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Laundry Facilities Door Propping
Living Learning Communities 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 Contract? Room Doors
Dining Hall Hours Free Room Change Period 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
Hall Offices Cigarettes/Open Flames/Incense .
Housekeeping Checkout Procedures  
Insurance Citizenship  
Keys Combustibles or Dangerous Items .
Kitchenettes Damage/Vandalism .
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ResLife General Policies                       ↑ Return to Top

Expected Conduct
Students are expected to comply with policies set out by Residence Life and the University. Conduct actions and/or monetary fines may be assessed on a daily basis when students do not comply. Actions that may result in a fine are marked with a “$+” after the explanation.

Air Conditioners: If you have health problems that necessitate the use of an air conditioner, you must submit a physician’s certification of medical necessity to Residence Life before a work order can be submitted to have an air conditioner installed in your room. Physician notes are due to the Disability Services Office by August 1 (new note required each year), or a late penalty will be applied. A $100 energy use fee will be charged to your student account. Air conditioners must be no larger than 6,000 BTUs. All residents with air conditioners are required to provide their own air conditioner unit and submit a work order for installation to Facilities (660-785-4687). A survey of rooms containing air conditioners will be done after students move in, and any students who have unapproved air conditioners will be charged the energy use fee, fined, and required to remove them immediately. $+

Alcohol and Alcohol Paraphernalia: Truman State University is a dry campus, which prohibits public intoxication and the possession, use, and distribution of alcoholic beverages at any time on University premises, regardless of age. Alcoholic paraphernalia (empty bottles/cans/containers, cases, beer bongs, etc.) is not permitted on campus. The consumption of, or being in the presence of, alcoholic beverages on campus is prohibited by University policy as established by the Board of Governors. 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. Violators of the dry campus policy are subject to strict University discipline. Students that violate Residence Life, campus, state, and federal laws/policies, or those that condone such violations through their presence when violations occur, are subject to sanctions through the residential and/or University conduct process. Students with prohibited alcohol-related items will be asked to throw them away or take them home. If items are not removed, they may be confiscated. $+

Appliances or Electronic Devices: Approved appliances and electronic devices for the residence halls and apartments are  listed in this handbook. Students found in possession of unapproved appliances, or electronic devices, will be fined on a per item basis. The University reserves the right to restrict the use of your own appliances or furniture, i.e., musical instruments, extra refrigerators, and similar items. A list of approved and banned appliances is listed under the “Leave it at Home—What Not to Bring” section in this handbook. Items not on this list are subject to fine. $+

Barbecuing: Students in residence halls may not possess personal grills or grill in areas that are not designated within the residential communities. Public use grills are available on campus in designated areas. Students living in the apartments may grill or barbecue with a charcoal or propane outdoor grill outside their apartments, and must tend their grills closely. Caution is urged in the handling and disposal of coals. Do not throw away warm or hot coals in the dumpsters or in any trash receptacle. Wait until coals are thoroughly cooled before disposing of them. Grills must be stored in the student’s apartment once they are cooled. If students dispose of warm or hot coals improperly, they may be charged a safety fine. $+

Bathrooms: Residence hall bathrooms are available for guest use in a common area of the building, generally near the main lounge. In buildings with community bathrooms, larger washroom facilities are available within each living space for each gender. Students may not enter the bathroom facility for the opposite gender and may be asked to leave the building or face a conduct hearing if doing so. Students will also be asked to use another bathroom while housekeeping is cleaning the bathrooms. Due to security for the residents, communal bathroom facilities are also locked, and students must use their assigned key to enter. Students may not prop the door open or prevent the locking mechanism to engage. $+

Bicycles: Bicycles may be stored in your room. To conserve space we suggest:
Bicycles can be broken down into three parts: front wheel, back wheel, and frame.
Bicycles can be stored in a box, canvas bag, or something similar in order to provide maintenance free storage.
You are required to register your bicycle with the Department of Public Safety regardless of where it is stored. If the bicycle is lost or stolen, notify the Department of Public Safety.
The Department of Public Safety will remove all bicycles from the outside racks after students leave for the summer. If your bicycle is registered, DPS will attempt to notify you to claim it. If your bicycle is not registered, left unclaimed or uncollected, it will be deemed forfeited and stored for one year from collection, at which time it will be surplused and sold at a public auction.

Campaigning: 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. People who do not campaign in accordance with these policies will be required to leave the building, and possibly face disciplinary actions. These students will also be reported to the Student Senate Ethics Committee. (See also Solicitation.)

Campus Mail: Campus mail is provided for University offices to correspond directly with one another. To be in compliance with U.S. Postal regulations, mail sent through campus mail must be related to University business, or proper postage must be used. Students may not use campus mail for personal mail to other students on campus. However, students or offices may use campus mail for University business or advertising for University related events only, and must clearly list the name of the campus department or organization, and their campus mailbox information in order for the item to be placed in mailboxes. Placing mail from off-campus businesses or private citizens is prohibited without proper postage.

Candles/Open Flames/Incense: Candles and incense are not to be burned in the halls or apartments. They present a fire hazard and also produce odors, which disturb other residents. Any open flames are considered the largest fire hazard on college campuses, and are prohibited within any residential building. $+

Checkout Procedures: If you are checking out of your room to make a hall/room change or are leaving campus, you must meet with your Hall Director, Graduate Community Director, or Student Advisor. This meeting will allow us to obtain your forwarding address, assess any damage charges to your room, collect your key(s), etc. Students are required to checkout of their assigned living area within 24 hours of withdrawal from the University, or within 24 hours of their last final exam. If you do not properly check out of your room, you will be assessed an improper checkout fee of $50, a key re-core charge of $25, any room damage charges, loss of housing deposit, and possible daily housing fees. Residence halls/Apartments will follow proscribed checkout process for their building, which will be announced before finals week. Students are required to follow the appropriate process within their living area, and must be fully ready to check out. If any item within your room (including windows and screens, closets, furniture, doors, and bathroom) is broken, you must call the Facilities Fix-It Line a minimum of one week before checkout. To be sure you have checked out properly, refer to the fliers that will be distributed about a week before finals each semester. If you are leaving before the semester ends, work with your Hall Director, Graduate Community Director, Student Advisor, or Apartment Manager to ensure you have checked out properly. Items not stored by a student after he or she has checked out of the building may be disposed of, donated to a local shelter, or recycled. (See also Storage under At Your Service.)

Citizenship: 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 infractions. Not only is this practicing good citizenship, it is also more reflective of life off-campus. If individual attempts are unsuccessful, the duty SA 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 our living communities.

Combustibles or Dangerous Items: Firearms, ammunition, fireworks, flammable paint, gasoline, and any other combustible items are not permitted in any residence hall or University Apartment. Locked storage for firearms, ammunition, and weapons is available through the Department of Public Safety. Flammable items are also considered as combustibles and may not be attached to any area that produces heat; this includes items suspended from or fastened flat against open light bulbs or heat sources in the rooms/apartments. $+

Damage/Vandalism: Students are responsible for the condition of their rooms. The Housing Condition Report should be thoroughly and completely filled out in a detailed fashion when you move into your new room/apartment. This form will be used to determine what damages have occurred during the year. If damage other than normal wear and tear occurs,  you will be charged accordingly. Damages will be deducted from your housing deposit, and any damage fees in excess of that deposit amount will be charged to you student account. The condition of public areas is the responsibility of all students. Please help maintain those areas by treating them with care. Damages occurring in public areas may be charged to those persons doing the damage. You can help keep your costs down by encouraging others to respect public areas and assume responsibility for your actions. If students who have done the damage are not identified and damages continue, the inevitable result may be charges applied to the entire community, group discipline, or an increase in room and board charges. $+

Decorating: Adhesives, such as glue, duct tape, or anything that may remove paint may not be used on the walls. Damage to walls, furniture, ceilings, doors, windows, or other items that is made to the room will be charged to the resident(s) at checkout. This also includes grout that is damaged on tile surfaces due to the use of Dry Erase makers. Students may not paint or wallpaper your rooms. 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. In addition, beanbags made with polyethylene materials may not be used in the residence halls.

Door Propping: The safety of residents in the building is critical. Allowing unauthorized visitors into the building by not properly signing them in or by propping doors, imposes a security risk for the people who live in that building. This includes propping outside entrance doors to a building, room doors, bathroom doors, or any  other doors within a building, as well as tampering with the locking mechanism. Students who deadbolt their door while the door is open so that it will NOT close cause damage to the door frame, causing the locking mechanism to not function properly. This action may also be found in violation of this policy. Any student caught propping a door, allowing students to enter the building without signing in after hours (12 am - 6 am), or entering the building through a propped door or red Perimeter Access door may be subject to disciplinary action and denied entrance.  This is considered unauthorized access and falls within the door propping policy. Door propping also includes  taping or otherwise interfering with the locking mechanism of any door, so that it does not lock. The use of a doorstop that does not damage the door, frame, hinge, or other hardware is permitted.  $+

Drugs & Drug Paraphernalia: Federal and state laws forbid the sale and use of drugs that are not prescribed by a physician or not available on the legal open market. The University prohibits possession, use or distribution of marijuana, LSD, or other hallucinogens or narcotics or any other illegal drug by any of its students in any campus facility, or at any University/Residence Life sponsored event. Any student possessing, using, or distributing drugs is subject to University disciplinary action, removal from on-campus housing, arrest, imprisonment, or fine according to state law. Drug paraphernalia is not permitted in the residence halls.

Electrical Systems: To ensure the safety for all residents, tampering with electrical systems (dimmer switches, circuit breaker boxes, cables, wiring, etc.) is not allowed. $+

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 a.m. – midnight to open a green or yellow perimeter access door. A guest to a residence hall, who is not a  current student living on campus, must be registered after 12:00 a.m. with the Night Monitor each evening, and must be escorted by a resident within the building after the building is locked for the evening. All guests to a building must show their ID after midnight. Guests must show appropriate picture identification during registration. Guests and residents registering under false names will be considered a security risk, and will be denied entrance to the building. In addition, guests must follow the same University and residence hall policies, or he/she and the resident will be held responsible. (See also Overnight Guests.)

Evacuation (Bomb Threats & Fire Alarms): Everybody is required to evacuate any building where an alarm is sounding or when instructed by residence hall staff. Failure to evacuate a building will result in disciplinary action and fines. (See also Fire.) $+

Eviction or Banning: Students who are evicted from campus residential facilities for disciplinary reasons, due to the student’s violation of Residence Life policies and the Student Conduct Code, may be assessed a damage fee and will lose their housing deposit. Students are required to leave their Residence Life area by the date/time established by the Residence Life Office, or within 24 hours of their last final. Failure to vacate within the set times will result in fines or penalties. 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.$+

Fire or Bomb Threat: False fire alarms are illegal and dangerous. Every time a building is evacuated there is the possibility of injury. Everyone must evacuate any time the alarm sounds. Any student found guilty of causing a false fire alarm or calling in a false bomb threat, will be subject to arrest and disciplinary action by the University and local police, including possible removal from on-campus housing. Any student found guilty of  starting a fire will be charged for the cost of repair or replacement of all damaged areas of University property in addition to disciplinary fines. $+

Firearms/Weapons: Possession of firearms, hunting knives, bows and arrows, air-soft guns etc., or any item deemed usable as a potential weapon, is strictly prohibited in any on-campus environment. Any student found in possession of weapons will be subject to disciplinary action by the University, including potential removal from on-campus  housing. Students who wish to bring firearms, weapons, or other equipment for recreational or hunting use to campus may store these items in a safe, located in the Department of Public Safety’s Office. Arrangements for storage must be made prior to bringing the item(s) to campus. (See also Combustibles.) $+

Fire Equipment: Individuals who steal or improperly use fire equipment will be charged for repair or replacement of the equipment, and will be subject to disciplinary action. Tampering with, or misuse of a fire alarm system,  extinguishers, or detection equipment, and non-compliance/ interference with evacuation procedures, is strictly prohibited. Each University apartment is equipped with a chemical fire extinguisher. Students should check their extinguisher to ensure it is properly charged, and may contact their Apartment Manager or Facilities if it needs to be recharged. Each apartment is also provided with an adequate number of smoke detectors, and should contact Facilities or their Apartment Manager if the battery runs low. $+

Furniture: Furniture placed in lounges and other public areas is for the use of all residents. All room furniture must stay in your room. Please do not remove furniture from the lounge. Any student with lounge furniture that has been moved into his/her room or to an inappropriate area may be fined. While an attempt is made to standardize furniture among residence hall rooms, and from apartment to apartment, occasionally different types of furniture may be used in different rooms or apartments. You may bring your own furniture; however, you must keep the University owned furniture in your room or apartment. Waterbeds are not allowed. The University reserves the right to restrict the use of your own furniture or appliances. A list of approved and banned appliances is listed under the “Leave it at Home— What Not to Bring” section in this handbook. Items in question should be addressed with the Residence Life Office. $+

Gambling: In accordance with the laws of the state of Missouri, gambling is not permitted within the residence halls or apartments.

Hallway Sports/Behaviors: Residence hall corridors are designed as passageways and not for recreational activities. Frisbee, golf, kickball, and other games played in all common areas, including hallways, lounges, kitchens, laundry rooms, computer rooms, etc., within the building may be harmful to residents, or to the condition of the building. Jogging, skateboarding, and rollerblading are not permitted in the building. Students holding discussion groups and using radios, dvd/ mp3 players, etc., must do so in their rooms or in common lounge areas with respect to other residents using that space.

Hallway Decorations and Storage:  Corridors may not be used to store excess items from your room. Items, including welcome mats, found in the hallways will be removed. Any items posted on the wall surrounding your door in the  hallway are also not permitted and may be removed if housekeeping needs to clean these areas.

Holiday Decorations: 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. $+

Lounge Spaces: Common lounge spaces are  designed for the use of all residents within any given area of the building. Students should refrain from leaving materials behind in the lounge areas unless they plan to return to them within a short period of time. Students who leave materials in the lounges prevent others from using that space, and demonstrate a disregard for the community. Please refrain from sleeping in public areas within the residence halls.

Microwaves: Microwaves (except for those attached to the Microfridges, available for rental from the University) are not allowed in resident  rooms in Centennial, Fair, and Grim Hall.  Residents of BNB Hall, Dobson Hall, Missouri Hall, Ryle Hall, West Campus Suites, and Campbell & Randolph apartments may have microwaves smaller than 1,000 watts. They can cause electrical outage  problems in the residence halls (Microfridges are specially wired to use less power by diverting  energy away from the refrigerator while the microwave is in use.) Microwaves for community use are provided in floor kitchenettes. $+

Noise Policy:
   
    Quiet Hours 
          Sunday – Thursday: 10:30 p.m. – 7 a.m.
          Friday & Saturday: 12 midnight – 9 a.m.

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, out the window, or within two doors away in the hallway. 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.
Note: Facilities will attempt to observe quiet hours; however, they will begin working around 5 AM and are not required to abide by posted quiet hours in completing their work.
       
Courtesy Hours 
          Sunday – Thursday, 7 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
          Friday – Saturday, 9  a.m. – 12 midnight

During courtesy hours, reasonable noise levels are to be maintained. Loud volumes, whether through music or disturbances that affect hallways or buildings are not acceptable. Any request to lower one's volume should be complied respectfully as part of standards for the community.
       
Final Exam Quiet Hours
During final exams, quiet hours are extended to 22 hours per day.
       
Final Exam Courtesy Hours
          6 – 8 p.m.

       
More Restrictive Hours
Each Residence Hall Senate may extend quiet hours beyond the minimum established limits.  Changes to standard quiet hour times should be clearly posted within each Residence Hall.
       
Perimeter of Residence Halls
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.
       
Musical Instruments
 Refer to Musical Instruments

Non-compliance: Students are required to comply with the directives given to them by any University official or on procedures documents, or they will face sanctions or fines. Non-compliance with a University official can and will be subject to further disciplinary action. This involves failure to appear at a conduct or disciplinary hearing. $+

Overnight Guests: 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 friends into their living environment at any time. An overnight guest is a non-resident of a particular living space who is visiting a student living in the residence hall or apartment. Guests (anybody not assigned to your room) may not live or stay in your room. Only people who are assigned to live in a room or apartment are allowed to live there. Students who have a child(ren) may not allow their child(ren) to stay or live with them in their residence hall room during the academic year. (Summer camp participants need express permission from the Office of Residence Life.) Apartment residents must inform Residence Life of any children that are living with them if they are assigned to a designated family housing unit. Married housing rates will apply to parents living in the apartments who have children living with them on a full-time basis. Any guest in a residence hall after 12:00 a.m. must be registered with the Night Monitor each evening and must be escorted by a resident after the building is locked. Overnight guests are only allowed with the permission and approval of the roommate(s). Approved guests will be allowed to stay a maximum of three nights. There is no charge for approved overnight weekend guests. Room keys and perimeter access cards will not be issued to any guest. All guests are expected to follow all University policies, and must not disrupt any community members. Your roommate must approve the guest in the room, or your guest may be asked to leave the room or visit with you in a common lounge. Residents are responsible for the actions of their guests and are liable for any damages to University property  caused by their guests. Students assigned to the apartments may not allow other students to live there during University breaks where the residence halls are closed. A prorated fee may be charged to a student’s accounts if  he/she allows an unapproved guest(s) to live in his/her assigned apartment during University breaks.$+

Painting Room: Students are not allowed to paint their rooms. The Facilities Office schedules regular painting for all areas on campus. If you have a painting need, you may call the Facilities Office with your request.

Parking: Parking is permitted only for properly registered vehicles displaying a decal, which may be purchased at the Business Office. Student must first apply for registration through Public Safety. State laws are followed for ticketing or towing in fire zones, handicapped spaces, and other specially marked spaces.

Poster/Publicity Display: If you want to post publicity items, notices, etc. that are in relation to a University sponsored organization or event, you must have the postings submitted to the Residence Life Office (Missouri 1100). The University's and Residence Life’s posting policies are available through the Center for Student Involvement. When posting, the following guidelines should also be observed:
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 may not promote the use of alcohol or drugs, or engagement in illegal activities.
All posters must clearly indicate the name of the student organization or office that is sponsoring  the event/activity/etc.
Excessive posters may not be posted, and posters may be hung on bulletin boards throughout individual houses within the residence halls at the discretion of the Student Advisor or Apartment Manager and the Hall Director who oversees that area. Hall staff will hang all posters.
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 to have publicity posted through a staff member.
Possession of road signs is a violation of state law and will be reported to the Department of Public Safety.

Room Doors: Exterior and interior finishes on room doors are easily damaged by tape, tacks, etc. If you choose to post materials on the inside or outside of your door or doorframe, you assume full responsibility for damage (including damage created to the door if those posted materials are vandalized). Tape, nails, glue, etc. that can damage a door should not be used to post materials. You  are responsible for removing all tape and mounting materials from your door prior to check out. You may not post materials on the walls around your door in the hallway. Any material posted on the outside of doors that is deemed to be offensive by residence hall staff may be required to be removed. You are also not allowed to tamper with the locking mechanism on the door in any way. If the door lock is taped or tampered with in any way, this is considered door propping. (See Door Propping.) $+

Screen Opening/Removal: Window screens are not to be removed, or opened, without the permission of the Hall Director. Screens are not intended for frequent opening and closing. The opening, or removal of screens, results in damage to the screens and fixtures. If screens are opened or removed without permission, a fine will be levied and/or damages will be assessed, in addition to possible disciplinary action. Students are also not allowed to throw items from windows, since this is considered a safety hazard. $+

Smoking: 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. Students who wish to smoke must go outside and be at least 25 feet from the building to smoke to avoid disturbing residents with odors or fumes. Students are asked to respect the living spaces located near where they may wish to smoke, and move to another location if the smoke bothers residents in the building. $+

Solicitation: 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. 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. (See also Campaigning.)

Tack, Tape, and 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. $+

Trespassing in Unauthorized Areas: Several areas exist within the residence halls that students are not allowed to enter. These includes areas under construction or renovation, maintenance rooms, steam tunnels, roofs, or any other area that indicates students should not enter. These areas are deemed danger zones, and only accessible to authorized University personnel. Students entering these areas without an authorized University, full-time professional staff member will be cited for trespassing. $+

Unauthorized Moves: Students who wish to move to another area on campus must work with their Hall Director or Graduate Community Director to complete the proper procedures. Students who do not complete the process properly may be cited with an improper move/ improper checkout fine. $+

University Identification Card: Each student will be issued one University identification card at the beginning of the first year. This ID card should be kept with you 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 system. If a card is lost, the student will be charged $25 for a replacement card.

Visitation Hours & Escort Policy: The halls have a 24-hour visitation policy that is defined as, “the act of visiting a resident within the building" not "cohabitation.” Guests must also be approved by the roommate, and may be asked to go to a common lounge if the roommate does not wish for that person to be in their room. During designated hours anyone wishing to enter a hall must be escorted by resident of that community. Guests must be registered at the night monitor desk of each hall after 12:00 a.m. Phones for community use are located in the main lounges, and may be used to call the escort.

Web Cameras: 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 required  to remove the camera from their room.


Truman’s Alcohol Policy                       ↑ Return to Top
The Lowdown About Being Dry

Truman State University is a dry campus, which prohibits public intoxication and the possession, use, and distribution of alcoholic beverages at any time on University premises, regardless of age. The consumption of, or being in the presence of, alcoholic beverages on campus is prohibited by University policy as established by the Board of Governors. 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. Informal surveys of residents have indicated that the vast majority of the alcohol from empty beverage containers was consumed within the students’ residence hall rooms. Therefore, the University also began prohibiting the possession or display of empty alcohol beverage containers within the residence halls.

Violators of the dry campus policy are subject to strict University discipline. Students that violate Residence Life, campus, state, and federal laws/ policies, or those that promote or support such violations through their presence when violations occur, are subject to sanctions through the residential and/or University conduct process. Alcoholic paraphernalia (empty bottles/cans, cases, etc.) is not permitted in the residence halls/apartments.

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                  ↑ Return to Top

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 wellbeing. By doing so, students respect the dignity, rights, and property of the University community.

The Office of Citizenship and Community Standards 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 3100, and may be contacted by at (660) 785- 4111, stuaff@truman.edu, or the web at http://conduct.truman.edu. For a current copy of the Student Conduct Code, please see the 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.

Conduct Information
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 1100 within the Student Affairs Office.


Safety First                                           ↑ Return to Top
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 a 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!
Evacuation: 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?
Medical Emergencies: 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!
Tornados: 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.


A Few Reasons to Live on Campus      ↑ Return to Top
 

  • Get better grades. Students who live on campus have shown that they do better academically. They take more academic credits, have higher grade point averages, and graduate at a higher rate. Give yourself a competitive edge. Achieve more here at Truman and you’ll have a better chance in the job market!

  • Less hassle with monthly bills. Live on campus and pay a competitive cost for housing and meals. You will not have to worry about extra utility bills, advanced rent, or security deposit. All of your bills for the semester are included in one lump sum that is charged to your student account. No expensive trips to the store, and no chasing down roommates for their part of the rent.

  • Make college life easier. Live on campus and enjoy the convenience of being close to classes, the Student Union, the library, computer labs, good places to eat, recreation facilities, and tons of campus events. No worries about starting your car and finding a parking space on cold mornings.

  • Be more involved. Live on campus and be “in the know.” There is always something to do on campus or in the residence halls. You can walk to attend an athletic event, take in a play or musical performance, go to a poetry reading, exercise at the Student Recreation Center and attend various campus events. Plus, there is always someone around who is up for some fun!

  • Make friends and feel connected. Live on campus and you’ll meet more people—guaranteed! Friendships formed during your college years often last a lifetime. You’ll feel a greater sense of connection with Truman and with the people you know here. Plus, the friends you make will be close by for you to study and hang out with.

  • Controlled, smoke-free environment. On campus, all of our living communities are smoke-free. If you have allergies or medical conditions (or just don’t like smoking), you will be able to find appropriate, smoke-free living communities on campus.

  • Broaden your horizons. Living on campus will make you a well rounded person. Studies show on-campus residents meet more diverse people, are exposed to a wider range of ideas and cultures, develop greater artistic interests, develop strong interpersonal skills, and build high self-esteem.

  • Be comfortable and safe. Reap the advantages of lively surroundings, security patrols, fire and safety processes, and Hall  staff assistance on demand. Live on campus and have a comfortable and safe new home away from home.

  • Accessible campus resources. Live on campus and enjoy hall lounges, computer labs, laundry rooms, dining establishments, and hall desk services. On campus students gain direct access to cable television, and the campus computer network with free top-speed Internet.

  • Build leadership skills. Live on campus and you can get involved in activities and organizations such as residence hall events, student government, intramural sports, and campus clubs. Showing leadership experience on your resume will mean a lot to your future employers and make you a more marketable candidate!

  • Pursue your interests. Live on campus and participate in programs that awaken new interests or nurture the ones you already have. Being involved in programs in music, art, language, and cultural activities enhances your education and your social life.

  • Academic & Personal Support. Live on campus and you have close, convenient access to professionally trained Academic Advisors, and personal support from the Hall Directors and their staff.


Important Numbers                           ↑ Return to Top

Emergency Calls - 911
Non-Emergency Calls - 9.665.5621

When using a campus phone to call another campus phone number, only dial the last four digits.

Residence Hall Mailing Address Hall Desk Hall Office
Blanton-Nason-Brewer Hall 1009 South Mulanix 660.785.4709 660.785.4710
Campbell Apartments 1601 South Florence 660.785.7294 660.785.7637
Centennial Hall 1000 South Franklin 660.785.4829 660.785.4830
Dobson Hall 1111 South Mulanix  660.785.4263 660.785.4293 
Fair Apartments 300 East Patterson 660.785.4263 660.785.4293
E. C. Grim Hall 208 East Patterson 660.785.5342 660.785.5343
Missouri Hall 809 South Mulanix 660.785.5383 660.785.4472
Randolph Apartments 516 East Randolph 660.785.4263 660.785.4293
Ryle Hall 1215 South Mulanix 660.785.5706 660.785.5707
West Campus Suites 215 West Normal 660.785.5500 660.785.5503
Office Location Phone
Residence Life Office Missouri Hall 1100 785-4227
New Student Programs (formerly RCP) Kirk Building 112 785-4409
Athletics – Department Office Pershing 213 785-4235
Business Office (Student Accounts/Cashiers) McClain 105 785-4149
Center for International Education Abroad Kirk  Building 114 785-4076
Center for Student Involvement Student Union 1109 785-4222
Dean of Student Affairs Office (DOSA) Student Union 3100 785-4111
Department of Public Safety (DPS) Public Safety 785-4176
Parking Services Public Safety 785-7400
Facilities Fix-It Line (I Need This Repaired) Grim Smith Building 785-INTR
Greek Life Student Union 1109 785-7205
ID Office – Student Identification Cards Missouri Hall 1100 785-4123
Information Technology Services (ITS) Pickler Memorial Library 785-4544
International Student Affairs Office (ISAO) Kirk  Building 120 785-4215
Office of Citizenship and Community Standards (OCCS) Student Union 3100 785-4111
Media Center
     Index newspaper
     Echo yearbook
     KTRM Radio
Barnett Hall 785-4449
785-4450
785-5876
Multicultural Affairs Adair House 785-4142
Pickler Memorial Library Pickler Memorial Library 785-4038
Registrar’s Office McClain 104 785-4143
Disabilities Services McKinney Center 785-4478
Student Activities Board (SAB) Student Union 1110 785-4722
Student Health Center McKinney Center 785-4182
Student Recreation Center Student Recreation Center 785-4847
Student Senate Student Union 1110 785-4193
Student Union Student Union 2000 785-4186
Truman State University Bookstore Student Union, lower level 785-4212
University Career Center McKinney Center 785-4353
University Counseling Services (UCS) University Counseling Services 785-4014
Provost for Academic Affairs (VPAA) McClain 203 785-4105
Writing Center McClain 303 785-4484
Truman State University Information   785-4000