Undergraduate Bulletin
Cape Girardeau
Phone: (573) 651-2000
Volume 141, Number 1, August 1, 2018

Fall Semester 2018

August 20-December 14
Classes Begin - August 20
Labor Day - no classes September 3
Thanksgiving Recess - November 16 (close of classes)-November 26 (7 a.m.)
Final Exams - December 10-14
Commencement - December 15

Spring Semester 2019

December 17-January 11 (Wintersession)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday (no classes) - January 21
January 14 – May 10 (Regular Semester)
Classes Begin - January 14
Spring Break – March 8 (close of classes) - March 18 (7 a.m.)
Easter Recess – April 18 (close of classes) – April 22 (7 a.m.)
Final Exams – May 6-10
Commencement - May 11

Summer Semester 2019

First 4-Week Session: May 14-June 7
Regular 8-Week Session: June 11 - August 2

The University maintains its teaching, public service, and operational activities in accordance with established schedules. Suspension of classes and/or campus operations is avoided whenever possible. Students, faculty, and staff are urged to use discretion and judgment when travel conditions are hazardous. If a state of emergency is declared for the entire community, the University will follow stated emergency procedures.

Southeast Missouri State University's Accessibility Plan

Southeast Missouri State University will take such means as are necessary to insure that no qualified disabled person is denied the benefits of, excluded from participation in, or otherwise subject to discrimination because Southeast Missouri State University's facilities are physically inaccessible to, or unusable by disabled persons. The accessibility standard required by Federal law for 'existing facilities' is that the recipient's program or activities when viewed in its entirety, must be readily accessible to disabled persons.

Southeast Missouri State University may meet this standard through such means as reassignment of classes, or other services to accessible locations, redesign equipment, assignment of aides, alterations of existing facilities, and construction of new accessible facilities. Southeast Missouri State University is not required to make structural changes in existing facilities where other methods are sufficient to comply with the accessibility standard described above.

Because scheduling classes, coordinating accommodations, and arranging housing in accessible facilities may require reasonable advance planning, students with disabilities accepted for admission should identify themselves and their disability within five days of the start of the semester of enrollment and indicate the nature of accommodation needed for their disability. Students should contact Disability Support Services.

Notice of Nondiscrimination/Anti-Harassment

Southeast Missouri State University is committed to providing a safe and civil learning and working environment for its faculty, staff, students, and visitors, free from discrimination in any form. The University prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status in any of its programs or activities. Harassment based on any of these classifications is a form of discrimination that also violates University policy. Inquiries concerning the application of these regulations to the University may be directed to the Vice President for Finance & Administration, Room 139, Academic Hall, One University Plaza, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701, (573) 651-2570.

Situations may arise in which students believe they have not received fair treatment by a representative of the University, or have concern about the performance, action or inaction of a member of the faculty or staff which affects the student. Whenever possible, the student should approach the faculty or staff member first in an attempt to resolve the matter. Unresolved concerns involving faculty should be taken to the chairperson of the department and then to the dean of the college. Unresolved concerns involving staff should be taken to the staff member's supervisor and then to the next higher supervisor.

It is the policy of Southeast Missouri State University to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. In the event of a complaint alleging sexual harassment discrimination, the student may contact the Office of Student Conduct, the Dean of Students, the Department of Public Safety or the University's Title IX Coordinator/Director for Institutional Equity and Diversity.

Mission, Vision and Values


Southeast Missouri State University provides student-centered education and experiential learning with a foundation of liberal arts and sciences, embracing a tradition of access, exceptional teaching, and commitment to student success that significantly contributes to the development of the region and beyond.


Southeast Missouri State University strives to be one of the nation's most academically competitive regional comprehensive universities, recognized for excellence in education, engagement, research, and creativity.


Student Success – Southeast Missouri State University values student-centered education and experiential learning through engaged and adaptive modes in and beyond the classroom in a safe, friendly, supportive environment that offers academic and career achievement for our students.
Excellence – Southeast Missouri State University values sustained commitment to quality teaching, research, and creative activities integrated into impactful academic and co-curricular programs that offer students a transformative educational experience.
Access and Diversity – Southeast Missouri State University values access to affordable, high-quality education with a diverse student body, faculty, and staff that respects and celebrates a diverse learning community in a global society.
Community – Southeast Missouri State University values an engaged campus learning community committed through shared purposes and service; sustained by respect, accountability, and adaptability; and strengthened through collaborative partnerships that extend the expertise and accomplishments of faculty, staff, students, and alumni beyond the campus.

Accreditations and Affiliations

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The institution is accredited by and affiliated with:

Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications
American Association for State and Local History
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
American College Dance Association
American College Personnel Association
American Historical Association
American Kinesiology Association
American Political Science Association
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
American Society for Engineering Education
Associated Collegiate Press
Association of American Colleges and Universities
Association of College and University Housing Officers - International
Association of Departments of English
Association of Departments of Foreign Languages
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
Association of Public Safety Communications Officials
Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication
Association of Student Conduct Administration
Association of Title IX Administrators
Association of Writing and Writing Programs
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International
Broadcast Education Association
Campus Parking & Transportation Association
Coalition of Higher Education Association Organizations
College Board
College Media Association
College and University Professional Association for Human Resources
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs
Council for the Advancement and Support of Education
Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation
Council for Opportunity in Education
Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences
Council of Graduate Schools in the United States
Council on Social Work Education
EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative
Fulbright Association
Grants Resource Center
Hawthorn Foundation
Higher Learning Commission
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis
Hispanic Educational Technology Services
Illinois Thespian Conference
International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators
Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
Media Communications Association – International
Midwest Independent Conference
Midwestern Higher Education Compact
Missouri Academy of Science
Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
Missouri Association of Colleges of Nursing
Missouri Association of Departments and Schools of Music
Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel
Missouri Broadcast Educators Association
Missouri Charter Public School Association
Missouri College Media Association
Missouri Federation of Music Clubs
Missouri Languages Consortium
Missouri League for Nursing
Missouri Public Transit Association
Missouri Thespian Conference
National Association for Campus Activities
National Association for College Admission Counseling
National Association of Black Journalists
National Association of College Admission Counseling
National Association of College and University Food Services
National Association of College Auxiliary Services
National Association of Charter Schools Authorizers
National Association of College and University Attorneys
National Association of College and University Business Officers
National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics
National Association of Schools of Art and Design
National Association of Schools of Dance
National Association of Schools of Music
National Association of Schools of Theatre
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
National College Access Network
National Collegiate Athletic Association
National Collegiate Honors Council
National Communication Association
National Council for Preservation Education
National Council for Social Studies
National Council of Teachers of English
Network of International Business Schools
North American College Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA)
Ohio Valley Conference
Organization of American Historians
Public Relations Student Society of America
Quality Matters in Online Learning
Society for Human Resources Management – Southeast Missouri Chapter
Society of Professional Journalists
Southeastern Theatre Conference
St. Louis Regional Chamber
Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities
The American Council on Education
United States Distance Learning Association