Campus Restricitions

Alcohol & Drugs

University Expectations and Sanctions for Students: Students may not possess or consume alcoholic beverages on university premises or at university-sponsored events unless specifically authorized.

The University President’s residence and other venues as designated by the University President are authorized to serve alcoholic beverages. Students may not manufacture, sell, deliver, possess, or use on university property or at university sponsored events, in any amount, any drug defined as illegal under municipal, state, or federal law, nor may students possess drug paraphernalia on campus. Every student at Southeast Missouri State University is obligated at all times to assume responsibility for his/her actions. In accordance with the University Code of Student Conduct, the behaviors just described may subject a student to disciplinary action. Alleged violations of the Code of Student Conduct are adjudicated in accordance with the established procedures of the University Judicial System.

Any student found in violation of the Code of Student Conduct which prohibits possession or consumption of alcohol on campus is placed in the university Substance Abuse Prevention and Education Program. Each student also receives a disciplinary sanction. A second violation of the alcohol policy may require the student to complete additional education requirements and/or a substance abuse evaluation. If a student is found in further violation of university policies, he/she should expect more disciplinary action which may include suspension or dismissal.

Upon the first violation of Section 8 of the Code of Student Conduct (“manufacture, sale, delivery, possession, or use, in any amount, of any drug defined as illegal under municipal, state, or federal law, or possession of drug paraphernalia”), a student may be Suspended or placed on Probation depending on the nature of the offense.  A parent notification is sent to the student’s parent or guardian. In some cases, a student’s suspension may be held in abeyance so long as the student abides by the terms of a university behavioral contract.

Some students violate the Code of Student Conduct while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or in a setting in which abuse is taking place. Behavior while under the influence of any drug, including alcohol, will not be accepted as an excuse or explanation for a violation of the standards for student conduct. Any violation of the Code which occurs under such circumstances will be treated as any other violation.

For more information please contact the Office of Student Conduct at (573) 651-2264 or at semo.edu/stuconduct.

Health Risks Associated With Alcohol Abuse: Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses significantly impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely. Low to moderate doses of alcohol also increase the incidence of violence, including spouse and child abuse. Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause impairments in higher mental functions, severely altering a person’s ability to learn and remember information. Very high doses cause respiratory depression and death.

If combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, much lower doses of alcohol will produce the effects just described.

Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations, and convulsions. Alcohol withdrawal can be life-threatening. Long-term consumption of large quantities of alcohol, particularly when combined with poor nutrition, can also lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and liver.

Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol effect or syndrome. These infants have irreversible physical abnormalities and mental retardation. In addition, research indicates that children of alcoholic parents are at greater risk of becoming alcoholics.

Alcoholic Beverages:

Section 6: Unauthorized possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages on University premises or at University functions. (Alcohol is not authorized on campus unless specifically authorized by the President or designee).

Section 7: Disruptive behavior attributable to the use of alcohol or other controlled substance including, but not limited to, physical violence, aggression, refusal to cooperate with any University staff member performing his or her duties, destruction of property, disturbances for others within the University community, the mobilization of staff/first responders, or violation of any other section of the Code of Student Conduct.

Judicial Fines: Decisions made by a judicial body shall be final, pending the normal appeal process. A $50 judicial fine will be assessed to students found “in violation” of one or more non-alcohol/ drug-related sections of the Code of Student Conduct in the same judicial case. A $100 judicial fine will be assessed for a student’s first case involving violation of alcohol/drug-related sections of the Code. A second case involving violation of alcohol/drug-related sections will result in an assessed fine of $175. Third and subsequent cases involving violation of alcohol/drug-related sections of the Code will result in an assessed fine of $350 and judicial sanctions up to and including Suspension from the University. All fines are charged to the student’s University account.

The fine for a student organization found in violation of one or more non-alcohol/drug-related sections of the Code of Student Conduct in the same case will be $200. Fines for violations of alcohol/ drug-related sections for a student organization will be $300 for the first case and $600 for a second case within a two year period. Third and subsequent cases involving violation of alcohol/drug-related sections of the Code within a two-year period will result in an assessed fine of $1200 and judicial sanctions up to and including Suspension from the University.

Drug Free School & Workplace: It is the University’s intent and obligation to provide a drug-free, healthful, safe and secure work environment. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of alcohol or a controlled substance on University premises or while conducting University business off campus is absolutely prohibited. Violations of this policy will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination, and may have legal consequences for the violating employee.

The University recognizes drug and alcohol abuse as a potential health, safety and security problem. Drug and alcohol testing procedures will be established as required by law. Faculty and staff needing help in dealing with alcohol or drug problems are encouraged to use the University’s Center for Health and Counseling, Alcohol/ Drug and Education Services. Conscientious efforts to seek alcohol or drug help will not jeopardize an employee’s job, and will not be noted in the official personnel file.

Training: The University shall develop and present training to both supervisors and employees regarding this program.

  1. Employees in covered employment and supervisors of such employees are mandated to attend drug and alcohol training annually.
  2. Other employees and supervisors are encouraged, but not mandated to attend training.

The Vice President of Finance and Administration shall be responsible for issuing and maintaining operating procedures to implement this policy.

Substance Use and Abuse: Some students violate the Code of Student Conduct when they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs or when in a setting in which abuse is taking place. Behavior while under the influence of any drug, including alcohol, will not be accepted as an excuse or an explanation for a violation of the standards for student conduct. Any violation of this Code that occurs under such circumstances will be treated as any other violation. Individuals found to have violated any provisions of this Code while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs may be required to participate in a chemical awareness program in addition to any other sanction applied. This may include additional costs and/or fees.

Animal Control

It is the policy of the University to maintain a healthful educational environment. Animals can pose a liability risk and threat to the health and safety of the campus community, as well as to a healthful educational environment through allergy, excessive noise, animal bites, and disease transmission via fleas, ticks, parasites, viruses, bacteria, etc. Animals on campus can also be destructive causing damage to grounds, buildings, and property.

This policy standardizes the university’s position on the management of animals on campus. The university prohibits individuals from bringing animals inside any university-controlled buildings, except for those animals that are exempted in the operating procedures. In addition, while on university-controlled property, animals must be attended and appropriately restrained at all times.

1.    Animals under the control of an adult (i.e., 18 years or older) are permitted on university property, but are not permitted within university-controlled buildings or on any athletic field. University-controlled property includes any University Foundation owned or leased property.

Exceptions –

  1. Service animals, as defined by the American with Disabilities Act, as amended, while performing their duties to provide ADA accommodations for persons with disabilities.
  2. Animals used in university laboratories or classrooms for official research, classroom instruction or observation purposes.
  3. Animals used by law enforcement or emergency personnel in the exercise of their official duties.
  4. Animals used during a theatrical or touring entertainment performance.
  5. Aquatic animals in aquariums of 29 gallons or smaller in residence halls.

2.    Animals (e.g. cats, dogs, monkeys, etc.) must be leashed to be under the control of an adult per Cape Girardeau Ordinances 6-1, 6-26 and 6-36.

Exceptions –

A.   Service animals while performing their duties to provide ADA accommodations for persons with disabilities.

3.    A loose animal trailing a leash, or one tied to a fixed object, is not under the control of an adult.

4.    Animals that are unleashed, or leashed and unattended, on University property are subject to impoundment.

5.   An animal left unattended in a motor vehicle on university property is subject to impoundment if it becomes a nuisance or if the welfare of the animal is threatened.

6.    Any person bringing an animal onto university property shall be responsible for removal of any feces deposited by the animal, as well as the cleanup of any other waste products or damages done by the animal to university property.

7.    Any animal found within a University-controlled building may be impounded. Impounded animals may be reclaimed by the owner at the Southeast Missouri Humane Society upon payment in full of all costs incurred as a result of the impoundment, including any veterinary expenses.

8.    Repeated violations of this policy and operating procedures by University members should be reported to the Office of Student Conduct (student violations) or Human Resources (staff and/or faculty violations) for appropriate action. Reported violations will be investigated by the appropriate office and may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the Southeast Student Code of Conduct or faculty/staff handbooks.

9.    Employee requests for exemption under these procedures as accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Acts (ADA) should contact the Director of Human Resources. Student requests for exemption and accommodation under the ADA should be made to the Director Learning Program and Disability Support Services.

 

Exceptions include service animals, law enforcement animals, animals used in theater productions or laboratory experiments and aquariums less than 29 gallons in residence halls.

Bicycle Parking

Bicycles shall be parked AND locked in a bicycle parking rack. Bicycles shall not park:

  1. On a sidewalk, at a tree or post, on a lawn, next to a building, in a roadway or locked to a chain bordering a lawn except inside a chained bicycle enclosure.
  2. Blocking or obstructing any entrance, exit, ramp or breeze way.
  3. In any campus building except in a designated storage area.
  4. In a parking area designated for motor vehicles.
  5. In other than an upright position.
  6. Taking more than one parking space at a bicycle parking rack.
  7. In areas other than those permitted or will be subject to removal.

Bicycle Operation and Obedience to Traffic Laws and Safety: Every person operating a bicycle on University property shall do so in obedience to all municipal and state traffic regulations, including:

  • Practicing courteous, defensive riding, giving consideration both for pedestrians and for conditions that require traveling at safe speeds and having their bicycles under control at all time.
  • Wearing a professionally rated and approved, properly-fitted bicycle helmet.
  • Wearing light colored clothing after dark.
  • Riding single file.
  • Not carrying passengers or heavy, bulky items.
  • Always assuming that cars do not see you.
  • Using standard and clear hand signals.
  • Always locking your wheel and frame to a bicycle rack.
  • When riding between sunset and sunrise, bicycles should be equipped with and have an operating front white lamp and a rear red reflector or lamp.
  • When riding between sunset and sunrise, each pedal should be equipped with a reflector that can be seen from both the front and the rear of the bicycle for a distance of 200 feet after dark.
  • When riding between sunset and sunrise, bicycles should be equipped with side reflectors towards the front and rear, visible at night in reflected light for a distance of 500 feet. The reflector to the rear of the center of the bicycle must be red in color; the reflector to the front of center must be amber or yellow in color.

Yielding to pedestrians in all situations of conflicting bicycle/pedestrian traffic

Gambling

Gambling, with only a few exceptions, is illegal in Missouri. Those exceptions are restricted and highly regulated. Gambling includes, but is not limited to, “promotions that award prizes (and) may be called contests, sweepstakes, lotteries, raffles, drawings or games.”

The following three elements make up an illegal promotion in Missouri:

1.  Prize is any benefit, cash or property awarded to a winner.

  1. Chance means the winner is chosen by “luck” with little or no skill or ability involved.
  2. Consideration is the exchange of something of value for the opportunity to participate in the game.

Are games of skill or “no-purchase necessary” games illegal?: NO – but you have to follow the rules outlined below.

Games of skill include trivia, athletic ability, musical talent, or other defined skill activities. “No-purchase-necessary” games are ones in which individuals can obtain free tickets without a purchase, i.e. the McDonalds Monopoly game pieces can be obtained by visiting the McDonalds website or mailing their headquarters at no cost.

The Missouri Constitution DOES ALLOW Missouri citizens to participate in otherwise unauthorized games of chance or skill if one of these two rules is followed:

  1. Players must NOT be required to pay a fee of any kind to play the game or receive a prize. This includes, but is not limited to general entry fees, cover charges, reservation fees, dues, mandatory donations, or registration fees. Suggested donations are okay as long as people can play without donating. Asking for donations for a raffle DOES NOT constitute a no-purchase necessary game or game of skill.
    1. If a fee is required to play the game, then NO PRIZE of any value may be awarded to any player. This includes but is not limited to ribbons, certificates, trophies, tokens, tickets, coupons, points, food, travel, vacation expenses or money. You may give the winner a round of applause or a pat on the back.

Is Bingo illegal?: Sometimes. For a student organization to host a bingo game you may NOT charge money and you may NOT give away any prize(s). You may do one or the other, but not both, (i.e. charge money but there are no prizes involved OR you may host the game for free and give away prizes). Under provisions of the bingo law (Chapter 313, RSMo), a bingo game may be operated by a nonprofit organization (such as a charitable organization or religious, service, or veterans group) or a fraternal organization that has maintained a membership of at least 20 for five years prior to applying for a bingo license through the state

There are several restrictions for bingo game operations. Among them:

  • A member of a group cannot receive game proceeds or use any proceeds to pay game workers;
  • All workers must be volunteers and members of the group for at least two years;
  • The bingo license must be displayed during all games; and
  • The group must renew its license yearly.

Posting Guidelines

The University restricts posting throughout the campus in different capacities. Please see below for the regulations for posting throughout the campus.

Chalking

is permitted on campus. However, the only permissible places to chalk are on horizontal, uncovered sidewalks and walkways. Chalking is NOT permitted on any vertical surfaces (including stairs) or any surface that is under overhangs or entryways of building.

Guidelines For Posting To The Portal

Faculty, staff, or other representatives from campus offices may request to have an event or announcement posted on Portal

  1. Registered student organizations may also request to post events and announcements, providing their request is directly related to the mission and purpose of the organization
  2. Exceptions may be granted by the Director of Campus Life if the event or announcement:
  • Is educationally beneficial to students
  • Pertains to a not-for-profit (free) event, particularly if the event takes place on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night
  • Supports the Campus Life & Event Services and institution’s missions in some significant way (as determined by Campus Life & Event Services staff members)
  1. Event and Announcement posts should pertain to all (or a significantly large group of) University students
    1. Requests to post items on Announcements should be sent to campuslife@semo.edu
    2. Post items on the Campus Life & Event Services Calendar at semo.edu/campuslife.
      1. Requests will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis as soon as staff is available to process them
      2. Events [those that occur on a specific date(s), at specified time(s) and location(s)] will be posted on the event calendar, not in the Announcements
      3. Requests cannot be posted on both the event calendar and the Portal Announcements, unless prior approval is received from the Director for Campus Life
      4. Exceptions may include the following:
  • Press releases for high-profile events
  • Introductions of a new series or classification of events
  • Notification of date changes (not time or location changes)
  • Urgent items or those which require student attention or action for the purposes of University policy or procedure

Announcement Posting Guidelines:

  1. Requests for announcements will be posted for up to two weeks from the date of posting
  2. Requesters must compose any and all descriptions and explanations of announcements and include them with the original request; Campus Life & Event Services staff will not create descriptions for requested events
    1. Descriptions should not exceed 125 words
    2. Whenever possible, announcements should contain the web address of a page with additional information; this content will not be included in the announcement
    3. When a web page with additional description is unavailable, it is recommended that lengthy descriptions are submitted as a bulleted list
    4. Descriptions may be modified to correct errors or formatting. Any other modifications to descriptions will be agreed upon by the requester and Campus Life & Event Services staff
    5. Any text posted must be directly descriptive of the event or announcement and may not contain any lewd, harsh, or inappropriate language
  3. Campus Life & Event Services staff cannot re-post an item during the two week period in order for it to appear at the top of the announcement list
    • If the requester would like the announcement to be posted for longer than two weeks, she/he may request that it gets posted again following the two week period
    • Approval for extended time requests will be granted on a case-by-case basis
  4. Examples of items that cannot be posted as an Announcement include, but are not limited to:
    • employee service recognition;
    • lost and found notifications;
    • sales of items for personal gain;
    • advertisement of a business or service provider;
    • or recruitment for or notification of off-campus activities or organizations not affiliated with or supported by the University

Event Posting Guidelines:

  1. All requests for event postings must be submitted online from the Campus Life & Event Services website
  2. Requests for event postings will be entered and appear on the calendar upon receipt

3.  Requests may be submitted for confirmed events only

  1. A description of the event may be included with the request, but is not required
  2. Requesters must compose any and all descriptions and explanations of events and announcements and include them with the original request; Campus Life & Event Services staff will not create descriptions for requested events
  • Descriptions should not exceed 125 words
  • Submit lengthy descriptions as a bulleted list
  • Descriptions may be modified to correct errors or formatting. Any other modifications to descriptions will be agreed upon by the requester and Campus Life & Event Services staff
  • Any text posted must be directly descriptive of the event or announcement and may not contain any harsh or inappropriate language
  1. Examples of items that cannot be posted an Event include, but are not limited to:
  • advertisement of a business or service provider;
  • recruitment for or notification of off-campus activities or organizations not affiliated with or supported by the University

Changes to an existing event calendar post can be submitted to campuslife@semo.edu. Do not re-send an event request.

Posting & Table Tent Guidelines

To ensure that the tables in dining and common areas do not become cluttered, the following policy will apply to the placement of all table tents.

  1. Only University departments and registered student organizations are allowed to place table tents in the Towers Café & University Center.
  2. The purpose of table tents is to advertise campus events and services only. Advertisement of meetings and commercial activities are prohibited. Table tents may not be used for the purpose of advertising outside agencies or commercial activities. Content may not offer information which is in direct competition with the University contracts, products and/or services.
  3. Organizations will be responsible for putting out the table tents. They should not be distributed during peak meal times.
  4. All table tents must meet the following design requirements:
  • Must be freestanding, computer generated, and may stand no taller than 8 ½” and must not exceed an unfolded size of 8 ½” x 11.
  • Tents must be rolled or folded with ends attached into a cylinder, triangle or square shape.
  • The ends of the table tent must be secured to one another using tape, staples, or glue.
  • The name of the sponsoring department or organization and contact information must be clearly stated on the table tent.
  • Table tents not meeting these requirements will be discarded immediately. Absolutely no postcards or handbills.
  1. Table tents can be displayed for up to one week (seven days). All table tents will remain in place until 5 pm on Sunday evenings.
  2. Table tents that become worn, defaced, or otherwise unattractive will be removed.

For more information, contact the Campus Life & Event Services

Office located in the University Center Room 414 or by phone at

(573) 651-2280 or email: unischeduling@semo.edu.

University Information Boards

University Information Boards are reserved for University departments or student organizations ONLY. Postings on these boards must include:

  • Name of the sponsoring department/organization
  • Contact information
  • Expiration date (or date of the final event)

All postings will be removed that:

  • Do not have an expiration date or for which the expiration date has passed
  • Were not created by a member of a University department or recognized student organization
  • Advertise an event which violates University policy (e.g. alcohol on campus)
  • At the end of each semester, all University Information Boards will be cleared

NO posters, signs or other articles shall be pasted, nailed, taped, stapled or otherwise attached to any part of glass, wood or painted walls/door frames of University buildings, light posts, telephone poles, trees, trash receptacles, or automobile windshields. Posting may only occur on bulletin boards provided throughout campus.

Posting Policy – Residence Halls

Posting may only be done on bulletin boards or other designated areas. Areas such as painted walls, windows, doors, and ceilings are not approved for posting. Any materials posted in an area not designated for posting will be removed. Any damage done by the improper posting of materials will be the responsibility of the organization responsible for the posting.

Large staples, such as those from a staple gun, may not be used when posting. Any taping or stapling directly to walls may cause damage and is not permitted.

In select residence halls, certain painted walls are used for the publicizing of University events. Check with the Office of Residence Life before posting to any painted wall or any area other than a bulletin board.

Posting of events that are not sponsored by the University or a recognized student organization may only be posted on public posting boards. Postings on other bulletin boards or areas designated for University events will be removed. Posting on bulletin boards or any other surface in the residence halls is subject to Residence Life approval.

 

Tobacco Use In The Workplace

Smoking and the use of tobacco products by students, faculty, staff and visitors are prohibited on all Southeast Missouri State University properties. For purposes of this policy, the phrase "smoking and the use of tobacco products" is defined to include, but not be limited to, any lit cigarette, cigar, pipe, e-cigarette, or any other smoking product, the use of devices or products that may be used to smoke or mimic smoking, or the use of smokeless tobacco products.

Smoking and the use of tobacco products is prohibited at all times in University owned, leased, or occupied facilities, on University owned, leased or occupied property, at events on University properties, or in University owned, leased or rented vehicles, except as set forth herein.

Smoking and the use of tobacco products will be allowed only at a designated outdoor smoking area outside the Show Me Center and River Campus Cultural Arts Center for use during public events or performances.

The University prohibits the sale, distribution, or free sampling of tobacco products on campus. Littering the campus with remains of tobacco products or any other disposable product is prohibited.

The President or his/her designee is responsible for maintaining operating procedures related to this policy.

1. Smoking and the use of tobacco products is defined to include, but not be limited to, any lit cigarette, cigar, pipe, e-cigarette or any other smoking product; the use of devices or products that may be used to smoke or mimic smoking (e.g. hookahs, vaporizer); the use of smokeless tobacco products (also known as dip, chew or snuff in any form); and any other tobacco product or device not approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for the strict purpose of tobacco cessation.

2. Smoking and the use of tobacco products is prohibited in all University owned, leased, or controlled facilities, property and vehicles, except for a designated outdoor smoking area outside the Show Me Center and River Campus Cultural Arts Center for use during public events or performances.

For purposes of this policy, University facilities or property refers to any University or Foundation owned, leased or controlled facilities and property. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • all campuses
  • off campus university/foundation owned, leased or controlled property (e.g. University farm, daycare facilities)
  • all university housing managed by the university
  • all university parking lots (including inside personal vehicles on University property)
  • University vehicles for purposes of this policy refers to any University or Foundation owned, leased or controlled vehicle. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • buses and vans
  • cars, trucks and utility vehicles
  • operable/wheeled equipment (e.g. lawnmowers, forklifts)

3. Organizers and attendees at public events, such as conferences, meetings, public lectures, social events, cultural events and sporting events using University facilities/property will be required to abide by the University policy. Organizers of such events are responsible for communicating the policy to attendees.

4. Smoking and the use of tobacco products is permitted for on campus theatrical productions where the script/storyline calls for the depiction of smoking/smokeless tobacco use. Notwithstanding the foregoing, reasonable efforts will be made to use non-tobacco products in all such productions.

5. An exception to this policy must be granted in writing by the President, and will only be considered in extraordinary circumstances.

6. Repeated instances of noncompliance by a student may be reported to the Office of Student Conduct. Repeated instances of noncompliance by a faculty or staff member may be reported to Human Resources. Reports of noncompliance will be investigated by the appropriate office and may result in disciplinary action.