things for you

  1. Campus Technology
  2. Career Services
  3. Disability Accommodations
  4. Educational Access Programs
  5. Health & Wellness
  6. International Programs
  7. Safety
  8. Southeast Bookstore
  9. Student Banking
  10. Veterans Affairs

Information Technology

The Southeast Missouri State University campus provides several open computer labs for student use.  These labs are located in Crisp Hall, Dempster Hall, Kent Library, Towers Complex, Magill Hall and on the River Campus.  In each open computer lab, the student has access to:

  • MS Office 2007
  • Internet access
  • E-mail access
  • Departmental specific programs

More information on Information Technology's open labs

Vending Services

The Vending Services Office provides you with the following services: 

  • stored-value debit card system
  • photocopy machine throughout campus
  • refrigerator rental to on-campus students

More Information from Residence Life

ID Card

The official ID card of Southeast Missouri State University serves as a debit card, library card, facilities access card, campus identification card and the campus dining card.  For more information on obtaining your University ID, visit

Telecommunications Services

Telecommunications Services at Southeast provides you with telephone services, cable TV and Internet access on campus.  Some of the special benefits they offer include:

  • long distance service
  • free minutes
  • special rates
  • international discounts
  • voice mail

More information on Telecommunications Services

Career Services

The Office of Career Services at Southeast Missouri State University offers a variety of student services to help assist you in your career development throughout your experience at Southeast. We can help you develop the skills you need to successfully navigate your unique career path, from choosing a major to finding your first job.

Located in Academic Hall, Career Services offers Southeast students assistance in the following areas:

  • Career Exploration
    • Career Counseling for students looking to choose or change academic majors/career directions.
    • Information on majors, careers & your options once you’ve found an interest area or career direction.
  • Career Preparation
    • Career Planning Strategies
    • Resume and Cover Letter Writing
    • Interviewing Tips/Mock Interviews
    • Using Social Media in the Job Search
    • Employer Information Sessions
    • Career Development Workshops & Programs
  • Taking Action
    • Job and Internship Search Strategies
    • Career Fairs
    • Other Career Workshops and Events
    • Searching & Applying for Graduate School
    • – (Full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities posted by employers daily)

Feel free to visit our website for additional information and career development resources:

Disability Accommodations

Southeast Missouri State University and Learning Assistance Programs and Disability Support Services remain committed to making every possible educational accommodation for students with disabilities. Many services and accommodations which aid a student’s educational experience are available for students with various types of disabilities.

To receive these services, you must register as a student with a disability.  For the guidelines on how to register as a student with a disability, visit this link.

Educational Access Programs

Minority Student Programs

As a minority student at Southeast, you are given opportunities for personal growth and maturity, enhanced student learning and leadership in promotion of multiculturalism and diversity.  You can take advantage of these opportunities by utilizing the services provided by the Office of Minority Student Programs at Southeast.  Some of the services they provide include:
• student organizations
• Minority Mentor Program
• Peer Mentor Program

Minority student organizations provide you with opportunities for leadership and personal development.  Some of the organizations include the Association of Black Collegians, Black Student Fellowship Mass Gospel Choir and the Marva Collins Education Club.

The Minority Mentor Program recruits students who have scored in the ACT range in which the University does not currently have responsive scholarship programs and gives you a foundation for college success. 

The Peer Mentor Program helps first year students make the transition to campus community and college life.  You are paired with an upper-class “mentor” who acquaints you with resources and services available on campus, assists you with understanding the structure and systems of the University and invites you to attend cultural, developmental and educational events.  

INROADS is a program placing talented minority students in business and industry to prepare you for corporate and community leadership roles.  It promotes your leadership skills through experiential learning on on-campus and community activities.

For more information on the Office of Minority Student Programs, visit

Non-traditional and Commuter Student Services

Southeast offers a variety of services for you as a non-traditional or commuter student.  Some of the services include:

  • child care
  • car pooling
  • preferred parking
  • shuttle buses
  • meal plans
  • banking services
  • tutorial services
  • lockers
  • lounges
  • computer labs
  • off-campus housing
  • Southeast P.M.
  • non-traditional student organizations
  • mentoring program

A non-traditional student is defined as an individual over the age of 25 who may be married, have children, be a veteran or have a GED.  Commuter students are students who do not live in the residence halls on Southeast’s campus.

Health & Wellness

Southeast Missouri State University is concerned about your health and well-being.  We have two centers located on campus that offer a variety of health awareness and educational opportunities for our students.  These centers are:

Health Care

Southeast Missouri Hospital provides on campus health services.  The Campus Health Clinic offers basic health care services such as physical examinations and lab tests.  Appointments can be made in advance to see a nurse practitioner.  The clinic is located in Crisp Hall and open Monday through Friday with walk-in clinic hours from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Counseling Services

Counseling services are provided at no cost to enrolled students.  The counseling staff are licensed, professional counselors who are experienced in responding to a variety of personal and social issues as well as crisis intervention.  University Counseling Services is located in Dearmont Hall and open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Fitness & Wellness

The Fitness and Wellness staff at Southeast provides structured and self-directed activities for fun, fitness, nutrition, stress management, socialization and encompassing the whole you.  Take advantage of the many services listed below: 

  • therapeutic massage
  • aerobics program
  • personal training
  • nutrition counseling and education
  • CPR and First Aid training and certification
  • health educational seminars

Located conveniently at the Student Recreation Center, we look forward to meeting your health and wellness needs.

International Programs

As a Southeast international student, you have the opportunity to take advantage of the following services:

The Expanding Horizons Program is an international speakers bureau connecting requests for international speakers with students who are willing to share information about their countries, cultures and lives.  Being a participant in the Expanding Horizons Program allows you to improve your English, make new friends and learn about American life and customs. 

Southeast requires that you attend an orientation program designed for international students new to Southeast Missouri State University.  International student orientation helps you to become more acquainted with Southeast’s campus and the City of Cape Girardeau; provides you with information on academic expectations, academic advising and billing information; and allows you to meet other international students. 

If you are applying to be a student or scholar from outside the United States, and you are not a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident of the U.S., you will be required to obtain the appropriate visa.  

Work is not expected of you while you are attending Southeast, but if you do need to supplement your income; working on-campus is permitted to both citizens and non-citizens on student visas.  This can be done without special permission from the U.S. Immigrations and Naturalization Service (INS).  A non-citizen who would like to work off-campus must receive permission or authorization from INS.

Each year, the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV) makes available permanent residence visas to persons meeting the eligibility requirements. Applicants for Diversity Visas are initially chosen through a random computer-generated lottery drawing. Visas are distributed among six geographic regions with a greater number of visas going to regions with lower rates of immigration, and no visas going to countries sending more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. in the past five years.


The campus of SoutheastMissouriStateUniversity has long been noted for its rolling terraces and quiet beauty set in the atmosphere of a small city and for its safe and secure environment. In fact, if you look at the annual report which outlines University crime statistics, you’ll find that Southeast is one of the safest college campuses in the United States.


Campus Emergency Preparedness Plan

The administration has developed and has been practicing an emergency preparedness plan since the 1990s. We have emergency plans and guidelines in place to cope with most campus emergencies, including events such as terrorism events, fires, natural disasters such as severe weather and earthquakes, and medical emergencies such as an outbreak of infectious disease. The campus has held building evacuation drills and has established an emergency operations center (EOC) with all necessary equipment, including satellite telephones in the event land lines and cell phones are not working. The EOC has gone through "tabletop exercises" using a variety of mock scenarios testing our processes. We review our plan and regularly hold debriefing sessions to improve our readiness to handle events that could happen.  The full plan is located on the Web site at

University Police

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is fully staffed by licensed, professional police officers and is open 24 hours a day seven days a week. DPS operates three shifts working both foot patrols and vehicle patrols throughout campus. All University police officers are armed and empowered to make arrests by both state and city police commissions. The State Police Commission provides University police officers with jurisdiction on any real property owned or operated by the University. The City Police Commission extends the police authority beyond campus to the city limits of Cape Girardeau.

Campus Community Safety

Although students, faculty, staff and visitors to our campus who use good judgment rarely experience a safety issue on campus, Southeast does provide several programs to ensure safety.

  • Campus watch line (573) 651-2595 is provided for anyone who may wish to report crime or suspicious activity anonymously or provide confidential information about crime.
  • Lighted corridor and emergency call boxes run from the southern-most section of campus to the Show Me Center. There are 57 Emergency Call Boxes along the lighted corridor and located at other locations around campus. Anyone with an emergency may utilize the call boxes by pressing the red "HELP" button on the call box. The call is automatically sent to the Department of Public Safety dispatcher via the 911 emergency phone system. A uniformed police officer will be dispatched to the activated phone. The caller can also communicate the nature of the emergency to the dispatcher while the responding police unit is en route.
  • Closed Circuit Television - the University Police Department utilizes a state-of-the-art closed circuit color camera system to enhance the safety of the entire University community. Cameras are located at multiple sites around campus.  Both fixed and pan/tilt/zoom cameras are used to provide as much coverage as possible. The cameras allow multiple indoor and outdoor locations to be viewed and recorded simultaneously. All cameras are recorded 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This recording capability allows the department to review tapes after the fact to detect and identify problems or crimes on campus. The camera system is an important tool used by the department to help increase the safety of all members of the University community and their property.
  • Outdoor emergency siren system is designed to provide an alert to severe weather and other impending danger. The National Weather Service and/or storm spotters and local emergency management agencies initiate all weather siren alerts. The siren system can also be used for other types of emergencies. When warranted, the sirens will sound and will be followed by a live public address message advising the campus community of impending danger or an emergency.  The full description of the siren warnings can be found at
  • Information Technology department has a procedure in place to update students, faculty, and staff electronic mailing lists on a daily basis and has refined our "student locator" program that permits identifying where students are on the campus at any given time of day.
  • Evacuation routes have been established for each campus building and are posted just inside the door of each building.  A designated building coordinator is responsible for implementing emergency evacuation plans, with which everyone should become familiar.
  • Security Escorts are available during the evening hours of regular academic semesters (8 p.m. to midnight) by calling Public Safety at (573) 651-2215.
  • University shuttle service is available for transportation from classes, academic programs and activities to campus residences and parking lots.  It operates seven days a week during the academic year.  Hours of operation and a map of the routes can be accessed at
  • Crime Prevention Presentations and Programs – Department of Public Safety officers provide crime prevention presentations and programs on subjects relating to crime reporting, crime prevention and public safety to the University community and surrounding area. The department makes available presentations and brochures on several crime prevention programs. For access to those programs, visit the DPS Web site at  
  • An Emergency Quick Reference is distributed to the campus community at the beginning of each academic year.  All members of the campus are urged to read through the reference and to review it on a regular basis.  The reference provides details on what actions to take in case of evacuation, fire, earthquake, tornado, medical or other emergencies and can be found on the Web at
  • Indoor Emergency Announcement System is in the implementation process across the campus.  This system will allow emergency communications to be made inside all campus buildings. The implementation process has several phases for installation over a period of several years.  The first goal will be to implement the system in the residence halls.
  • Emergency Text Messaging Systemis being investigated and evaluated with plans to select a program and to allow students, faculty and staff to voluntarily sign up for the program in the future.

Residence Hall Safety

In our residence halls, we have implemented several security measures to ensure that students living on campus have a secure environment.

  • Professional staff are located in every residence hall. Each residence hall has a full-time professional hall director who lives in the building. These professionals are trained in emergency response, provide an around-the-clock presence in buildings and can immediately respond to any areas of concern.  
  • Central office and hall director staff have completed the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training and certification program.
  • A professional hall director is on call 24-hours-a-day and carries a dedicated cell phone. That individual’s name and phone extension are posted at the Towers Front Desk.
  • Each hall director office is equipped with a two-way radio.
  • Resident Assistants (RAs) live on each floor of every residence hall and are required to schedule and post six room hours on their floor each week. 
  • Emergency contact information is posted for the RA on duty, the hall director of the building, front desk(s), Department of Public Safety and Counseling and Disability Services on a bulletin board next to the RAs' rooms on each floor. This information is also accessible in the Residence Life Handbook.
  • Two RAs are on call every night from 5 p.m. until 8 a.m. and are required to complete several rounds throughout the building together to inspect for safety, health and security compliance.  They carry a cell phone and are identifiable by name badges.
  • Main entrances to every residence hall are locked 24-hours-a-day.
  • Residents living in community-style buildings are provided two keys. The first key unlocks a door to enter the floor on which they live and the other key unlocks their room. Stairwell doors are also locked.
  • Each resident room door in Towers East, Towers South and Cheney is equipped with deadbolt hardware.
  • Door prop alarms are installed in many of the high-traffic entrance doors to each of the residence halls. Under this system, an alarm will sound if any main residence hall entrance door is propped open for longer than 15 seconds.
  • There is a 24-hour-a-day, seven days a week accessible Customer Service Desk at Towers.
  • At the Towers Complex, adjacent to the Towers Front Desk, is a Department of Public Safety satellite station. Officers operate part-time from the satellite station and bring additional presence and security throughout the residence halls during night hours. The main Department of Public Safety Office is located in the Dearmont Residence Complex.
  • Towers North, Towers West, Group Housing and Vandiver Residence Hall rooms are equipped with a viewing device in each room door. The lounge doors in Towers South, East, Group Housing and Dearmont are equipped with a viewing device in the door as well. The viewing device allows the resident to identify visitors without opening the door.
  • Each hall is equipped with an outside courtesy call box which allows nonresidents to call residents to gain entrance through a secured door. Call boxes are installed on the exterior of all residence halls located on the south side of campus. Courtesy phones are installed in the Towers Complex lobby in place of the call boxes.
  • The messages of crime prevention and security awareness are promoted throughout the residence halls. Residents are encouraged to keep their room door locked at night and whenever they leave their rooms, report suspicious situations, take responsibility for making sure doors are not propped and escort their guests in the halls at all times.

Emergency Communication

The University places a high priority on communicating emergency information to the students, faculty and staff.  Southeast currently relies on a multitude of layered communication tools to relay emergency information, including:

  • An outdoor warning system which utilizes both a system of alert sirens and can also be voice-activated to provide specific information.  
  • University’s Home Page on the Web site at – watch for a flashing “Urgent Alert” which will convey any emergency communication.
  • An emergency alert message can be posted within the student portal, “My Southeast,” so students accessing their e-mail will be automatically notified. 
  • Emergency e-mail messages can be sent out to all students, faculty and staff.
  • All regional media can be notified of any emergency situations so the campus community can access that information through a radio or television station (see the list of media outlets at
  • Students, faculty and staff who have land-line telephones on the campus can be notified of emergency communications through an audix messaging system on their phones.
  • Indoor Emergency Announcement System is in the implementation process across the campus.  This system will allow emergency communications to be made inside all campus buildings. The implementation process has several phases for installation over a period of several years.  The first goal will be to implement the system in the residence halls.
  • Emergency Text Messaging is being investigated and will be implemented in the near future. 

Emergency information also will be provided to regional media outlets including:

Television stations
Radio stations

Inclement Weather

The campus of Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau is seldom closed due to inclement weather.  With numerous students residing in residence halls, on campus and in apartments and rental units close to campus, there is always a large contingent of students who can access the classrooms and buildings.  However, there have been times when hazardous ice conditions or heavy snow have necessitated the delay or canceling of classes.  In addition, the University has regional campus sites at Sikeston, Poplar Bluff, Kennett, Malden and Perryville.  Since all students attending those regional campuses are commuter students and weather conditions in those areas can vary widely from the conditions on the Cape Girardeau campus, the regional campus classes may be delayed or canceled even though the main campus is in session. However, when the main Cape Girardeau campus closes, the regional campuses will be closed as well.

Students, faculty and staff are always advised to stay up-to-date on the weather and road conditions.  If a student or employee feels he/she should not drive due to hazardous road conditions, he/she should contact their instructor(s) or their supervisor(s) as soon as possible to convey that information.  Contact information for the instructor should have been distributed to students in the class syllabus at the beginning of the semester.  In addition, contact numbers for instructors and for supervisors are located on the University’s Web site under the “People Search” icon.

School closings or delays will be communicated via the various methods as outlined in the section entitled Emergency Communication.

Helpful Links

The Southeast Bookstore is located on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University to offer you a variety of products and services.

Some of the products they sell include:

  • graduation items
  • clothing
  • gift items
  • textbooks and general books
  • snack foods
  • student supplies

Some of the services they offer include:

  • banking services
  • student charge


Southeast Bookstore offers several graduation products for Southeast seniors. The products include graduation announcements, college rings, and diploma frames.

The bookstore offers a large selection of Southeast apparel including t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, hats, and backpacks. They also offer a variety of brands including Jansport, Champion, Nike, and League.

Southeast Bookstore offers a variety of gift items including Vera Bradley, Lily Pulitzer, gift cards and lots of Redhawks gifts.

New and used textbooks, ebboks and the Follett Rent a Text Program for University courses are offered in the Southeast Bookstore. The bookstore also sells general books including best sellers, children's books, reference books, local authors, University Press books, and special order requests.

In addition, the bookstore sells snack food items and student supplies such as notebooks, writing utensils, laptops and tablets, computer software, electronics, and dorm supplies.


A U.S. Bank branch is located inside the Southeast Bookstore for your convenient and professional banking services. For more information on banking hours, call U.S. Bank at (573) 332-1082.

As a student enrolled at Southeast, you may charge up to a maximum of $500 per semester with a minimum charge of $10. To use the Bookstore’s student charge service, you must have a student ID and must be enrolled in the current semester.

The bookstore is located on the first floor of the University Center on the corner of Normal and Henderson Street. The first Friday of each month is “Spirit Friday,” where you will save 25 percent on all clothing in the Southeast Bookstore. For more information on the Southeast Bookstore, visit

Student Banking

The University offers students, faculty and staff general banking services and branch banking services through U.S. Bank, located on the first floor of the University Center in the Southeast Bookstore. In addition, an ATM is located at the University Center and a Cash Dispensing Machine is available at Towers Complex.

To find out more you can visit U.S. Bank's Web site. To reach the branch office directly, call (573) 332-1082.

Veterans Affairs

Veterans Affairs offers information for veterans and/or dependents about benefits, reviews military records to determine academic credit and certifies benefits. Veterans Affairs is located in the Registrar's Office, Academic Hall room 129. For additional information, call (573) 651-2250.


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