Security. Lock your room at all times. Do not prop open the doors to the cottages for any reason. Immediately report any outside door being "propped open" or "jammed open" so that it can be entered without a key. All front doors to the cottages are to be locked 24 hours a day - no exceptions.
Do not lend your key to anyone. Report lost or stolen keys to the Resident Manager or Resident Assistant immediately.
Report evidence of tampering at doors or windows or suspicious behavior immediately.
Quiet Hours. College housing makes a commitment to students to support their academic success. It is the responsibility of each resident, along with the College housing staff, to consider the rights of others. Students can expect the right to be able to study or sleep without undue disturbance or noise. Any type of loud conversation, noise, or music that can be heard in another student's room or by your neighbors is not allowed. Quiet hours are in effect beginning at 9:00 p.m. and are in effect until 8:00 a.m. Sunday-Thursday and midnight-10:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday. During finals week each semester, there will be extended quiet hours.
The Commons is a designated area that typically is tolerant of a noisy, playful atmosphere. Students are to use this area for game playing, group talking etc., thus not disturbing the cottage community.
Guests. Guests are permitted only upon approval of the Resident Manager.
Pets. Except for aquarium fish, no pets are permitted in the residence cottages. Visitors may not bring pets into the cottages.
Common Areas. Conduct in public areas should be conducive to all aspects of the community environment. For the safety of all students, public lounges, hallways, patios, and public walkways should remain clear of obstructions. Residents may be held responsible for common area damages.
Bulletin boards are the property of STC and are available in each cottage. The posting of items must meet the approval of the Resident Manager or they will be subject to removal.
Room Cleaning and Decorating. Cleaning of your room/bathroom is the equal responsibility of all persons living in the room. Rooms may be inspected without prior notice to make sure safety issues are being upheld such as fire codes and health codes.
Please check with the housing staff before attempting to hang pictures, planters, etc. or to put up posters. The staff will recommend what to use and what may cause damage. Any holes, determined by an inspection, to be excessive will be billed to the resident upon their repair and subtracted from the damages deposit.
Littering/Trash. All cottages have locations to properly dispose of garbage/trash. At the end of the semester all large items (i.e. carpet, couches etc.) need to be removed to the dumpster by the student.
Fire Safety. The fire alarms and the fire extinguishers are to be used only in case of fires. Students are expected to comply with the directives of college housing staff during evacuation and must leave the building immediately when the alarm has sounded. Tampering with fire equipment or setting off a false alarm is a misdemeanor under state law. A $75.00 fine and disciplinary action will be taken against a student found tampering with fire protection equipment or setting off the alarm system.
Electrical Cooking Appliances, Heaters, and Other Prohibited Items. Electrical coking appliances and heaters are prohibited. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approved electrical appliances (hair dryers, curling irons, etc.) are allowed in student's rooms. See the Resident Manager for additional information.
Furniture and Equipment. All lounge, lobby, and common area furniture or college owned equipment must remain in its designated area. Student room furniture provided by the College including beds, chairs, and desks shall not be disassembled due to safety reasons. Student room furniture cannot be stored; it must stay in its designated room.
Keys. If a student is locked out of his/her room, he/she needs to go to see a college housing staff member such as a Resident Assistant, the Resident Manager, or the maintenance staff. A lost room or mailbox key should be reported immediately to the Resident Assistant or the Resident Manager. There is a charge for a student losing their room key or their mailbox key. The charge will also be applied during checkout if a key is not returned. Duplication of college housing keys is prohibited.
Room Entry and Room Inspections. Officials of the College reserve the right to conduct health and maintenance safety inspections of student rooms in all college owned and operated cottages. College housing staff members will inspect all rooms at the end of each semester and prior to breaks and at other times as deemed necessary.
In addition, the College reserves the right to enter at any time in order to make repairs or conduct maintenance upon College-owned property. Entry is also permitted for actions necessary or appropriate in emergencies and those necessary to maintain order and/or an appropriate living environment. If upon entry, a violation is visible (i.e. stolen signs, alcohol), it will be handled through the disciplinary process.
The College has the right to enter, inspect, and search with or without the student's permission anytime it is investigating an alleged violation of the rules of the College, the state of Missouri, or local or federal law. The College may do so upon showing of reasonable suspicion to believe a rule of the College or a law has been broken. The Resident Manager determines reasonable suspicion.
Failure to pass numerous room inspections will result in disciplinary action and possible removal from the housing system.
Parking. Students who are residents, and who have registered their vehicle, should park in the lots nearest his/her cottage in the designated resident lots. Only residents with parking permits are allowed to park in the resident parking lots. Students who need special parking due to disability conditions should use the spaces noted by appropriate signs. Only vehicles with state stickers or hangtags denoting disability may use these spaces.
Visitors should use the visitor lot near the Commons or park on another nonresident lot and walk to the housing community.
Personal Property Coverage. In case of theft or damages to student's personal belongings, the College assumes no responsibility. Coverage through family homeowners insurance or from an independent insurance agent is highly recommended.
Check Out Process. If for any reason you are no longer going to live on-campus you must check out with the Resident Manager. You must be present for check out and turn in your keys.