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Alcohol and other drugs

The college provides education, intervention and referral services for the prevention of alcohol and other drug abuse through the campus Wellness Center.

Residential Life, the Wellness Center and Student Engagement and Leadership offer at orientation and throughout the year educational programs to alert students to safety and security issues and concerns. Many of these programs are offered in conjunction with campus security and the local police department.

Under Missouri law, anyone under 21 years of age who buys, attempts to buy or is in possession of alcohol can be charged with a misdemeanor and may be subject to a fine, jail sentence or both. Further, any underage individual who consumes alcohol in or around a licensed dealer or establishment or uses falsified identification to obtain alcohol may be charged with a misdemeanor with the same penalties.

Columbia College policy prohibits the possession, use, distribution and sale of alcohol and illicit drugs by Columbia College students and employees on college-owned property and at college sponsored or supervised events. Empty alcohol containers are not allowed in the residence halls and students will be disciplined for behavior resulting from intoxication.

The president retains the authority to make exceptions to this policy as it pertains to the serving of wine and/or beer at college functions where meals are served. Requests for exceptions to this policy must be submitted to the president in writing prior to the event and will be considered on an individual basis. Notification of the president’s decision will be made in writing to the person(s) making the request.

The college regards possession, distribution or use of illegal drugs as a direct violation of college rules and the law. Representatives of the college will work with outside authorities to enforce existing federal, state and local laws regarding illegal drugs.

Additional information may be found in the Alcohol and Other Drugs, Policies and Resources pamphlet.

The possession, use or sale of firearms, ammunition, fireworks, major and minor explosives or any other lethal weapons not described herein is forbidden from college property and subject to disciplinary action.

Sexual offense

The educational purpose of a college is to foster an open learning and working environment. Any form of intimidation or discrimination is antithetical to this purpose. Thus, Columbia College is committed to providing faculty, staff and students with an environment free from implicit and explicit coercive sexual behavior used to control, influence or affect the well being of any member of its community. No member of Columbia College may sexually harass another individual. Any form of sexual harassment is grounds for college disciplinary action. Sexual harassment also constitutes a violation of federal and state law. Alleged sexual offense cases are to be reported to designated Columbia College officials.

Sexual assault is a crime and should be reported to Campus Security as well as the local police. Such cases will be handled in a confidential and sensitive manner.

Read more: Title IX nondiscrimination and harassment policy

Missing residential student policy, Columbia College

The purpose of this policy is to establish procedures for Columbia College’s response to reports of missing residential students, as required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.

This policy applies to students who reside in campus housing.

A residential student may be considered a “missing person” if his/her absence is counter to his/her usual pattern of behavior and unusual circumstances may have caused the absence. Such circumstances could include, but not be limited to a report or suspicion that the missing residential student may be the victim of foul play, has expressed suicidal thoughts, is drug dependent, is in a life-threatening situation, or has been with persons who may endanger the student’s welfare.

Designating emergency contact information

Residential students age 18 or older and emancipated minors: At the start of each semester, residents will designate an individual or individuals to be contacted by the college at which time the student is determined to be missing in accordance with the procedures set forth below.

Residential students younger than the age of 18: In the event a residential student under the age of 18 is determined to be missing pursuant to the policies set forth below, the college will contact a parent and guardian as noted on the housing contract, in Datatel, or on the residential student’s emergency contact card.

Notification procedures

Any faculty member, staff member, student or community member who has information that a residential student may be missing must notify Student Affairs and Campus Safety as soon as possible. It is important that both notifications are made. Student Affairs bears responsibility for notifying Campus Safety and vice versa. The number for Campus Safety is (573) 875-7315. The number for Student Affairs is (573) 875-7400. To reach an on duty Residential Life staff member after hours, call (573) 489-5780.

Student Affairs and Campus Safety will immediately meet to determine who is going to gather what information, which will include information about the residential student’s history in the halls, information from acquaintances and faculty, and information from advisers and other key members of the campus community. The following information will be collected:

  • A description of the student’s last known attire.
  • The student’s possible location.
  • A list of the student’s current friends or acquaintances.
  • The student’s vehicle description and registration information.
  • Information regarding the student’s psychological and physical state.
  • A current photograph, class schedule, etc.

This information must be gathered within a 24 hour timeframe.

If the college staff members are not successful in locating the student, Campus Safety will notify the Columbia Police Department and file a report regarding a missing student. This notification should occur within 24 hours of receiving the missing student report. The Dean or Asst. Dean for Student Affairs will contact the “missing” residential student’s designated emergency contact or parent/ guardian depending on the age of the student. At the point the decision is made to contact law enforcement and the “missing” residential student’s emergency contact, the President’s Office should be informed about the impending notifications.

Communications with the campus community regarding missing residential students

If law enforcement should determine the situation involves a potential missing person, communication with the media will be handled by the appropriate law enforcement agency. The law enforcement agency will consult with Campus Safety, Student Affairs and Public Relations.

Prior to releasing information to the campus community about the missing student, the appropriate college staff members will consult with the law enforcement agency to ensure communications do not hinder the investigation.

Any campus information collected after the case has been turned over to law enforcement should be submitted to Campus Safety. Campus Safety will submit that information to the investigating law enforcement agency.


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