What you need to know about alcohol and drug violations in MU residence halls

Thursday, July 28, 2011 | 12:01 a.m. CDT


  •  No alcohol at all is allowed in the residence halls regardless of legal drinking age.
  • Possession of any drug or alcohol paraphernalia is not allowed in the residence halls. This includes but is not limited to decorative alcohol containers, flasksand wine bottles.
  • Shot glasses are allowed but only for decorative purposes.
  • Residence hall staff will confiscate and dispose of any prohibited items found in possession of residents.
  • If you are present in a room where policies are being violated, you can be subject to punishment regardless of your participation.


  • Possession of illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia is not allowed, including

    bongs, rolling papers, one-hitters and grinders.

  • Smoking of cigarettes and possession of lighters is allowed, but as of July 1, only in designated areas on the MU smoke-free campus.
  • A residence hall staff member's confirmation of the smell of marijuana is enough evidence to take further measures of exploring the situation.


Students who might consume alcohol outside of a residence hall can be in violation of policies if they return and are causing problems within the halls related to their intoxication. It is considered a violation of the alcohol regulations.


This policy permits MU to contact parents or legal guardians of a student under the age of 21 about alcohol and drug violations that are severe in nature or after multiple violations.


First offense: The student must participate in an MU sponsored program known as BASICS. BASICS stands for Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students. The three-hour program that consists of a two-hour group session and a 45-60 minute individual follow-up session is meant to be a conversation for students about effective decision-making skills around the presence of alcohol and other illegal substances. The program is $75 and at cost of the student in violation of the alcohol regulation.

Second offense: Residential life probation and other educational sanctions may be imposed.

Third offense: If all previous offenses are alcohol or drug related and if found in violation for the third time, the most likely consequence removal from the residence halls.

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