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17 / FALL2 - Late Fall 8-week Session

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Course Syllabus
17 / FALL2 - Late Fall 8-week Session
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

Course Prefix and Number: BIOL 326L
Course Title: Physiology Laboratory
Semester Credit Hours: 2
Class Day and Time: Tue Thu 
7:45 PM-10:35 PM
Additional Notes:

Class will not meet Thursday November 23 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The make-up day is Friday December 1. 

This course is web-enhanced, taught entirely in a classroom setting using D2L course management software to supplement in-seat content.


Catalog Description

Laboratory experiences to complement BIOL 326. $40 lab fee. Prerequisites: BIOL 110L; BIOL 326 or concurrent enrollment.


BIOL 110L; BIOL 326 or concurrent enrollment.


Human Physiology textbook and lab combo 14th edition
Author: Fox (McGraw-Hill)
ISBN: 9781259634697
Category/Comments - Combo with lab manual

Course Objectives

· To understand basic physiological techniques.
· To conduct experiments that measure physiological phenomena and interpret the results.

Additional Instructor Objectives

  • To be able to relate laboratory exercises, experiments/results to physiological processes in the human body
  • To understand the format used in scientific literature and to communicate technical information in a meaningful written report and in a concise verbal presentation.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

· Describe how enzymes are important in physiological function.
· Describe the roles of diffusion and osmosis in physiological processes.
· Demonstrate reflex arcs.
· Interpret responses of various sensory receptors.
· Classify muscle tissue responses to stimuli.
· Describe the effects of stimuli on the heart.
· Explain changes in pulmonary function related to exercise.
· Interpret the chemical composition of urine.

Special Course Requirements

Reading prior to Lab/ Handouts: Labs run more smoothly and will be much more worthwhile if you are able to read the assignments prior to lab. To facilitate this, selected lab manual questions should be answered prior to class: instructor will review these with the class and will call upon students for answers. Supplemental handouts may be provided  with short questions, tables, etc. to serve as study guides.

Laboratory Reports: These should contain one page summaries of lab activities including title, methods/materials, results, conclusions where appropriate. You may use summary tables if appropriate. Conclusions should include what you learned from the lab. Laboratory reports for each week will be due the Tues. of the following week. Reports should be legible and concise.  It is best to just try to write it up shortly after each lab so that you don't fall behind. In addition, you will prepare a short presentation (5-10 min) at the end of the term. This presentation will involve describing a disease, including symptoms, pathophysiology, tests to diagnose, and treatment. Most students choose to use PowerPoint presentations. Please emphasize how normal physiological systems are affected by the disease using concepts you have learned about in class. A summary of criteria used to grade these reports will be given.

Instructional Methods

Laboratory exercisesMost of lab time will be used to perform exercises from the laboratory manual and handouts. Exercises include observational, ie. viewing cells and tissues through the microscope or listening to brief PowerPoint's/youtubes, and "hands on" ie. performing ECG's and blood pressures, brief experiments, etc. We will also use software with the laptops, including Iworks, which interfaces with the laptops and allows measurement of various parameters (like ECG, tidal volumes, EMG) and PHILS, an interactive software program which allows you to run simulated experiments on living tissue, like muscle and nerves.

Laboratory handout questions: Students are expected to work through the assigned laboratory activities in pairs or groups, as needed.  If a presentation or model is on display, students should work through concepts together.  To aid in acquisition of objectives, handouts with simple questions or tables, etc., may be given out to fill in. 

Laboratory manual questions: There are helpful questions at the end of each section of the lab book. Read the material prior to class, and attempt to answer the specified questions. Participation in answering questions will be  used in evaluating participation points.

Presentations: You may choose a disease and ask instructor if it is appropriate and not yet chosen; if so, you will prepare a short presentation (5-10 min. only!!) using any materials you desire (ie. handouts, audio/visual, or just stand there and talk). The purpose of this exercise is to be able to communicate your findings to other people in a concise and professional manner. You should also gain an appreciation for the impact the disease has on a patients life and be able to convey this to an audience. You should include disease, impact on a person's life, symptoms, tests to diagnose, and treatment options, and describe what it would to live with this disease with an emphasis on the pathophysiology (how the disease causes the normal physiology of the system to change). 

Out of Class Activities

Read assigned readings prior to lab and answer assigned questions!!  This helps to maximize what you will learn in lab. Class participation includes attempting to answer specified laboratory manual questions when called upon.

Graded Activities

Laboratory reports100 Points22% of grade
Description -

Summarize lab activities for specified laboratory exercises in the format: materials, methods, results, conclusions (what you learned). Tables/graphs or handout questions may be included where appropriate. 

Method of Evaluation -

**Lab reports due the Tues. after the week of the lab.

Quizzes200 Points45% of grade
Description -

There are two quizzes (see schedule) over laboratory material and questions. Each quiz is worth 100 pts.,and they are multiple choice, short answer, T/F. Missed quizzes cannot be made up.

Presentation150 Points33% of grade
Description -

Towards the end of the term we will have student presentations. You may choose your topic, check with instructor to ensure no repeats. You will choose a disease/pathological condition and prepare a short presentation (5-10 min. only!!) using any materials you desire (ie. handouts, audio/visual, or just stand there and talk). PowerPoint presentations do make a bigger impact because visual aid is very powerful.  The purpose of this exercise is communicate your findings to other people in a concise and professional manner. You should include disease, impact on a person's life, symptoms,  tests to diagnose, and treatment options. You should emphasize the affect the disease has on the normal physiology of the systems affected using concepts learned throughout the term.

Method of Evaluation -

The important thing to remember is you need to know how to communicate--with doctors, family members, grad school advisors--in a meaningful and professional manner.  The purpose of this exercise is to use the class to practice this ability!! Professionalism, clarity, and answers to questions will be considered in grading, based roughly on the following:

  • Disease: Definition and pathophysiology, 60 pt.
  • Symptoms/causes for symptoms, 25 pt.
  • Tests to diagnose/how tests work, 20 pt.
  • Impact on person and community, 25 pt.
  • Treatment/explanation of treatment, 20 pt.

Grading Scale

90>=100 A
80>=89 B
70>=79 C
60>=69 D
0-59 F

Additional Information / Instructions

The schedule may be revised according to availability of materials. 

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1
Use of microscope; cells--structure; mitosis/meiosis; tissue overview: Cell function, enzymes, biomolecules, clinical chemistry

1. Use of Microscope--Lab manual p.1-12: Do  Exercise 1.1  A, B, C, D
2. PHILS interactive lab #1  "Varying extracellular concentration". 
Diffusion, Osmosis, Toxicity--Lab manual p. 75-84
1. LM P. 77 -83 Do Procedure2.6 B and C (p.80)  Diffusion, Osmosis, Toxicity
2. Clinical Chemistry (discussion--handouts)
3. You tube--discussion on fluid therapy and toxicity


Tues: Fox Laboratory Manual ("LM") P. 1-12
Thurs:  LM 75-84, supplemental material 


Tue: Fox LM p. 11, questions 1, 3,4,5
Th:  Fox LM p.83 1-5, 6,7

Week 2
Tues. Metabolism, Tissue types , Th. Nervous System I

1. Microscopic Examination of Tissues and Organs:
LM p. 13-24 Do A,B,C,D,E ( PHILS #2  "Size and Metabolic Rate")

Beginning nervous System:  LM Section 3  "The nervous system and sensory physiology"
Section 3.1:  Recording the Nerve Action Potential Read all (PHILS interactive exercise #10 "The Compound Action Potential") Section 3.2:  The EEG.  Read.  Equipment will be available to observe your own EEG. Section 3.3:  Reflex Arc.  Read all and perform 3.3 A and B, all Section 3.4:  Cutaneous Receptors and Referred Pain.  Read and do B,C,D


Tues. Fox LM Exercise 1.2, P. 13-24
Thurs. Fox LM Section 3.1-3.4  The nervous system p. 85-114


Lab manual questionsTues. p. 23-24; Questions 1-8; (Also PHILS quizzes)
Thurs. p.112;  Questions 1-11, 13

Week 3
Tue. Nervous System 2 Thurs: Endocrine System

1.Eyes and Vision; Ears: Cochlea and Hearing, vestibular apparatus; Taste   perception

Section 3.5 Eyes and Vision  Read all, Do A,B, D, +/- E, F, +/- G
Section 3.6 Ears: Read all, Do A
Section 3.7 Ears: Vestibular Apparatus Read
|Section 3.8  Taste Perception:  Read  and do exercises on p. 142 

2. Metabolism
Real experiment based on PHILS from last week if materials available

1. Endocrinology:  Histology of Endocrine glands  Fox LM. 4.1 p. 145-155  Learn slides of available endocrine glands and understand how structure relates to function
2. Insulin and Insulin Shock:  Fox LM 4.3 p. 167-171 Insulin is one example of a very important hormone. You should understand the functions and role of insulin in vertebrate systems. Watch you tubes of fish experiment and people "insulin therapy"
3. PHILS exercise #17  Thyroid Gland and Metabolic Rate


Tues. Fox LM Section 3.5-3.8  Eyes and Vision, Ears, Taste  p. 117-143
Fox LM Section 4 Endocrine System, P. 145-154, Fox  Ex.  4.3 Insulin shock   P. 167-169                   


Lab manual questions:
: .p. 125, Questions 1-11; P. 133 Q. 1-6, P.137  Q. 1-6, p.143 Q 1-3
Thurs:  p. 155, Q1-15; p.171, Q. 1-6, p. 183 Q. 1-9



Week 4
Tues: Muscles .Thurs: Respiration/ Pulmonary Function

Tues:  Muscles Fox L.M. Section 5
1. Fox LM Section 5.1 ,5.2, 5.3 P. 173-200  Read, Learn sliding filament theory of muscle contraction, understand skeletal muscle shortening and how it is achieved .
2.  Do PHILS # 4,5,6,7
3. Stimulus-dependent force generation
4. The length-tension relationship
5. Principles of summation and tetanus
6.  EMG and twitch amplitude

Thurs: Respiratory System
1. Fox LM. Section 8.1 Measurements of pulmonary function (Read:  may try Spirometry ), after you do PHIL exercises so you will understand better! p. 302  Pulmonary disorders Read. PHIL exercises 33,34,35,36
33. Altering Body Position
34. Altering Airway Volume
35. Exercise-induced Changes
36. Deep breathing and cardiac function
Review Pulmonary structures, ventilation; watch you tubes on lung sounds and pulmonary fibrosis.


Tues: Fox LM Section 5, Skeletal Muscle.  p. 173-202.
 Fox LM Section 8, Measures of Pulmonary Function, Pulmonary Disorders. p.295-308


Lab manual questions
Tues:  LM 
p. 200  Q 1-8
Thurs.  LM p. 310-11 Q 1-10, 11,12

Additional Notes:

Class will not meet Thursday November 23 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The make-up day is Friday December 1. 

Week 5
Tues: Blood, blood cells, types, start Cardiovascular

Tues. Blood, Blood cells, Blood types, Heart Function
Handouts, demos, dog or sheep blood will be used.
1. Blood smear LM. 6.2 B p. 216
2. Blood types  LM 6.3 A, B, p 223, 225 if possible, demos/ kits
3. Heart/cardiovascular LM 235-242
4. PHILS 18,20,21: 18 thermal and chemical effects on frog heart function, 20. Starling's law of the heart, 21 Heart Block


Tues: LM Sec. 6, P. 205-212; P. 213-232 Sec. 7  P. 235--241, 247-253, 259-261


Lab manual questions: Tues:  P. 210, Q 1-11; p. 220 Q 1-9; 227 Q 1,2,4-7; p. 233 Q1-10

Additional Notes:

Class will not meet Thursday November 23 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The make-up day is Friday December 1. 

Week 6
Tues: Continue Cardiovascular:Blood Pressure and Heart sounds, ECG. Thurs. Urinalysis, Renal Physiology Fri. Digestion

Tuesday: Heart sounds, ECG, Blood Pressure
Do PHILS exercises, then try the ECG exercises on yourselves
1. PHILS exercises 22,23, 25,27
22.  ECG and Exercise
23.  The meaning of heart sounds
25.  Electrical Axis of the Heart
27.  Abnormal ECGs

2. Exercise 7.3 p. 259-260 with IWorks
3. Exercise 7.5, p. 269-271  Do this with IWorks
4. Do Ex. 7.6 , and 7.7 if time.
Other misc. exercises if time:
PHILS 28 and 30
23 Cooling and Peripheral blood flow
30 Blood Pressure and Body Position

ThursRenal Physiology/Urinalysis. We will review kidney structure and function, using models and slides. We will perform urinalysis of samples (animal).using multistix analysis and microscopic examination of sediments:
1.  L.M. Exercise 9.3, p. 351-356: A-F.
2.  Exercise 9.1: p. 337-340--(possibly)

FRI:  GI tract: LM. Section 10. We will review (briefly)  GI structures/functions. We will examine the roles of digestive enzymes depending on what we have available for lab exercises.


Exercise 7.3 p. 259-264
Ex. 7.4, p. 263-264
Exercise 7.5 p. 273-276; Exercise 7.6 p. 281-284
Exercise 7.7, p. 287-289

Section 9:  P. 337-343 LM;  Exercise 9.3, p. 351-359

Section 10; P. 361-372; P. 373-379


Lab manual questions:
p. 256 Q. 1-9  P. 278, Q. 1-9; p. 285, Q. 1-7; p. 291, Q. 1-6.
Thurs.  p.341, Q 1-9: p. 358, Q. 1-8
Friday. p.371 1-10; p. 382 1-6


Class will not meet Thursday November 23 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The make-up day is Friday December 1. 

Week 7
Student Presentations

Tues: Students with last names A-N
Thurs: Students with last names O-Z.

Week 8
Tues. Reproductive System Thurs. Final Quiz

Review structures associated with mammalian reproduction with emphasis on hormonal control of events.
May study vaginal smears from rodents or dogs.


LM. Section 10-11 p 397-410


Lab manual questions:P. 403, 1-7., P. 409, 1-7  


Final (non-comprehensive) Thurs, normal lab time


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Course Policies and Procedures


Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory periods for which they are enrolled. Students are directly responsible to instructors for class attendance and work missed during an absence for any cause. If absences jeopardize progress in a course, an instructor may withdraw a student from the course with a grade of "F" or "W" at the discretion of the instructor.

Campus Policy - Regular attendance is expected of all students. Attendance is one of the most important measures of your interest and desire to do well academically. Your attendance helps your instructor facilitate better discussions and your fellow students benefit from your ideas and experiences.

Unforeseen circumstances occasionally dictate that you must miss class; please make every effort to discuss such circumstances with your instructor before the absence. Remember that if you are not in class, you are absent - regardless of the reasons - and that you are still responsible for all in-class assignments made. Your instructor is not responsible for providing this information to you - you must plan ahead with another student who would agree to share notes, etc., with you and vice versa.

Instructor Policy - Students must contact instructor directly, via e-mail, if he/she is going to miss a class or a test.  Failure to take a test without prior contact will result in forfeiture of a make-up exam.

Academic Integrity

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students must fulfill their academic obligations through honest, independent effort. Dishonesty is considered a serious offense subject to strong disciplinary actions. Activities which constitute academic dishonesty include plagiarism, unauthorized joint effort on exams or assignments, falsification of forms or records, providing false or misleading information, or aiding another in an act of academic dishonesty. Possible penalties for these activities are discussed in detail in the AHE Degree Completion Catalog.

Class Conduct and Personal Conduct

Columbia College Policy - Students must conduct themselves so others will not be distracted from the pursuit of learning. Students may be disciplined for any conduct which constitutes a hazard to the health, safety, or well-being of members of the college community or which is deemed detrimental to the college's interests. Discourteous or unseemly conduct may result in a student being asked to leave the classroom. Examples of misconduct and possible disciplinary actions are described in the AHE Degree Completion Catalog.

Instructor Policy - *Discourteous or unseemly conduct may result in a student being asked to leave the classroom. 

**Use of electronic devices during lecture AND DURING EXAMS is prohibited (it is impolite and disruptive).

Cancelled Class Make-Up

Columbia College Policy - Classes cancelled because of inclement weather or other reasons must be rescheduled.

Campus Policy - Information about class cancellations due to inclement weather will be available at 875-SHUT (875-7488). Class cancellation information will also be broadcast over local radio and television stations. Students may also check the college website,

If a class is cancelled due to weather or any other reason a make up night will be scheduled.   The typical make up night will be scheduled for a Friday night.   Watch your CougarMail concerning the class make up schedule.

Make-Up Examinations

Columbia College Policy - Make-up examinations may be authorized for students who miss regularly scheduled examinations due to circumstances beyond their control. Make-up examinations must be administered as soon as possible after the regularly scheduled examination period and must be administered in a controlled environment.

Campus Policy - Make up examinations are scheduled on designated Saturday mornings 9am in  102 Buchanan. Students must present a picture I.D. in order to be admitted to the testing session.  Students must arrange with the instructor to take the exam before or after it is given in class and permission to take a makeup examination (or any graded activity) is granted at the discretion of the instructor.

Instructor Policy - Make-up exams will be essay and short answer.  They may be taken with a proctor on Saturdays if a student notifies instructor prior to abscence.

Adding, Dropping or Withdrawing from a Course

Columbia College Policy - Students may add a course through Wednesday of the first week of the session and drop a course without academic or financial liability through close of business on Monday of the second week of the session. Once enrolled, a student is considered a member of that class until he or she officially drops or withdraws in accordance with College policy. An official drop/withdrawal takes place only when a student has submitted a Drop/Add/Withdrawal form. A failure to attend class, or advising a fellow student, staff or adjunct faculty member of an intent to withdraw from a class does not constitute official drop/withdrawal. The drop/add/withdrawal periods begin the same day/date the session starts, not the first day a particular class begins. If a student stops attending a class but does not submit the required Drop/Withdrawal form a grade of "F" will be awarded. The AHE Degree Completion Catalog contains details concerning drop/withdrawal and financial liability.

Withdrawal Excused

Columbia College Policy - A student may request an excused withdrawal (WE) under extraordinary circumstances by submitting a Drop/Withdrawal form accompanied by a complete explanation of the circumstances and supporting documentation to the location director. The WE request must include all classes in which the student is currently enrolled. The Vice President for Adult Higher Education is the approving authority for all WE requests. A student who receives approval of their WE request may still be required to return some or all of the federal financial assistance received for the session. See the AHE Degree Completion Catalog for details.


Columbia College Policy - A student may request that the instructor award a grade of "I" due to extraordinary circumstances (unforeseen or unexpected circumstances beyond the student's control) that prevent a student from completing the requirements of a course by the end of a session. An "I" will not be given because a student is failing, negligent or not meeting requirements. If the instructor believes an "I" is appropriate, the instructor will specify the work needed to complete the course and the time allowed to complete the work. Work missed must be made up within two subsequent sessions unless the instructor specifies an earlier date. Extensions beyond two sessions must be approved by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education. If the work is completed during the specified time period, the instructor will change the "I" to the grade earned. If the work is not completed during the specified time, the instructor may allow the incomplete to remain on the student's permanent record or change it to any other letter grade.

Grade Appeal

Columbia College Policy - A student may appeal any grade given if it is believed to be in error or in conflict with Columbia College policy and procedures. The student must state in writing to the location director why the grade awarded is believed to be in error and request a desired remedy. The faculty member who awarded the grade will be given the opportunity to comment on all student allegations. If the issue cannot be resolved at the location the appeal will be transmitted through the Director to the Vice President for Adult Higher Education. A grade appeal must be received for review by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education prior to the end of 60 days from the date the grade was awarded.


Columbia College Policy - Course prerequisites are established to ensure that a student has adequate academic preparation to succeed in a particular course.  Staff members will attempt to ensure that students meet prerequisite requirements.  However, it is the student's responsibility to closely examine the AHE Degree Completion Catalog course descriptions to determine if prerequisites exist and to enroll in courses in the proper sequence.  In some exceptional cases it may be apparent that the student possesses the required skills and knowledge to succeed in a particular course, even though they have not taken the prerequisite course.  In this case the prerequisite course may be waived by the location director.  Waiver of a course as a prerequisite does not remove the requirement to complete the course if it is a requirement for the student's degree program.

Instructor Policy - **If you have not had an Anatomy course, it is recommended to take one before taking Physiology 326.


Columbia College Policy - The college provides all students access to CougarMail (the official means of e-mail communication for the College), online resources from the Stafford Library, and their Columbia College records (transcripts, grades, student schedules, etc.) through CougarTrack.

Instructor Policy - Please check CougarMail daily as I will send messages to the entire class using this e-mail service.

Use of Cougarmail

Columbia College Policy - The official student email address (also known as CougarMail) will be used for all official correspondence from faculty and staff. Students are responsible for the information received and are required to monitor their email account on a regular basis. Students may forward their CougarMail to another email account but will be held responsible for the information sent over CougarMail, even if there is a problem with the alternate mail service.

Cell Phones

Columbia College Policy - Cell phones can be a distraction to the learning process. Location directors or course instructors may require that cell phones be turned off or set to vibrate during class periods. Students requiring special arrangements to receive a cell phone call during class should make prior arrangements with their location director or course instructor.

Course Textbooks

Columbia College Policy - The textbooks listed on this syllabus are required for this course. They are guaranteed to be available through the authorized textbook suppliers designated by Columbia College. The college is not responsible for the academic or financial consequences of late textbook orders or incorrect editions not purchased from a college-authorized vendor.


Columbia College Policy - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights are described in detail in the AHE Degree Completion Catalog.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College Policy - Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources.  Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted.  If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible.  The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible.  Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626.

Alcohol and Other Drugs: Columbia College Policies & Resources

Columbia College Policy - The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 Amendments requires that Columbia College provide a copy of its Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy to each student, faculty and staff member on an annual basis. Please read the copy of our policy below. You may also find a copy of the policy on the Columbia College website at

Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy

Purpose: Columbia College recognizes the negative health effects associated with the use, possession and distribution of controlled and/or illicit substances and their detrimental impact on the quality of the educational environment. Therefore, all members of the college community share in the responsibility of protecting the campus environment by exemplifying high standards of professional and personal conduct.

Scope: This policy applies to all members of the college community.

Policy on Alcohol and Controlled and/or Illicit Substances

- Columbia College prohibits the manufacture, possession, use, distribution and sale of alcohol and controlled and/or illicit substances by Columbia College students and employees, regardless of age, on college-owned property and at college-sponsored or supervised events or activities.

- Public intoxication on campus property is expressly prohibited. Those conditions considered to indicate intoxication include but are not limited to affected manner or disposition, speech, muscular movements, general appearance or behavior as apparent to the observer.

- Containers that contain alcohol as well as empty alcohol containers are prohibited on campus and in the residence halls. Possession of empty alcohol containers will be regarded as a violation of this policy.

- Campus displays or advertisements that support or promote alcohol or drug use, possession, manufacture or distribution are prohibited.

- Behavior resulting from intoxication or the illegal use of controlled or illicit drugs will incur disciplinary action.

- Possession of drug paraphernalia and misuse of prescription drugs will be regarded as violations of this policy.

- Alcohol and other controlled and/or illicit substances possessed or consumed in violation of this policy are subject to confiscation. The president retains the authority to make exceptions to this policy with regard to alcohol, including granting permission to serve alcoholic beverages at college functions where meals are served. Requests for exceptions to the 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.

It is the responsibility of students, faculty and staff to know and uphold the Columbia College Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy. In accordance, students and employees must be held accountable for their personal behavior. Excessive use, manufacture, possession or distribution of alcohol and/or controlled or illicit substances and the associated behavioral problems will be the basis for disciplinary action. Columbia College has made the decision to notify parents/guardians of students under the age of twenty-one (21) who have been found responsible for violating the Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy by the campus judicial system following a final determination.

Representatives of the college will cooperate with outside authorities in their efforts to enforce existing laws regarding alcohol and/or controlled or illicit substances.

Standards of Conduct: Violations of Columbia College rules and regulations pertaining to alcohol and/or controlled or illicit substances can result in disciplinary a tion up to and including dismissal for students and termination for employees. Additionally, in conjunction with or in lieu of the imposition of any disciplinary sanctions, students and employees may also be referred to appropriate local, state or federal law enforcement agencies for arrest and prosecution and/or be required to complete an appropriate treatment or rehabilitation program. In accordance with the mandates of the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, and as a condition of employment at Columbia College, all employees (including student employees) must notify their supervisor of any criminal drug statute condition for a violation occurring in the workplace no later than five (5) days after such a conviction. Employees undergoing treatment for alcohol or drug abuse must meet all standards of conduct and job performance.

Legal Sanctions: Any Columbia College student or employee found possessing, manufacturing or distributing controlled and/or illicit substances or unlawfully possessing or attempting to possess alcohol or driving a motor vehicle while under the influence is violating local, state and federal laws. It is unlawful under state law to purchase or otherwise provide alcohol to a minor. Federal law prohibits, among other things, the manufacturing, distributing, selling and possession of controlled substances as outlined in 21 United States Code, Sections 801 through 971. Depending on the amount, first offense maximum penalties for trafficking marijuana ranged from up to five (5) years' imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000 to imprisonment for life and a fine of $4 million. Depending on the amount, first offense maximum penalties for trafficking other controlled substances (e.g., methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, cocaine base, PCP, LSD, fentanyl and fentanyl analogue) range from five (5) years to life imprisonment and fines range from $2 million to $4 million. First offense penalties and sanctions for the illegal possession of small amounts of controlled substances, ncluding marijuana, ranged from up to one (1) year in prison or a fine of at least $1,000. Penalties are more severe for subsequent offenses. In addition to these provisions, a student is ineligible for federal student aid if convicted, under federal or state law, of any offense involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance (generally meaning illegal drugs, not to include alcohol or tobacco).

Medical Amnesty: Medical amnesty encourages students to seek medical attention for themselves or a fellow student suffering from an alcohol or other drug overdose or medical emergency. This policy encourages students to call for medical assistance by removing the threat of campus judicial repercussions. However, the student in need will still participate in mandated substance abuse education and treatment services. These health protection strategies will not shield students from disciplinary action when other rules or codes of conduct have been violated. Students will still be subject to legal consequences for violating other codes of conduct and state or federal laws.

Health Risks: Alcohol and other drugs are associated with many health risks. The use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs may have negative effects on one's school or work performance and personal relationships. Some common health risks are addiction; damage to liver, heart and to a developing fetus; accidents as a result of impaired judgment; and unwanted sexual activity that could result in sexual assault or sexually transmitted infections.

For more information about the health risks associated with particular types of drugs and alcohol, please visit


Division of Student Affairs - (573) 875-7400

Human Resources (for Employee Assistance Program information) - (573) 875-7495

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Referral Hotline - (800) 454-8966

Narcotics Anonymous - (800) 945-4673,

Alcoholics Anonymous -

Phoenix Programs -

Tobacco-Free Policy

Columbia College Policy - The following policy goes into effect on August 21, 2017.  Additional information may be found at


Columbia College values and is concerned for the health and well-being of its students, employees and visitors. The College is committed to providing a healthful and productive educational and employment environment for members of the College community. Consistent with this commitment and in the interest of the general health and welfare of the College community, the College prohibits the use of all tobacco products and related devices on all College property and premises.


This policy applies to all members of the College community on College premises, including, but not limited to, students, employees, third parties and visitors.


The use and/or consumption of all tobacco products is prohibited on all College properties, premises, facilities, in College vehicles, and in personal vehicles while on College property. For purposes of this policy, this prohibition includes, but is not limited to:

     - Traditional tobacco products, such as cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and smokeless tobacco; and

     - Electronic smoking devices, which includes any product containing or delivering tobacco and/or nicotine or any other substance intended for consumption that can be used by a person in any manner for the purpose of inhaling vapor or aerosol. This includes any such device, whether manufactured, distributed, marketed, or sold as an e-cigarette, e-cigar, e-pip, e-hookah or vape pen, or under any other product name.

Additionally, no tobacco-related advertising or sponsorship shall be permitted on College property or premises, at College-sponsored events, or in publications produced by the College, with the exception of advertising in a newspaper or magazine that is not produced by the College and that is lawfully sold, bought or distributed on College property. For the purposes of this policy, "tobacco-related" applies to the use of a tobacco brand or corporate  name, trademark, logo, symbol, motto or selling message.

No tobacco products, tobacco-related products or tobacco paraphernalia shall be sold or distributed on College property or premises.

Because the College is tobacco free, signs prohibiting smoking and the use of tobacco products are posted at many points of entry to the College and at building entrances as reminders to members of the College community. No ashtrays shall be provided at any College location.

Smoking cessation assistance and resources will be made available to assist and encourage individuals who wish to quit smoking and/or using tobacco.

Questions or inquiries regarding this policy should be directed to the College's Human Resources Office via phone at 573-875-7495 or via email at


This policy is a community health initiative and therefore, the entire College community bears responsibility for implementing and enforcing this policy.  There may be instances when outside third parties, contractors, vendors, guests, visitors, etc. on College premises subject to this policy may be unaware of this policy.  In these situations, a violation of this policy should be reported as soon as possible to the Campus Safety Department or the College department responsible for the outside third party, contractor, vendor, guest, visitor, etc. being present on College premises.

College students and employees are responsible for compliance with this policy.

In the event a student violates this policy, a report should made as soon as possible to the Office for Student Conduct in the Office of Student Affairs or the Campus Safety Department.

In the event a College employee violates this policy, a report should be made as soon as possible to the Human Resources Department or the Campus Safety Department.

Consequences for violating this policy include, but are not limited to, removal from campus, and student and employee discipline, up to and including dismissal or termination.


Course Evaluations - All students are encouraged to complete the online course evaluations. Students are notified by way of CougarMail when the evaluations are available. The evaluations are used to help instructors improve their teaching techniques. They are reviewed carefully by the Evening Campus Director, Assistant Director, and several AHE Administrators. Student should know that all responses are completely confidential, instructors only view results after grades are posted. Your input is valued and appreciated.

Late graded assignment/activity policy - All graded assignments or activities are due when stated in the syllabus or by the instructor. Graded assignments or activities submitted after the stated due date/time will not receive any credit unless the instructor has specifically stated that full or partial credit may be awarded to late submissions.


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