Residence Life

Move-inCoe is intentionally designed as a four-year residential college. The living experiences in the halls are integral to the educational process, and the four-year residential nature of the college promotes a tight knit community that makes our campus unique. Living on campus provides students with opportunities to live with others in a community environment, share experiences and develop personally.

New students live in one of the campus residence halls. Upper-class students may choose to live in the residence halls, the Coe College apartments, or one of the college-owned houses.

The college provides an extra-long twin-size bed, desk, desk chair, closet and dresser for each student in a room. Students are encouraged to bring items to make the room more comfortable and personalized. Pillows, bedspreads, posters, wastebaskets and study lamps are also appropriate. Essential items include bed linens, towels and toiletries. Students may bring a stereo, television, microwave and a small refrigerator (up to four cubic feet). Appliances which draw strong electrical current or are fire hazards (i.e., space heaters, hot plates, halogen lamps and extension cords) are not permitted. Surge protectors are recommended.

All halls have lounges, a small kitchen, vending machines, study areas, a TV-viewing area and laundry facilities.

Residence Life Staff

Each residence hall has a student staff member or resident assistants (RAs) who live on each floor. Coe's RAs are supported by a staff of five assistant area coordinators (AACs) and three area coordinators (ACs).

AACs are upper-class students whose primary responsibility is to assist the area coordinators with the daily administration of residence halls.

ACs are professional staff members, typically with master's degrees in higher education administration, who supervise the student staff, provide personal counseling, administer residence hall polices and deal with emergency situations. Coe's dynamic and involved ACs make a point to stay in touch with students on a daily basis.

Student Conduct Information

One of the goals of the college is to help students develop a responsible and caring attitude toward themselves and others as they manage their personal lives. Coe students are held responsible for their behavior. The following policy information is included in this Parent Resource guide because these are the issues of concern most frequently mentioned by parents. All student life policies and procedures are available in the online edition of the Student Reference Book.

General College Policies and Services

Coe College is committed to maintaining an environment conducive to the intellectual and personal development of students and to the safety and welfare of the Coe student body. Students are expected to make responsible decisions regarding the use of alcohol on and off campus.

  1. Students are expected to abide by statutes of the State of Iowa concerning the consumption, distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages. Pertinent provisions are:
    1. The minimum age for alcohol purchase, consumption and possession in Iowa is 21 years.
    2. It is unlawful to sell or give alcoholic beverages to underage people.
    3. It is illegal to use falsified identification - or allow someone else to use another's identification - to obtain alcoholic beverages illegally.
  2. Students who are of legal drinking age may consume alcohol in the privacy of their room or apartment. Hallways, study lounges, restrooms, common spaces and chapter rooms are not considered private areas.
  3. Student social functions can be of two types: those where alcohol is served or those where it is not served. The college requires that all on-campus events must be registered and that rules for the event are observed.

While all students are permitted to bring cars to campus, parking is limited. All vehicles must have a permit, which can be purchased at Campus Information. The cost of a permit is $120 per year or $60 per term. Students are reminded that car stereos, cellular phones and other expensive accessories are often targeted for theft. These types of accessories should be left at home or removed from the vehicle and stored in student rooms. Students not needing cars are discouraged from bringing them to campus. Coe is located blocks from convenience stores, a pharmacy, a grocery store and other shops. A bus stop is also located on campus with service to Lindale shopping mall.

Coe has an ATM in the lower level of Gage Memorial Union. The ATM is provided by US Bank. Several banks are located near campus: Wells Fargo, 1800 First Avenue NE, 319.286.1800; Commercial Federal, 700 First Avenue NE, 319.366.1851; and US Bank, 222 Second Avenue SE, 319.368.4444. US Bank has an international banking department with services for students going to or coming from international locations.

Surprise your student with some extra cash for use in Charlie's P.U.B. or The "U." Coe Cash is a debit system added to your student's ID card. When he or she uses the ID card in the dining room or Charlie's P.U.B., the purchase is subtracted from the balance. Coe Cash is a prepaid food purchase and therefore not taxed in Iowa, thus providing a 7% advantage. Coe Cash unused by the end of the school year cannot be refunded.

Student ID cards are issued in the Office of the Vice President for Student Development. Each student receives a card free of charge. Replacement cards are issued for a fee. ID cards may be used both on and off campus for identification purposes. Student IDs are used for campus food service, for admission to campus events, in the library, in the Fitness Center and in Eby Fieldhouse to check out materials and equipment.

A calendar of Coe events can be found on the Coe College website. Click on the “About Coe” tab and then click on "Calendar of Events" to find dates and times on various campus calendars.

COMPUTER SERVICES (see Information Technology)

Coe offers free and confidential short-term counseling services for full-time students through the Abbe Center and St. Luke's Family Counseling Center. Counseling Center staff members are available to talk about issues such as adjusting to college, relationship problems, academic concerns, managing stress, coping with depression, dealing with grief, etc. Each member of the staff has credentials in one or more professional areas, including: mental health counseling, psychology, social work and family therapy. Any student may make an appointment by calling 319-369-7952 and identifying himself/herself as a Coe student.

Illegal drugs are not permitted on the Coe College campus. Institutional knowledge of possession or use of illegal drugs will subject the involved student to investigation. The college may take action or refer the student to civil authorities or a professional counselor.

School spiritGifts, such as clothing or books, may be ordered through the Coe Bookstore, (, 319-399-8568, or email Gift cards are available and can be recharged at any time by web or phone. Please contact the bookstore with any questions about textbooks, gifts, specialty items and clothing.

Flowers may be ordered from Cutting Gardens at Brucemore (319-362-1004), Hy-Vee Floral (319-393-4246) or Flowerama (319-365-1810). Flowers are delivered to Gage Memorial Union information desk or the mailroom Monday through Friday (the mailroom is closed Saturday and Sunday). Students will be notified that they have a package to pick up. Please phone in your order one week ahead of delivery date.

SAA (Student Alumni Association) prepares Final Packs for students. Parents are emailed or mailed a letter from SAA inviting them to order a Finals Pack for their student to give him or her a boost and a bit of cheer before their exams.

Several area hotels give discounts to Coe visitors. A listing of these hotels is available at To receive the discount, you must ask for the Coe rate when you make the reservation.

Coe’s Information Technology Office offers students a number of opportunities to keep connected both on and off campus. Students may choose to bring their own PC or Mac computer and connect to the campus computer network from the convenience of their rooms, as long as they meet the minimum college-specified requirements.

The Computer Facilities at Coe Consist of:

  • Over 3,000 computer ports on a fully integrated campus-wide Local Area Network
  • Full Wired or Wireless Internet service within the resident halls, campus buildings and athletic facilities
  • An extensive networked software library containing the latest graphical versions of popular applications in the computer labs
  • 300 computers available for student use located throughout the academic buildings and resident halls
  • A computer in each faculty and staff office
  • Wireless Access is located in most areas of campus for faculty, staff and students

Hours of professional staff:

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Voorhees Hall, lower level
Phone: 319.399.8877
Fax: 319.399.8879

Each residence hall provides washers and dryers. In Armstrong/Douglas Hall, Greene Hall and Murray Hall, the facilities are located on the bottom floor. In Voorhees Hall, they are located on various floors. For unlimited laundry use, each residential student is automatically billed $40 per term on their Coe account.

The mailroom is located on the lower level of Gage Memorial Union. All new students are assigned mailboxes at the beginning of the academic year, and they keep these boxes throughout their Coe careers. First-class mail is forwarded to each student’s home address during the summer, unless other arrangements are made. Special delivery and registered mail are delivered to the mailroom which, in turn, notifies the student of such mail. The mailroom is open from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday and is closed on weekends and holidays.

Mail to a student should be addressed as follows:

Student's Name
GMU# _____
Coe College
1220 First Avenue N.E.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-5012

Students are expected to be considerate of other students at all times. They are responsible for limiting excessive noise and disruptive behavior. Quiet hours are designated in each residence hall. During final examinations, additional quiet hours may be established by students in coordination with the residence hall staff.

Students talkingCoe College is committed to providing students with opportunities to practice their religious faith and beliefs. To this end, the college Chaplain seeks to provide and create an atmosphere that is consistent with the religious heritage of the college and conducive to the development of spiritual and moral values. The Coe community reflects religious pluralism, with Protestant and Catholic Christians, Jews and Muslims being the major groups represented.

Christian worship services of an interdenominational nature are held regularly on campus and significant Christian holidays are appropriately celebrated. In addition, the Office of the Chaplain sponsors various celebrations of significant high holy days relevant to other faith traditions. Students, faculty, staff and other members of the Coe community are encouraged and welcome to participate in these services, as well as the many other religious life activities available at Coe. These activities include: study and discussion groups, retreats, conferences, outreach projects, mission trips, interreligious dialogue, peer ministry and special guest lectures. Students are encouraged to worship in local churches or in the local synagogue or mosque.

Coe employs contracted security services to provide 24-hour, seven-day-a-week security for students, faculty and staff. Officers provide escorts for students when requested, provide vehicle and foot patrol of campus and perform other duties as required. Bike patrol is used during various shifts in order to bring the guards closer to the students and to assist in getting to calls faster. Residence halls are locked 24 hours each day for added student safety.

In compliance with Iowa's "Smoke Free Air Act," no smoking is allowed on Coe College property. There is no smoking inside college buildings or outside on campus grounds.

Textbooks are required for almost all classes at Coe College, and can be found at the Coe Bookstore in lower Gage Memorial Union. Textbooks are generally available for purchase in the bookstore two or three weeks prior to the start of classes, and can also be purchased on the bookstore’s website at Students may have the option of purchasing used books or renting textbooks. Textbooks may also be sold back to the bookstore year round, although the best buyback value is generally at the end of each semester during finals week. More information about textbook rental at Coe is available at

All common forms of payment are accepted, including: cash, check, debit/credit cards and Coe Bookstore gift cards. Bookstore gift cards may be purchased in any amount up to $1,000 and have no expiration date. Gift cards may be used to purchase any item in the bookstore.

Family members are always welcome to visit Coe. Families are encouraged to attend concerts, plays, lectures and athletic events whenever possible. Clark Alumni House guest rooms may be reserved, as availability permits, by contacting the Alumni House director at 319-399-8616.

If you have any college related questions, the college switchboard (319-399-8000) operates Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 10 p.m., during the academic school year. When the switchboard is closed, emergency calls can be handled by the Security Office, 319-399-8888.