The Board of Regents at Southeast Missouri State University requires that all full-time students live on campus for two years (four semesters, excluding summers). In accordance with the residency requirement, all full-time students must live on campus unless they meet at least one of the criteria for an exemption from the residency requirement:
Terms & Limitations of the Release from Residency
Students who wish to request a cancellation of their Contract for University Housing must complete a Contract Cancellation form. Contract cancellations are permitted for students who have a change in student status, such as withdrawal from the university, marriage or similar situations as outlined in the University Residency Requirement. The University and Office of Residence Life do not generally allow cancellations of contracts for University housing after the contract has been signed. If you have questions about the contract, residency requirement, or cancellation policy, visit the Office of Residence Life website at semo.edu/residencelife.
Students are responsible for the behavior of their guests at all times and should inform guests of appropriate University and Residence Hall policies:
Failure to abide by the guest policies may result in suspension of guest privileges.
Southeast Missouri State will enforce the ban on alcohol and alcohol containers (full or empty) in all residential buildings and public areas of the residence halls. Empty alcohol containers will be treated by the Office of Residence Life, Student Conduct, and the Department of Public Safety as alcohol violations, as it is presumed that the alcohol was consumed on campus.
The possession or use of illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia may result in suspension from the University, removal from the residence halls, and suspension of other rights and privileges. Since the possession or use of illegal drugs is a violation of criminal law, it is possible for a violator to be subject to criminal action. This policy includes the misuse of prescription drugs.
Tampering with fire safety equipment in any way is both against Residence Life policy as well as state law. False alarms pose a serious risk to the safety of residents and their guests. Disciplinary action will be taken against those found tampering with safety equipment or causing false alarms with sanctions including removal from the residence halls.
Playing with sports equipment, playing organized games and/or using equipment better suited for outdoor use in the hallways is prohibited. This is to protect the rights of other residents to sleep, study, and to have access to their rooms as well as prevent damage to University or personal property. Failure to comply with this policy may result in disciplinary action, confiscation of equipment, and/ or suspension from the residence hall.
No form of bigotry, harassment, intimidation, threat, or abuse – whether verbal or written, physical or psychological-will be tolerated. Any such behavior may be grounds for dismissal. This also includes internet based, phone based, and sexual harassment. For assistance, contact a Residence Life Staff member. In an emergency, call the Department of Public Safety.
It is expected that each resident will show courtesy and be sensitive to the needs of other residence hall community members at all times. Televisions, game systems, or stereos played at excessive volumes can be particularly disruptive to persons trying to sleep or study. For that reason, residents are expected to be conscious of the volume of their electronic devices. Repeated disruptions may result in a resident being required to remove stereos or other devices as deemed necessary or relocation to a different residence hall.
The expectation of privacy is important and should not be violated. However, entry into or search of student living quarters may be conducted by the following person for the following purposes:
Authorized University personnel indicated above include: members of the residence hall staff, members of Facilities Management staff and University personnel or their agents contracted to perform maintenance or repair services on behalf of the halls. Other members of the University staff may enter under conditions above only when accompanied by authorized personnel or their agents. Observance of possible violations of University policy, rules, or regulations will be referred to the hall staff or Office of Residence Life for follow up.
Residence hall premises are for the exclusive use of residents, their guests, and University personnel. Any persons other than residents, their escorted guests, and/or authorized University personnel are prohibited from entering or remaining on these premises. Trespassing violations will be handled through the Office of Student Conduct and the Department for Public Safety.
Students may not damage or deface student rooms or common areas of the residence halls. Any student who destroys or defaces any bulletin board or other materials posted for the benefit of the community will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and will be responsible for the replacement costs of the vandalized materials, including any time necessary to repair the materials.
The Office of Residence Life adheres to the Code of Student Conduct policy on weapons and fireworks. A violation of this policy is subject to immediate removal from the residence halls.