Frequently Asked Questions: Residential Life

Students wishing to live on campus must fill out a housing application and pay a housing deposit in order to secure a place of residence.  Students may choose to live in any of the six residence halls that HLGU has to offer.  All residence hall facilities are open to freshmen and upper-classmen between the ages of 17 and 26.  Students wishing to apply for apartment style housing must be of junior or senior status.

Housing assignments are prioritized according to special needs, class status/age, date application was received, and when the housing deposit was received.  It is recommended that you turn in your housing contract as soon as possible, in order to receive the residence hall and roommate of your choice.  Every effort will be made to accommodate students’ housing requests.  The office of student life reserves the right to prioritize housing assignments according to availability and information submitted by the student.  The student life office cannot guarantee that the preferred residence hall of choice will be granted.

First–year or returning students who want to live together should request one another on the housing application.  Preferred roommates should mail their housing applications separately.  Please do not delay in sending in your applications if your roommate has not done so.  It is more important that you send your application in early than to wait on your roommate.  You can always contact the office of student life at 573.629.3008 to make changes after submitting your application.

The office of student life cannot guarantee that preferred roommates will be assigned together.  Students who do not designate a mutual request for each other will be assigned a roommate.  Residents may request room changes through the resident director if major difficulties arise within the unit.  Residents must remain in the assigned room for the first two weeks of the semester.  If after that time they still feel the necessity to change rooms a room change may be granted after paying a $25 fee.  After an assignment is made, students may not change their assignment without the approval of the resident director and the associate dean of student life.  For more information, please contact the office of student life.

Private rooms are allowed on a space-available basis at an additional cost.  Students requesting private rooms must sign a private room contract indicating their intention to assume financial responsibility for the cost of the private room for the semester for which it is signed.

New students are highly recommended to attend the New Student Orientation (NSO).  New students may move into their residence hall the first day of NSO and will be notified by the office of student life.

Returning students may check in the Sunday before the first day of classes between the hours of 2-5 p.m.  All students must check-in with the residence hall staff.

Students are encouraged to personalize and decorate their room.   Students are recommended to bring the following:

  • Linens, pillows and blankets
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Soap and shampoo
  • Shower caddy
  • Laundry detergent
  • Mattress cover
  • Small trash can/bags
  • Alarm clock
  • Lamps
  • Carpet/rugs
  • Room decorations
  • Other items may be brought to add to the attractiveness of the rooms, but the Resident Director must approve all other large pieces of furniture.
  • Students will need to supply cleaning supplies and paper products in the campus apartment-style housing units.

Students should bring a power-surge protector strip for electrical appliances.  Stereo equipment and televisions are permissible as long as they are not disturbing to the roommate or neighbor.  Mini refrigerators and microwaves are permissible.  Other items that are allowed are VCR’s, DVD players, hair dryers, computers, clothing irons, and video gaming systems.

Decorations may not include alcoholic beverages and containers, or lewd and obscene materials and pictures.  Three-person sofas or personal loft systems will not be allowed.  Electrical appliances that have an exposed burner are not allowed in individual rooms, but may be used in the kitchen.  Such items would include: hot plates, toaster ovens, George Foreman Grills, and coffee pots.  No halogen lamps or space heaters will be permitted.

The following items are not allowed in the residence halls either: candles, incense, fireworks, firearms, flammable items, pets (other than fish), alcoholic beverages or containers, tobacco products, drugs or paraphernalia, or any item that may be misconstrued as a weapon.

The college cannot assume responsibility at any time for the private property of its residents and is not liable for loss or damage of any article of personal property for any cause anywhere on the premises of the campus.  If a resident wishes to have personal property insurance, he or she may be covered by their parent’s home policy, or take out an insurance policy through an insurance company.

All student residents are required to purchase the HLGU meal plan.  Continuous serve is the only option HLGU offers.  This plan allows for the student to eat in the cafeteria from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  A resident student on the meal plan is credited $40 of “Tro Dough” onto their account and is therefore able to use their id card to purchase items from the “Snack Shack” or “The Fireside Café” (the coffee shop on campus).

Commuter students are allowed to purchase up to five meal passes per week in the Business Office or a ten meal punch card sold through the dining services.

Mail is delivered to the campus mail room.  Mailboxes are located on the first floor of the Burt Administration Building next to the “Snack Shack” area.  Mailbox keys can be picked up at the mail room.

All students will receive a copy of the student handbook/planner that they must read.  After reading the handbook they are to sign the Resident Life Housing Contract stating that they have read and understood the policies of the campus and residence halls.  This contract is due at the first mandatory hall meeting of the semester.

Residential students who are not of sophomore standing (less than 24 credit hours) will have a 12:00 a.m. curfew Sunday through Thursday and a 1:00 a.m. curfew Friday and Saturday.

All hall lobbies are available to the opposite sex 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Residents of the opposite sex will not be allowed into rooms unless it is an open dorm night.  Open dorm hours are 6-11 p.m. every Saturday and male and female dorms alternating Mondays and Thursdays from 6-10 p.m.  Apartment style housing open hours are 5-11 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, 3-11 p.m. Saturday, and 12-9 p.m. Sunday.

HLGU’s Fireside Café coffee shop, located in the Roland Library, is where students are able to grab a cup of coffee and relax. Additionally, the Foster Student Center is open Monday-Thursday until 12:00 a.m. and Saturday until 1:00 a.m. The student center has flat screen TVs, computers with internet access, ping pong tables, pool tables, and foosball. The Sub Shop is located on the first floor of the Burt Administration Building and offers made-to-order sandwiches and wraps along with chips and bakery items.

The Office of Public Safety is located on the first floor of the Burt Administration Building and employs several safety officers.  These officers are responsible for patrolling campus grounds and buildings, responding to emergencies, investigating reported suspicious activities, and unlocking dorm doors for resident students after curfew.  Some of the goodwill services they offer are jump-starting cars and unlocking car doors.

Every residence hall and apartment style housing facility is equipped with washers and dryers which are free of charge to use.

Cable TV and high-speed internet are provided in each room for no additional charge. Premium movie channels such as HBO, Cinemax and Show Time are not permitted.  The viewing of R-rated and adult rated movies is not permitted, along with playing M-rated video games.

Lewis Hall or Brown Hall for females and Fletcher Hall for males are handicap accessible.

Campus housing is closed during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring Break.  Please refer to the student handbook/planner for correct dates on these closings.

Full-time students are required to attend Chapel on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. Chapel is located in Parker Theatre in the Roland Fine Arts Center.  Attendance is recorded by scanning student ID cards before entering the theatre.  You must have your ID to receive Chapel credit.

Students are responsible for cleaning their own rooms, bathroom suites, and/or apartments. Residence halls with community restrooms are cleaned by the housekeeping staff.  Room checks are to be held once a week.