Fall 2017 Move-In Procedures

Welcome! Get ready to move in to your new campus home.


  • move-in schedules

    When to Arrive and What to Expect

    The residence halls open on Sunday, September 3. Check out the schedules below to see when you should plan to arrive on campus, and where to go when you get here.


Find your move-in schedule:

8 a.m.–1 p.m. Sunday, September 3

Coeur de Catherine, 3rd Floor Atrium

When you check-in, you will receive your student ID and room key. If you live in a building other than St. Mary Hall, you may arrive anytime between 8 a.m.–1 p.m. St. Mary Hall residents, please follow the schedule below.


Special Instructions for St. Mary Hall Residents Only
Below is a list of specific check-in times for Sunday based on your floor and room number. Please plan to arrive during your designated time so that we can move traffic through in an orderly fashion, allowing you to park close to St. Mary Hall.

Time St. Mary Residents Moving Into:
8–9 a.m. even-numbered rooms on floors 1 and 4
9–10 a.m. even-numbered rooms on floors 2 and 3
10–11 a.m. odd-numbered rooms on floors 2 and 3
11 a.m.–noon odd-numbered rooms on floors 1 and 4

Orientation

Orientation begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 3. We encourage you to arrive by 1:30 p.m. so that you and your family can participate in the opening Orientation events.

After-Hours (September 3) Check-In Procedure

1–6:30 p.m. Arrival
Residence Life Office, 450 Coeur de Catherine
If arriving on Sunday between 1–6:30pm, we’ll get you checked in at the Residence Life Office. When you check-in you will receive your student ID and room key. Please note that staff will not be available to assist with carrying items at this time.

6:30–11 p.m. Arrival
Visitation Commons Desk
If arriving between 6:30–11 p.m. please check-in at the Visitation Commons reception desk. When you check-in you will receive your student ID and room key. Please note that staff will not be available to assist with carrying items at this time.

You may begin moving in at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 3. Classes begin on September 6.

Sunday, September 3

2:30–6:30 p.m.

Check in at the Residence Life Office, Room 450, Coeur de Catherine.

Students arriving prior to 2:30 p.m. may be asked to wait, as we are busy with first-year student check-in and Orientation.

ID Cards and Building Access
Residence hall exterior doors are secured through card access. Your ID card will give you access to your building.

  • Transfer students will receive their ID cards as part of the check-in process. Cards will already be set up with meal plan and building access.
  • Returning students must have their ID cards encoded in the Residence Life Office before 6:30 p.m. to ensure access to their residence hall or apartment building.

6:30–11 p.m.

Check in at the Visitation Commons Desk. Check-in will not be available after 11 p.m.

ID Cards and Building Access
Residence hall exterior doors are secured through card access. Your ID card will give you access to your building.

  • Transfer students will receive their ID cards as part of the check-in process. Cards will already be set up with meal plan and building access.
  • After 6:30 p.m., returning students must have their ID cards encoded at Public Safety.

Monday, September 4

10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Check in at the Residence Life Office, Room 450, Coeur de Catherine.

4–11 p.m.

If you are arriving after 4 p.m., check in at the Visitation Commons Desk. Check-in will not be available after 11 p.m.

ID Cards and Building Access
Residence hall exterior doors are secured through card access. Your ID card will give you access to your building.

  • Transfer students will receive their ID cards as part of the check-in process. Cards will already be set up with meal plan and building access.
  • After 4 p.m., returning students must have their ID cards encoded at Public Safety.

Tuesday, September 5

8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Check in at the Residence Life Office, Room 450, Coeur de Catherine.

5–11 p.m.

If you are arriving after 5 p.m., check in at the Visitation Commons Desk. Check-in will not be available after 11 p.m.

ID Cards and Building Access
Residence hall exterior doors are secured through card access. Your ID card will give you access to your building.

  • Transfer students will receive their ID cards as part of the check-in process. Cards will already be set up with meal plan and building access.
  • After 5 p.m., returning students must have their ID cards encoded at Public Safety.

Preview your room or request an earlier move-in:

  • August 10 Room preview day

    see your room before you move in!

    Snap photos, take measurements, and even loft your bed on Room Preview Day, August 10. This event is open to all new first-year and transfer students living on campus.

    Room Preview Day is a casual, drop-in style event. You may come to campus any time between 10 a.m.–noon and 4–7 p.m. on this day. Friends and family are also welcome to attend! Please RSVP using the online RSVP form or call us at 651.690.6617.

    The residence halls are occupied during the summer. We created Room Preview Day to allow students to see their room prior to move in day. Unfortunately we may not be able to accommodate requests to see rooms at other times during the summer. If you cannot attend Room Preview and you wish to see your room, please contact us at least 48 hours in advance. We will try to accommodate your request, but we cannot show rooms in some occupied buildings.


If you are required to move in early for athletics, campus employment, medical accommodation, or long distance travel, you must complete the Request for Early Arrival Form. This form is available on My Housing.

Forms are due by August 4 for consideration.

  • Your Services

    Residence Hall Amenities and Services

    We are ready with the services you need—including Internet, laundry, mail, television and more.


What's available to you:

Your room comes with cable service, at no additional cost. You do not need to sign up for this service, but you do need a gold-plated coaxial cable to plug into the cable outlet from your TV. You can purchase coaxial cables from electronic or discount retail stores for around $10-20. Once you get to campus and plug into cable it may be necessary to re-program your TV with your remote control.

Each residence hall has at least one computer lab that is available for use 24 hours a day. The lab printer is networked, so you can send print jobs to the printer from your personal computer from anywhere in the building. Instructions for connecting to the printer in your building are available in the computer lab or through the Help Desk online guides.

To activate the plug-in Ethernet port in your room, at no additional charge, please log-in to My Housing and submit the request form. Once your port is activated Residence Life will contact you with additional set-up information.

Washers and dryers are available in your building. There is no cost to use the machines, but you must provide your own HE Energy Efficient laundry detergent.

All resident students are assigned a mailbox in the postal service area of 2nd floor Coeur de Catherine. New students will receive their mail box number and combination at Orientation.

Your Campus Address

2004 Randolph Ave., Box #___
St. Paul, MN 55105


If you live in Alberta and Georgia you may also have mail delivered to your apartment building.

Alberta Address

569 Fairview Ave South, Apt. ___
St. Paul, MN 55116

Georgia Address

559 Fairview Ave South, Apt. ___
St. Paul, MN 55116

St. Kate's has partnered with Bedloft.com to rent refrigerators and micro-fridges. Stand-alone microwaves are not allowed in Caecilian, Carondelet, Crandall, Old Main, St. Mary, and Stanton, but you can rent or purchase a microwave and refrigerator combination unit to use in your room. A microwave comes standard in all Morrison and Rauenhorst suites and apartments. Microwaves are allowed in Alberta and Georgia.

Students purchasing their own refrigerator should look for units not exceeding 3.8 cubic feet. Bedloft.com offers convenient in-room delivery prior to your arrival, and they have a variety of products to choose from. You can also purchase futons and TV hangers that fit under your loft.

To request basic telephone service at no additional cost, please log-in to My Housing and submit the request form. Residence Life will make arrangements and contact you when your phone line is activated. Residence Life can also lend you a phone for the year for free.

After business hours and on weekends, there is a designated Resident Advisor (RA) on-call for your building. The RA responds to lock-outs, facilities concerns and emergencies. You can reach your on-duty RA by calling the RA cell phone. This number is posted throughout your building.

  • your stuff

    What to Bring

    Not sure what you need to take with you to campus? Review our suggested packing list to get an idea of what items you’ll need. Keep in mind that you will have limited space, so discussing larger items with your future roommate is advised.


Some suggestions for what to pack

Personal Items

  • Standard twin-size bedding (not extra-long)
  • Alarm clock
  • Medications
  • Flashlight
  • High efficiency (HE) Laundry Soap, stain stick, softener
  • Laundry bag
  • Power strip (extension cords not allowed)
  • Towels, washcloths
  • Toiletries and shower caddy
  • Bathrobe, slippers, shower shoes
  • Desk lamp (no halogen bulbs)
  • Clip-on lamp for loft or top bunk (no halogen bulbs)
  • Chargers (cell, laptop, tablet, etc)
  • Plants
  • Storage boxes/crates (stackable)
  • Bike, lock
  • Shoe organizer
  • Clothes hangers
  • Umbrella/rain coat
  • Winter boots, coat, hat, etc.
  • Swim suit/workout clothes
  • Small tool kit
  • Room decorations (see policies)
  • Postage stamps
  • Painter's tape
  • Desk organizer
  • Calendar
  • Backpack or book bag
  • First-Aid kit and emergency preparedness items
  • Snacks
  • Food storage items (zip bags, etc.)
  • Organizer for important documents (bank statements, bills, etc.)—please consider how you will store these papers to avoid identity theft

Talk to your roommate(s) about sharing these items.

  • TV
  • Cable cord for TV (gold-plated, coaxial cable)
  • Fan
  • Area rug (most rooms in St. Mary do not have carpet)
  • Kitchen Kit (pot, pan, utensils, plates, bowls, cups)
  • Dish soap, sponge/cloth
  • Cleaning supplies (yes, we hope you'll clean your room)
  • Refrigerator (less than 3.8 cubic ft.) - rent from BedLoft.com (suites and apartments come with refrigerators)
  • Message board w/markers
  • Kitchen items (plates, bowls, cups, utensils, pots, pans, hot pads, cookie sheets, baking pans, storage containers, zip bags)
  • Dish soap, sponge/cloth
  • Trash bags
  • Alberta & Georgia - Microwave (Rauenhorst and Morrison come with microwaves)
  • Cleaning supplies (yes, you must clean your own kitchen, living room, and bathroom)
  • Vacuum
  • Storage boxes/crates
  • Lamp for living room
  • Alberta & Georgia - TV stand (not needed in Rauenhorst and Morrison)
  • TV and gold-plated coaxial cable cord
  • Shower curtain and liner
  • Bath mat
  • Candles, incense (wickless, battery operated fake candles are allowed)
  • Halogen bulbs
  • Extension cords
  • Pets (fish are allowed)
  • Air conditioning units
  • Microwaves (allowed in Alberta & Georgia)—microwaves in the form of combination microwave/refrigerator units rented from BedLoft.com are allowed
  • Toaster, small counter top grills (these items are allowed in apartments and suites)
  • 3M hooks, poster putty, and other adhesives—painter's tape is allowed
  • Your Bed

    Lofting & Bunking

    Your are welcome to loft or bunk your bed. Please view St. Kate's policies and building-specific instructions for doing so.


  • policies

    Your Community and Personal Responsibilities

    Please review the Residence Life community policies, which protect your rights and the rights of the residence hall community.


  • Emergency Procedures

    In Case of an Emergency in the Residence Halls

    Emergencies by nature are unpredictable so no document is completely comprehensive. Other variables outside your or the University's control may affect how a crisis unfolds.

    During an Emergency

    • Try to stay calm. Take a deep breath. Take a few seconds to plan your course of action.
    • Contact Public Safety or 9-1-1 if necessary. If possible, please contact your RA.
    • Explain the nature of the emergency.
    • Give the dispatcher your name and location.
    • Don't hang-up first. The dispatcher may have questions for you.
    • Follow specific procedures depending on the emergency (see below).

Specific residence hall emergency procedures

The University, as mandated by the fire department, conducts two annual fire drills during the academic year. These drills are not announced in advance so you must treat every alarm as a real fire. By state law evacuation during a fire alarm is mandatory for everyone.

  • If you smell smoke, see smoke, or see flames immediately activate the fire alarm. If you are near a pull station, please pull the alarm. We encourage you to walk through your building to see where pull stations and extinguishers are located.
  • Attempt to put the fire out ONLY if you are trained and it is safe to do so. Never attempt to put out a fire that is larger than a small trash bin.
  • Grab your emergency kit and leave the building immediately. Meet in your designated assembly area - at least 50 feet from the building (your RA will talk about this at your community meeting). Remember to take your shoes and jacket in cold weather.
  • Stay in the assembly area until Public Safety has officially called an all-clear for the building. The building RAs will help with evacuation and communication.

If you live in family housing, we encourage you to discuss fire prevention tips with your children. We also hope you will practice evacuation procedures with your family.

Roommates are encouraged to account for each other during a fire evacuation. If you suspect your roommate was in the building during an alarm, but you don't see her at the assembly area, please alert an RA. Exchanging cell phone numbers with your roommate will also help you communicate during an emergency.

During severe weather like a tornado, you may need to move to the shelter area of a building. This is not an evacuation, which suggests leaving the building. At the sound of sirens or when media declares a tornado or severe storm warning or when directed by Public Safety/Residence Life Staff, you should move to the building's shelter area. Public Safety will attempt to contact Residence Life Staff to help coordinate communication, but residents should never rely solely on this communication. If you feel it is necessary to move to the safe area, please do so.

Grab your emergency kit and move to safe area designated for each building.

Please call 9-1-1 during a medical emergency. Then call Public Safety at 651.690.8888. If you call 9-1-1 from a campus phone, Public Safety is alerted at the same time through a pager system.

Please complete (and keep updated) an online Emergency Form, available through My Housing. If circumstances allow, Public Safety or a professional staff member from Residence Life will print and send a copy of your form with you to the hospital if emergency transportation is required.

If you lose electricity in your living area or building, please contact Public Safety describing exactly where the power is out (i.e. just your room, building wide, etc.). Please also try to contact your Resident Advisor or the RA on-duty after hours.

  • Have your emergency kit nearby. Please use your flashlight to navigate through dark hallways and stairwells.
  • Avoid opening your refrigerator. Most food will stay good for hours in a closed refrigerator. Find more tips on keeping food safe during an emergency »
  • Do not use candles or other open flames as lighting.
  • As information becomes available, Residence Life will post signs to update residents on the situation.

Being drunk can be a serious health risk. Incapacitation can lead to death. If you are on campus and worried about someone who has consumed alcohol or other substances, please contact an RA or Public Safety (651.690.8888) immediately. Signs of incapacitation include but are not limited to:

  • Unconsciousness
  • Slurred speech
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Inability to respond to questions
  • Violent or aggressive behavior

The University Counseling Centers offer confidential services staffed by professional psychologists for students free of charge. Services include short-term counseling and consultation as well as referral to community resources. Your Resident Advisor can answer questions about the Counseling Center and other resources.

In immediate mental health crisis situations (threatening or resulting in bodily harm), please call 9-1-1 or Public Safety at 651.690.8888.

The University and responding staff are held to high standards of confidentiality. Please speak to your Resident Advisor or Complex Coordinator if you have questions or concerns about helping a student in need.

You're an independent person. The University does not keep track of your comings and goings. However, no matter how old you get, if you're missing from classes, work and people haven't seen you around in a few days, the University will respond out of care and concern. In some situations it may be necessary to alert the police and/or family members. The University is obligated to follow regulations outlined in the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act).

Notification and reporting for missing residents
Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, St. Catherine University has developed the following disclosure notification and action plan in the event of a “Missing Student” in the residence halls.

Statement of compliance
Community members are urged to report missing students immediately. Resident students have the option to confidentially identify an individual to be contact by St. Catherine University in the event a student is determined to be missing for more than 24 hours. Students wishing to register a confidential contact may do so by contacting the Director of Residence Life at 651-690-6617. If a student has identified such an individual, St. Catherine University will notify that individual no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing. Should a student under the age of 18 be reported as missing, the parent or guardian will be notified within 24 hours. In all cases where a student is reported as missing, the Residence Life staff will immediately contact St. Catherine Public Safety.

Notification and reporting procedures
Concerned individuals should report a missing student to the Director of Residence Life (or designee) at 651.690.6617 or by contacting the St. Catherine Department of Public Safety at 651.690.8888. The Residence Life office will forward any reports of a missing student immediately to the Department of Public Safety and both offices will work together until the matter is resolved. This action may include use of the emergency notification system if necessary. The Residence Life office will notify the listed emergency contact (or the custodial parent or guardian if a resident student is under 18 years of age and not an emancipated individual) within 24 hours from when the student was reported as missing.

To avoid the embarrassment that may result in multiple people trying to track your down, we recommend letting your roommate(s) and/or a friend know if you'll be gone an extended number of nights. Please also check your cell phone voice mail and St. Kate's email. And please respond to our messages! We'll try to contact you before we alert anyone else.

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