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Alcohol & Drugs

Alcohol and drugs are not condoned on campus. This does include sporting events and all other MSU sponsored activities such as concerts, dances, etc.

There is a team approach to combating substance abuse, involving the MSU Police Department, Student Life, and the University Counseling Center.

Periodic programs are presented to educate the community. Alcohol and drugs are a specific topic during orientation programs for all new and transfer students. The specific policy for students as outlined in the Eagle Handbook is:

"No student, either singly or in concert with others, shall willfully: have in his or her possession or consume alcoholic beverages in public or on University-owned or controlled grounds or exhibit drunken behavior on University-owned or controlled property; use, possess, transfer or sell drug paraphernalia, marijuana, or any other legally controlled substance on University-owned or controlled property. "

University employees are covered in Personnel Policy PG 47-Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace.



Morehead State University has established the following policies and procedures to enhance the security of the campus community:


  • Academic and administrative buildings have normal operating hours posted on entrances. Persons remaining after the posted hours must have appropriate identification and authorization. Faculty and staff members are permitted within facilities 24 hours per day. Individual faculty/staff will be required to produce their medeco key and a University ID card, when so requested by members of the MSU Police Department. Students must obtain the approval of the Department Chairperson and possess an approved “After Hour Facility Utilization Authorization” slip. Students must have their copy of the slip and a valid University ID card in their possession and present same upon request.
  • Residence halls normally permit entry through the main entrance and require key access after midnight Sunday-Thursday and 2 a.m. on weekends. The MSU Police Department employs student workers as "Student Cadets” to enhance residence-hall security by randomly patrolling during the hours of midnight until 5 a.m. The student cadets check security related issues including the security of doors and public areas. Anyone present in a residence hall may be asked to show an MSU ID card to prove residency and their right to use the facilities. Failure to produce proper identification upon request of residence hall staff, MSU Police Department staff, or any MSU staff member may result in disciplinary action.
  • Unauthorized persons are not permitted in the residence hall and should be reported to the residence hall staff or to the MSU Police Department (783-2035). If you believe a crime has been or is about to be committed, contact the MSU Police Department immediately. Specific guest and visitation policies are contained in the Eagle Handbook for students.
  • Campus safety and security surveys will be conducted twice annually (normally May and September). The Chief of Police and the Coordinator, Environmental Safety and Health or their designated representatives shall make a campus survey at night to determine lighting adequacy and needs. They will accomplish the survey on foot and make every effort to observe all possible routes used by the University community, including parking lots. A list of needs will be identified to the Vice President for Administration and Fiscal Services and the Director of Physical Plant. This survey will also cover shrubs, sidewalks, and other issues impacting the overall safety and security of the campus.



Weapons and firearms have historically been barred from the University campus since they represent a threat to good order and an environment conducive to the pursuit of academic endeavors. Morehead State University recently established a policy dealing with persons carrying unauthorized weapons and destructive devices.

Possession or storage of a deadly weapon, destructive device or fireworks in any form is prohibited on any Morehead State University campus or in any facility owned, leased, or operated by the university. This includes university housing, university parking areas, and private vehicles parked or operated either on campus or at any off-campus facility owned, leased, or operated by the university. This policy applies to all persons, including faculty, staff, students, spouses, dependents, and visitors.

This policy shall not apply to police officers or federal agents authorized to carry weapons by their governmental agency. This policy also shall not apply to ROTC equipment and university weapons used for marksmanship competition. The Chief of Police may grant exceptions to this policy in writing for the convenience of the university.

"Deadly weapon" as defined by Kentucky Statute and applied in this policy is:

         a. any weapon from which a shot, readily capable of producing death or serious physical injury, may be discharged;
         b. any knife other than a normal pocket or hunting knife;
         c. billy, nightstick, or club;
         d. blackjack or slapjack;
         e. nunchaku karate stick;
         f. shuriken or death star; and
         g. artificial knuckles made from metal, plastic, or hard material.

[Reference: KRS 500.080 (4)]

A “destructive device” means any explosive, incendiary or poison gas bomb, grenade, mine, rocket, missile, or similar device, including the unassembled components from which such a device can be made.

[Reference: KRS 237.030(1)]

Any University faculty, staff, or student determined to have violated this policy is guilty of misconduct and subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment or dismissal from the University. Disciplinary action shall be in accordance with the Personnel Policy Manual or The Student Conduct Code, as appropriate. Visitors will be directed to remove the weapon from University property immediately. In either case, criminal charges may be filed as appropriate.


For further information, consult the Eagle Handbook.


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