Drug and Alcohol Policies

Op5.06 Drug and Alcohol Policies

Use, possession, or distribution of narcotic or other controlled substances, or drug paraphernalia except as expressly permitted by law.

Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages except as expressly permitted by the law and University regulations, or public intoxication.

Violations of these policies are cumulative over the duration of a student's tenure at the University and the listed sanctions are the minimum that will be imposed.

  1. Use or Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and/or Marijuana:
    First Violation: Participation in the University’s drug education class; fine Level Two Probation for a period of one year; Level One Probation for one year following the previous probation; assessment for chemical dependency; and parental notification, as allowed under FERPA regulations.
    Second Violation: Suspension from the University for one semester and parental notification, as allowed under FERPA regulations.
  2. Use or Possession of a Controlled Substance Other Than Marijuana:
    First Violation: Participation in a four-hour drug education class; fine; residence hall suspension; assessment for chemical dependency; Level Two Probation for a period of two years; and parental notification, as allowed under FERPA regulations.
    Second Violation: Suspension from the University for one year and parental notification, as allowed under FERPA regulations.
  3. Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell or Distribute:
    First Violation: Dismissal from the University.
  4. Use, Possession, or Distribution of Alcohol or Alcohol Paraphernalia:
    First Violation: Fine; online alcohol education module; and 2 reflection papers.
    Second Violation: Referral to Student Conduct for an educational conference, other discretionary consequences, and a fine. Other discretionary consequences may include 15 hours of community service; residence hall probation for a period of one year; and Level One probation for a period of one year. Parental notification, as allowed under FERPA regulations.
    Third Violation: Parental notification, as allowed under FERPA regulations; residence hall suspension; assessment for chemical dependency; Level Two Probation for a period of one year; and a fine.
    Fourth Violation: Suspension for one semester. Prior to readmittance, the student will be required to meet with the Dean of Students (or designee) to discuss and demonstrate readiness to be at the University. The student may be asked to submit documentation of successful substance abuse treatment.

Fake ID's:

"Any person who is less than twenty-one years of age who uses a reproduced, modified license, or identification card" "for the purpose of purchasing, asking for or in any way receiving any intoxicating liquor, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be subject to a fine of five hundred dollars for each separate offense."

Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP) or Minor in Possession by Consumption (MIC):

"Any person under the age of twenty-one years, who purchases or attempts to purchase, or has in their possession, any intoxicating liquor or who is visibly intoxicated or has a detectable blood alcohol content" is guilty of a misdemeanor. Persons found guilty "shall be subject to a fine of five hundred dollars for each separate offense".

Supplying Alcohol to Minors (Even if you are a minor):

"Any owner, occupant, or other person or legal entity with a lawful right of property who knowingly allows a person under the age of twenty-one to drink or possess intoxicating liquor or knowingly fails to stop a person under the age of twenty-one from drinking or possessing intoxicating liquor on such property", is guilty of a class B misdemeanor. Any second or subsequent violation of this subsection is a class A misdemeanor.

Making a Fake ID:

Any person who shall reproduce, alter, modify, or misrepresent any driver's license or identification card shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor. Upon conviction shall be subject to a fine of not more than one thousand dollars, and confinement for not more than one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

Questions concerning University policies and sanctions for violations should be directed to Student Conduct, PSU 405, 836-6937, StudentConduct@MissouriState.edu. Questions concerning state laws and city ordinances should be directed to the Springfield Police Department - Missouri State University Substation, 636 E. Elm, 417-836-5327.

Criminal Statutes

Sanctions for Drug and Alcohol Policy Violations