Missouri State University

Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention Program 2013-2014

The following information is provided annually to every employee and student of Missouri State University out of concern for each person’s welfare and in compliance with federal laws. Policies in this notice are available at the given web addresses and in hard copy at the Office of the Dean of Students, Plaster Student Union 405, 836-5527; Human Resources, Carrington Hall 118, 836-6616; and Safety and Transportation, 636 E. Elm, 836-3013. 

Statement of Philosophy and Expectations

Missouri State University is committed to providing a healthy, safe, and learning environment for its students, faculty, staff, and guests.  Abuse of alcohol and other drugs disrupts this environment and interferes with the academic and personal development of the student, and personal and professional development of University employees.  Standards regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs must support local and state laws.  Furthermore, policies should reflect and encourage abstinence and low risk consumption of alcohol as acceptable choices, and should actively discourage heavy and high-risk consumption of alcoholic beverages.  Policies cannot minimize the potential risks to the health and safety of members of the University community, and every member of the University community has a responsibility to prevent the illegal use of drugs or high-risk use of alcohol.

Missouri State University recognizes that university students are adults.  The University's role is to assist students with every available resource to help them develop satisfying life-styles, and equip them for a better quality of life; nonetheless, it cannot and should not stand in the place of a parent.  University students, as citizens of this community, of this state, and of the nation are, like any other adults, expected to be aware of and to abide by pertinent laws and University regulations.  On the presumption that these expectations will be carried out, the University will not provide staff or other resources to monitor social activities sponsored by student organizations.  This will be the responsibility of officers and advisors. 

Concomitant with the expectations that the students will conduct themselves at all times as responsible adults is the understanding that, as adults, students may be subject to civil liability resulting from violation of the law.  Such liability may exist independently of any disciplinary action taken by the University for violation of its regulations (which includes violation of pertinent laws).  The University is required by the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 to adopt and implement a program to prevent the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees.  This program, described herein, is distributed annually to every student and employee of the University.  Additional copies of the prevention program can be obtained from the Human Resources Office, Carrington Hall 118, or the Dean of Students Office, Plaster Student Union 405.

Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Policy

The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol is prohibited on University property in conjunction with University activities, and in conjunction with student organization events.  This includes violation of the Missouri law prohibiting possession or use of alcohol by persons less than 21 years of age and violation of all other state and federal laws regulating use, possession, or distribution of alcohol and other drugs.  "University activities" include those activities that are planned, promoted, or sponsored by a University department or other University subdivision.  "University property" includes University owned or leased land, facilities, vehicles, and equipment.  Use of alcohol on University property, at University activities, or at the activities of University “sponsored” student organizations, which are recognized student organizations that are advised by a University employee as part of that employee’s job description and funded in some manner through University funds, is permitted only if specifically authorized by the Board of Governors, or its delegate, in accordance with state law.

Also prohibited is 1) the unlawful or unauthorized use and/or possession of narcotics, drugs, drug paraphernalia, and/or other chemicals, 2) the distribution and/or sale of alcoholic beverages, except as officially authorized by the Board of Governors or its delegate in accord with state law, and 3) the unlawful or unauthorized distribution and/or sale of narcotics, drugs, and/or chemicals.

Violations of this policy can result in disciplinary action up to and including discharge for employees and dismissal for students and referral for prosecution.  Violations of this policy by students will be considered violation of the University disciplinary code, which may result in dismissal, suspension, or imposition of a lesser sanction.  Sanctions may also include referrals for appropriate rehabilitation.

Beyond these legal requirements, the University has established policies to reduce the risks associated with the legal use of alcohol at “recognized” student organization activities.  Recognized student organizations are those that have completed annual registration with the Office of Student Engagement, are approved by the Student Government Association, are in good standing with the University, but do not meet the criteria to be considered a sponsored student organization.  When alcoholic beverages are present at off-campus activities, 1) non-alcoholic beverages and food must be available in adequate supply and

in plain view, and 2) the organization must not permit, encourage, or sponsor participation in any drinking games or themes that might encourage the rapid/excessive consumption of alcohol.  The complete Social Event Risk Management Policy for Missouri State University Recognized Student Organizations is available at http://www.missouristate.edu/studentconduct/23805.htm, in the Dean of Students Office, or the Office of Student Engagement.

Those employees, students, or visitors who are under 21 years of age and who use, sell, or who are in the possession of alcoholic beverages are subject to the penalties of this State's underage drinking laws.  Those employees, students, and visitors found illegally possessing, using, or selling illegal drugs may be subject to the penalties of federal, state, and city drug laws.

Legal Sanctions

Local, state, and federal laws prohibit the unlawful possession, use, distribution, and sale of alcohol and illicit drugs.  Criminal penalties for violation of such laws range from fines up to $20,000 to imprisonment for terms up to and including life.

Health Risks

Specific serious health risks are associated with the use of illicit drugs and alcohol.  Some of the major risks are:

  • Alcohol and other depressants (barbiturates, sedatives, and tranquilizers): addiction, accidents as a result of impaired ability and judgment, overdose which can result in death, damage to a developing fetus, heart and liver damage. 
  • Marijuana: addiction, panic reaction, impaired short-term memory, increased risk of lung cancer and emphysema (particularly in cigarette smokers), impairment of driving ability. 
  • Cocaine: addiction, heart attack, seizures, lung damage, severe depression, paranoia, and psychosis.  Similar risks are associated with other stimulants such as speed and uppers.
  • Hallucinogens (acid, LSD, PCP, MDMA, etc.): unpredictable behavior, emotional instability, violent behavior, organic brain damage in heavy users, convulsions, and coma.
  • Narcotics (heroin, Demerol, morphine, codeine, etc.): addiction, accidental overdose, and risk of hepatitis and AIDS from contaminated needles. 
  • Inhalants (harmful gases and aerosols, glue, nitrous oxide, etc.): loss of consciousness, suffocation, damage to the brain and central nervous system, sudden death, nausea and vomiting, nosebleeds, impaired judgment.

Description of University Services

Campus-Related, Self-Help Groups

  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) groups meet weekly throughout Springfield.  Questions regarding meeting days, times, locations, or type of meeting may be obtained from AA (823-7125) or http://springfieldmoaa.org/ and NA (866-7392).
  • Counseling and Testing Center, Carrington Hall 311, 836-5116.  The Center offers services to students who are currently enrolled in for-credit courses at Missouri State.  Students can be seen while the courses in which they are enrolled are in session, and are typically not seen while classes are not in session or during times when not enrolled in any ongoing classes.  Individual, couple, group and crisis counseling is available.  Faculty and staff members are eligible for consultation and referral services.  Non-student spouses, partners, and/or family members are not eligible for independent services, but may be assisted to locate an outside service provider.  Substance abuse assessments are available for students deemed in need of such services, and referrals for out-patient or in-patient treatment of chemical dependency or other concerns requiring more specialized services may be made when such a need becomes apparent.
  • Partners in Prevention (PIP)/Partners in Environmental Change (PIEC) Campus/Community Coalition, Taylor Health and Wellness Center, Room 37, 836-4045

    PIP/PIEC is a Missouri State University coalition representing segments of the University and Springfield community who are focused on preventing high-risk drinking among our students. The statewide coalition is comprised of nineteen of Missouri’s colleges and universities underwritten by grants from the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and the US Department of Education. The Missouri State University PIP/PIEC Coalition has as its mission to create a campus and city environment that supports responsible decision-making in regard to alcohol by Missouri State University students. Missouri State University PIP/PIEC meets on a monthly basis to plan an annual survey of student alcohol and drug use and its consequences, to plan events that highlight responsible decision making, and make available materials that educate University students about our community social norms, acute alcohol poisoning, blood alcohol content, safe transportation, and other relevant issues.
  • Springfield Police Department, Missouri State University Substation, 636 E. Elm St., 836-5327.  Substation officers are available for presentations on laws related to alcohol and illegal drugs as well as personal safety and assault prevention.  Other programs may be available upon request.
  • Student Conduct, Plaster Student Union room 405, 836-6937.

    The Office of Student Conduct, housed within the Dean of Students Office, serves to administer and uphold The Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities of Missouri State University. More than simply policy enforcement, Student Conduct strives to assist students in understanding the impact of their actions and taking responsibility for those actions by utilizing an educational conduct process. Student learning and development is at the forefront of interactions with conduct officers who encourage students to take ownership for their actions and the resulting consequences. Educational consequences of alcohol and drug violations may include required classes, fines that are used for educational efforts, collaborative programs with other offices or entities on campus, and/or a chemical dependency assessment. Students who are concerned about their choices in regard to drugs and/or alcohol are encouraged to seek assistance from Student Conduct. This office maintains close working relationships with campus and community resources that may be able to assist those needing help. The Office of Student Conduct maintains an alcohol and drug education fund that is utilized to support awareness programs offered to the campus community. Student Conduct serves as a resource to student organizations, University departments, faculty, staff, and students who may be victimized by other students or student organizations. Beyond the campus community, Student Conduct is an active member in the Underage Drinking Task Force as well as the Higher Education Committee through Community Partnership of the Ozarks.
  • Student Engagement, Plaster Student Union room 101, 836-4386.

    The Office of Student Engagement serves as a resource for student organizations and advisors on the legal requirements and liability of activities where alcohol may be present. The office also sponsors numerous programs throughout the year, such as comedians, concerts, lectures, and late night programming. The office also provides advisement to GAMMA (Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol, http://studentorganizations.missouristate.edu/gamma/, who offers programs and events for alcohol education and alcohol-free programming within the Fraternity and Sorority Life system.
  • Taylor Health and Wellness Center, 836-4000.

    Routine and preventive medical services are available through the Center’s outpatient clinic. The Wellness Office offers programs on wellness, alcohol and other drugs, exercise and fitness, healthy eating and weight management, stress management, sexuality issues, and tobacco cessation. 

Program Review

The University will conduct a biennial review of this program to determine its effectiveness, make changes where necessary, and ensure that it is consistently enforced.

Revision of the Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention Program.

Action on any recommendations should be followed by a careful review of the Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention Program by the staff of the Dean of Students for revision.  Proposed revisions then should be presented to the President and his Administrative Council for approval.


Policy Statement

The use and sale of alcoholic beverages in University facilities on the Springfield campus is governed by this policy.  Any proposed use or sale of alcoholic beverages outside the parameters set forth in this policy must be approved in writing by the President of the University.  Facility managers are responsible for the approval and supervision of the sale, distribution, and presence of alcohol within their facilities and the Athletic Development Office must maintain responsibility for the authorization and planning of tailgate functions within the following parameters:

Sporting Events

The sale of alcohol shall be by a state-licensed vendor that has a contractual relationship with the facility and/or the University.

  • JQH Arena: beer and wine (no spirits) may only be sold and consumed in the suites, loge seats, and the PRIME Overtime Club, subject to all applicable laws and regulations.
  • Hammons Field: The sale and consumption of alcohol is exclusively controlled by the management of Hammons Field.
  • Plaster Sports Complex: beer and wine (no spirits) only shall be sold and consumed in the Sky Boxes, subject to all applicable laws and regulations.  

Tailgate Functions

The possession and consumption of alcohol is currently associated with home football games under the auspices of the Athletics Development Office.  Expansion to other intercollegiate sports must be initiated by the Athletics Development Office and advance planning must include Safety and Transportation, Facilities Management, and the Office of Student Activities.  Tailgate functions are exclusively for the enjoyment of fans attending the home athletic event.  They may include community groups and student organizations registered according to established guidelines as well as individuals, individual families or other small groups. The following policies remain in effect for current and future tailgate functions:

  • Alcohol may be consumed in designated lots, no more than four hours in advance of the sporting event, and all consumption must end at the start of the event.
  • Only persons age 21 and older may possess or consume alcohol.
  • All participating community groups must register three days in advance with the Athletics Development Office and all participating student organizations must register three days in advance with the Office of Student Activities.  Any registered group that provides alcohol must also make available non-alcoholic beverages and food.
  • No kegs or other large containers of alcoholic beverages are permitted in the tailgate area.
  • No open containers of alcohol are permitted outside of the scheduled tailgate times and locations.

Event and Meeting Services and Special Events

There are a number of campus facilities that are frequently available for rental or hosting of University special events, namely Plaster Student Union, Kentwood Hall Crystal Room, and Meyer Alumni Center Hospitality Room. Groups and organizations that reserve University facilities for special events through Event and Meeting Services may request that the event catering include the service of beer and/or wine. Such catering must be performed by the University’s dining services provider. Requests for alcoholic beverage service will be considered only when access to the event is limited and can be carefully monitored for compliance with alcohol beverage laws and ordinances.

JQH Arena (non-sporting events)

The University’s contracted food and beverage vendor for JQH Arena shall have the opportunity to sell beer/wine in the private areas of the venue.  For the purposes of this policy, private areas are defined as suites and the Prime Overtime Club.  Further, the University’s contracted food and beverage vendor for JQH Arena may, with the permission of the venue’s management, engage in the sale of wine and beer to patrons attending specific events.  Consumption of beer and wine shall be restricted to the general lobby areas and inside the auditorium.  Containers (sealed or unsealed) shall not be allowed to leave the permitted spaces or removed from the premises.  The University shall not allow sales of beer and/or wine outside the private areas of the venue at University events featuring performances by University students.  Typically, beer/wine service outside the private areas of the venue will be available only at events where the venue is leased by an outside promoter.  In any case, the President of the University shall be consulted regarding the appropriateness of beer/wine sales.

The University’s contracted food and beverage vendor shall be responsible for application and maintenance of appropriate sales certificates as required by the city, state, etc.  Only employees of the contracted vendor shall sell/serve beer and or wine and shall be responsible for evaluation and verification of age and sobriety status for any party consuming or purchasing said items.

Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts

Alcohol policies at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts are contained in the Juanita K. Hammons Manual. The Executive Director of Athletics and Entertainment may be contacted at 836-6776 for a copy of the policy.

Residence Hall Staff Apartments

Residence hall directors and assistant directors are uniquely situated on the University campus.  The duties and responsibilities require that directors and assistant directors live in campus apartments as  their permanent residences.  The 1993 Alcohol Policy Task Force recommended that these staff members be authorized to possess and consume alcohol in their apartments.  The policy for the possession and consumption of alcohol by residence hall directors and assistant hall directors should be established by the Director of Residence Life and Services, who is responsible for the direction and supervision of the Residence Life and Services program.  At a minimum, policies should require that alcohol is never consumed in the presence of a residence hall student or by anyone under the age of 21.


September 15, 2006 Board of Governors Resolution delegated the authority to approve the use of alcoholic beverages in designated University facilities to the President
of the University and authorized the President to further delegate to the Chancellors of West Plains and The Mountain Groves campuses such authority for those campuses.

Responsible Administrator and Office:  Dean of Students

Contact Person in that Office:    Mike Jungers

Procedures for informing university community:  Consumer Information Annual Notice