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FirstYearStudents

Guide to On-Campus Living

This is one of the most exciting times in your life – starting college! With all the excitement, we want you to be prepared. So, we’ve included some helpful information and tips to get you started on the right foot and make your stay with us a success! Building codes can also be found online.

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Housing Assignments
First-year and second-year students are required to live on campus with a roommate. Because everyone is making the same adjustment to college life, relating to each other (and making friends) is easier. Room assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis and can be viewed on the student portal (your MyCentral) no later than June 24. The assignment will detail your room, roommate and suitemates (building codes can be found online). As a reminder, the residence hall agreement is for the entire year.

Upperclass students are able to pick their room, roommates, and suitemates through our online reapplication process beginning in February and ending in April. Keep up with details about online sign up, upcoming events and the latest news by "liking" us on our facebook page.

Changing My Room
Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you just can’t make it work. You may request a move to an available space in accordance with established procedures. Room change requests will be accepted approximately three weeks after move-in. If a first-year student would like a single room, he/she will be allowed to request a single room after the halls open and pending space availability. Room changes cannot be made without prior permission from the Office of University Housing. After you arrive, talk to your CA, who will help you through the process of making a formal request.

Room Furnishings
All of our rooms on-campus have received new furniture since fall 2010. Each residence hall room comes with the following items:
• two twin beds
• one dresser
• two or three closets
• wastebaskets & recycle bins
• draperies or mini blinds
• two desks and two chairs

All room furniture must remain in the room during your stay with us. No storage is available for room furnishings or personal belongings.

ALL HALLS HAVE EXTRA LONG TWIN MATTRESSES (6”H x 36”W x 80”L)

Roommates/Suitemates
Your relationship with your roommate is very important to your success at UCM. Students at UCM agree that getting in touch before you arrive takes pressure off the first day. You are encouraged to contact your roommate. Begin by laying the groundwork. Get to know each other. There are some things you should discuss with your roommate before the big day. Find out what TV shows, types of music, or activities your roommate likes. Discuss class schedules, morning routines, and most importantly, who is going to bring what! Remember, we are all unique and different in our backgrounds, values, and attitudes.

Who’s Bringing What?
In order to avoid purchasing two of everything or not having room on move-in day, discuss with your roommate who might be bringing the following:
• Mini-refrigerator* (4.5 cubic feet or less)
• Microwave* (1000 watts or less)
• Carpet or rugs, curtains
• Television, DVD player
• Video game console
• Cooking appliances approved for use: toasters (not toaster ovens), coffee makers and crock pots

How To Pack
Your room will be your home for several months, so you will want it to be as comfortable as possible. Some suggested items are:
• bed linens/pillow
• posters/pictures
• laundry & cleaning supplies
• desk lamp/supplies
• rugs/carpet
• DVDs/CDs
• clothes
• plants
• towels & toiletries
• radio & alarm clock
• power strips

See our complete list of what to bring (and not to bring).

Dining Facilities
There are numerous dining areas on campus. The residence hall dining facilities are located in Ellis Complex, Fitzgerald Hall and Todd Hall. The hours of operation will be posted throughout the residence halls and in the dining facilities. Your meal plan will be encoded onto your student ID, so all you need to have to eat in the halls is your student ID.

Meal Plans
First-year students are required to be on a first-year meal plan. Second-year students must have a specific meal plan. The initial cost will be billed to your university account, but additional meals/dollars can be purchased at the housing office.

Decorate Your Home Away From Home!
When you move onto campus in the fall, you will create a new home for the next nine months. Posters, pictures, and flags are a great way to personalize your new home, but please use an adhesive that can be easily removed without leaving any residue. Please don’t damage the walls with nails or other permanent mounting devices. We suggest using 3M Command adhesives, 3M Command adhesive hangers, or Magic Removable mounts. Just remember to have fun and be creative, but follow the decorating guidelines.

Refrigerators & Carpet
Refrigerators can be rented from the United Student Housing Association (the form can be found online) or students may bring their own refrigerators as long as they are 4.5 cubic feet or less in size. Students may want to consider bringing room-size carpet or rugs from home (room dimensions are approximately 11’ x 18’, depending on location). Carpet will reduce the noise level heard from the room below. Please remember not to secure carpet to the floor with tape or glue. Carpet also is available for purchase from the United Student Housing Association at www.rhcarpets.com/cms.

Note: This information is provided as a service. The University does not require students or their families to purchase any residence hall room supplies through Residence Hall Carpets or any other third party vendor.

Refrigerator & Carpet Distribution
Reserved refrigerators and pre-ordered carpet can be picked up from Nickerson Hall (entrance off Washington Street) during the following hours: Sunday, August 17, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Monday, August 18, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. A limited number of refrigerators may still be available to rent. Even if you have not pre-ordered a unit, stop by Nickerson Hall during the above listed hours to see what is available. There may be a few extra carpets as well. Stop by if you are interested!

Linens/Bedding
All of our residence halls rooms, except for those in super singles, have extra long, comfort-flip mattresses. Please make sure to buy extra long sheets for your mattress.

Linen Program
University Housing is partnering with a company to provide linens guaranteed to fit both our standard and our extra long mattresses. Many options and packages are available. Check it out at www.rhl.org/cms.

Residence Hall Linens Program

Note: This information is provided as a service. The University does not require students or their families to purchase their bed linens or any other residence hall room supplies through Residence Hall Linens or any other third party vendor.

Lofting Beds
Most residence hall beds can be bunked. You also have the option to rent a loft kit which will allow you to raise a bed and place belongings (desk, chair, refrigerator) below. For safety purposes, students cannot build home-made lofts. Lofts can be ordered online.

Loft Pickup
Students who pre-ordered loft kits can pick them up on Sunday, August 17, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Monday, August 18, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Students on the east side of campus (Ellis/UCC) can pick up the loft unit in the Ozark Room of the UCC. Students on the west side of campus can pick up their loft unit at Todd Hall.

Computer Registration
All students need to register their computers when they arrive on campus so they can access outside the university network. Please note that personal routers are not allowed on campus as they interfere with the university’s network. Information will be available when you check in.

Policies
When you purchase your books, you will receive a University Planner/Handbook which gives more in-depth information about hall policies, services, facilities and much more.

Guests
Guests of the opposite sex are allowed on the first-year floors only during visitation hours, which are 7:30 a.m. until midnight, Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. Friday until midnight Sunday. Upperclass residence areas have 24-hour visitation.

Move-in Day
The residence halls open August 17, 2014 at 8 a.m. You can check in until 10 p.m. Look for specific check-in instructions when you arrive at your hall. Volunteer crews will assist you in unloading your vehicle when you arrive on Sunday. Their job is to get your belongings moved from your vehicle to the sidewalk as quickly as possible so that your vehicle can be moved to another location. Your assistance will reduce traffic congestion and help the move-in process be as smooth as possible.

Can I Move In Early?
Because of security and logistical reasons, you will not have access to your room until you check in during the designated times.

Personal Belongings
Opening day can seem really hectic. Families are all unloading at the same time. For your own peace of mind, please make sure a family member stays with your belongings while unloading to ensure that no other family accidentally moves it into a different room.

Property Insurance
Because UCM does not purchase property insurance covering students’ personal property, you should be sure that you obtain renter’s insurance to protect your possessions from theft or loss due to other damage (smoke, water, etc.). Check with your parents to see if you are covered on their insurance plan. It will only take a few minutes and it may save you a big headache later on.

Week of Welcome
You’ve attended summer orientation, you’re signed up for classes, what’s the next step? Week of Welcome! When you move to campus Sunday, August 17, our Mule Haul team will greet you, help you unload your items from your vehicle and get you on your way. Once you are settled in your room, you will attend a floor meeting where you will receive a schedule
of WOW events. Be ready for a week full of activities, including a comedian, hypnotist, mentalist, student involvement fair, movies, games and more. For more information or to meet the WOW leaders, go to www.ucmo.edu/wow.

First Meeting
Residents on first year floors will start meeting at 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 17. Signs will be posted to let you know the location of your meeting. Please be unpacked and ready to go by this time.

Who is Here to Help?
One thing is for sure: You’ll have all the help you need to settle into life at UCM. Your first line of assistance is your undergraduate staff member. There are community advisors (CAs) in all the residence halls. The CAs are supervised by a residence hall director (RHD) who is a graduate assistant pursuing a master’s degree. There is also an assistant director who is a full-time professional who provides overall supervision and direction for the halls.

Important Phone Numbers
If you have any questions on opening day, please do not hesitate to call:

  • University Housing: 660-543-4515
  • Switchboard: 660-543-4111
  • Public Safety: 660-543-4123
  • Parking: 660-543-4098
  • Ellis/Diemer Halls: 660-543-4322
  • Fitzgerald Hall: 660-543-4320
  • Houts/Hosey Halls: 660-543-4321
  • Nickerson Hall: 660-543-4583
  • Nattinger/Bradshaw Halls: 660-543-4319
  • Panhellenic Hall: 660-543-4551
  • South Yeater Hall: 660-543-4317
  • Yeater/South Todd Halls: 660-543-4316
  • Fraternity Complex: 660-543-4598

Staying in Contact
Making the adjustment from home to school can be difficult for many students, their families and friends. Mail is delivered each day to your hall except Sundays and holidays. Packages
are received at each hall’s front desk, where residents can pick them up. To assure prompt delivery, use the following format for your address:
Student’s name
Hall, Room #
Warrensburg, MO 64093

Please consult individual halls if a precise street address is needed for package delivery.