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Frequently Asked Questions
What should I bring &
what is not allowed ?

Necessary items:

  • Sheets - XL Long Twin
  • Blanket(s)
  • Pillow(s)
  • Towel(s)
  • Trash Can
  • Alarm Clock
  • Toiletry Items
  • Toilet Paper
  • Soap
  • Laundry Supplies
  • Laundry Basket
  • Bathroom Cleaning Supplies

Other items you may want for your room:
In regards to the items below, you may want to visit with your roommate to see if they are bringing any of these items, as you do not need more than one of each per room.

Radio Television Compact Refrigerator Microwave Computer

  Items that are not allowed:
Indoor or Outdoor Grills Toasters/Toaster Ovens Woks Coffee Pots Hot Plates
Candles Incense Pets of any kind Frying pans Cinderblocks Space Heaters
Sofa/Loveseat/Futons (exception – Lodge)

Wall/ceiling decorations:
Cowley encourages students to personalize their rooms to make it feel more like home. However, there are some restrictions to what is allowed on the walls/ceilings.

There is to be no painting, discoloring, or writing on any college property. Items can be hung on the walls with command strips or sticky tack only; push pins are applicable where there is drywall.

Any type of tape, velcro, or any other adhesive other than command strips or sticky tack will remove paint. Absolutely no drilling, screwing, nailing, or cutting into the walls or furniture.

Any damage to Cowley property will be billed to the student.


What is provided?

Each room has two twin beds (extra long, stackable), two desks with chairs, and two wardrobes. The Lodge has a single extra-long twin bed and wardrobe. Every room has a sink and vanity. Free basic cable TV, along with Cox High Speed Internet access, is provided. Each room is carpeted and has blinds, but you may bring curtains if you wish. Maid service is not available. Each dorm has a laundry room and computer lab that are open 24 hours a day and free to use.

Some advantages are:

  • Computer labs in each dorm
  • In-room Internet access and wireless Internet
  • Central heating and air conditioning
  • Cable TV service
  • Toll-free phones in dorm lobbies
  • Convenient free parking – parking stickers are required
  • Mail service
  • Smoking prohibited in all housing units
  • Close to all campus services
  • Clean and well maintained
  • Safe
  • Handicapped accessible dorms and rooms
  • No cost to use washers and dryers
  • On-site snack and beverage machines
  • Academic awards for students CPA 3.5 or better
What are some of the activities offered?
  • Free movie night
  • Free bowling night
  • Intramurals
  • Ping Pong and Pool Tournaments
  • Dances
  • Winter Homecoming
  • Steak night in the cafeteria
  • Picnics
  • Entertainers and Concerts
Do I get to pick my roommate?
Yes, you can request a roommate by writing the person's name on the questionnaire that accompanies the housing contract. If you do not have a particular roommate in mind, the questionnaire allows us to place you with someone who shares your interests, study and sleep habits, etc.
How do I get my meals?
Your student ID card is scanned each time you eat a meal. All dorm residents living on campus must choose a 14 or 19 meal per week plan. Residents of The Lodge have the option to opt out of the meal plan. Weekly menus are available on the Food Services web module.
What is the curfew / visitation policy?
Dorms are open for visitation from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 mid. Sunday through Thursday and from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Exterior doors are locked 24 hours a day, and any guest is to be accompanied by the resident at all times. Overnight guests must be approved in advance by the dorm manager or director of housing 24 hours in advance.
How secure is the campus?
Full-time Campus Security officers patrol our campus to help assure the safety of students. Officers may be reached on their cellular phones if any assistance is needed at 620.441.5599. There also are security cameras that cover the dorm exits and floors for the safety of students.
What if I get sick?
We have a Director of Health Services on duty during the week who can help you with health problems and refer you to a physician or other off-campus resources as needed.
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