RESIDENCE - STUDENT LIFE
WHEN WILL STUDENTS LEARN THEIR ROOM ASSIGNMENTS?
Housing assignments are posted on Campusweb. This information will be available in August for the fall semester, and in December for the spring semester. It is possible that housing assignments may change before students arrive, therefore it is important for students check Campusweb periodically for updates.
CAN STUDENTS REQUEST ROOMMATES?
Students may request roommates if the request is made when the student fills out the housing portion of the "My Acceptance" process. Once the student submits that information, they will not be able to go back in and make changes/requests. While we do strive to accommodate roommate requests, there are some cases where preferences must be denied. The most common reason is because requests are not submitted soon enough and are denied because earlier requests have been met.
WHAT IF MY STUDENT DOESN'T GET ALONG WITH HIS/HER ROOMMATE; CAN MY STUDENT FIND A NEW ROOMMATE?
Typically the residence directors or resident assistants (RAs) counsel with students in an attempt to resolve disputes. Each semester, students will have the opportunity to request a transfer to another residence hall, another room, or to request another roommate for the following semester. This scenario is usually more effective for all involved if the move occurs between semesters, not disrupting students' lives during an already busy schedule of classes and work. The residence hall staff makes a concerted effort to ensure that roommate assignments are made based upon several compatibility factors. The compatibility information is provided by students on the housing forms they complete when admitted to the College.
CAN STUDENTS MOVE IN EARLY?
No, students are not allowed to move in early. We have students who live and work on campus during the summer. Summer students have a deadline by which they must vacate their rooms in order for us to accommodate a timely move-in date for new students. Therefore, we have established specific move-in dates for new students.
IF I WANT TO CONTACT MY STUDENT, HOW DO I GET INFORMATION, SUCH AS MAILBOX NUMBER, PHONE EXTENSION, CAMPUS E-MAIL, ETC.?
In order to protect student privacy, your student must provide this information to you.In an emergency, we will attempt to locate students as soon as possible and put them in contact with you.
HOW DO I GET MAIL TO MY STUDENT?
All students may rent a post office box or students can use a rent free option in Mail Operations.
Students may use complimentary PO Box 1380, rent free, located in Mail Operations, downstairs in the Post Office building. Any letter or package sent through the USPS should be addressed with the students name, post office box number, and Point Lookout, MO, 65726.
Attn: your student's name
PO Box 1380
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Students may opt to rent an individual post office box from the United States Post Office, which is located on campus or online at at www.usps.com/poboxes.
If you want to send a package to your student using United Parcel Service (UPS), simply send it to:
College of the Ozarks Warehouse
Attn: your student's name, the residence hall they live in
1 Industrial Place
Point Lookout, MO 65726
RESIDENCE HALL STAFF
Each residence hall is staffed with a full-time residence director who is an employee of the College and lives in the building. Each residence hall is also staffed by student resident assistants (RAs), who are trained each semester by the Dean of Students and residence directors. The RAs are students and the residence hall is their workstation. Every floor has an RA who conducts room checks and enforces campus/residence hall policies whenever necessary. The residence director and RA offices are located on the main floor of each residence hall. The office hours vary, but hours of availability are posted on their respective office doors.
RESIDENCE HALL LOUNGES
Every residence hall has a lounge where students can watch TV, do homework, or just hang out with friends. Each residence hall has one public lounge located on the main floor, and at least one non-public lounge located on a different floor. The public residence hall lounges are open until curfew, which is 1:00 a.m. Students not in their own residence hall by curfew may be ticketed and/or fined. All of our public residence hall lounges have restroom facilities, lounge seating, and a large TV with VHS/ DVD players. Students are permitted to reserve lounges for special events, but this must be approved by the residence director. The private lounges in the residence halls are located in different areas of the building depending on the residence hall. Guests of the opposite sex are not permitted in the private lounges.
RESIDENCE HALL VISITATION
Guests of the opposite sex are not permitted in any of the residence halls, other than in the public lounges, unless accompanied by an RA or residence director. Exceptions to this rule are move-in/out days, with specific scheduled times, and residence hall open house nights, which occur once a semester.
Quiet hours in all residence halls are from 9:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. These hours are enforced by the residence director and resident assistants (RAs).
WHAT IF STUDENTS NEED A RIDE HOME? DOES THE COLLEGE PROVIDE ASSISTANCE?
While the College does not provide structured assistance in regard to rides home, we are happy to help students advertise such needs via the electronic bulletin board on Campusweb. Students need to contact the Dean of Students office for assistance with posting their requests.
The residence halls host a variety of events throughout the school year, which include: Mudfest (giant tug of war tournament), Sadie Hawkins Dance, Springfest, Open House, and various campus-wide RA activities.
WHAT ARE THE ROOMS, BATHS, AND BEDS LIKE?
All rooms are double occupancy - no private rooms are available. Each room has two twin beds, two desk spaces with drawers and shelving, carpet, and at least one window. Some of our residence halls have suite-style rooms, where two rooms are adjoined by a bathroom that has one shower, toilet, two mirrors, and two sinks. Our other residence halls have non-suite styled rooms, which are shared by two students. These residence halls have a community bathroom for each floor. These community bathrooms have toilets, showers, mirrors, and sinks.
WHAT SHOULD MY STUDENT BRING?
When trying to decide what to bring to college, students must remember one very important thing: less is best. Students will live in a room with a person they probably don’t know, and clutter is not going to help the transition. Clothing, school supplies, toiletries, leisure items, and bedding are common things that every student will need. For a listing of small appliances that are allowed in the residence halls, please click on the following link and then go to Residence Hall Living: Student Handbook. If students have seasonal allergies, they are welcome to bring dehumidifiers. Students are not allowed to burn candles, as open flames are not permitted. However, they can utilize electric candle warmers. For organization and space-saving purposes, students often bring small shelving units or bins. Content of posters, clothing, etc. needs to be appropriate and should not go against the policies of the handbook (Student Handbook). If the content is questionable, then do not bring it. The windows may or may not have window coverings. Some rooms may have blinds, if previous students have left them behind. The College does not provide window coverings. However, if a student chooses to bring window coverings, those coverings must be a neutral color (i.e. beige, ivory, taupe, black, gray, or white).