Health and Safety

Campus Safety and Security

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is published in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, and the 2013 Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. This report includes statistics on reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Southeast; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus for the most recent reporting years. The report also includes fire safety policies and statistics, emergency notification procedures, and protocols for missing persons.

 The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report can be accessed on-line through the following link: http://www.semo.edu/police/statistics/Police-SEMO-ASR.pdfA printed copy of the report is available upon request by emailing the Department of Public Safety (DPS) at dps@semo.edu or by phone at 573.651.2215.

 This information is offered to prospective students and employees as well as current students, faculty and staff.

Emergency Notification

The University utilizes a multi-layered toolbox for providing emergency information to faculty, staff, and student populations. For information on the University Notification System and the Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures please visit www.semo.edu/dps and click on Emergency Preparedness & Safety or call 573.651.2215

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program

Substance Abuse Prevention and Education (SAPE) services are available to students, faculty and staff. A variety of educational programs, individual counseling, and prevention activities can be provided upon request. Information can be found online at http://www.semo.edu/sape/ or email SAPE@semo.edu or call 573.986.6191.

Drug-Free Workplace Statement

It is the University's intent and obligation to provide a drug-free, healthful, safe and secure work environment. The University recognizes drug and alcohol abuse as a potential health, safety and security problem. Drug & 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 Counseling and Disability Services, Alcohol/Drug and Education Services. The University’s policy on providing a drug-free work environment can be found at http://semo.edu/pdf/FinAdm_03-03_Policy.pdf

Missing Student Policy

Southeast Missouri State will follow conditions of the Jeanne CLERY Act regarding issues of a missing student. For additional information on this policy, visit: http://semo.edu/police/safety/missing-student.html

Penalties for Drug Violations

Students are expected to abide by the University’s Statement of Student Rights and Code of Student Conduct (Code). Alleged violations of the Code are adjudicated in accordance with the established procedures of the judicial system. Visit http://www.semo.edu/stuconduct/.

Registered Sex Offender Information

Under federal law, certain sex offenders who are already required to register in a state must provide notice of each institution of higher education in that state, at which that person is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student. Therefore, if any individual is required to register as a sex offender in a state and indicates that he or she is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student at Southeast Missouri State University, that information will promptly be made available to the Department of Public Safety at Southeast Missouri State University. http://semo.edu/police/safety/registered_sex_offenders.html.

Outcome of Institutional Disciplinary Proceedings Against Alleged Perpetrator of a Crime of Violence or Non-forcible Sex Offense

Qualified recipients may receive a copy of the outcome by providing a written request to the Office of Student Conduct. Visit the Office of Student Conduct or call 573.651.2264.

Vaccination Policy

Southeast’s policies and recommendations on immunizations for students is available at www.semo.edu/healthclinic/students/recommended-immunizations.html. Some health related majors may have additional requirements upon admission to the program. Students should contact their departments for any possible vaccination requirements.

Health and Safety Exemption Requirement

Under the health and safety exception school officials may share relevant information with “appropriate parties,” that is, those parties whose knowledge of the information is necessary to provide immediate protection of the health and safety of the student or other individuals. 20 U.S.C. § 1232g(b)(1)(I); 34 C.F.R. § 99.36(a). Typically, law enforcement officials, public health officials, and trained medical personnel are the types of parties to whom information may be disclosed under this FERPA exception. FERPA’s record keeping requirements (§ 99.32) apply to disclosures made pursuant to the health or safety exception. The educational agency or institution has the responsibility to make the initial determination of whether a disclosure is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals. However, the Department is available to work with institutions to assist them in making such decisions in order to ensure that the disclosure comes within the exception to FERPA’s requirement of prior written consent. In short, the health or safety exception will permit the disclosure of personally identifiable information from a student’s education record without the written consent of the student in the case of an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or other individuals. Of course, a school official, based on his or her own observations, may notify law enforcement officials of suspicious activity or behavior. Nothing in FERPA prohibits a school official from disclosing to federal, State, or local law enforcement authorities information that is based on that official’s personal knowledge or observation and not from an education record.

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