Residential Life

Returning Students

commonsWelcome back, Returning Students!
Living in the residence halls is convenient, simple and virtually worry free. It’s a fun and easy way to experience the excitement of college life. Students who live in the halls are more likely to meet new friends, have more exciting experiences on campus and don’t have the hassle of leaving and returning to campus for events, activities and classes.

Having a roommate can make your college experience the greatest or challenging. The key to a great relationship with your roommate is communication and consideration. The residence halls at Missouri Western are very diverse accommodating big city / small town residents along with different ethnicities and cultures. Here are some helpful tips to getting along with your roommate:

  • Put yourself in their shoes. Nothing is more true than the golden rule of residence halls: “Do unto your roommate as you would like your roommate to do unto you.”
  • Try not to have conversations while emotional. Often we say things during arguments that may be hurtful to the other person.
  • Talk to your Resident Assistant. They have experience with roommate issues and can give great suggestions to resolve conflicts. Also, they can arrange a meeting with yourself and your roommate and act as an impartial mediator.
  • Opposites attract. If your roommate is totally unlike you, use this opportunity to learn about a different culture or custom. Knowledge of different customs, ethnicities and backgrounds will serve you well in our global society.

Decorating Information
We encourage you to decorate your room to make it feel like home. However, there are a number of guidelines in order to maintain safety and minimize damage to your room. See your RA or RHD or review the Residential Life Handbook to learn more about our decorating policy.

Prohibited Items
There are some items that are not allowed in the residence halls due to space or safety issues:

  • Air conditioners
  • Candles
  • Incense
  • Microwaves
  • Fridges over 5 Cubic Feet
  • Toasters/toaster ovens
  • Pets (fish are ok)
  • Hot pots and electric frying pans
  • Space heaters
  • Fireworks
  • Oil lamps
  • Halogen lamps
  • Traffic signs
  • Amplifiers
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Lava lamps
  • Ridiculous things you know you shouldn’t have but aren’t on this list. If you have doubts about whether you should bring something… check with us first or review the Residential Life Handbook!

In the event of an emergency in your residence, immediately call University Police (ext. 4438) and the Resident Assistant. University Police can be reached 24 hours a day.

Fire Safety
Fire drills are held periodically, and all residents and guests are expected to leave the building during these drills. You should be aware of the quickest and safest ways out of the building in the event of an emergency. The residential life staff will provide this information at the beginning of each semester. Fire doors may not be propped open. Moreover, it is a violation of federal law to tamper with fire alarms, sprinklers, extinguishers and other fire equipment.

Contract Renewal
Contract renewal will be held in March of each year.  Watch your email and flyers posted in your residence hall for more information.