Student Housing Handbook Information

Student residents are expected to know and agree to follow the guidelines listed in the Student Housing Handbook and Code of Student Conduct.  A hard copy of the Student Housing Handbook is available in the Student Housing Office.

Student Housing

MISSION STATEMENT
The Office of Student Housing serves its residents by providing a quality living-learning environment that compliments the educational process of Cameron University.

SAFETY
Your safety is our number one priority.  Safety within all Student Housing facilities begins with the resident. The Department of Student Housing encourages you to keep your door locked at all times.  Report suspicious behavior to a staff member and/or the Office of Public Safety.  Never prop open outside doors or the stairwell doors.  Any resident that does prop doors open places other within the facility at risk and will be subkect to disciplinary action.  Do not share your keys or your ID card with others.  Monitor your guests and ensure that all policies listed in this handbook are followed. 

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
In case of an emergency, contact one of the following:
1.  Public Safety - (580) 581-2911
2.  24/7 Student Housing - (580) 581-2391
3.  Your Resident Assistant (RA) or a Housing staff member


FIRE PROCEDURES
In the event of an actual fire or a drill, all residents are required to immediately evacuate the building. Follow the instructions of Student Housing staff, Public Safety Officers, and/or fire-fighting personnel. Keep the following items in mind in the event of a fire:

1. Exit the building. Walk; don’t run. Be particularly careful in staircases. Do not use elevators.

2. Proceed directly to a place of safety outside the building. Do not attempt to salvage personal belongings.

3. Close doors when you leave.

4. Before opening a closed door, check it to see if it is hot. When it is hot, attempt to find another exit route.

5. At all times, follow the instructions of personnel authorized to take charge at the scene of the emergency

6. Do not re-enter the building until given the all clear by staff or fire professionals.

At the beginning of each semester, Student Housing staff will hold mandatory meetings in each living area. Attendance at these meetings is required of all residents, and Housing staff will review detailed fire safety procedures specific for the resident’s living area.

TORNADO PROCEDURES
When a tornado or other severe weather is reported, residents must follow the procedures of each building and move in an orderly manner to the designated location within the building for shelter. If a tornado warning is declared, immediately move to the designated area of safety. If there is no time, get under your desk and place your mattress over your desk. Always protect your head and neck. Keep away from windows. Keep the following items in mind in the event of a tornado:

1. Close the room’s door.

2. Proceed to a designated area in the building.

3. Take a blanket or pillow.

At the beginning of each semester, Student Housing staff will hold mandatory meetings in each living area. Attendance at these meetings is required of all residents, and Housing staff will review detailed tornado and severe weather safety procedures specific for the resident’s living area.

NON-EMERGENCIES
For issues that are not emergencies (lock-outs, general questions, etc.), Student Housing staff is available 24 hours a day to assist. Please refer to the following contact numbers. During normal business hours, you may contact:

Student Housing Office - (580) 581-2392

The Student Housing Office is located in the McMahon Center and is open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. After business hours and during, weekends and holidays, contact:

24/7 Student Housing - (580) 581-2391

Student Housing staff are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Student Housing staff are on call nights, weekends, and holidays to provide assistance to residents when the Student Housing Office is closed.