Common Consequences

Below you will find information about the most common consequences that are assigned. These are here for your reference and general information. If you have any questions about specific consequences or consequences that you have been assigned please contact our office for further information. Our office can be reached at 417-836-6937.

Alcohol Policy Violations

  • First Alcohol Policy Violation: Students will participate in an online alcohol module (which includes a pre and posttest) as part of the BASICS education program and receive a fine. In addition, students will write one (1) paper that demonstrates what they learned from the online alcohol module and write one (1) reflection paper.
    • What is BASICS?
    • BASICS stands for Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students. This program is offered for Missouri State University students participating in the student conduct process as a way to explore their alcohol and drug use, but the goal of the program is to reduce risky behaviors and harmful consequences of alcohol abuse. 

  • Second Alcohol Policy Violation: Participation in the BASICS education program and receive a fine. Additionally, students will be assigned at least fifteen (15) community service hours; University Housing probation for one (1) year; and/or Level One probation for a period of one (1) year; Parental notification, as allowed under FERPA regulations.
  • As a part of the BASICS program, students will participate in at least two (2) sessions with an assessment coordinator in the counseling center
  • These sessions are one-on-one sessions with the assessment coordinator and student and typically are one week apart.
    • Session I takes approximately 60 minutes. During this session, students meet their facilitator, are oriented to the program, answer interview questions and complete an online questionnaire.
    • Session II also takes approximately 60 minutes. Students receive a personalized feedback profile that is based on the information obtained from interviews and questionnaires completed during the first session. Students review the feedback profile with the facilitator and, if appropriate, identify potential changes that could work to help reduce their risk for developing future alcohol-or marijuana-related problems.

To schedule a BASICS appointment, call the Counseling Center at 417-836-5116 and request to schedule a BASICS appointment with Justin Johns.

  • Third Alcohol Policy Violation: Students will receive a fine; parental notification as allowed under FERPA regulations; University housing suspension; assessment for chemical dependency with an assessment coordinator in the counseling center; and Level Two probation for one (1) year.

To schedule an assessment appointment, call the Counseling Center at 417-836-5116 and request to schedule a Substance Use Assessment appointment with Justin Johns.

  • Fourth Alcohol Policy Violation: Separation from the University (e.g. suspension or denial of privileges to re-enroll) 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.  Students readmitted after a Fourth Violation will not be eligible for University Housing. 

Possession of Alcohol Paraphernalia Violations

  • First Violation: warning and removal of paraphernalia item.
  • Second Violation: paper and removal of paraphernalia item.
  • Third Violation: Parental notification, as allowed under FERPA regulations; University Housing probation; and removal of item.
  • Fourth Violation: University Housing suspension (e.g. suspension or denial of privileges to re-enroll) for one semester. Prior to re-admittance, the student will be required to meet with the Dean of Students (or designee) to discuss and demonstrate readiness to be at the University.

Community Service

Depending on the policy violation, the conduct officer will assign community service as a consequence for policy violations. 

All community service hours must be completed for a non-profit organization. You can utilize the Citizenship and Service-Learning office (located in PSU 131) or you can locate your own organization to serve, pending approval. Hours must be completed individually; they cannot be completed with other student organizations or as part of a Greek organization. 

The community service hours will only be considered completed when the person supervising them has verified their completion. Community service hours supervisors cannot be fellow students or relatives.

Non-profit organizations in the area include:

Ronald McDonald House
Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks
Dickerson Park Zoo
Boys and Girls Club of Springfield
Habitat for Humanity
United Way

Turn in Community Service Hours Here

 

Papers and Apology Letters

You may be required to write a reflection paper, impact paper, a general paper, an apology letter or other written requirement to complete consequences for your violation(s). Your outcome letter will detail the specific page length and required content for any written consequence.

Generally, papers will follow the following format unless otherwise noted in your outcome letter: Typed, 12 point Times New Roman font, 1 inch margins. The paper must include a cover page with your name, the date, and the title of your paper. The cover page does not count toward the required number of pages for your consequence.

Please keep in mind that only college level work will be accepted as a satisfactory completion of this consequence. In addition to content, proper grammar, correct spelling, sentence structure and cohesive organization of thought will be taken into account. Be advised that your paper may not serve to justify your actions or evaluate the actions of others, and should use appropriate language. 

Papers must be turned in by the required date listed in your outcome letter. 

Turn in Papers and Apology Letters Here

 

 

Fine Structure

Fines may be imposed for restitution of property, or may be associated with drug and alcohol policy violations. All monetary fines for alcohol and other drug violations are placed in an alcohol education account that supports classes, assessments, and other educational efforts.

All fines will be applied to the student's bursar account as a "Student life" fee.  It is your responsibility as a student to ensure these fees are appropriately paid.  The purpose of these consequences are to ensure education, and understanding of the policies that were violated.

In addition to the educational consequences of drug and alcohol policy violations, the following fines are associated with the specific levels of violations:

  • Use or Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and/or Marijuana:
    • First Violation: $100.00 
  • Use or Possession of a Controlled Substance Other Than Marijuana:
    • First Violation: $100.00 
  • Use, Possession, or Distribution of Alcohol or Alcohol Paraphernalia:
    • First Violation: $90.00 
    • Second Violation: $180.00 
    • Third Violation: $200.00 

Drug Policy Violations

  • First Marijuana/ Drug Paraphernalia Violation: Participation in CASICS education program;  receive a 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
    • What is CASICS?
    • CASICS stands for CAnnabis Screening and Intervention for College Students. This program is offered for Missouri State University students participating in the student conduct process as a way to explore their marijuana use, but the goal of the program is to reduce risky behaviors and harmful consequences of marijuana abuse. The program is designed to assist students in examining their own behavior in a judgment-free environment. 
    • As part of the CASICS education program, students will participate in an online drug education module (which includes a pre and post test)
    • As a part of the CASICS program, students will participate in at least two (2) sessions with an assessment coordinator in the counseling center
    • These sessions are one-on-one with the assessment coordinator and typically are scheduled one week apart.
      • Session I takes approximately 60 minutes. During this session, students meet their facilitator, are oriented to the program, answer interview questions and complete an online questionnaire.
      • Session II also takes approximately 60 minutes. Students receive a personalized feedback profile that is based on the information obtained from interviews and questionnaires completed during the first session. Students review the feedback profile with the facilitator and, if appropriate, identify potential changes that could work to help reduce their risk for developing future alcohol-or marijuana-related problems.

To schedule a CASICS and assessment appointment, call the Counseling Center at 417-836-5116 and request to schedule a CASICS appointment with Justin Johns.

  • Second Marijuana/ Paraphernalia Violation: Separation from the University for one semester (e.g. suspension, or denial of privileges to re-enroll) and parental notification, as allowed under FERPA regulations.
  • First Possession of a Controlled Substance Other Than Marijuana Violation: Participation in CASICS education program; fine; assessment for chemical dependency; parental notification, as allowed under FERPA regulations; Level Two Probation for a period of two years; and any additional consequence as deemed appropriate by the Conduct Officer.
    • As part of the CASICS education program, students will participate in an online drug education module (which includes a pre and post test)
    • As part of the CASICS program, students will participate in at least two (2) sessions with an assessment coordinator in the counseling center
    • These sessions are one-on-one with the assessment coordinator and typically are scheduled one week apart.
      • Session I takes approximately 60 minutes. During this session, students meet their facilitator, are oriented to the program, answer interview questions and complete an online questionnaire.
      • Session II also takes approximately 60 minutes. Students receive a personalized feedback profile that is based on the information obtained from interviews and questionnaires completed during the first session. Students review the feedback profile with the facilitator and, if appropriate, identify potential changes that could work to help reduce their risk for developing future alcohol-or marijuana-related problems.

To schedule a CASICS and assessment appointment, call the Counseling Center at 417-836-5116 and request to schedule a CASICS appointment with Justin Johns.

  • Second Possession of a Controlled Substance Other Than Marijuana Violation: Separation from the University for one semester (e.g. suspension, or denial of privileges to re-enroll) and parental notification, as allowed under FERPA regulations.
  • First Violation of possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell or Distribute: Dismissal from the University.