Important Information

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Questions on what to bring from home? 

Click here to view a checklist of items to bring with you at move-in. This list covers only the basics and a few optional items. Please also note the items that are not allowed in the residence halls.

Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy

Emporia State University values and welcomes the benefits of diversity, and pledges to current and prospective students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the public that we expect and demand the worth and dignity of all people be recognized without regard to any classification that might preclude a person from consideration as an individual. The University regards inappropriate behavior, unfair treatment or harassment of any individual to be inconsistent with its goals of providing an atmosphere in which students, faculty, staff and administrators may safely learn, work, and live.

Emporia State University is committed to equal employment opportunity, equal educational opportunity, and non-discrimination in the operations and administration of all University programs and services. All decisions with reference to employment (including, but not limited to, selection, discipline, promotion, or termination) and all decisions with reference to student status (including, but not limited to, admission, academic achievements, or discipline) will be made without regard to age, race, color, religion, gender, marital status, national origin, handicap or disability, status as a Vietnam Era Veteran, sexual orientation, or any other factors which cannot lawfully be considered, to the extent specified by applicable federal and state laws.

Students who feel they have been discriminated against on the basis of any item set forth in the Equal Employment Opportunity, Equal Educational Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policy should contact the Vice President for Student Affairs, or the Affirmative Action Officer. Staff, Faculty, or members of the public should contact the Affirmative Action Officer.

You can view Residential Life's Departmental Diversity Statement here.

Important Dates

August 14, 2014: Is a move in day exclusively reserved for our returning Morse Hall Residents.

August 15, 2014: All new students living in either the Towers, Singular/Trusler or Morse Complex will move in this day.

December 13, 2014: Is the day the halls will close. Residents are expected to move out by this date or 24 hours after their last final.

January 18, 2015: The halls will reopne for the Spring 2015 semester.

Residential Life Services

Cable Television

Cable is provided in social lounges within the residence halls free of charge. Residents wishing to purchase cable subscriptions for their individual rooms or suites may contact CableOne at 620-342-3535 or visit their office at 714 Commercial Street, Emporia, KS 66801.

When contacting CableOne your physical address is just your room number and building name.

Community Lounges and Lobbies

Community lounges and lobbies are for use of all students in an assigned community. Residents are encouraged to not leave personal items unattended in lounges and to be respectful of the space. Students are responsible for cleaning up any personal trash and disposing of it properly. Cleaning charges may be assessed to the floor community for excessive cleaning or removal of trash.

Freshman Live On Requirement

The State Board of Regents requires all freshmen students to live in Emporia State University residence halls, with the understanding exemptions may be made in the event of specific circumstances.  This residency requirement serves important educational and developmental purposes. The community living experience provides a valuable part of the total higher education program, and, therefore, assists students with their adaptation to University life.  The on-campus experience provides a unique climate for academic and personal growth opportunities, which are an integral and intentional component of the University education.

Exceptions are limited to those students commuting 30 miles or less to the campus while living with a member of their immediate family (father, mother, sister, brother, aunt, uncle or grandparents), who are married, a single parent or who have graduated from high school at least one year prior to enrolling at Emporia State University. For more information on completing a Housing Waiver form visit our Forms page here.

Hall Activity Councils

Residents within both Morse and Towers Complex are given the opportunity to participate in the Activity Council within their respective complex. Both Morse Activities Council (MAC) and Towers Activities Council (TAC) are student-led groups that exist to provide programs and events for the residents within each complex. Participation in MAC or TAC is a great way to get involved in the campus community and meet new people.

Housekeeping and Maintenance

Housekeeping provides cleaning and sanitation services to common areas and community restrooms during business hours. In the event that excessive cleaning is needed in a public area (i.e. hallway, stairwell, lounge) or the surrounding grounds of the building, community charges could be assessed for the cost of the cleanup.

The Residential Life maintenance team assures our facilities are in top working order at all times. If you have a problem with something in your room or common area, please notify the Reception Center to fill out a maintenance request. Most requests will be handled during business hours, Monday-Friday but emergency concerns will be addressed as quickly as possible.


All resident rooms and lounges have wireless internet access. Wireless is available, but signal strength can vary depending on the student’s device and distance from the wireless access point. Students should contact Information Technology (IT) with questions about wireless access and setup instructions. Resident rooms also feature Ethernet ports which require device registration prior to use. Information including policies governing use of technology, support and other services are available on the IT website, IT can be reached for help or questions at 620-341-5555 or IMPORTANT: Residents are not permitted to set-up wireless routers in residence hall rooms.


The cost of laundry is included in housing charges. Coin-less laundry facilities are located in each housing area. Students are encouraged to remain near the laundry facility for the duration of both washing and drying cycles. Residential Life is not responsible for lost or damaged laundry. Abandoned laundry will be disposed of periodically throughout the academic year.


Mail is delivered Monday-Friday and distributed by the Reception Center staff. Each mailbox is shared by roommates of a room or suite. Combinations to mailboxes are available at the Reception Center. Each Complex has a different mailing address.

The Towers Complex includes North Tower, South Tower, Singular and Trusler Residence Halls.

The Morse Complex includes South Morse, Central Morse, Abigail Morse and Northeast Morse Residence Halls.

Currently you can send mail to residents by addressing mail to:
Resident Name
Building, Room #
Emporia State University
1200 Commericial ST
Emporia, KS 66801

Emporia State University is changing its address and starting this summer the following addresses apply to mail in our resdiential complexes.

Towers Mailing Address Morse Complex Mailing Address
Resident Name
1501 Market St
Building, Room number
Emporia, KS 66801-5066
Resident Name
1500 Morse Dr.
Building, Room number
Emporia, KS 66801-5074

Mail Forwarding

Room changes on campus: Contact all businesses and individuals that send you mail (e.g. banks, credit cards, magazines, family).

Moving off campus :

  1. Go to the United States Post Office and fill out an Official Change of Address Form, or go to
  2. Fill out an Emporia State University Change of Address form at the Reception Center.
  3. Contact all businesses and individuals that send you mail (e.g. banks, credit cards, magazines, family).
  4. Change your address with Emporia State University at

Meal Plans

Emporia State University contracts with Sodexo to provide food service on campus. Reductions to your meal plan can only be made at very specific times: during enrollment for each semester and at the end of the fall semester.  You may increase your meal plan at any time during the semester. Please go to the Memorial Union ID Center to complete the appropriate paperwork. More information about Sodexo, meal plans, and other information about food service can be found by visiting

Reception Center

For the convenience, assistance, and safety of students in the halls, each complex has a Reception Center. This center can provide access to mail and package service, assist with lock-outs, fill out maintenance requests, and check out a variety of recreational and cleaning equipment. The reception center also collects lost and found items. Items not collected will be disposed of at the end of each semester.

Hours of operation: 10:00 a.m. – Midnight (Sunday-Thursday) and 10:00a.m. - 3:00 a.m. (Friday & Saturday)
Morse Reception Center: 1st floor of Central Morse Hall: 620-341-6753
Towers Reception Center: 2nd floor in the Towers Lobby between North and South Tower: 620-341-6743

Telephone Service

On-campus calls can be made by dialing the last four digits of a phone number. To reach an outside line, dial 9 before making your call, then dial the number as usual including area code.

There are no active phone lines in any resident rooms. Courtesy phones are available, however, on every floor within each building.

Vending Machines

Vending machines are located throughout the residence halls. These machines are not stocked or serviced by Residential Life. Any issues or concerns, including refund requests, should be directed to the Memorial Union ID Center on the first floor of the Memorial Union, 620-341-5859.

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