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New Students

Preparing for the Move

Your room is your home away from home. Here you'll sleep, study, and learn about yourself and others. You are an individual and you have your own characteristics, habits, and dislikes - remember that like you, your roommate is also an individual. Having a roommate will be a learning experience and is similar to other relationships - to be successful it requires openness, flexibility, and respect. Remember that communication and respect for each other's differences are key. Your RA will help guide you through the Roommate Agreement where you will mutually agree on important issues that affect your living together and can help you and your roommate work through problems and challenges.

Expect Differences

The halls are communities of learners from different disciplines, backgrounds, experiences, abilities and lifestyles. Expect to meet and room with people who are different from you. Different does not mean anyone is wrong, ignorant, immoral, or strange. Talk to your roommate about your differences to understand why they exist. You might be surprised to learn that not all people view the world as you do. In the end, you also might have to agree to disagree and that is fine too.

Do's and Don'ts when Setting Up Your Room

Do bring an ethernet cord

Internet access in the residence halls consist of direct access from the use of Ethernet cords and WI-FI. We recommend that you don't connect more than two devices to the WI-FI at any time. WI-FI is available throughout the building, however, with the ever increasing reliance on and use of technology, limiting the amount of devices to the WI-FI improves access for everyone.

Don't connect printers and video consoles to the Wi-Fi

Limit streaming videos to Ethernet connected devices. This excess traffic can bog down the system and frustrate users due to the sluggishness of the system.  Connect printers and video consoles to the Game Network for better reliability or turn off devices that are not currently used to avoid additional traffic.

Do become a Responsible Redhawk

Practice physical distancing and wear a face-covering according to campus expectations.  We also encourage you to consider how your room is set up and whether it allows you to maintain appropriate distances within that space.

Suggested Items

DO Bring

Bed and Bath

  • Bedding
  • Decorations
  • Lamp (Non-Halogen)
  • Trash Can and Liners
  • Personal Hygiene Supplies
  • Bath Towels/Washcloths
  • Shower Caddy
  • Shower Shoes


  • Laundry Basket
  • Detergent (HE only)
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Hangers


  • Snack Food
  • Can Opener
  • Dishware/Silverware


  • Phone
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ethernet Cord
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Jump Drive/Memory Stick
  • Calculator
  • Radio, Stereo, MP3 Player, iPod, etc.
  • TV (must contain a Clear QAM Digital Tuner)
  • Mini-Refrigerator (max 3.2 cubic feet)
  • Microwave (max 800 watts)
  • Surge Protector


  • First Aid Kit
  • Cleaning Supplies (suite style rooms only)
  • Umbrella

DO NOT Bring

  • Alcohol/Drugs
  • Weapons (guns, knives, etc.)
  • Valuable/Irreplaceable Items
  • Space Heaters
  • Pets (except fish)
  • Wi-Fi Routers (will be confiscated if found)
  • Window Air Conditioners
  • Hazardous Chemicals
  • Flammable Liquids
  • Candles/Incense
  • Toaster Ovens
  • George Foreman Grills


Alcohol and Marijuana are major inhibitors of student academic success; Southeast Missouri State University will enforce the ban on alcohol and alcohol containers (full or empty).

Candles are a concern for your safety, and are a danger to you and to every other student in your building. However, electric candle warmers and electric scents are welcome.

Cable and internet are two things you will want to set up after you move into your room. Students must supply their own television and coaxial cable cord to view cable channels. All televisions must be equipped with a digital “QAM” or “Clear QAM” tuner. To access campus internet, you will need to register all electronic devices that need WI-FI. Instructions for accessing the internet are available online.

Microfridges are available for rent through the Office of Residence Life for a fee per semester or academic year. They are provided with a mounted microwave.

Are You Ready to Move In?


Pursuant to Missouri  Revised Statute §174.335, all students who reside in on-campus housing, including fraternity and sorority housing, are required to have received the meningococcal vaccine not more than five (5) prior to the date of enrollment at the university.  If you have not submitted a copy of your shot record containing proof of meningitis vaccination, you need to submit verification before you move into the residence hall. If you have not received the vaccination prior to your arrival, you will be directed to the Campus Health Clinic, operated by Southeast HEALTH, to obtain your meningococcal vaccination. The Health Clinic accepts most insurances and the charge can be applied to your student account. If you want to be exempt from receiving the shot, you must complete the waiver form and submit it to the Office of Residence Life. Both forms can be submitted by email or fax. Our email address is and the fax number is (573) 651-2557. Proof of your meningococcal vaccine, or a completed waiver form must be on file prior to the first day of classes.

Early Arrivals

Unfortunately, due to the preparations for fall, students will not be able to arrive to campus earlier than the beginning of our scheduled move-in process on Saturday, August 15.  If you are being required to return to campus before this date, please contact us to discuss any options that may be available.

Check In Instructions

Due to concerns related to COVID-19, changes are being made to our traditional check-in process to ensure the safety of our students, parents, and campus staff members. A drive-thru check-in process has been developed to take place in the Show Me Center parking lot (1333 N Sprigg St, Cape Girardeau, MO, 63701). Students will receive their key, first-year t-shirt, receive their parking permit, among other items at this time.

The following schedule has been developed to allow for 6’ social distancing and to limit the number of students checking into a building at one time.

August 15 – Greek, Band, Success @ Southeast Institute, approved students returning for department training

August 16 – Greek, Band, Success @ Southeast Institute, approved students returning for department training

August 17 – Returning Southeast students

August 18 – no move-ins

August 19 – New and new transfer students

August 20 – New and new transfer students

August 21 – Returning students (check-in at hall desks)

Check-in will take place between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. Students will reserve a one-hour move-in time slot on a designated date. Unfortunately, Move-In Crew volunteers will not be available to assist this year. Students will be limited to two (2) additional people to help with their move-in. Carts and dollies/hand trucks will not be available due to sanitization concerns, however, students are permitted to bring their own to assist with their move-in. We encourage students to minimize what they bring from home and not bring anything but necessary belongings, no big items, and no furniture. This will make it easier to move-in and keep a non-cluttered living area clean and sanitized.

Students who are unable to arrive during their assigned dates should contact us ( or 573-651-2274) to discuss alternate arrival days/times.

New for Fall 2020: Students can schedule a 30-minute time period to drop off items in their rooms August 3-7. This option will reduce the amount of time needed to move in during official move-in days. Staff will escort students to their rooms to place items in their rooms. Students will not be issued keys or permitted to unpack or set anything up during this time.

Information on how to reserve a time for move-in or to drop-off items in your room will be sent separately to your Southeast email before the end of July.



Dobbins River Campus Center                                                Towers

410 S Fountain St                                                                             1000 Towers Circle

Room #                                                                                                    Towers **** & Room #

63703                                                                                                       63701

LaFerla Hall                                                                                         Vandiver Hall

982 Greek Drive                                                                                350 N. Henderson Street

Room #                                                                                                    Room #

63701                                                                                                      63701

Merick Hall                                                                                         Greek/Group Housing

330 N. Henderson Street                                                             1000 Towers Circle

Room #                                                                                                    Building Letter & Room #

63701                                                                                                      63701

Myers Hall

321 Dearmont Circle

Room #






(573) 651-2274
Towers Complex 102

Office of Residence Life
One University Plaza, MS 0055
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701