Alcohol & Drug Statement

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 Abuse 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.


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