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Alcohol, Tobacco, other Drugs

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Student Policy

Alcohol and other drug use potentially affect the safety, health, and quality of life of all students and restrict the ability of Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU) to carry out its mission. The use, consumption, and/or distribution of alcohol/drugs are prohibited on the MSU campus. Specific violations of the campus policy can be found within the MSU Statement of Student Responsibilities.

Violations of campus policy are adjudicated through the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs or the Department of Residential Life. Potential consequences for violations of law or policy include, but are not limited to: (1) arrest and conviction; (2) University disciplinary probation, suspension, or expulsion; (3) confiscation; (4) restitution; (5) community service; (6) completion of an alcohol and drug education session; (7) loss of parking privileges on campus for alcohol impaired driving; (8) room relocation or termination of a student's contract with restriction from the residence halls. MSU will impose sanctions consistent with federal, state and local laws. For more information, refer to Residence Hall Student Guide and the Basic Stuff Student Handbook.

Minnesota State University Campus Resources

Emergency – Call Campus Security at 507-389-2111 or 911

Student Health Services –

Counseling Center – 245 Centennial Student Union, 507-389-1455

Community Resources


  • Call 911
  • Immanuel St. Joseph-Mayo Health System Emergency Room
    1025 Marsh Street, 507-625-4031
  • Crisis Line – 800-477-0466
  • Sexual Violence Resource Center – Crisis line 800-630-1025; direct line 507-304-4319


  • Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon Family Group – 507-387-2772
    • Obtain a list from the Office of Health Education 507-389-5689
    • Additional meetings listed in Mankato Free Press
  • Addiction Recovery Technologies – Mankato Place Suite 2116, 12 Civic Center Plaza, 507-345-4670
  • Blue Earth County Human Services – 410 S. 5th Street, 507-389-8227
  • Immanuel St. Joseph-Mayo Health System
    • Family Recovery Chemical Dependency Treatment Program – 1025 Marsh St., 507-625-3372
  • Nicollet County Human Services – 108 S. Minnesota Ave, St. Peter, 507-931-6800
  • QUAN Enterprises Incorporated – locations at Mankato and St. Peter, 507-380-8675

This document is in compliance with Federal laws (The Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 and the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1989) which require that all colleges and universities, including Minnesota State University, Mankato, provide a program to prevent the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students, faculty, and staff.

Health Risks

Drug TypeCommon NameHealth Risks
AlcoholBeer, wine, wine coolers, liquorLowered resistance to disease, insomnia, unprotected sex, sexual dysfunction, depression
MarijuanaGrass, reefer, pot, weedHeart, lung, and brain damage, paranoia, decreased motivation, depression, impaired memory
SteroidsAnabolic/andrenogenic (roids, juice)Aggressiveness, acne, mood swings, atrophy of testes, breast enlargement in males, high blood pressure, liver damage
Solvents – InhalantsAcetone, freons, nitrous oxideHeart failure, respiratory arrest, liver and brain damage
DepressantsAlcohol, ludes, barbituratesDisorientation, insomnia, depression, liver damage, convulsions
HallucinogensPCP, MDMA, LSD, Mushrooms Ecstasy (stimulant and hallucinogen)Agitation, extreme hyperactivity, reduced eating, flashbacks
StimulantsCocaine, methamphetamine, amphetamine, diet pillsHeadaches, depression, malnutrition, strokes, seizures, anorexia
NarcoticsCodeine, heroine, lordsRespiratory arrest, sleepiness, nausea, organ damage, severe constipation, lung damage

Schedule Drugs

  1. Heroin, mescaline and peyote, marijuana, other hallucinogens, MDMA (ecstasy)
  2. Opium, morphine, codeine, methadone, cocaine, amphetamine, methamphetamine
  3. Opium, codeine, morphine, barbiturates, other narcotics, stimulants and depressants, GHB, LSD
  4. Barbiturates, benzodiazepines, chloral hydrate, other narcotics, stimulants and depressants, anabolic steroids
  5. Codeine, other narcotics and depressants

Controlled Substances Crimes & Penalties Under Minnesota Law

First 10+ grams (gm) cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine; 50+ gm other narcotic, 200+ doses hallucinogen, 50+ kilos marijuana or 25 kilos in school, park, public housing zone 25+ gm cocaine, 500+ gm other narcotic, 500+ doses hallucinogen, 100+ kilos marijuana 0-30 years, 4 yr. minimum if prior drug felony; up to $1 million fine. Imprisonment to 86-158 months
Second 3+ gm cocaine, 10+ gm other narcotic, 50 doses hallucinogen, 25+ kilos marijuana, or sale of Schedule I or II narcotic 6+ gm cocaine, 50+ gm other narcotic, 100+ doses hallucinogen, 25+ kilos marijuana 0-25 years, 3 yr. minimum if prior drug felony; up to $500,000 fine. Imprisonment to 448-108 months.
Third Any amount of narcotic drug, 10+ doses hallucinogen, 5+ kilos marijuana, or sale of any I or II narcotic drug or marijuana to a person under 18 or employment of person under 18 to sell the same, any amount of cocaine or heroin 3+ grams cocaine, 10+ gm of other narcotic, 10+ kilos marijuana, and any amount of Schedule I or II narcotic drug in a school zone, park zone, or public housing zone. 0-20 years, 2 yr. minimum if prior drug felony; up to $250,000 fine. Probation to 21-30 months; imprisonment to 34-65 months.
Fourth Any Schedule I, II, or III drug (except marijuana), or sale of marijuana in a school zone, park zone, or public housing zone or and Schedule IV or V drug to person under 18 or conspiracy for the same. 10 doses hallucinogen, any amount of Schedule I, II, or III controlled substance (including GHB/not including marijuana) with intent to sell. 0-15 years, 1 yr. minimum if prior drug felony; up to $100,000 fine. Probation to 12-21 months; imprisonment to 25-41 months.
Fifth Any amount of marijuana over 42.5 gm, or any Schedule IV drug Any amount of Schedule I, II, III, or IV drugs except 42.5 gm or less of marijuana. Probation 12-19 months; imprisonment to 21 months.

Crimes and Penalties can change with each legislative session.

A member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. Minnesota State University, Mankato is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity University. This document is available in alternative format to individuals with disabilities by calling Student Health Services at 507-389-5689 (V), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY)