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Annual Notice of Compliance

As a requirement of the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act of 1989, the University of Missouri - St. Louis must disseminate and ensure receipt of the below policies and information to all students, staff, and faculty on an annual basis. This information also resides on this webpage for public access.

View the UMSL Annual Review Certification.

Drug usage of any kind may affect and cause potential harm to the user. Drug usage may impact academic performance, work environment, safety, health, and well-being. Listed below are some common health risks of drug usage. Please note this is not a comprehensive list of all possible side effects - for more information, please visit the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Drug Classes General Overview Health Impacts Examples
Depressants Slows the brain and body operations Slowed reaction time, disorientation, depression, fatigue Alcohol, Xanax, Valium, Ambien
Stimulants Speeds up the brain and body operations Rapid heartbeat, increased respiration, heart attack, seizures Nicotine, Adderall, Cocaine, Meth
Hallucinogens Alters perceptions Increased body temperature, sweating, psychosis LSD, Psilocybin
Dissociatives Alters perceptions and causes detachment from reality Dissorientation, speech difficulties, anxiety, memory issues PCP, DXM, Ketamine, Salvia
Opiods Can relive pain, induce euphoria and impact mood Drowsiness, insomnia, collapsed veins, coma Heroin, Fenntanyl, Vicodin, Codeine
Inhalants Breathable mind altering substances Slurred speech, suffocation, brain damage Paint Thinners, Gasoline, "Whip-its"


Depressants slow down the central nervous system, which slows the operations of the brain and body. Short term effects include slow brain function, slurred speech, disorientation, and lack of coordination. Long-term use of depressants can produce addiction, depression, chronic fatigue, breathing difficulties, sexual problems, and sleep problems. High doses may cause coma or death. Some examples of depressants include Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, Rohypnol, and Ambien.

Alcohol is a type of depressant which slows down the brain and results in an impaired cognitive state. Short term effects of alcohol usage include hangover and alcohol poisoning, as well as falls and accidents, conflict, lowered inhibitions, and risky behaviors. Long term, excessive use can lead to development of chronic disease, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, liver disease, cancer, or stroke.

Cannabis is often described as a depressant with stimulant and hallucinogenic qualities. Short term effects include altered senses, changes in mood, impaired body movement, difficulty problem solving, and impaired memory. Long term effects include breathing issues, increased heart rate, impacts on brain development, and Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (which causes the user to cycle severe nausea, vomiting and dehydration).

Stimulants speed up the body’s systems. Short term effects include rapid or irregular heartbeat, increased respiration, and paranoia. Long term effects include addiction and cardiovascular system damage, including heart attack, brain damage, seizures, lung damage, severe depression, paranoia, and psychosis. Some examples of stimulants include Adderall, Ritalin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and Dexedrine.

Nicotine is a type of stimulant that commonly comes in the form of cigarettes, vape juice, chewing tobacco, and cigars. Short term effects include lingering smoke smell, increased heart rate, coughing, and shortness of breath. Long term effects include addiction, lung disease, heart disease, cancer, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Hallucinogens are a diverse group of drugs that alter a person’s awareness of their surroundings, as well as their own thoughts and feelings. Short term effects include nausea, increased blood pressure, breathing rate, or body temperature, uncoordinated movements, numbness, disorientation, and excessive sweating. Long term effects include persistent psychosis, Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder (HHPD), anxiety, and memory loss. Some examples of hallucinogens include LSD, psilocybin, peyote, and DMT.

Dissociative Drugs can produce visual and auditory distortions and a sense of floating and dissociation (feeling detached from reality) in users. Short term effects include numbness, disorientation, hallucinations, and increase in blood pressure, heart rate, respiration, and body temperature. Long term effects include addiction, speech difficulties, memory loss, suicidal thoughts, and anxiety. Some examples of dissociative drugs include PCP, DXM, salvia, and ketamine.

Opioids are also known as "narcotics." The term "narcotic" comes from the Greek word for "stupor" and originally referred to a variety of substances that dulled the senses and relieved pain. Short term effects include drowsiness, slowed breathing, nausea, and unconsciousness. Long term effects include addiction, insomnia, collapsed veins, increased risk of blood-borne illnesses with intravenous users, and coma. Some examples of opioids include heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, Vicodin, and Codeine.

Prescription Drug Abuse is the use of a prescription medication in a way not intended by the prescribing doctor. Prescription drug abuse or problematic use includes everything from taking a friend's prescription painkiller for your backache to snorting or injecting ground-up pills to get high. While prescription drug abuse can occur with any medication, it often occurs with prescription pain medications (most commonly opioids, due to their high potential for addiction).

Inhalants are volatile substances that produce chemical vapors that can be inhaled to induce a psychoactive, or mind-altering, effect. Short term effects include slurred speech, inability to coordinate movement, hostility, and suffocation. Long term effects include lack of coordination, damage to brain, heart, liver, and kidneys, memory impairment, and death due to asphyxiation. Some examples of inhalants include paint thinner, glue, household aerosol items, and gases found in household products.

Under this law, the person who seeks medical help and the person experiencing the medical emergency shall not be arrested, charged, prosecuted, convicted, or have property subject to civil asset forfeiture resulting from minor drug and alcohol violations, when acting in good faith.

This law provides immunity from: possession of a controlled substance (RSMO 579.015); possession of drug paraphernalia (RSMO 579.074); possession of an imitation controlled substance (RSMO 579.078); keeping or maintaining a public nuisance (RSMO 579.105); sale of alcohol to a minor - certain other persons (RSMO 311.310); misrepresentation of age by a minor to obtain liquor - use of an altered driver’s license, passport or I.D. cards (RSMO 311.320); purchase or possession of alcohol by a minor (RSMO 311.325); violation of a restraining order; or violation of probation or parole. This limited immunity does not offer protection from any other crimes (e.g., distribution of a controlled substance, manufacturing of drugs, active warrants).

  • Signs of an opioid overdose include unresponsive to voice or shaking, shallow breathing or gurgling sounds, pin-point pupils, Lips or fingernails turning blue/gray
  • Signs of alcohol poisoning include irregular or slow breathing, skin turning blue, low body temperature and seizures

If you suspect someone is overdosing or suffering from alcohol poisoning, please call 9-1-1 - your call could save a life. Learn more about the Good Samaritan Law.

The University of Missouri-Saint Louis has been designated drug-free and the consumption of alcohol is permitted only under certain conditions.

Pursuant to the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, we have compiled some important information that we strongly encourage you to read:

Student Resources

Please reach out to any of the following for more assistance:

UMSL Health Services
131 Millennium Student Center

Health Services is staffed by qualified and accredited medical personnel, with oversight from two local specialty physicians. We're dedicated to making a difference in the lives of students by providing quality care, exceptional service, and education about healthy lifestyle choices.

Counseling Services
131 Millennium Student Center

Counseling and Social Advocacy Center
The CSAC is located on UMSL South Campus, in the Ward E. Barnes building, 2993 South Drive

For Emergencies:

After business hours UMSL Counseling Services' phones (314)-516-5711 are answered by clinical professionals providing confidential support, crisis intervention and stabilization, and hospital referral and pre-admittance when necessary.

If you are unsure that you can keep yourself safe, call 911 or go to an emergency room at the nearest hospital.

Hotlines and other Emergency Crisis Resources

Additional Resources

Equity and Title IX
153 JC Penney North

Triton Food Pantry
170 Millennium Student Center

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The University of Missouri’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a continuum of tools, resources and counseling services to support emotional wellness, the ability to successfully handle life’s stresses and to adapt to change and difficult times (building resilience, reducing stress, getting quality sleep, strengthening social connections, coping with loss, and being mindful). The EAP offers free, short-term, confidential counseling sessions for employees (faculty and staff) and their household members. 


  • Unlimited telephonic access to master’s-level clinicians (24/7)
  • Three (3) free counseling sessions per presenting issue with Optum network providers, offered in-person (in the community at the provider’s office) or virtually
  • An online platform offering self-directed access

  For Emergencies:

Additional Resources:

We strive to sustain a safe and healthy campus community of engaged students. A student at the University assumes an obligation to behave in a manner compatible with the University's function as an educational institution and voluntarily joins a community of high achieving scholars. A student organization recognized by the University of Missouri also assumes an obligation to behave in a manner compatible with the University's function as an educational institution. Consequently, students must adhere to community standards in accordance with the University’s mission and expectations as outlined in the University of Missouri Standard of Conduct. These expectations have been established in order to protect a specialized environment conducive to learning which fosters integrity, academic success, personal and professional growth, and responsible citizenship. For more information, please visit the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity in the Division of Student Affairs.

The Standard of Conduct defines the University’s jurisdiction and the minimal behavioral expectations for students and student organizations.

All members of the university community are held responsible for their behavior and for respecting the rights of others. UMSL endeavors to encourage a culture of compliance. The university is committed to providing education regarding the negative impacts of illicit drug use, misuse of prescription drugs, and the excessive or illegal consumption of alcohol.

UMSL regulations prohibit the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of alcohol and illicit drugs on all University-owned or controlled properties and at University-sponsored or supervised activities, including school-related events or professional meetings requiring travel. The respective Standards of Conduct apply to all employees, students, and student organizations, including organizations that have University Approved Housing faculties. 

The sale, manufacture, distribution, or possession of any controlled substance is illegal under both state and federal laws. UMSL University Police strictly enforce these laws. Violators are subject to University disciplinary action, criminal prosecution, fines, and/or imprisonment.

The university complies fully with local, state, and federal regulations regarding the sale, possession, and consumption of alcoholic beverages. UMSL is designated drug-free, and only under certain conditions is the consumption of alcohol permitted, as outlined in UMSL Alcohol Policy. In keeping with our educational mission, the University assumes the responsibility to inform the campus community about alcohol and drug abuse/misuse and prevention efforts.

Missouri passed a law allowing adult-use cannabis (otherwise known as recreational use marijuana/cannabis). However, our university policy regarding cannabis does not change. Federal law has not changed, and marijuana remains classified as a Schedule I drug. As a result, regardless of state and local law changes, institutions of higher education are expected to continue to abide by the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act by maintaining policies which prohibit marijuana possession, use, or distribution by students, staff, and faculty. Under federal law, both medical marijuana and adult-use cannabis remain illegal. Any institution that knowingly permits possession, use, or distribution of marijuana is at risk of losing federal funds. 

**Spring 2023 Update: As the state of Missouri recently legalized recreational marijuana for those 21 and older, we wanted to remind our campus community that due to federal regulations, any use, possession, distribution, or manufacture of marijuana remains prohibited on the campus or at any university-sponsored or university-supervised event. Our campus remains in compliance with the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act. For more information, read the UMSystem press release.

For specific policies, please see:

UM System Parental Notification of Alcohol and Controlled Substance Violations (180.025)

UM System Drug/Alcohol Abuse in the Workplace (HR-508)

Standard of Conduct – UM System (200.010)

UMSL Residential Life and Housing Community Guide and Residential Policies

UMSL will impose disciplinary sanctions on students and employees for violations of the drug and alcohol standards of conduct. Violation of University regulations can result in disciplinary action up to, and including, expulsion for students and discharge for employees.

The rights of due process for employees and students are addressed in the Rules of Procedures in Student or Student Organization Conduct Matters and University of Missouri Human Resources Manual.

Legal Sanctions

Local, state, and federal laws also prohibit the unlawful possession, use, distribution, and sale of alcohol and illicit drugs. Criminal penalties for violation of such laws range from fines up to $20,000 to imprisonment for terms up to, and including, life. Reference Missouri Revised Statutes, specifically section RSMo 579 for further details on charges and legal sanctions.

Federal Trafficking Penalties