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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.


 Policy: PG-62

Subject: Weapons Policy

Approval Date: 12/06/12 
Revision Date: 
Technical Change:



The Morehead State University Deadly Weapons on Campus Policy sets forth the University’s prohibitions as it relates to weapons on campus. In Kentucky Revised Statute §237.115, the Kentucky General Assembly explicitly recognizes the authority of the University to control the possession of deadly weapons on any property owned, leased or controlled by the University, including the right to prohibit possession of such weapons by any person or entity using University property or premises.


For purposes of this policy, “deadly weapon” means: 
A. A weapon of mass destruction; 
B. Any weapon from which a shot, readily capable of producing death or other serious physical injury, may be discharged; 
C. Any knife other than an ordinary pocket knife; 
D. Billy, nightstick, or club; 
E. Blackjack or slapjack; 
F. Nunchaku karate sticks; 
G. Shuriken or death star; and, 
H. Artificial knuckles made from metal, plastic, or other similar hard material.


The Kentucky Supreme Court issued an opinion in Mitchell vs. University of Kentucky defining the parameters of an institution’s ability to control weapons on its campus. To comply with expressed legal mandates set forth in the opinion, a comprehensive campus weapons policy is recommended.


Possession, concealed or otherwise, use or storage of deadly weapon as defined above such as firearms, explosives, dangerous chemicals or other dangerous weapons or the brandishing of any weapon or any other object in a menacing or threatening manner is strictly prohibited on any property owned, leased, operated, or controlled by Morehead State University, including University housing and University vehicles.


The following are exceptions to this policy: 

A. Possession of deadly weapons by peace officers acting in the course of official duties; 
B. Possession of deadly weapons as a part of legitimate academic, athletic, or work-related activities (e.g., historical preservation, law enforcement training, ROTC activities, rifle team, etc.); 
C. Possession of a knife as part of a legitimate cutlery set (or individual piece of cutlery) as may be reasonably necessary by the possessor for food preparation; 
D. Possession of a deadly weapon by a person licensed to carry a concealed deadly weapon pursuant to KRS 237.110, if the firearm is contained in his or her vehicle and is not removed from the vehicle (KRS 527.020(4)); 
E. Possession of a deadly weapon if it is located in a non-University motor vehicle and in an enclosed container, compartment, or storage space installed as original equipment in the motor vehicle by its manufacturer, including but not limited to a glove compartment, center console, or seat pocket, regardless of whether said enclosed container, storage space, or compartment is locked, unlocked, or does not have a locking mechanism (KRS 527.020(8)); 
F. Possession of a deadly weapon by persons who are specifically authorized by KRS 527.020 to carry concealed deadly weapons on or about their persons at all times and at all locations within the Commonwealth. Such persons include but are not limited to: Commonwealth’s Attorneys, judges of the Court of Justice, conservations officers of the Department of Fish and Wildlife, elected sheriffs, and peace officers from other jurisdictions. For a complete listing of persons authorized to carry concealed deadly weapons within the Commonwealth and the conditions for which the carrying of the deadly weapon is authorized, see KRS 527.020; 
G. Possession of deadly weapons by a person specifically authorized in writing to have such possession by the President, or his or her designee, but only if such person fully complies with any and all restrictions imposed upon such possession by the President, or his or her designee. Authorization for possession shall be for a time certain, but in no case longer than six months unless specific written authorization is again obtained.


A. Students who possess deadly weapons in violation of this prohibition are guilty of violations of the Student Conduct Code and are subject to disciplinary action under that Code, including expulsion from the University, and all other appropriate legal actions. 
B. Faculty and staff employees who possess deadly weapons in violation of this prohibition are guilty of misconduct and subject to corrective action under the appropriate University Policy, including termination of employment and all other appropriate legal actions. 
C. Others who possess deadly weapons in violation of this prohibition shall be directed to remove their weapons or themselves from the University’s property or premises and shall be subject to all other appropriate legal actions.


For further information, consult the Eagle Handbook.


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