The University of Missouri–St. Louis has been designated drug free and only under certain conditions is the consumption of alcohol permitted. Providing an environment that supports healthy decisions and lifestyles is a priority for the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Abuse of drugs and alcohol disrupts this environment and creates safety and health risks for both the student and University employees.
The sale, manufacture, distribution or possession of any controlled substance is illegal under local, state and federal laws. The UM–St. Louis Campus Police strictly enforces such laws. Violators are subject to University disciplinary action, criminal prosecution, fine and/or imprisonment. Criminal penalties for violation of such laws range from fines up to $20,000 to imprisonment for terms up to and including life.
The University of Missouri–St. Louis acknowledges and respects the rights of individuals to use alcohol in a legal and responsible manner. The University supports the laws of the state of Missouri. UM–St. Louis also respects the rights of individuals who choose to not use alcohol and not experience the impact of others' misuse of alcohol.
The University of Missouri–St. Louis Alcohol Policy and Missouri State statute restricts the sale, consumption and furnishing of alcohol on the University campus to any person under the age of twenty-one. The possession of alcohol by anyone under twenty-one years of age in a public place or place open to the public is illegal. It is also a violation of the University of Missouri–St. Louis policy for anyone to consume or possess alcohol in any public or private area of campus without prior approval by the University.
Organizations or groups violating alcohol/drug policies or laws may be subject to sanctions by the University. Violations of University policy can result in disciplinary action up to and including discharge of employees, dismissal of students and referral for prosecution. Violations of this policy by students will be considered a violation of the University disciplinary code, which may result in dismissal, suspension, or imposition of a lesser sanction. Sanctions may also include referrals for appropriate rehabilitation.