Substance Abuse Policy

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The College strives to maintain a working and learning environment that is free from the effects of alcohol and illegal drugs.

Alcohol-Free Campus. The State of Missouri sets 21 as the minimum age to purchase or possess any alcoholic beverage. Specific ordinances regarding violations of alcohol laws, including driving while intoxicated, are available from the Office of Public Safety.

The College is by law an alcohol-free campus. Regardless of age – being over 21 or not – no student may possess, sell, trade, distribute, manufacture, or use alcohol on any property owned or leased by the College or at any activity sponsored by the College. Alcohol may not be possessed or used in any vehicle owned or leased by the College.

The possession, sale, consumption, or furnishing of alcohol on the College campus is governed by the College’s Alcohol Policy and Missouri state laws. Laws regarding the possession, sale, consumption, or furnishing of alcohol are controlled by the Missouri Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control. However, the enforcement of alcohol laws on campus is the primary responsibility of the Associate Dean of Student Affairs.

Non-Alcoholic Beer or Associated Beverages. In the best interest of the students and the College, non-alcoholic beer and other associated beverages are not permitted on campus or in College housing. If a student is found to be in possession of these beverages, he/she will be asked to dispose of or remove them from the campus.

Drug-Free Campus. The College is by law a drug-free campus. The unlawful manufacturing, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance is prohibited while in a College vehicle, in the classroom, on the job while completing a program internship, as an employee of the college, on College property (whether owned, leased, and/or operated by the College) or at College-sponsored activities. The term “controlled substance” refers to any illegal substance, to the illegal use of alcohol, and/or to the illegal use of controlled prescription pharmaceutical products.

Substance Abuse Violation Notice. As a condition for admission to the College and continued enrollment every student shall:

  • Abide by the terms of this substance abuse policy.
  • Abide by the terms of all applicable state and federal regulations pertaining to drugs and alcohol while in a college vehicle, in the classroom, on the job while completing a program internship, as an employee of the College, on College property (whether owned, leased, and/or operated by the College), or at College-sponsored activities.
  • Sign a statement, as follows: “I certify that, as a condition for admission to the College, I will not engage in unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of any controlled substance during the period of my enrollment at the college.”

Penalties for Substance Abuse Violations. Violations of the College substance abuse policy will result in appropriate disciplinary action (consistent with local, state, and federal law) according to established procedures. Permanent expulsion from school attendance, termination of employment, and/or referral for prosecution may be the consequence of infractions of this policy. Loss of eligibility for financial aid may also result.

Violations of the many state and federal laws governing controlled substances carry varying penalties. Under Missouri law, punishment for possession of controlled substances can range up to 15 years imprisonment, depending on the quantity and type of controlled substance. Punishment for manufacture or distribution of controlled substances can range up to 30 years or life imprisonment, depending on the quantity and type of controlled substance. These statutory ranges of punishment are increased for prior or persistent offenders. Punishment for violations of federal drug laws is set by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which establish ranges of punishment after consideration of a variety of sentencing factors.

Notice to Students Concerning Penalties for Drug Violations per HEOA section 488(g) section 485(k), effective date August 14, 2008. The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) under new subsection (k) of section 485 of the HEA requires institutions to provide to every student upon enrollment a separate, clear and conspicuous written notice with information on the penalties associated with drug-related offenses under existing section 484(r) of the HEA. It also requires an institution to provide a timely notice to each student who has lost eligibility for any grant, loan, or work-study assistance. The Higher Education Opportunity Act requires a separate clear, and conspicuous written notice that notifies the student of the loss of eligibility and advises the student of the ways in which to regain eligibility under section 484(r)(2) of the HEA.

Regaining Eligibility after a Drug Conviction per HEOA sections 485(a)(7)(C) and (a)(9) HEA sections 484(r)(2)(B) and (t), effective date July 1, 2010. The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) adds a new provision at section 484(r)(2)(B) of the HEA that allows a student whose eligibility has been suspended due to a drug conviction to resume eligibility if the student successfully passes two unannounced drug tests conducted by a drug rehabilitation program that complies with criteria established by the Secretary. The HEOA adds a new section 484(t) of the HEA that now requires the Secretary, by August 14, 2009, to analyze data from the FAFSA for students denied Federal assistance based on a drug conviction while receiving Federal aid. The results from the analysis must be made available continuously on the Department’s website and the Digest of Education Statistics. Each fiscal year, the results must also be provided to Congress.

Drug/Alcohol Screening Procedures (“For Cause” basis). The College reserves the right to remove a student from campus for suspicion of substance use or abuse (including alcohol). An incident report will be completed by both the reporter and the student. The student will be asked to consent to a “for cause” drug test at a vendor site identified by the college at the student’s expense. Given the issue of safety and impairment, all reasonable attempts shall be made to contact someone to provide transportation to assist the student in safe exit from the campus. It is the College’s intent to complete testing on the same day as the suspected drug or alcohol use/abuse was identified. In all instances of “for cause” testing, written documentation of the student’s behavior(s) by a faculty/staff member, will be provided, and a referral made to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs for action in accordance with the college student code of conduct guidelines. Failure to comply with drug and/or alcohol screening procedures “for cause” will result in the student’s immediate summary suspension from the College.

Type of Test. The urine analysis is done at the vendor’s location with a secure restroom and complete supervision to prevent tampering of urine sample.

Results. The vendor will submit results to college according to established procedure. If student has a positive (non-negative) rapid screen, they may request a lab analyzed drug screen. If the lab analyzed screen is positive, the student may request to have the results reviewed by a certified Medical Review Officer prior to sending final results to the college. The student is responsible for any costs related to this review or additional testing. An individual with a positive drug screen may be denied enrollment and participation for a minimum of 12 months. After 12 months, the student is eligible to reapply one time to the program and will again be subject to prescreening requirements.

Students who are found to be using alcohol or drugs on campus may be referred to mandatory treatment as an alternative to suspension from the College community. Note: Students under age 21 will be reported to local law enforcement for alcohol violations and parents/guardians will be notified.

Allocation of Cost. Each student must individually bear the cost of these requirements.

Prevention & Treatment Programs. The College has developed a program to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees. The program provides services related to drug use and abuse including dissemination of informational materials, educational programs, counseling services, referrals, and College disciplinary actions.

The College does not have a Health Services Office but is a “Zero Tolerance” institution and does provide services to students. Students needing assistance locating professional treatment, alcohol or drug counseling, and/or rehabilitation programs may request information from the Associate Dean of Student Affairs or Counseling Services. Such contacts will be handled with confidentiality. However, volunteering to participate in treatment programs will not, in and of itself, prevent disciplinary action for violation of the substance abuse policy.

Community resources that are available for counseling and assistance with alcohol and/or substance abuse problems include:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous/ALANON and ALATEEN (573) 636-7851
  • Cocaine Helpline (800) COCAINE
  • NIDA Hotline (800) 662-HELP
  • Family Counseling Center (573) 634-4591
  • Narcotics Anonymous (800) 945-4673

Information about additional private counseling resources may also be accessed through Counseling Services. See Article Counseling Services.