organization and the community at large, as well as protecting the integrity of the institution and its values. To that end, the OCCS seeks to enhance the educational mission of the University by promoting a caring, just, and responsible community. To foster the development of future leaders and responsible citizens, OCCS promises to support the academic community by promoting and investing in students’ holistic learning, ethical growth, and character development.
Rooted in the educational philosophy of citizenship and character development, the administration of the Truman State University Student Conduct Code provides for the following:
- the development, dissemination, interpretation, and enforcement of campus policy;
- the protection of relevant rights of the University community and its participants;
- a system that provides fair and impartial hearings that proceed with reasonable speed and efficiency without sacrificing fairness to the student or the University;
- the facilitation and encouragement of responsibility and respect for campus governance; opportunities for ethical growth and personal accountability of students; and
- the development of the individual when the student does not pose a threat to self, others, or the functioning of the university community, and when a repetition of misconduct is unlikely.
The Office of Citizenship and Community Standards is located in Student Union Building 3100 and may be contacted at (660) 785- 4111, firstname.lastname@example.org, or on the web at www.truman.edu/conduct/. For a current copy of the Student Conduct Code, please see the Citizenship and Conduct website.
University Conduct Process
Students who violate University or Residence Life policies will be subject to a conduct review. The Hall Director, Residence Life Conduct Board, Coordinator of Student Life and Development, Coordinator of Facilities and Processes, Director of Residence Life, or the University Conduct Officer may conduct this hearing. To protect and ensure students due process, all hearings will follow the same general outline.
- The student(s) will receive a notice of charges letter that will include the date(s), location(s) and description of the alleged incident/behavior, which policy may have been violated, the date, time and location of the hearing, and how to reschedule the appointment if necessary.
- The participants at the hearing will introduce themselves and the purpose of the meeting will be described to the resident(s).
- The charges and applicable policy will be read to the resident(s) and all available evidence will be read to the resident(s).
- The student(s) will be asked to present a statement of defense and the names of any witnesses.
- If witnesses are available at the meeting, they will be asked to provide their testimony.
- If necessary, further investigation will occur.
- A determination of responsibility will be made and appropriate sanctions will be decided.
- A decision letter will be provided to the resident(s) including the violations the resident was found responsible for, a description of the sanction(s), sanction due dates, and the process and grounds for appeal.
A Student Conduct Board hears cases of alleged misconduct when a student’s alleged behavior is detrimental to the Residence Life community. This board is comprised of students who live within the residence halls or apartments and work in conjunction with the Residence Life staff and the University Conduct Officer. If you would like to serve as a member of this board, contact your Hall Director.
Sanctions for violating Residence Life and/or University policies will range from warnings to expulsion from Residence Life and the University, and may include educational sanctions and fines. Failure to attend a hearing, comply with, or complete assigned disciplinary sanctions can and will result in further conduct review, including the holding of grades.
A process for appeals is available for students found responsible for violating a Residence Life policy by the Hall Director, or the Residence Life Conduct Board, may appeal the findings or sanctions to the Residence Life Conduct Officer (Coordinator for Residence Life). This appeal must be submitted in writing to the Coordinator within seven (7) days of the receipt of the decision letter. The only grounds an appeal may be made on are:
- the hearing panel deprived the defendant of a right the defendant had according to the rules and regulations governing the university Conduct System; and this deprivation materially affected the decision;
- the finding of “in violation” is not supported by substantial evidence;
- the sanction(s) imposed is not representative of the violation based upon circumstances of the act of misconduct and the prior record of the defendant.
The letter of appeal must cite which ground(s) the appeal is made on and any evidence the student has in defense. The burden of proof lies with the student in the appeals process. The Coordinator for Residence Life who serves as the Residence Life conduct officer will notify the student of the decision within ten (10) working days. The appeal process for decisions made in the Office is Citizenship and Community Standards will follow the outlined procedure in the Student Conduct Code. The Office of Citizenship and Community Standards is located in the Student Union Building in Room 3100 within the Student Affairs Office.
The 411 about 911. If you need to report an emergency, need assistance from Public Safety, you may dial x911 from any campus phone. They will contact medical or fire safety personnel as needed. You may also use any blue or red safety phone located around campus in any emergency.
Did you feel the earth move? Although Truman’s campus has never experienced an earthquake, a fault line exists in eastern Missouri. Therefore, in the event that an earthquake occurs and you are inside, remember to either: 1) take cover under heavy furniture; 2) brace yourself in a doorway; or 3) move against an interior wall.
Everyone Out! If you are required to evacuate the building for a fire or other reason remember to use the stairs, close all doors behind you, turn off all electronics, evacuate in groups, provide assistance to others, and evacuate in a safe and orderly manner.
If the building is being evacuated due to a bomb threat, follow the same steps as listed above, but DO NOT turn any electronic devices on or off.
Fire Alarms and Drills:
Sound the fire alarm if you discover a fire, no matter how insignificant it may appear. Then notify the hall staff immediately. The building should be evacuated before there is any attempt to contain the fire. Remember, most injuries occur from smoke and toxic fumes, not flames. Failure to cooperate in an alarm or drill, including the failure to evacuate the building, will result in a safety fine and a possible University Conduct hearing. Students who sleep soundly and may have difficulty hearing an alarm should work with other students in their community to notify them of alarms that may sound. False fire alarms are illegal and dangerous. Every time a building is evacuated there is the possibility of injury. Frequent alarms tend to create a feeling of false security and it becomes more difficult to evacuate the building.
In the event of a real fire, this could lead to serious consequences. Fire drills will be conducted regularly to ensure that students are able to exit the buildings safely during a time when there is not a known danger. Everyone must evacuate any time the alarm sounds. Any student found guilty of purposely causing a fire, a false fire alarm, or bomb threat will be subject to arrest, disciplinary action, and/or significant fines by the University. This disciplinary action may include expulsion from the Residence Life residences and the University.
Is There a Doctor in the House? If you or someone you know experiences an injury/illness that is severe or life threatening, dial x911. Do not move a person unless he/she is in danger. Call a Student Advisor, Hall Director, or the Community Coordinator for assistance. Hall Directors and Community Coordinators are certified in CPR and First Aid. All Student Advisors are trained in First Aid, while some are certified in CPR and First Aid.
Medical Transport of Residents: If it becomes necessary for a resident to go to the hospital, do not transport another resident yourself. Instead, you may:
- Call an ambulance in an emergency by dialing x911.
- Call a taxi, at the expense of the resident, if it is a non-emergency and no other alternate means of transportation is available.
Truman’s Residence Life staff will not provide transportation for students to or from any facilities for medical purposes.
Toto, We’re not in Kansas Anymore! The following guidelines are for use in the event that tornado warnings are issued. Tornado warnings are ordered when a funnel cloud has actually been seen. A tornado watch is ordered when weather conditions are such that a tornado could occur. You should seek shelter from the upper floors of the building, leave your room and other areas with windows, and take shelter in protected areas away from the exterior of the building. Doors to student rooms should be closed. Areas of shelter include interior hallways, basements, lower floors, and windowless rooms. In the event of a tornado warning, you should remain within the building. Staff members will alert each floor that a tornado warning is in effect, and when the warning has expired.