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Safety Awareness & Crime Prevention

Southeast Missouri State University is a community of approximately 11,000 students and approximately 1,200 faculty and staff employees who provide instructional and other related services to the students. Classes are conducted six days a week consisting of day and evening hours. The University campus encompasses over 400 acres and approximately two million square feet of buildings. The University is part of the Cape Girardeau community which has a population of approximately 38,000. Campus safety is a serious consideration at Southeast Missouri State University. Crime is a national problem that affects even the rural area around Southeast Missouri State University. The University is a relatively safe campus; however, the University community and visitors should be aware that the potential for crime exists on our campus as it does throughout society.

The Department of Public Safety has University Police Officers on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, working foot patrol and vehicle patrol throughout campus. The Department is responsible for Building and Ground Security, Dispatch/Radio Communication, Parking Enforcement, Crime Prevention, Emergency Medical Response/First Aid Services and Uniformed Security. A University Police Officer responds to all reported crimes and investigates in a timely manner. Alleged violations of local, state, and federal law are referred for prosecution. Possible violations of the University Code of Conduct are forwarded to the Office of Judicial Affairs.

Emergency Medical Response and First Aid

The Department's Police Officers are trained in emergency first aid and respond to any medical emergency on campus.  First Responder Services are provided by EMS from the Cape Girardeau Fire Department and the Cape County Private Ambulance Service. The officers contact and assist the Cape County private ambulance service if transportation to a local hospital is needed.

Timely Warning of Crime

Timely advisories are made to the University community when known crime risk may endanger students or employees. This is completed by using one or more of the following: Submitting advisory and prevention information to administrative staff for distribution; preparing, posting, and distributing bulletins; initiating press releases; or providing crime summary information to the campus newspaper and local city newspaper.

Notification of an Emergency

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 the Campus Emergency Website or call 573.651.2215

Crisis Response Team

The Counseling and Disability Services provides a crisis response team. The team is comprised of trained Student Affairs professionals (crisis coordinators on-call) who rotate on-call duty. The team provides an immediate crisis response and intervention and coordinates follow through, during and after a crisis. The Department of Public Safety communicator will contact the Team when warranted.

The residence halls are open to residents and their guests. The residence halls have a main desk staffed daily. Residence hall exterior doors are locked from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Only residents are issued keys for access after hours.

Access to Residence Hall Rooms

All residents are provided with room, lounge, and outside door keys. All rooms within the residence hall have door locks and telephones. Students may deny access to their room if concerned about an individual and contact Residence Life or the Department of Public Safety for assistance.


Student community advisors reside in each residence hall community. A community advisor is available from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., seven days a week. Each residence hall also has a Hall Director and Assistant Hall Director who live in the hall. The Towers Complex front desk is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Residents are responsible for informing guests of appropriate University and Residence Life policies. The host is responsible at all times for the actions of their guest while on campus. The maximum allowable guest hours are determined by the Residence Hall Association.

Safety and Security

Southeast Missouri State University and the Office of Residence Life share each student, parent, and family member’s concern about safety. To assist with this critical issue the University has worked to provide improved safety and security throughout the campus and in the residence halls. Students can only gain access to their residence hall using their University issued key or keycard. All residence halls are locked 24 hours a day.

Though we work to provide a safe community, safety depends on the student's personal behaviors. We ask that students follow some basic safety tips:

  • Keep your room locked
  • Report suspicious or unfamiliar people to the Office of Residence Life or the University Police Department
  • Do not leave personal property in lounges or other common areas unattended
  • Do not prop open doors to your residence hall
  • Register all guests

Upon check in, each residence hall student is required to provide emergency contact information. If the resident is under 18 years old they must provide the contact information for their parent or legal guardian. This information will be used in the event the student is determined to be missing or in the event of a medical emergency. Students may update this information by contacting their Hall Director.

Missing students may be reported to either the University Police Department or any member of the Office of Residence Life staff. Upon notification of a potentially missing student, the Office of Residence Life, Dean of Students Office and the University Police will begin a joint investigation of the situation. Upon determination that a student is actually missing for more than 24 hours, the student's emergency contact will be notified. In the case that the missing person is under 18 years old, the parent or legal guardian will be notified.

The University's Facilities Management is responsible for maintaining the campus buildings and grounds. Employees respond promptly to reports of potential safety and security hazards. You are encouraged to call Facilities Management if you see any hazards, lighting problems, or have any specific concerns.

Night Shuttle Service

The late night shuttle service for students operates from 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., seven days a week while school is in session. For more information visit the Campus Transit Website.

Crime Prevention Programs

Crime prevention presentations and programs are provided to the University community and the surrounding area. Presentations are available on sexual assault, burglary, alcohol and drugs, residence hall crime, vandalism, bicycle crime and safety, child abduction and abuse, robbery, and several other topics.

Campus Alarm System

The Department's communication center monitors several alarm systems on campus. The communications center monitors and dispatches University Police Officers to fire alarms, intrusion alarms, and panic alarms.

Security and Safety Surveys

The department conducts surveys of campus parking lots, exterior lighting, exterior building doors, campus grounds, etc. Work orders are completed for identified problems and repairs.

Locking of Facilities

The majority of University academic and administrative facilities are locked by a specific time (between 10:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight). Employees need current University Identification and others need a valid building pass to remain or enter after a building is closed. The academic and administrative buildings are patrolled by campus officers after closing.

On March 7, 2013, President Obama signed a bill that strengthened and reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act. Included with the Act were amendments to the Clery Act that afford additional rights to campus victims of sexual assault violence, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking.

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. Only the Show Me Center and Wildwood 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 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 7 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 is suspended. 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 Judicial Affairs.

Assistance Available to Students

Students at Southeast Missouri State University may receive information and referral from the Coordinator of Substance Awareness Prevention and Education in Crisp Hall 101. The Coordinator provides referral to the University's Counseling and Disability Services, as well as to local agencies. These include Charter Hospital, Family Counseling Center, Inc., Gibson Recovery Center, and the St. Francis Center for Recovery. This list is not exhaustive, and referral may be made to other agencies, as well as to physicians and other psychological therapists.

The Counseling and Disability Services will provide counseling and aftercare to students who have successfully completed a treatment program. There is an Alcoholics Anonymous group that meets weekdays in the University Center at noon and a Narcotics Anonymous group that meets locally in Cape Girardeau. For more information contact Substance Abuse Prevention and Education or Cape County AA.

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.

Cape Girardeau Municipal Ordinances and Penalties

The penalties resulting from violation of the ordinances summarized below are almost uniformly as follows: a fine of not more than $500, imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or both such fine and imprisonment. For more information, contact the Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

Alcoholic Beverage Sales to Minors

It is illegal to supply, or permit the supply of, intoxicating liquor or non-intoxicating beer to a person under 21 years of age, a habitual drunkard, or to one apparently under the influence of intoxicating liquor.

Alcoholic Beverage Sales by Minors

Persons under age 21 may not sell, dispose of, or assist in the sale or disposition of intoxicating liquor. A person over age 18 may serve such drinks, as a waiter or waitress, in a business establishment which has a "minor" permit and receives more than 50% of its revenues from sources other than intoxicating liquors.

Acts Prohibited as to Minors

  • It is illegal for anyone under 21 years of age to represent that he/she is over age 21 for the purpose of acquiring alcoholic beverages.
  • It is illegal for anyone under 21 years of age to buy or possess alcoholic beverages.

Possession/Consumption in Public

It is illegal to possess open containers or consume intoxicating liquor, or non-intoxicating beer, in a public place.

Discharge of Firearms

It is unlawful to discharge a firearm or projectile weapon while intoxicated.

Driving While Intoxicated

It is illegal to drive a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated or drugged condition.

Driving With Excessive Blood Alcohol Content

  • One commits the violation of driving while intoxicated if he or she operates a motor vehicle while having a blood alcohol content greater than .08% by weight.
  • Blood Alcohol Content is based upon grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters.

Other Drug-related Prohibited Acts

  • It is illegal to make, have, control, sell, or other-wise dispense any controlled or counterfeit substance.
  • It is illegal to use, or possess intending to use, drug paraphernalia for any purposes concerning the illicit use of controlled or counterfeit substances.
  • It is illegal to deliver, possess with intent to deliver, or to make with intent to deliver, drug paraphernalia where he or she does or should know that it will be used for illicit purposes concerning controlled or counterfeit substances.
  • It is illegal to advertise where he/she knows or should know that a purpose of advertisement is to promote the sale or use of drug paraphernalia.
  • It is illegal to do with an imitation controlled substance that which it is illegal to do with a genuine controlled substance, including the act of advertising paraphernalia for the use thereof.

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.

Current registered sex offender information has been provided to Southeast Missouri State University from law enforcement agencies. Any information provided to the Department of Public Safety, Southeast Missouri State University, will be made available at our website or may be viewed at the Department of Public Safety at 1401 N. Sprigg St., Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Name of Offender Address Offense
Beasley, Antwon Markfet 1110 S. Ellis St. Cape Girardeau, Mo 63701 Aggravated Sexual Battery
Locke, Marcus George 234 N Lorimier St. Apt 8 Cape Girardeau, Mo 63701 Criminal Sexual Assault
McTurnan, Michelle Diane 8821 State Highway J Puxico, Mo 63960 Child Molest 1st Degree
Schwabenlander, Joshua Jon 1562 Valley Forge Ln Cape Girardeau, Mo 63701 Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile



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Cape Girardeau, MO

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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701

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