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Northwest Missouri State University

Community Policies & Expectations

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Bulletin boards are located on all floors in the residence halls, apartments, and throughout buildings on campus. Residents should be alert to bulletin board postings and other signage.

Residents who wish to post something on the boards within the halls should contact the Hall/Complex Director for approval. To post information on public bulletin boards throughout campus, get the approval of the Office of Student Involvement, 2nd floor Student Union, located inside the Student Involvement Center. Items posted without approval will be removed. 


Currently 24-hour, 7-day-per-week visitation is allowed in specified upperclass residence halls and apartments. This visitation policy is designed to allow short visits by members of the opposite gender for the purposes of socialization, study time and occasional weekend accommodations for out-of-town visitors. At all times, courtesy to the roommate must prevail and both roommates should agree when there will be visitors either in the late night or early morning hours or if someone will be staying overnight in your residence hall room.

This visitation policy is NOT designed to promote or permit cohabitation. Visitors will at no time be allowed to stay for more than three nights consecutively within a 30-day period. Any violation of this policy could result in the suspension of the 24-hour visitation policy for your room or other sanctions. If you have questions about this policy, please speak to your RA or Hall Director before having visitors.


Residential Life fully supports University computing policies and will report violations to the Information Technology department.  It is each student's responsibility to review and follow all Northwest computing policies.


Due to sanitation, health, and safety, cooking in the residence halls is permitted only in designated areas. Cooking-type appliances permitted in the rooms are popcorn poppers, hot pots, coffee makers and microwaves.

Dishes and other personal items left in common areas (i.e., ironing rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, etc.) will be considered abandoned property. The items will be taken to the front desk and put into lost and found or thrown away upon finding them. The University will assume no responsibility for items that are abandoned. 


For your convenience, kitchenettes are available in all residence halls, the Station, and FVA Community Building. Pots, pans and other cooking utensils are available from the front desk and will vary from hall to hall. Residents are responsible for cleaning up after themselves. 


Security and safety of each resident is a primary concern, and the conduct of any guest is the responsibility of the resident being visited. As such, all guests of the opposite sex should be escorted during "visitation hours" (See Visitation.) Escort policies may vary from hall to hall. Escort hours are 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. 


Guests are defined as individuals who are not contractual occupants of the specific room in question. University regulations prohibit the use of the residence hall room by anyone other than the regularly-assigned resident. In order to provide a secure environment and to protect the rights of all the residents, the following policies have been established for residents and their guests:

  • Guests must be approved by the host’s roommate(s).
  • Guests must abide by all policies of the residence halls and floors, with guests and hosts mutually responsible for the conduct of the guest. Guests not observing University or Residential Life policies may be escorted from the building and restricted from further access. Residents are subject to disciplinary action for the inappropriate behavior of their guests.
  • Each guest should be accompanied by a host at all times. Any person not in the presence of a host may be escorted from the building and restricted from future access.
  • Guests of the opposite sex are permitted on floors in accordance with the visitation policy.
  • The length of stay for any overnight guest may not exceed three consecutive nights in a 30-day period. Overnight guests are permitted only if the guest does not violate the visitation policy.
  • All guests must use gender appropriate bathroom facilities. Guests may use shower facilities located on floors occupied by same-sex residents.
  • Consideration for roommates and other floor residents dictates that guests do not infringe on another's rights and quiet enjoyment of the facilities.
  • Any overnight guest must request temporary parking permit.  These can be requested at Cashiering office in the Administration Building or at University Police. 


Keys & Fobs

Room keys, mailbox keys, and fobs for residence hall, apartment, and bathroom entry (where required) are issued to each resident upon arrival. Should a key or fob be lost, the resident will be charged a replacement fee to cover the cost of key and core replacement. Broken keys will also result in a charge, but only to replace the key as long as both pieces of the missing key is returned.   Missing keys should be reported to your RA/SA immediately. Residents failing to return their keys and fob at the time of check-out will be charged the replacement fee.


Residents are encouraged to carry their room keys with them at all times. Residents who are locked out should go to the front desk to obtain a lockout key. When the desk is closed, residents should contact an RA/SA. The first three lockouts are free. After three lockouts there is a lockout fee.  Fees increase for seven lockouts or more.  Residents will be required to show personal identification before being allowed entry into an apartment. Excessive lockouts may result in disciplinary action. Guests will not be allowed to gain access into a room or apartment.

Duplication of University keys is prohibited.  Possession of University keys other than those assigned is not permitted.

Due to fire safety, no additional locks should be attached to any door.


For safety reasons, students are not allowed to play outdoor sports (football, toss Frisbees, throw snowballs, have water fights, throw water balloons, use skateboards, rollerblades, etc.,) inside or in close proximity to the residence halls or apartments. Residents should seek an open space away from the building for such activities. 


Water faucets are located on the exterior of each apartment building and residence hall. Washing vehicles, trailers, motorcycles, or using these water hookups for any purpose is strictly prohibited.


Residential Life fully supports University parking policies enforced by University Police.  It is each student's responsibility to review and follow all Northwest parking policies.  For complete information, visit


The Forest Village parking permit is included in your rent. The permit is only good for the FVA parking lot (#32 on the campus parking map); it is not valid in any other lot on campus. Parking at Forest Village Apartments is restricted 24/7 for residents displaying a valid FVA permit only, except for specially designated areas on the East side of the parking lot. FVA residents may pick up a free FVA parking permit at the Administration Building after registering their vehicle in CatPAWS. Permits are given to the residents in a 1:1 ratio, meaning each resident has one space to use. The FVA permit is only valid in the FVA parking lot, however if a resident would like to use parking on campus other than in the FVA lot, they may purchase a commuter parking pass or a motorcycle/scooter parking pass at the market rate. All permits may be purchased and picked up in the Administration Building at the Student Services desk on the first floor. Please register your vehicle online through CatPAWS first.


No pets, except fish, are permitted in the residence halls.  

Forest Village Apartments allows a variety of pets.  Click here for complete details.


In order to change a current policy, a proposal must be submitted in a written form to RHA. A proposal must clearly state the change and explain in detail why the current policy needs to be changed. There should also be several options listed in the proposal. The proposal will be considered based on survey results conducted by RHA, need and cost.

A policy change is not always an easy thing to do; not only does Residential Life need to approve it, but it may also require the approval of the Vice President of Student Affairs, the University President, and then the Board of Regents. It should be known that generally a policy change will take a year to take effect, as it needs to be implemented in the Residential Life Handbook for the following year.  In the event of a mid-year policy update, students will be notified.


Quiet hours are maintained to help provide an atmosphere that is conducive to good scholarship and to promote an environment where individuals can learn from the experience of group living. The enforcement of quiet hours is the responsibility of each resident, with assistance from Residential Life staff as needed.  Quiets hours are:

  • Sunday - Thursday: 10PM - 9AM.
  • Friday & Saturday: Midnight - 9AM.

Courtesy hours are in effect throughout the residence halls 24 hours a day. Therefore, noise (i.e., stereos, radio, TVs, musical instruments and voices) must be maintained at levels that will not interfere with the study or sleep of other residents. If you encounter excessive noise, first request that the noise be minimized, if the noise persist, contact your RA or the staff member on duty.

To help promote an intense study period, there will be 23-hour quiet hours in effect during final exams for the entire residential life system. One hour each day may be designated by the individual hall as a "Relief Hour," with final approval by the Hall Director.


Northwest Missouri State University is committed to recycling.  All University housing, offices, and public areas are expected to participate. The University community has worked together to promote environmental awareness and there are opportunities for students who share this commitment to serve in leadership positions within the halls to assist students in learning and complying with the program. Receptacles are provided in the main lobbies and near the dumpsters.


Students are not allowed on the roof of any residence hall because of safety and building regulations. 



Solicitation of commercial products or services within the residence halls and apartments is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, solicitation/sales within resident rooms/apartments, common areas (such as floor lounges and lobbies), and entry areas (inside and outside) of the halls.

If the vendor is sponsored by an officially recognized campus organization (Student Senate, Spotlight, ISO, etc.), or a not-for-profit organization approval for a booth or display area may be made by contacting the Residential Life at 660.562.1214. Approval for such projects must be made through this office prior to the event, and all posters/signs advertising the event are subject to the same approval and posting guidelines outlined above. Also refer to University Solicitation policy in your Student Handbook. 


Missouri law prohibits the removal of traffic and/or street signs; therefore, they are not permitted in the residence halls or apartments. Decorations should be a credit to the room and to the University. Giving the room a personal touch is expected; discretion, however, should be used to protect the rights of all residents.

Anything visible through the window or on the door should be in good taste. Pictures and other materials that may be considered objectionable are not to be displayed in areas that may be visible outside the resident's room. All pictures and posters displayed on room doors are subject to Student Senate, RHA and Residential Life posting policies. Alcoholic beverage signs or containers are not allowed as window or door displays.

Decorations, policy signs, and other postings created or displayed by hall staff in public areas are to remain in public areas and are not intended for private room use. 


Storage is not available. All furniture must remain in the room. 


Each resident in the residence halls and apartments is expected to exercise self-discipline and to respect the rights of other residents. Each resident must realize that in a group-living experience, certain rules and policies should be observed by all in order to maintain a safe and educational environment. Each residence hall has the power to institute regulations, according to parameters specifically related to the goals of the Office of Residential Life, as long as these rules do not conflict with the rules of the University.

Those individuals in violation or in the presence of a violation of the policies established by the residence halls, University, or State and/or Federal government will be handled in accordance to the University judicial system. (See the Northwest Missouri State University Student Handbook.) Terms and conditions of the Student Handbook are incorporated herein by reference. Common sense should be used by each resident. Questions concerning appropriate and inappropriate behavior should be addressed to the residence hall staff. 


The visitation policy applies specifically to guests of the opposite sex, indicating the time frame during which guests may visit a resident's room. Main lounges in each residence hall are 24 hour visitation. Guests visiting a building are responsible for knowing and observing the visitation hours established for that residence hall. See cohabitation, escort and guest polices for further information.

Visitation Hours

Phillips, Millikan, Dieterich, Franken, Tower Suites (freshmen floors only), South Complex (freshmen floors only) and Hudson/Perrin

  • Sunday-Thursday nights 9 a.m.-1 a.m.
  • Friday/Saturday nights 24 hour visitation starting at 9 a.m. Friday

Roberta, South Complex, Franken (upperclass floors only), Tower Suites (upperclass floors only), and Forest Village Apartments

  • Sunday-Saturday 24 hour visitation