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Welcome Laundry Facilities Door Propping
A Living and Learning Environment Mail/Addressing Letters Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia
Statement on Multiculturalism Musical Instruments Electrical Systems
Welcome Home Night Security/Night Monitors Escort Policy
Important Dates to Remember Picnic Tables Evacuation
What We Are All About Posting Eviction or Banning
New Student Programs Programming Fire or Bomb Threat
Out-of-Class Experience Refrigerators/MicroFridge Units Fire Arms/Weapons
Tradition of Learning & Caring Campaign Repairs (see facilities) Fire Equipment
Out-of-Class Experience Planning Map Security Furniture
Getting Involved Storage Gambling
Hall Senate Telephone Services Hallway Sports/Behaviors
Residence Hall Association My Space/My Room Hallway Decorations and Storage
National Residence Hall Honorary Room Decorating Holiday Decorations
Athletics Temperature Control Lounges
Center for Student Involvement Room Sizes Microwaves
Campus Recreation Room Furnishings Noise Policy
Greek Life What to Bring Non-compliance
Work Opportunities Approved Appliances Overnight Guests
Vaccination and Meningitis Information What not to Bring Painting
Your Truman ID Pets Parking Policy
Meal Plans Roommate Relations Poster/Publicity Display
Food Flexibility What is a Roommate Agreement? Room Doors
Dining Hall Hours Room Change Process Screens - Opening/Removal
Community Living Mediation Process Smoking
Community Rights Consolidation & Room Changes Solicitation
Creating Neighbors & Friends Housing Renewal Process Tack, Tape, and Adhesives
Residence Halls Descriptions Your Housing Contract Unauthorized Moves
Amenities Terms & Conditions-1 Year Contract University Identification Cards
Special Accommodations Within the Halls Terms & Conditions-2 Year Contract Visitation Hours/Escort Policy
Parking Housing Appeals or Grievances Web Cameras
Renovation and Construction Projects Residence Life Policies Truman’s Alcohol Policy
Professional Staff Expected Conduct University Conduct Process
Hall Services Air Conditioners Safety
Barbecue Grills Alcohol and Alcohol Paraphernalia Earthquakes
Cable Services Appliances or Electrical Devices Evacuation/Fire Drills
Cleaning Supplies Barbecuing Medical Emergencies
Computer Labs Bathrooms Tornados
Duty Staff Members Bicycles Perimeter Access
Facilities Management & Repairs Campaigning Reasons to Live on Campus
Hall Desks Campus Mail .Important Numbers and Addresses
Hall Offices Cigarettes/Open Flames/Incense .
Housekeeping Checkout Procedures  
Insurance Citizenship  
Keys Combustibles or Dangerous Items  
Kitchenettes Damage/Vandalism  

Welcome to ResLife!                                                                        ↑ Return to Top
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!

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.

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 Multicultural Affairs Center, the Dean 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                                                       ↑ Return to Top
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.

Fall 2014
Aug. 16: Halls Open for Check In, First Year Students (8 am-3 pm)
Aug. 16-20: Truman Week Activities
Aug. 19 Halls Open for Transfer Students (8 am)
Aug. 19-20: Halls Open for Upper-Division Students Move In (8 am- 5 pm)
Aug. 21: Fall Classes Begin; Room Change Request Opens Online
Sept. 5: Pre-Approved Room Changes Permitted (5 pm)
Sept 13:   Family Day
Oct. 6-11: Homecoming
Oct. 16-17: Midterm Break (No Classes)
November: Spring Intention Deadline (Dates to be announced)
Nov. 21- Nov. 30: Thanksgiving Break - Doors Locked
Dec. 7: Finals Quiet Hours Begin (12:01 AM)
Dec. 13: Commencement; Halls Close for Winter Break (6 pm)
December: Housing Renewal Information for 2013-14 on-line at

Spring 2015
Jan. 11: Halls Re-open for Spring Semester (10 am)
Jan. 12: Spring Classes begin; Deadline for Spring Meal Plan Changes (5 pm)
Jan. 26: Pre-Approved Room Changes Permitted (5 pm)      
February: Housing Registration (Dates to be announced)
March 6: Halls Close for Midterm Break (6 pm)
March 15: Halls Re-open (10 am)
April 6: Spring Break (No Classes)
May 3: Final’s Quiet Hours Begin (12:01 AM)
May 9: Commencement; Hall’s Close for Summer (6 pm)

What We Are All About…                                                                ↑ Return to Top
Residence Life oversees seven residence halls and three 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.

New Student Programs                                                            ↑ Return to Top
Truman’s New Student Programs(NSP) contributes to the learning community inside your residence hall. Historically, residential colleges have been places where faculty and students join together as "friends of learning." At Truman, this liberal arts tradition continues as a natural extension of the University’s focus on your academic success. The NSP seeks to make the public liberal arts and sciences experience personally vital and meaningful to you. You may learn more about the NSP at

NSP serves as the academic leader for the residence halls, working in cooperation with faculty, residence hall staff, and students to develop programming, including fine arts performances, film series, special topics panels, speakers, quiz bowls, demonstrations, small group discussions, and field trips. The NSP’s special responsibility is to promote meaningful connections between you, as a Truman student, and faculty beyond the traditional classroom setting. In such ways, you join together in a living-learning experience.

The NSP also provides professional academic advising and support for Truman students in all of our residence halls. A team of professional Academic Advisors, led by a Head Academic Advisor, offers residential-based academic advising for all first year and undeclared students, plus basic academic planning and support services for all students affiliated with the residence hall. Whatever the needs may be -- course registration, general academic planning, tutors, skill or career development workshops, referrals to faculty in academic divisions -- all may be brought to the NSP staff located centrally on campus on the first level of the Kirk Building. The NSP Academic Advisors work with faculty from all disciplines in mentoring you. They also work with Student Advisors to foster relationships and offer resources to keep you learning and developing at the center of residential life.

Out-of-Class Experiences                                                                 ↑ Return to Top
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. An example of how the Student Affairs area has developed ways to enhance the out-of-class experiences of students is through the Out-of-Class Experience Planning Map.

Out-of-Class Experience Planning Map
The Out-of-Class Experience Planning Map (Planning Map) is a tool designed by the Student Affairs area to help students make informed and intentional decisions about their out-of-class activities while at Truman State University. The Planning Map is theoretically based on developmental principles, and consists of four quadrants that represent areas students can use to set goals regarding their out-of-class activities, thereby maximizing the benefits of their Truman educational experience. The quadrants are based on values and principles espoused in the Truman State University Mission Statement, skills and knowledge of value to future employers and graduate schools, and needs and attributes of college aged students identified by various theories of development.

The Out-of-Class Experience Planning Map was developed to achieve a variety of outcomes and purposes including the following:
    Assist students in making responsible and informed choices about out-of-class experiences.
    Assist advisors in helping students design their out-of-class experiences to meet academic and personal goals.
    Assist students in setting intentional goals regarding the desired outcomes of their out-of-class experiences.
    Enhance the educational benefit of out-of-class experiences for our students.
    Facilitate the personal development of Truman students.
    Encourage offices and persons involved in facilitating out-of class experiences to maximize the educational benefits of
        those experiences.
    Facilitate the integration of out-of-class experiences with the curriculum.   
    To encourage assessment of out-of-class activities.
    Enhance the liberal arts and sciences culture at Truman State University.
More information on the Out-of-Class Experience Planning map can be found here.

Getting Involved                                                                                ↑ Return to Top
There are several ways to get involved on campus. Below are some general areas that students can become involved as early as the first week on campus.

Hall Senate: Wondering how to facilitate changes within your living/learning community? Each residence hall houses its own student government, which provides programming and events geared towards residents in that community. Hall Senate meetings are held weekly, where all on-campus residents are welcome to attend and encouraged to voice their feedback regarding decisions made in the halls. Residents can also be involved as representatives of their respective house community, as well as for special event committees that form throughout the year. Elections for Hall Senate Executives vary by hall, some are held in the Spring semester each year and are voted upon by fellow residents, others hold their elections in the Fall semester.  You may check with your specific hall's Director to find out more about Hall Senate.

Residence Hall Association: Essentially the parent organization for all of the Hall Senates, RHA serves in a unique capacity as the central student government for all on-campus residents. RHA is the combination of a programming body and a policy forming body all wrapped into one organization. RHA’s main purpose is to be the voice for on-campus residents, working to provide residents with their perspective on policies and issues that affect the entire residential community. RHA is the driving force of student feedback, which is used within the Residence Life Office to make many administrative decisions. RHA is comprised of students elected by fellow residents, and elections for executive positions take place each spring. Building representatives are elected each Fall semester, giving you the opportunity to help represent your total living environment within the larger campus organization. This organization is a great opportunity to get involved in Residence Life on a larger scale! To learn more about RHA, visit

National Residence Hall Honorary: NRHH recognizes the accomplishments of individuals who make outstanding contributions to our Residence Life program. The awards program encourages students to nominate their peers, staff, and hall communities for their achievements throughout the year. Membership in the NRHH organization represents the top 1% of students in the residence halls, and inductees are selected through a nomination process held each semester.

Athletics: The Department of Athletics is committed to enhancing the University’s commitment to a liberal arts and sciences education by providing a positive experience for over 450 student athletes by  promoting wholesome educational and athletic opportunities. Truman State University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II and is a charter member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA). Athletics sponsors 21 different sports teams. Men’s sports include football, basketball, swimming, soccer, tennis, baseball, cross-country, indoor/outdoor track,  and wrestling. Women’s sports include volleyball, basketball, swimming, soccer, tennis, golf, softball, and cross-country/indoor/outdoor track. The Athletic Department is located in Pershing Building with the exception of the Athletics Media Relations, which is located in Kirk Building. Student activities for students who are not a part of the athletic teams include being a part of spirit events, homecoming events, or cheering on your favorite team. For more information, visit

Center for Student Involvement (CSI): Truman has approximately 250 active student organizations which are grouped in the following categories: campus media; cultural; departmental/ professional; Greek governing boards; Greek social fraternities and sororities; honorary; recreational/sports; religious; Residence Life environment; service; special interest; and, student government/political. At the beginning of each Fall semester, Cardinal Key, the National Honor Society, and the CSI co-sponsor an Activities Fair where students have the opportunity to find out more about Truman’s student organizations. As part of the overall Student Union program, the CSI provides programs and services in the areas of campus programming, student organizations, leadership development, and recognition programs. The CSI is housed in the Student Union, and advises the student activities fee-funded Student Activities Board that provides entertainment for the student body. In addition, the CSI oversees the Take Five Games Room and the Down Under programming facility, and advises the Funds Allotment Council. The Center for Student Involvement also coordinates volunteer opportunities through the SERVE Center, located in the Student Union next to Sodexo’s Mainstreet. More information about the CSI can be found at

Campus Recreation: The Student Recreation Center provides programs and services for enhancing the health and well-being of students, faculty, and staff. The Fitness Wellness Program offers wellness workshops, personal training, and a myriad of non-credit classes from step aerobics to martial arts. Intramural Recreational Sports sponsors healthy competition in individual and team sport activities. The Student Recreation Center contains many areas for self-directed activity: a three-court hardwood floor gym, jogging track, aerobics/dance studio, auxiliary court gym with multipurpose floor, and a weight room and fitness area filled with state-of-the-art exercise equipment. The Student Recreation Center is located on Franklin Street next to Centennial Hall. For additional information, visit

Greek Life: Greek letter societies were founded on the ideals of leadership, scholarship, community service, and friendship. Truman’s organizations continue to uphold these ideals. Greek Life strives to provide guidance and support for students’ out- of classroom involvement. This staff works in partnership with 30 Greek organizations to develop programs and policies that encourage a sense of belonging, promote self-governance, challenge students to gain new skills and knowledge, and enable students to participate in positive individual and societal change. The Office of Greek Life is located in the Brewer Annex, and additional information can be found at

Work Opportunities: There are various opportunities available for you to work not only on-campus, but specifically in the residence halls or campus apartments. Each hall has scholarship, work-study, and institutional paid employment opportunities available. Possible options for work include, but are not limited to: Residence Hall Desk Attendant; Night Monitor; Hall Staff Assistant; or apartments; and Receptionist/Clerical work or special projects in the Residence Life Office or New Student Programs offices. Working for Residence Life or Residential Colleges provides the convenience of living close to where you work, as well as providing a flexible schedule that allows you to work around your classes and out-of-class activities. For more information regarding other on-campus employment opportunities, contact the University Career Center at x4353, or stop by their office in the McKinney Center to check out the services offered. For more information, visit

Vaccination and Meningitis Information:                                       ↑ Return to Top
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

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                                                                                ↑ Return to Top
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. If you live in the residence halls and Fair Apartments, your student ID can be used in any campus dining facility, including the Mainstreet Market located in the Student Union, and is much like a debit card. Campbell and Randolph Apartment 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 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 reprogramming fee.

Meal Plans                                                                                            ↑ Return to Top

Anyone Hungry?
As a student living within the residence halls or Fair Apartments, you will receive a meal plan with your housing contract. You will have a varied and balanced menu to choose from, including entrees, side dishes, soups, salad and deli bar, desserts, ice cream, and beverages. The dining rooms also feature specialty nights when they serve entrees such as steak and shrimp, or set up buffets where you can make your own specialties. Campbell and Randolph Apartments have kitchens, so meal plans are not included in the housing contract. Students living in these apartment complexes who wish to purchase a meal plan may do so at off-campus rates through the Student Accounts Office.

Sodexo Food Service also provides meal transfers or sack lunch arrangements. If you have a class conflict, see the Food Service Manager in the dining facility closest to your hall. Sick trays are available if you are ill or injured and cannot go to the dining service. Students must obtain a permit from their Hall Staff by presenting a student ID. You may arrange to have a friend pick up your meal once this permit is submitted to Sodexo.

Your Meal Plan Options
If you live in a residence hall or Fair Apartments, five meal plan options for each semester are available for you. For Fall 2011, these options include:
    225 block meals with $0 Dining Dollars
    210 block meals with $50 Dining Dollars
    185 block meals with $100 Dining Dollars
    165 block meals with $150 Dining Dollars
    145 block meals with $200 Dining Dollars
    20 meal plan for dining halls (no transferability outside the dining halls)
    Bonus Bucks: A declining balance program for students, faculty, or staff, purchased in $25.00 increments. Bonus Bucks may be purchased at any time during the semester, and carry forward from one semester to the next

Block Meal plans are a set number of meals that students have available to them to use throughout any given semester. Students who live in the residence halls or Fair Apartments must choose one of the block meal options. However, students who want additional meals for dining purposes may purchase a block of 25 block meals, or they can purchase Bonus Bucks in $25 increments through the Sodexo office. If meals or their associated Dining Dollars are not used by the end of the semester, they are not carried forward to the next semester. Students may use their block meals to provide dining privileges for another person. The meals are equivalent to a pre-determined flat transfer amount at Mainstreet Market, or other Sodexo dining areas on campus, to purchase food items.

Dining Dollars include a designated amount of additional funds that can be used to purchase food or meals outside of one’s meal plan during transfer hours at Mainstreet. You will choose your meal plan when you sign your housing contract. Once you choose your meal plan option, you cannot change your plan option until the next semester. Students living in Campbell and Randolph Apartments do not receive a meal plan, but may purchase one through the Cashier’s Office.

Meal Flexibility

Transferability is available during the school year. A transfer option allows meal privileges in the Student Union’s Main Street Market, Jazzman’s, Freshëns, or the Sodexo C-Store to purchase food-related items. Present your student ID and you may select from the menu and receive a designated credit for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (during limited hours Monday- Friday). Any amount over this designated credit must be paid by the student with Dining Dollars, Bonus Bucks, or with cash.

Mainstreet Market, located on the main floor of the Student Union, is the central restaurant and gathering place on the main concourse. Customers can choose from the soup and salad bar, Columbo’s yogurt flavors, Godfather’s Pizza, Blimpies subs, Sky Ranch Grill, and much more. Every student with a meal plan has transferability privileges and may use their meal cards at this facility. Mainstreet’s hours are from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, and 3 p.m.-10 p.m. on Sunday. (It is closed Saturday.) Specific times for transferability are available from the Food Services Office at (660) 785- 4197.

Jazzman’s, a coffee house features Seattle’s Best coffee, espressos, iced coffee drinks, and cool jazz blasts, or fresh-baked scones, muffins, or turnovers. This relaxing atmosphere is a great place to drink a great cup of coffee, eat a fresh treat, and read a book a magazine for an hour of rest and rejuvenation. Freshëns, located next to the Jazzman’s Café, offers “smoothies” featuring over 24 hand blended, vitamin fortified drinks with IQF fruits, and “Frozen Treats” featuring soft serve yogurt, hand dipped ice cream, shakes, microblasts™, parfaits, sundaes, cones, and cups.

These dining options are located on the main floor of the Student Union Building across from the Hub. Their hours are 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; and 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. They are closed on Sunday.

Sodexo also has several campus convenience stores, or “C-Stores”, within West Campus Suites and Dobson Hall. They will provide “grab & go” convenience options, including food and drinks, as well as some convenience store items. Their hours of operation will be 10 a.m.- midnight, Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday through Sunday.

All hours are subject to change throughout the year. For questions about food service options or special dietary needs, students may call the Sodexo Food Service Office. It is located in the Student Union’s main floor and is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. To learn more about food service options, please check out their website at

Centennial, Ryle, and Missouri Halls serve three meals a day, six days a week in their dining rooms. There is no evening meal on Sundays, but breakfast (Ryle Hall only) and lunch (all residential dining facilities) are served.

Dining Hall Hours by Hall/Meal/Day of Week

  Centennial Hall Missouri Hall Ryle Hall
Hot Breakfast 6:45 – 9:30 am 6:45 – 9:30 am 6:45 – 9:30 am
Full Lunch 10:30 am – 2 pm 10:30 am – 2 pm 10:30 am – 2 pm
Soup, Salad, Deli 2 - 4 pm 2 - 4 pm 2 - 4 pm
Dinner 4:30 – 7 pm 4:30 – 7 pm 4:30 pm – 7 pm
Friday Dinner 4:30 – 6:30 pm 4:30 – 6:30 pm 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Saturday Breakfast 9:00 – 10 am 8:30 – 9:30 am 8 – 9:15 am
Saturday Lunch 11 am – 1:30 pm 11 am – 1:15 pm 11 am – 1:15 pm
Saturday Dinner 4:30 – 6:30 pm  4:30 – 6:30 pm 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Sunday Breakfast Closed Closed 8 - 9:15 am
Sunday Brunch 11 am – 1:30 pm  11 am – 1:15 pm 11 am – 1:15 pm
Sunday Dinner Closed Closed Closed

Community Living                                                                                ↑ Return to Top

Community Rights
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   
    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

Creating Neighbors & Friends
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.)

Residence Hall Descriptions                                                            ↑ Return to Top

Truman State University has several options for students who will be living on campus, including residence halls and campus apartments. Based on your preferences, you may have such options as quiet floors, community or suite-style bathrooms, single-gender wings or co-ed living arrangements, and large or small buildings. Each of our residence halls, or apartment complexes, houses between 58 and 689 residents.

Approximately 70 percent of the residence hall rooms, or apartments, are designed for two students, with the remaining rooms housing three to four students. If you are an upperclassman or a married student, you may choose to live in the University apartments. Most of these apartments are partially furnished and offer an optional meal plan through Sodexo Food Service.

Where Will I Live?
Truman State University has several options for students who will be living on campus, including residence halls and campus apartments. Residence halls range in size from 68 to almost 700 residents. Within that range are exciting opportunities for personal, social, educational, physical, and emotional growth.

BNB Hall: Renovated in 2007-08, this co-educational complex houses 330 residents on three floors in a suite style room configuration. Each rooms contain two bunkable beds,  two desks, one chests, carpet, one wardrobe, one closet, and suite-style bathrooms. The North wing of the building is home to Truman's social sororities.

Centennial Hall: The largest residence hall on campus, Centennial Hall houses about 500 men and women on its four floors, and is located directly across from the Student Union and next door to the Student Recreation Center. Each room contains one bed per person that is bunkable and loftable, one closet per room (two in multiple rooms), one desk per person with shelves and drawers, and one dresser per room. There is no carpeting in Centennial Hall rooms.

Dobson Hall: Renovated in 2008-09, this co-educational community hall houses 400 men and women on its four floors. Dobson Hall is located directly east of Violette Hall. Each room is carpeted, contains one desk with shelves and drawers per person, bunkable and loftable beds, one wardrobe with shelves per person, and one chest of drawers per room.

E.C. Grim Hall: This historic residence houses up to 58 men and women. This hall is adjacent to Pershing Building and Pershing Arena and near the Adair building.  Each room contains one desk with shelves and drawers per person, bunkable and loftable beds, one closet per room, and one chest of drawers per room. There is no carpeting provided in this hall.

Missouri Hall: Renovated in 2006-07 and located just off the main quadrangle, Missouri Hall houses 522 men and women in a co-ed environment by wing (20 students per wing). Each room is carpeted, air-conditioned, contains one desk with shelves and drawers per person, bunkable and loftable beds, one wardrobe with shelves per person, and one chest of drawers per room.

Ryle Hall: With the north and central portions of Ryle Hall renovated in 2009-10 and the south portion  renovated in 2010-11, Ryle, when at full capacity, can house nearly 530 men and women with living arrangements located near Stokes Stadium and Violette Hall. Each room contains bunkable and loftable beds, one built-in wardrobe closet per room (two in multiple rooms), one desk per person with shelves and drawers, carpeted rooms, and one dresser per room.

West Campus Suites: West Campus suites is a unique building in that it offers two double bedrooms off of a central living room and bathroom. The building was constructed and opened in the Fall of 2006, houses 416 students, and boasts two times the square footage as our standard doubles.  It contains amenities such as air conditioning and laundry, kitchens and computer workstations on every floor.

Apartments: In addition, the University has three furnished campus apartment complexes for upperclassmen. First year students may not live in these apartments during their first semester on campus unless there is a medical necessity to do so, but may arrange to move to the apartments during their second semester if space is available. More information on University apartments is available on-line at

Amenities Housing Capacity Gender of Residents Bathroom Type:
S=Suite Style
Dining Facility Computer Workstations  ATM Games Area Pool Table, Foosball Table or
Ping-Pong Table 
Air Conditioning Multipurpose Room
BNB Hall 333 M/F S N Y N N N Y N
Campbell Apartments 130 M/F P N Y N N N Y N
Centennial Hall  515 M/F S Cafeteria Y Y Y Y N Y
Dobson Hall  388 M/F C C-Store Y N N N Y Y
Fair Apartments  58 M/F P N N N N N N N
E. C. Grim Hall  48 M/F S N Y N Y Y N N
Missouri Hall  510 M/F C Cafeteria Y Y Y Y Y Y
Randolph Apartments^ 32 M/F P N N N N N Y  N
Ryle Hall  533 M/F S/C Cafeteria Y Y Y Y Y  Y
West Campus 416 M/F S C-store Y N Y Y Y Y
^ No Laundry, Vending, or mail services in Randolph Apts. Residents are provided access to use facilities in Dobson Hall.
All Residence Life areas are smoke-free. Smoking is not allowed in any room, in the communal areas of the halls, or in the apartment complexes.
All halls also have kitchen facilities within the building. (except Fair Apartments)

Special Accommodations Within the Residence Communities
A limited number of rooms and apartments on campus are equipped for persons with disabilities. Those students requiring special accommodations or service animals should register with the Coordinator for Disability Services, located in the Student Health Center, (660) 785-4478. If a service animal is needed, the student may be placed in a room with limited risk of exposing service animals to other residents. For more information, visit

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

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