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BeThatPerson 

 Past Stories

 

2016 - 1st Quarter

Name: Brad Brockmeier
Location: Moberly
Brad is an outstanding teacher and is focused on student success. He quietly goes about his business on the Moberly site as he works to make sure students are well-prepared for their next step.

Name: Laura Mertens
Location: Columbia
From a personal standpoint, Laura has been a phenomenal person to learn from. I started as her co-director a couple of months ago, and she has proven herself to be a welcoming, positive influence and an outstanding leader. Her optimism and willingness to tackle any issue is contagious to all around her, which is illustrated by the respect she has earned from the Columbia staff and faculty.

Name: Denna Martin
Location: Moberly
MACC Moberly is very lucky to have this amazing person on their campus helping our fantastic students. Denna Martin pours her heart and soul into her work here at MACC. She is a ball of energy and has an attitude that is contagious! SHE IS THAT PERSON!! From an avid Greyhound supporter to a serious detective in the land of Student Services, you won't find a more dedicated employee! I am so proud and lucky to work with her! Go DENNA!!!!

Name: David Caples
Location: Kirksville Campus
In addition to teaching a full load of classes (more than a full load many semesters), David Caples spends numerous hours helping the adjunct Math Instructors at the Kirksville campus navigate their way through MyMathLab and Canvas issues. He also willingly helps students from other classes with any of these issues and/or mathematics comprehension questions. He is a huge asset for all of us at the Kirksville campus.

Name: Amy Evans & her staff
Location: Columbia
Amy, and all the ladies who work in the ADA office, are such a pleasure to work with. They truly go above and beyond to serve our students and you can tell they have a real passion for the work they do each and every day. I enjoy hearing about their ideas and initiatives regarding the retention of our students and look forward to working with them in bringing these innovative ideas to fruition.

Name: Fergus Moore
Location: Moberly/Columbia
Fergus is phenomenal with students and pushes them to be creative and explore their artistic talents. He is also an amazing artist himself!

 

 2015 - 4th Quarter

Name: Angela Walker
Location: Moberly
Over the past year, Angela has put in countless hours to assist a student with a visual impairment to ensure that he is able to view his homework in MyMathLab. The student has successfully completed two math classes and will enroll in College Algebra this fall.

Name: Darrin Reddick & John Micke
Location: Moberly
Darrin & John literally went to great heights to install our Art on the Block banners between the columns on the front of the main building in Moberly. Thanks for helping our design come to life!

Name: Judy Gibbs, Tammy Richardson, Meghan Holleran and Eric Ross
Location: Moberly
Everyone has that person that made a difference in their life. For me, I made the decision to come to college after being out of the school life for years. After a semester I was enrolled in Ms. Judy Gibbs' class where she urged me to leave the only career I had ever known (waitress) and take on the work study position for Academic Affairs and the VP of Instruction. It was hard to leave something I truly enjoyed, but I did it. After being in those offices for awhile, the position of Administrative Assistant in Plant Operations was posted and both Tammy and Meghan encouraged me to apply. I probably would not have done so without their encouragement: it was only January and I still had the entire semester to finish before I graduated. I applied for the position and Mr. Ross hired me. Without their encouragement, and giving me a chance, I wouldn't be in a career and position that I enjoy. Thank You!

Name: Amy Johns and her staff
Location: All campuses
Amy and her Instructional Technology staff have stepped up these last few weeks to help faculty and students transition to the College's new learning management system. They have worked long hours to ensure that everyone has the help they need to start the semester. And they are always friendly!!!

Name: All Advisors!
Location: All campuses
The advisors have been working their tails off to help students to enroll for the Fall 2015 semester. They are doing all they can to help students and to help the College's enrollment!

Name: Jazmin Schrader, Artie Fowler, Wendy Johnson, Charlotte Maddox, Kim Erwin, Michael Johnson and Mark Chambers
Location:
All campuses
Most high schools schedule college fairs during the months of September and October...mornings, afternoons and even evenings. MACC plans to attend all of them, but we do not use full time recruiters. It is a nightmarish schedule, but on September 21, 23 and 24 we had 9 major fairs to cover spread all over (and outside) our 16 county service area, with one of them involving over 2,000 students. We would not have been able to cover all of these without the volunteer efforts of Jazmin Schrader (Columbia), Artie Fowler (Kirksville), Wendy Johnson & Charlotte Maddox (Hannibal), and Kim Erwin, Michael Johnson and Mark Chambers (Moberly). Some of these folks are also helping Shannon Crist cover a record number of dual credit enrollment visits, in addition to performing their regular jobs. These people (along with many others) are truly being "That Person" as well as being "That Other Person" for our students. We are so very fortunate to have them all at MACC!

Name: Deanna Blickhan
Location: Career Center, Moberly
Deanna has gone above and beyond for a student who is waiting for his G.I. Bill funding to come through. She has helped the student find textbooks to use and helped him arrange the use of a computer to use so he can finish his work. She has definitely gone the extra mile for this student.

Name: Duwayne Newman
Location: Columbia
Duwayne is always there to help if you have a custodial issue that arises. He is pleasant and friendly to talk to as well as a very hard worker. I am confident that I can rely on Duwayne to get the job done successfully with a positive attitude. Thank you, Duwayne!

Name: David Pence
Location: Moberly
David Pence has recently worked to find solutions for a student who was struggling with several issues and was ready to drop his classes. David went above and beyond to help the student. As a result, the student is staying in school.

Name: Julie Perkins
Location: Moberly
Like so many young people today, I let life get in the way of my education. Due to a career move I was introduced to Julie Perkins. I confided in her one day that I had not completed college and didn't know how I could since I was now a very busy wife and mother. Julie spent numerous hours encouraging me to complete the application for MACC and then advised me on the classes I should enroll in. She graciously accepted millions of phone calls and texts answering my endless questions. Julie also completed add/drop forms on more than one occasion without one complaint. I appreciate her more and more as I slowly approach my goal. My family sees me struggle with juggling my time with work, home, family, and homework, but they also see how much I value education. Julie's inspiration has not only influenced my life, but that of my family's as well. Thank you Julie!

Name: Megan Brock
Location: Moberly
I don't know Megan Brock well, but I have observed her as being a hardworking workstudy and always a very courteous student. Megan has illustrated and published her first book for young readers. She is having a book signing at the Little Dixie Library, October 31 and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of her book will go to a children's literacy program. Way to go Megan and congratulations! It makes me happy to see a young person sharing the love of reading and learning in a very personal way.

Name: David Pence
Location:
Moberly
Mr. David Pence goes above and beyond for his students. His knowledge of the coursework is outstanding and his ability to challenge the students helps increase confidence. He works tirelessly and is available to help at all hours of the night and, sometimes, even on weekends. He has gone out of his way to help individual students retain the material, access job opportunities, and helped find a way to pay for course materials. As the winner of the Fall 2015 ΦΘK-AT Glaux award, he has proved time and again that he deserves the honor.

Name: Wayne Robbins
Location:
Columbia
I would like to recognize Wayne Robbins for being there when the technology strikes! More often though, both Wayne and Marcus keep things rolling smoothly and the "strikes" are few and far between. Wayne even provides his cell phone number during COMPASS times so that I can reach him if needed, and because of this my students can have a smooth test experience. He is always cheerful and prompt. Kudos to you Wayne!

Name: Amy Johns
Location: Moberly
Amy has to work 80 hours a week! That lady is always available and willing to help with a happy attitude. Day, evenings, weekends, you name it, she is there! Thank you, Amy!

Name: Patricia Riely
Location:
MACC Career Center
I started working at MACC in 1999 as a part time secretary for Patricia Riely. I didn't have any experience working in an educational setting; I had worked in factories for years before deciding I wanted to finish school and start a new career. She helped me through every struggle I had - financially and personally. She showed me where to apply for scholarships and grants and was a shoulder to cry on when I was afraid I wouldn't make it through. She really helped shape me into the person I am today and I love how much she cares about others. For students who do not have that support system at home, it is so important to have someone here to Be That Person. Thank you, Pat!

Name: Shauna Tuggle
Location:
Moberly
We would like to take this opportunity to recognize an essential person in our department. Shauna goes above and beyond to ensure nursing students in all programs have outstanding experiences during lab and simulation time. Without even asking, she anticipates our needs as instructors, and even manages things we haven't yet considered. She is willing to work individually with students who request her time. Shauna is a great example of "that person" at MACC.

Name: Terry Bichsel
Location:
Moberly
If you were to have to name a person that has dedication to the students and commitment to our school, that person would be Terry Bichsel, Practical Nursing Coordinator at the Moberly campus. Terry has been an educator for over 20 years, and a nurse for well over 30 years. She has high expectations that her students will exemplify professionalism in nursing, while maintaining that caring with a personal touch is a cornerstone to nursing practice. By being "That Person" at MACC, she sets an example for her graduates to "Be That Person" for the people and the communities where they will serve.

Name: Lloyd Marchant
Location:
Moberly
I appreciate the time that Lloyd has taken to teach me different aspects of my job. He patiently answers all of my questions and is an incredible asset to MACC. Thank you Lloyd!

Name: Pat Burke
Location: Moberly campus
I haven't had much interaction with Pat Burke over the years, but I've been so impressed each time that I have. It starts with the way that he answers the phone. He's consistently friendly and upbeat and happily agrees to help with whatever is needed. Today, when he was clearly busy with other things, he paused what he was doing to track down information for me that allowed me to keep momentum going on a project. I've heard other employees make similar comments about Pat's great attitude and work ethic. The little things really do matter and add up. I think Pat quietly does a whole lot of little things for many of us at MACC. Thanks much, Pat.

Name: Valerie Darst
Location: Moberly campus-LARC
Valerie Darst has been "That Person" for me too many times to count. A few years ago, Valerie was my go-to person in reaccreditation efforts. During that time, she designed and maintained what is now called our Resource Library, which is an excellent resource for all employees, but it's particularly helpful to those with reporting responsibilities. Valerie has never turned down a request for help. Really, never. More recently, I've benefited from Valerie volunteering to serve on subcommittees working on projects tied to the new strategic plan and to departmental reviews and surveys. What I appreciate most about Valerie is that she seeks out ways to be helpful to others—students, faculty and staff. MACC is definitely better because of it.

Name: Suzi McGarvey
Location: Moberly
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then is not an act, but a habit." (Aristotle)
I would like to recognize someone who practices excellence here at MACC. Suzi McGarvey is always positive, upbeat, approachable, knowledgable, and willing to think outside the box when we come to her with ideas on how to make our programs better. She always seems able to be creative with ways we can provide an outstanding educational experience in a cost-effective manner. Suzi has developed an excellent rapport with other departments on campus to assist with innovative opportunities for those we serve. For these things we are grateful. Suzi McGarvey is an advocate and an asset to faculty and students, alike. She is THAT PERSON.

Name: Timothy Gebhardt
Location: Main Building
The AADN instructors were gathering the decorations from the Art Gallery following the pinning ceremony on Wednesday, December 16. This had been a long day for us and we were in dress clothes. The decorations we needed to load up in our vehicle were heavy (mirrors, candles, and gems). Timothy came to our rescue with a cart which he took down the elevator, out to the parking lot and loaded into the vehicle for us. Without him we would have had to make multiple trips. We wish to thank him for going out of his way to help us!

Name: Sheila Bradley & Angela Walker
Location: Columbia and Moberly
Sheila and Angela have gone above and beyond helping to prepare adjunct math faculty for our upcoming semester using MyMathLab in Canvas. They've worked closely with Instructional Technology to provide resources for faculty, training for our department, and were even present and/or "on call" for our Canvas, Cookies, and Cocoa sessions. Because of their hard work, I know the Math department (and math students!) will have a wonderfully smooth start in the Spring semester. Thank you!

Name: Sandy Anderson
Location: Moberly
Sandy has been at the college for many years. She is someone that works very hard and I think she should be recognized for all of her efforts. She is dedicated to MACC and always willing to help out when needed. Sandy is a behind the scenes kind of person. We want Sandy to know she is appreciated! Thank you Sandy!

Satisfactory Academic Progress Guidelines For Financial Aid

Moberly Area Community College students receiving federal financial aid are required to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards, according to federal and state laws and regulations. Being eligible to enroll in classes does not mean the student has an eligible SAP status for financial aid. Academic records are reviewed for all students receiving financial aid or being considered for financial aid from the following sources:

 

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  • Missouri A+ Scholarship
  • Access Missouri Grant
  • Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan
  • Veterans Benefits
  • Federal Work-Study Program
  • MACC Scholarships and Fee Waivers
  • Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program (Subsidized and Unsubsidized)

 

The review of a student's SAP status is based on the entire academic record, even if the student did not receive financial aid for previous semesters of enrollment. This includes all transfer credit hours being accepted by the College and Developmental courses taken at MACC. The SAP status is monitored after each semester.

 

After each semester has ended and grades are posted, a student's SAP status will be calculated. A student who received federal aid in that semester will be sent a notice to his/her Houndmail account from the MACC Financial Aid Office if he or she did not meet the SAP requirements. Financial aid awards for subsequent semesters will be adjusted accordingly.

 

A student is considered to have an eligible SAP status if he or she:

1)Maintains the required Cumulative Grade Point Average. All MACC students are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.00 or better. However, to remain in acceptable status, a student must maintain a cumulative GPA in his or her program of study in accordance with the following criteria:

Number of Hours Completed Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average
29 or Less Hours 1.85 CGPA
30 or More Hours 2.00 CGPA

2)Satisfactorily completes enough credit hours to have a pace of completion of 2/3 or 66.67% or higher, each semester. Students are expected to complete at least 2/3 or 66.67 percent of their total attempted classes. To calculate the pace each semester, the total number of completed credit hours are divided by the number of attempted credit hours. Rounding down is not permitted. For example:

Attempted Hours Required Pace Minimum Hours
Required
Multiplication Example Division Example
32 66.67% 22 32 x 66.67= (21.33) 22 22/32=68.75%
24 66.67% 16 24 x 66.67 = 16 16/24=66.67%
15 66.67% 10 15 x 66.67 = 10 10/15=66.67%
12 66.67% 8 12 x 66.67 = 8 8/12=66.67%
9 66.67% 6 9 x 66.67 = 6 6/9=66.67%
6 66.67% 4 6 x 66.67 = 4 4/6=66.67%
5 66.67% 4 5 x 66.67 = (3.34) 4 4/5=80%
4 66.67% 3 4 x 66.67 = (2.67) 3 3 / 4 = 75%

 

A student who receives a final grade of "A", "B", "C", "D" or "P" for a course has successfully completed those credit hours. However, withdrawals from classes or a final grade of "F", "I", "W", or "NR" are not considered satisfactory.

3)Will graduate within 150% of the credit hours required to complete the program.
A student who maintains the standards for academic progress is allowed to receive aid until the maximum credit hour limit is reached, or the requirements for the current declared degree are reached. A student is ineligible when it becomes mathematically impossible for him to complete his program within 150% of the length of the program. For example, a student seeking a degree requiring 64 credit hours may attempt a total of 96 credit hours. This is referred to as the "maximum-time policy". Transfer hours accepted by MACC will be used in calculating the maximum time allowed.

Financial Aid Warning

A student who has not met the minimum CGPA requirement, AND/OR has not completed the minimum credit hours will be assigned a classification of Warning for one subsequent semester. During the Warning semester a student may receive financial assistance.

Financial Aid Suspension

If a student does not attain SAP during the Warning semester, the student will be assigned a classification of Financial Aid Suspension, and consequently, is ineligible for financial aid for subsequent semesters.

Other situations that will cause Financial Aid Suspension include withdrawal from all classes, earning all "F's", or finishing a semester with a combination of withdrawals and "F's"; or, suspension from the College. A student will be notified in writing if he or she is placed on Financial Aid Suspension.

Developmental Hours

A student may receive financial aid for a Developmental course if the course is required for placement into a course that is required for a student's declared degree at MACC. Developmental courses are not considered college-level semester hours; therefore, letter grades earned in Developmental courses are designation only and are not included in any grade point average calculation. Completion of a Developmental course with a satisfactory grade will be evaluated as a completed course in the pace of progression calculation.

Repeated Courses

Students may receive most financial aid programs for repeating courses; however, if retaking a previously passed course, financial aid can only be used for one repeat of the course. Any courses that are repeated will be used in the calculation of a student's Satisfactory Academic Progress status. A grade earned in a repeated course replaces the previously earned grade, if higher; this may positively affect CGPA. The Missouri A+ Scholarship will not pay for a course more than one time.

Reinstatement of Financial Aid/Appeal Procedures

A student who is ineligible for financial aid can become eligible for financial aid again by fulfilling one of the following conditions:

1. Successfully appeal the ineligible status by demonstrating unforeseen, documentable extenuating circumstances; or,

2. Enroll in a subsequent semester (at the students own expenses) and eliminate the academic deficiencies by: 1) successfully completing the pace of completion requirement; and, 2) complete enough credit hours to achieve the minimum cumulative GPA. (This option is not available for students who have lost eligibility due to failing the maximum-time component.)

A student with unforeseen, documentable extenuating circumstances who is ineligible for financial aid may appeal in writing by obtaining an Academic Progress Appeal form from the Financial Aid Office or online. The student must submit information and documentation explaining why the SAP standards were not met for each semester in which the student did not meet the required CGPA and/or a semester completion rate of at least 66.67%, and explain what has changed that will allow the student to meet SAP in the future. The appeal form and all required supporting documentation must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office before an appeal will be considered. The Financial Aid Office will respond in writing to an appeal fifteen (15) to twenty (20) business days after it is received.

Circumstances for which an appeal will be considered: unexpected injury or illness of the student, work schedule change, daycare or transportation problems, death of a close family member or other unforeseen extenuating circumstances. For those students who are appealing because they have exceeded the maximum timeframe, in addition to the reasons already listed, the appeals committee would consider classes taken toward a second degree.

Financial Aid Probation

If a student's appeal is approved, he/she is placed on Financial Aid Probation and required to sign a SAP Probation Contract. While on Probation, the student may receive financial aid for one subsequent semester. The Financial Aid Appeal Committee may require specific standards or restrict the number of courses a student may take during a Probationary semester as part of the student's academic plan. The student is strongly encouraged to follow the academic plan he/she established with an academic advisor.

The Probation status may end after one semester, if the student meets the terms of the appeal, and:

  • Successfully completes 100% of the courses attempted during the semester with: NO withdrawals from classes (including withdrawals after the financial aid freeze date), and NO final grade of "F" (failing), "I" (incomplete), "W" (withdrawn), or NR (not recorded); and,
  • Earns the required cumulative GPA.

If a student on Probation completes the 100% Pace requirements and earns a minimum 2.00 semester GPA, but does not have the required cumulative GPA, he/she may remain on Probation status and continue to receive aid for an additional subsequent semester. A student may remain on Probation status as long as he/she meets the 100% Pace and 2.00 GPA standards each semester, until he/she establishes the required cumulative GPA.

Maximum-Time Probation

If an appeal is approved for an extension of the 150% timeframe, the student will be maintained on Financial Aid Probation and must sign a SAP Probation Contract; in addition, and the following standards must be maintained until the student successfully completes the degree or certificate:

  • Follow the academic plan and timeframe as established in the appeal;
  • Follow any other academic plan stipulations listed in the appeal approval notice;
  • Complete 100% Pace requirements each semester;
  • Complete each semester with a 2.00 GPA.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Some financial aid programs may have specific academic progress criteria that recipients are required to maintain for eligibility in addition to the SAP standards established by MACC. For example, the A+ Program, Access Missouri Grant, and most Institutional scholarships require a minimum grade point average of 2.50 for renewal and may require a higher completion rate. Financial aid programs with specific academic progress guidelines are not eligible for reinstatement by appeal. Please refer to specific financial aid program guidelines for credit hour and GPA requirements.

 

The Financial Aid Office is always available to answer your questions.

Mail: 101 College Avenue, Moberly, MO 65270
Telephone: (660) 263-4100, extension 11301
Fax: (660) 269-9538
E-Mail:
Web Site: http://www.macc.edu/financial-aid-home

Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

 

A student who has been convicted of an offense under any Federal or State law involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs for conduct that occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving federal aid (including grant, loan, or work assistance) during the period beginning on the date of such conviction and ending after the interval specified in the following table.

 

If convicted of an offense involving-

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
    • Ineligibility Period
      • First Offense: 1 year
      • Second Offense: 2 years
      • Third Offense: Indefinite
  • Sale of a Controlled Substance
    • Ineligibility Period
      • First Offense: 2 years
      • Second Offense: Indefinite

 

A student who has lost eligibility for financial aid based on the possession or sale of a controlled substance may regain eligibility before the above stated ineligibility period if:

  • The student successfully completes a drug rehabilitation program that;
    • Includes at least two unannounced drug tests; and
    • Has received or is qualified to receive funds directly or indirectly under a Federal, State, or local government program;
      • Is administered or recognized by a Federal, State, or local government agency or court;
      • Has received or is qualified to receive payment directly or indirectly from a Federal – or State – licensed insurance company; or
      • Is administered or recognized by a Federal – or State – licensed hospital, health clinic or medical doctor.

 

 

 

 

DRUG/ALCOHOL POLICY

 

 The College is committed to the education and development of students, faculty, and staff regarding the prevention of the abuse of alcohol and other drugs. In order to provide the best possible educational environment, students are expected to attend class and employees are required to report to work in an appropriate mental and physical condition. It is the intent and obligation of the College to provide a drug- and alcohol-free, healthful, safe, and secure environment in compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act and the Drug-Free School and Communities Act.

All employees, including student employees, as a condition of employment, must abide by the terms of this policy and report any convictions under a criminal drug/alcohol statute for violations occurring on or off College premises, at College-sponsored activities, or while otherwise conducting College business. A report of conviction must be made to the President's Office within five days of the conviction. This requirement is mandated for all employees by the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988.

 

Violations and Sanctions

Moberly Area Community College's policy on the use of alcohol and other drugs is developed to provide intervention, prevention, and education to students and employees. MACC's Student Code of Conduct outlines the procedure for handling student conduct which is disruptive, illegal, or unethical. More specifically, the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of alcohol or a controlled substance while on College premises, while off-campus at College-sponsored activities, or while representing the College is absolutely prohibited. Violations of this policy will result in disciplinary action, which may include verbal or written warning, probation or suspension, student expulsion or employee termination, and/or satisfactory attendance in a drug/alcohol abuse rehabilitation program.

The College also has a specific policy regarding drug and alcohol testing requirements for employees required to obtain a Commercial Driver's License. The Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991 requires MACC to conduct controlled substance testing for CDL drivers prior to employment, after an accident, at random times, upon reasonable suspicion, and upon return to duty following the misuse of drugs or alcohol. Violations of this policy could result in suspension of driving duties, referral for treatment, and/or termination.

Additionally, MACC student athletes are required to attend a drug awareness education program and submit to random drug testing. Athletes may also be tested when reasonable suspicion exists that they are using illegal substances. Athletes with first-offense positive tests will be suspended from intercollegiate activities for one week and must attend substance abuse counseling. These student-athletes will be randomly drug tested through one calendar year from the date of the positive test. Athletes with a second offense will be expelled from the athletic program.

Students enrolled in Allied Health programs at the College may also be required to submit to drug screening or random drug testing. Positive test results for illegal drugs or refusal to submit to drug testing may result in denial of clinical site privileges and/or dismissal from the Allied Health program.

In addition to College disciplinary actions, violators of the College's policy on the use of alcohol and other drugs may be subject to legal sanctions. MACC upholds all federal, state, and local laws prohibiting the manufacture, possession, distribution, or use of alcohol or illicit drugs by students, employees, or visitors on College property, in the functions of the College, or as representatives of the College. Violations of such laws will result in disciplinary sanctions imposed by the College and will be reported to law authorities as appropriate.

The following are examples of violations which may result in institutional and/or legal sanctions. This list is not all inclusive.

  • Consumption of alcohol by a person under the age of 21.
  • Attempt to purchase alcohol by a person under the age of 21.
  • Sale or provision of alcohol to a person under the age of 21 or to an intoxicated person.
  • Consumption of alcohol on public streets, sidewalks, parks, or places where owners have posted signs prohibiting alcohol.
  • Operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
  • Misuse of over-the-counter drugs.
  • Misuse or sharing of prescription drugs.
  • Possession, use, distribution, or manufacture of any form of illegal drug.
  • Possession of paraphernalia for intended or implied use of any form of illegal drug.
  • Possession of paraphernalia that contains or appears to contain illegal drug residue.
  • Purchase or passage of illegal drugs from one person to another.

Violations of federal, state, and local drug and alcohol laws can result in fines, imprisonment, loss of driving privileges, and/or court-ordered rehabilitation/counseling programs. Below are links with more information regarding federal and state laws governing the use of alcohol and other drugs and potential penalties. The information below is not all inclusive but rather is meant to provide examples of the application of the law.

 

Federal Laws (Title 21 United States Code Controlled Substances Act)

 

State Laws (Missouri Revised Statutes)

 

Prevention

The National Prevention Council led by the U.S. Surgeon General has recommended that colleges and universities adopt policies and programs to decrease the use of alcohol or other drugs on campuses and implement programs for reducing drug abuse and excessive alcohol use.
Moberly Area Community College has implemented a number of strategies to aid in the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse among its students and employees. These strategies include the following:

  • Information on drug and alcohol abuse delivered during orientation sessions annually to students living in the campus housing
  • Pamphlets on drug and alcohol abuse located in Student Services and at each off-campus site
  • Poster sessions and handouts on drug and alcohol abuse disseminated annually at College Health Fair sponsored by MACC's Nursing Department
  • "Under the Influence" goggles on hand at annual student fall picnic enabling students to experience the dangers of drinking and driving while impaired
  • Collection of videos and DVDs about drug and alcohol abuse available to show during staff development sessions with employees or student orientation sessions
  • Workshops and resources for employees and students available through H&H Health Associates, the providers of MACC's employee and student assistance program
  • Random drug testing of CDL drivers, student athletes, and students enrolled in certain academic programs

 

Health Risks and Other Consequences

Drug and alcohol dependency is an illness that can lead to major health problem. The use of illegal drugs and alcohol abuse by students and employees could result in cognitive deficits, loss of productivity, and other health risks. These risks include an increased risk of accidents, which may result in death or permanent injury.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the consequences of excessive drinking include death, injury, assault, sexual abuse, academic problems, vandalism, and arrests, among others. Additionally, the National Mental Health Association indicates that alcohol abuse does lasting damage. One night of heavy drinking can impair a person's ability to think well for up to thirty days. Tens of thousands will eventually die of alcohol-related causes, such as accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, heart disease, cancer, and other diseases.

Alcohol abuse can compromise personal safety. According to the National Mental Health Association, alcohol lowers inhibitions and can make people more vulnerable to risky behavior. As many as 70% of college students admit to having engaged in sexual activity as a result of alcohol influence, and 90% of all campus rapes occur when alcohol has been used by either the victim or the assailant. People's perceptions of potentially dangerous situations often change when alcohol is involved.

It can be particularly dangerous to mix alcohol and medications, both prescriptions and over-the-counter. Side effects can include nausea and vomiting, headaches, drowsiness, fainting, or loss of coordination. More extreme interactions can include internal bleeding, heart problems, and difficulty in breathing. Also, alcohol can make medications less effective or even harmful (Harmful Interactions: Mixing Alcohol with Medicines. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services).

Like alcohol abuse, drug abuse also has detrimental effects on the individual. For example, the long term, regular use of marijuana can have a permanent, negative effect on attention span, concentration, memory, judgment and logical thought. Marijuana use slows reaction time, interferes with coordination, and impairs mathematical, reading, and verbal skills (Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse). Amphetamines, such as those used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder, also have serious associated health risks when abused, including brain damage, skin disorders, lung disease, delusion, paranoia, and hallucinations, to name a few (Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse).

According to the National Mental Health Association, drug abuse can lead to behavioral changes, including depression, declining grades, loss of interest in family and friends, over-sensitivity, moodiness, nervousness, paranoia, secretive or suspicious behavior, and excessive talkativeness. Changes associated with drug abuse are not only mental but also physical, such as puffy face, hyperactivity, tremors, excessive sweating, runny nose, hacking cough, and lack of physical coordination.

 

Resources, Referrals, and Treatment

The College recognizes drug and alcohol abuse as a potential health, safety, and security problem. Conscientious efforts to seek such help will not jeopardize any employee's job or student's status and will not be noted in any personnel or student record.

The Student Assistance Program (SAP) at MACC is available to all students, their family members, and significant others in need of information and/or assistance with any personal concerns, including alcohol or other drug-related problems. Through the SAP, students can access confidential, free, professional, short-term counseling, assessment and referral. Likewise, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available for free to all employees and their immediate family. The SAP/EAP website (http://www.hhhealthassociates.com) offers immediate hands-on access to numerous articles, videos, and assessments regarding drug and alcohol use. Students and employees who need help in dealing with such problems are also encouraged to contact Student Services (students) or Human Resources (employees) for assistance programs, referrals, and other information, as appropriate. The Office of Human Resources maintains a list of treatment and resource centers throughout the College's service region.

In addition, the College's Behavior Intervention Team meets regularly to discuss students and employees whose behavior is of concern, including individuals exhibiting symptoms of drug and alcohol dependency. Students or employees may be referred to treatment by the Behavior Intervention Team.

 

Policy Review and Information Dissemination

As mandated by the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, the College's policy on the use of alcohol and other drugs must contain the following:

  • Information on preventing drug and alcohol abuse
  • Standards of conduct that clearly prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of drugs and alcohol by students and employees on College's property, or as part of College activities
  • A description of the sanctions under local, state, and federal law for unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol
  • A description of any drug and alcohol counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation programs available to students and employees
  • A description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and alcohol
  • A clear statement that the College will impose sanctions on students and employees for violations of the standards of conduct (consistent with local, state, and federal law) and a description of these sanctions, up to and including expulsion, termination of employment, and referral for prosecution

The College conducts a biennial review of its policy on the use of alcohol and other drugs. The College's Compliance Review Committee oversees the review process. The goal of the review is to ensure compliance with all aspects of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act as well as to determine the effectiveness of the policy and make improvements as necessary to promote the well-being of students and employees. This includes ensuring that disciplinary sanctions are consistently enforced.

The College's policy on the use of alcohol and other drugs is provided regularly to students and employees of Moberly Area Community. The College distributes the contents of this policy via email to all students and employees on or by July 1, September 1, November 1, February 1, and April 1. The Dean of Student Services communicates the information to students while the Director of Human Resources communicates the information to employees. The policy is also located in the student handbook and the College policy manual and is available in hard copy format upon request. Additionally, upon hire, all new employees are provided with a hard copy of the policy.