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Campus Living Tips

Whether you're new to campus or have lived in a residence hall before, there are always things that come up or adjustments that need to be made in order to make your experience as successful as possible. Here are a few things we at Residence Life would like to share to help you with your experience!


Living in a residence hall room can be one of the most rewarding AND challenging experiences in a student’s college career. Many college roommates become best friends and just as many do not. The college roommate experience will be positive if both roommates allow for open and honest communication. Just because roommates are very different does not mean they cannot get along. Before conflicts arise it is helpful to talk to their roommate about the roommate agreement and creating rules for their room.

Somethings to do when getting to know your roommate

  • Talk about ideas and feelings as well as just "things."
  • Be honest about your feelings, likes, and dislikes.
  • Be willing to compromise, but know which issues you will not compromise on and which ones you are willing to negotiate.
  • Give your roommate the respect, consideration, and understanding you expect in return.
  • Allow for conversations to take time and plan accordingly—right before you or your roommate need to leave for class may not be the ideal time!
  • Discuss roommate problems with your roommate or hall staff only and not with just anyone who happens to be walking by (you may regret it later).
  • Values, feelings, ideas, and even interests change, and that's OK! Don’t be upset or hurt when your roommate changes… you may end up doing the same!
  • Create room and roommate expectations. Discuss what is and is not okay in the room.

Roommate Conflicts

When a student is experiencing a conflict or problem with a roommate, we generally expect the student to first try to discuss the issue directly with their roommate. Residence Life views you as an adult and expects you to attempt to work problems out on your own. Do not be surprised if you go to your RA and are first asked if you have tried to work it out with your roommate on your own. We understand that living in a residence hall room can be one of the most rewarding AND challenging experiences in a student’s college career. This is especially true for students who are in their first year of college or sharing a room with someone for the first time in their lives. In many cases it is the parent who will hear about any roommate concerns first, often even before the student shares this concern with their roommate or staff member.

Remember, your roommate is also adjusting to living with you. Be sure to get to know each other and develop open and honest communication with each other.

Room Changes

All room move requests should be directed to the hall director of the building the student is residing. The hall director will attempt to identify space availability within the current building or in another residence hall to facilitate the move. If space is available the student will receive a Room Move form to start the process. Once the student receives the key to the new room, they have 72 hours to complete the move and return the key to their previous residence hall. Students who do not complete the move within the designated time may forfeit the new assignment.

Safety and Security Information

Safety and Security

Southeast Missouri State University and the Office of Residence Life share each student, parent, and family member’s concern about safety. To assist with this critical issue the University has worked to provide improved safety and security throughout the campus and in the residence halls. Students can only gain access to their residence hall using their University issued key or keycard. All residence halls are locked 24 hours a day.

Though we work to provide a safe community, safety depends on the student's personal behaviors. We ask that students follow some basic safety tips:

  • Keep your room locked
  • Report suspicious or unfamiliar people to the Office of Residence Life or the University Police Department
  • Do not leave personal property in lounges or other common areas unattended
  • Do not prop open doors to your residence hall
  • Register all guests

Missing Student Policy

Upon check in, each residence hall student is required to provide emergency contact information. If the resident is under 18 years old they must provide the contact information for their parent or legal guardian. This information will be used in the event the student is determined to be missing or in the event of a medical emergency. Students may update this information by contacting their Hall Director.

Missing students may be reported to either the University Police Department or any member of the Office of Residence Life staff. Upon notification of a potentially missing student, the Office of Residence Life, Dean of Students Office and the University Police will begin a joint investigation of the situation. Upon determination that a student is actually missing for more than 24 hours, the student's emergency contact will be notified. In the case that the missing person is under 18 years old, the parent or legal guardian will be notified.


(573) 651-2274
Towers Complex 102

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