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Residence Life FAQs

  • Here is a list of common items you will want to bring to campus:

    • Bedding – all beds are Twin XL size (a regular twin fitted sheet will NOT work, must be XL)
    • Mattress pad – Twin XL
    • Zipped mattress cover (Twin XL) – recommended, but not required
    • Towels
    • Laundry detergent (quarters for machines)
    • Toiletries
    • Small storage containers for personal belongings
    • Small safe with a lock
    • Alarm clock
    • Blankets

    For the common spaces of your apartment/suite, you might want to coordinate some of the following items with your roommates.

    • Wash cloths and dish towels
    • Dish soap
    • Dishes and utensils (especially if residing in apartment-style hall; space limited in suites)
    • Trash can and trash bags (bathroom & tall kitchen size no larger than 13 gallons)
    • Microwave for all halls except Prairie, Meadow and Homestead (where microwaves are already provided)
    • TV stand (TVs CANNOT be mounted to the walls)
    • First Aid Kit
    • Broom
    • Vacuum
    • Cleaning supplies (kitchenette and bathroom cleaning is the responsibility of the residents of each room)

    Although this is not an all-inclusive list, some things that are not allowed in college housing are as follows:

    • Grills/Smokers
    • Space/Electric heaters
    • Hot Plates
    • Refrigerators/Freezers
    • Any appliance with an open flame or a heating coil
    • Wallpaper
    • Decorative displays made from alcoholic beverage containers or signs
    • Candles or incense
    • Dartboards
    • Dumbells/Weights/Exercise Equipment
    • Animals/pets other than small fish
    • Additional microwaves are not permitted in Homestead, Meadow or Prairie Halls since a microwave is provided already in those suites
    • Review the Residence Life Handbook (PDF) for additional items
    We love our facilities, and we hope you do too. We want you to be able to personalize and make the space a reflection of you, but we request that you do so in a way that will not cause any permanent damage to walls, doors, etc. You may use reusable, non-adhesive putty. Command strips are often not installed and removed properly, causing considerable damage as a result, and are therefore not to be used.  Please do not use any materials (nails, tacks, pushpins, or tape) that will damage walls or paint.

    All residence halls are furnished with twin XL-sized beds for each resident. Twin XL sheets are required.

    Washington and Eisenhower halls in Beatrice have one two-drawer dresser, two desks, and two twin XL beds in each bedroom. The living rooms include a couch and a loveseat. The kitchen includes either a table and chairs or a bar and barstools, depending on layout. Kitchen appliances include a refrigerator, stove, and dishwasher.

    Homestead Hall (Beatrice) and Prairie and Meadow halls (Milford) are furnished with a couch, two chairs, a coffee table, and an end table in the living room space. The kitchenette features a sink, microwave, and a refrigerator. Bedrooms provide a twin XL bed, desk and a two-drawer dresser for each student.

    Pioneer Hall (Milford) has one desk and two twin XL beds in each bedroom. The living rooms are furnished with a couch, chair, coffee table and an end table. The kitchen is furnished with a table and chairs. Kitchen appliances include a stove and a refrigerator. Pioneer Hall will only be available as overflow if both Prairie and Meadow halls are full.

    Yes, you certainly can request a roommate. As long as this is mutually agreed upon by all parties, roommate requests are typically honored. Each resident must designate the other resident(s) on the Roommate Questionnaire. If you forget to do that or decide after you have submitted your form, contact the Residence Life Manager for your campus.
    Roommate changes will not be made in the first two weeks of the term, as students are encouraged to work out their differences and try to find some common ground. Residence Life staff will assist in this process. If, after two weeks, the differences cannot be resolved, Residence Life staff will see if a change of rooms is available. Roommate changes must be approved by the Residence Life Manager. If the campus is near or at capacity, room changes may be more difficult during the term.
    SCC will clean hallways and common areas, but cleaning of the apartments/suites/rooms is the responsibility of the resident(s). The resident(s) must clean the bedroom, living room, kitchen, and bathroom areas within the apartment/suite. Residents will have to cooperate to ensure this is completed. Residents should also clean up after themselves in common areas: Don’t leave a mess in the kitchen or elsewhere.
    All utilities are included in the semester cost. SCC provides either wired or wireless internet service. All units are heated and air conditioned.

    Although SCC does not require immunization records to be submitted, being up-to-date on all immunizations is certainly recommended. Information regarding meningococcal disease will be provided to all residents, per state law, and residents will be required to acknowledge receipt of this information. Residents are encouraged to consider vaccinations to protect from meningococcal disease. Further information is available on our Residence Life Forms page.

    The College has provided a safe return to in-person instruction since Fall 2020 and learned much in the past two years in response to safety concerns. Vaccination continues to be the leading public health prevention strategy to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, and prevention strategies to mitigate the spread of the virus remain critical to protect everyone. As we transition into the 2022-2023 academic year, we continue to work closely with our local health departments and will implement additional strategies when needed throughout the academic year. The COVID vaccination is encouraged for all residents to lower the risk of a COVID spread on campus.

    SCC takes every precaution to keep our facilities bed-bug free, but we need every resident’s help to ensure this. Anyone can pick up bed bugs from wherever the bugs are living – homes, hotels, other dorm rooms, buses, etc. Although bed bugs usually occur near the areas where people sleep, they can infest anyone, anywhere.

    If traveling or staying somewhere else, check the potential hiding places such as mattress seams, wall trim, under furniture and in any small cracks or creases. They hide during the day. Look for signs of bed bugs such as eggs, blood stains, droppings, or the bed bugs themselves. Do not leave clothes on the bed or the floor. Elevate suitcases off of the floor on a luggage stand or countertop. Keep your suitcase or bag closed/zipped when not in use. When returning from a trip, wash all laundry in hot water and dry it (recommend even taking it to a laundromat to do this).

    What do bed bug bites look like? Bites can vary by individual and can range from absence of any marks to a small bite mark or a more serious allergic reaction. The bite mark might not show up right away and can appear similar to the bite of a mosquito – slightly swollen and red and may itch.

    What if I suspect my room has bed bugs? First, don’t panic. Bed bug bites do not pose a serious medical threat. Contact your Residence Life Manager or Assistant Residence Life Manager or Maintenance as soon as possible. They will hire a licensed exterminator to come to campus. If you can, capture the bed bug to help the exterminator to identify the bug. The exterminator and Residence Life staff will help you with the process of sterilizing the room and your belongings. You will be asked to do the following:

    • Do not go to another room. Stay in your room so that we do not spread bed bugs to another room.
    • Give a set of clothes to an RA to sterilize in the dryer
    • Bag all objects that can be dried in clean trash bags and seal them—shoes, clothes, towels, cushion covers, wash cloths, bed sheets, gym bags, backpacks, hats, gloves, etc. If it can be put in a dryer, it gets dried.
    • Put on the clothes that the RA sterilized and take all other bags to a designated laundry room.
    • To dry items, (1) put the bag in the dryer (2) empty the bag in the dryer (3) spray bag with bed bug spray that the Residence Life staff will provide (4) put bag into designated second bag provided and take directly to the dumpster, and (5) dry the items for 20-25 minutes.
    • Removed sterilized items from the dryer and place them into a new clean trash bag and take it to your temporary room. Repeat the drying process as necessary.
    • Do not return to your room until given permission following room treatment by the exterminator.

    If a resident repeatedly infects housing, they may be prohibited from living on campus.

    Please contact SCC’s Student Support & Accommodations Resource Office if you have any special needs requests for living on campus. Contact information for each campus can be found on the Reasonable Accommodations webpage.

    If students have food allergies or sensitivities, Great Western is trained to accommodate those needs. The first step in requesting those accommodations is to reach out to the Great Western Food Service Manager for your location. This is required as a first step prior to working with the SCC Accommodations Resource Office. Great Western contact information is below: