All Students: General Health and Safety: Crookston

Lisa Samuelson
Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Effective Date
Last Revised

Policy Statement

Students are considered adults and University-student relations are founded on this principle. Campus officials may notify the parents or legal guardians of students when the health and wellbeing of a student is determined to be at risk. This includes:

  • suicide situations or when students are doing harm to themselves (self-harm):
  • when students are missing and their whereabouts are unknown;
  • when students are hospitalized; or,
  • when students are incapacitated requiring EMTs to be called to the scene.

The University reserves the right not to notify parents or legal guardian.

Alcohol Possession and Consumption

Students are not permitted to possess or consume alcoholic beverages and/or possess of any type of alcohol containers on University premises, which includes the grounds, residence halls and parking lots (with the exception of a permitted tailgate or special permitted events in designated areas for those who are of legal age). Displays of beer cans or liquor bottles are not permitted. Students do not need to be in possession of nor consuming alcohol to be held responsible for their actions. If students are in the presence of others violating the alcohol policy (e.g., in their resident room), the student and the other student(s) are subject to disciplinary consequences. It is strongly recommended that students distance themselves from policy violators or contact a University employee such as a Community Adviser or Campus Security staff. Students violating the alcohol policy will be referred for disciplinary action.

In an effort encourage appropriate health and safety decisions, the UMC campus extends medical amnesty to its students. The University's Medical Amnesty policy aligns with Minnesota Statutes § 340A.503, Subd. 8, and it will mean that a student is not subject to Student Conduct Code disciplinary sanctions for underage possession and consumption of alcohol if the student contacts a 911 operator to report that the student or another student is in need of medical assistance for an immediate health or safety concern. To be eligible for medical amnesty, the student who initiates contact must be the first person to make such a report, must provide a name and contact information, must remain on the scene until assistance arrives, and must cooperate with the authorities at the scene. The student who receives medical assistance and up to two students acting in concert with the student initiating contact with a 911 operator will also be immune from disciplinary sanctions. The University will also extend this medical amnesty if the student contacts a University official in an attempt to contact a 911 operator. In this case, all of the above conditions must still apply.

Controlled Substances

The possession and/or use of any controlled substance or drug paraphernalia is strictly prohibited on campus. Controlled substances are defined as any substance deemed illegal to possess and/or distribute. Controlled substances include but are not limited to the categories of: stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens, narcotics and intoxicants. This policy does not apply to the possession and/or use of an individual’s prescribed medication by a licensed physician. Students found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to sanctions such as lose of their privilege to reside on campus and referral to Counseling Services. The Crookston Police Department will also be notified for such incidents. Students can also be found in violation of the controlled substances policy when intangible evidence such as odor is discovered. Under this policy, a student who has been found to be in violation with intangible evidence, will be placed on conduct probation with subsequent violations resulting in removal from the residence halls and/or other appropriate sanctions, referral to Counseling Services and the Crookston Police Department may be notified.

Explosive Materials

Individuals are prohibited from possessing or exploding firecrackers, fireworks, or any other explosive material that may create a safety or fire hazard on University property, unless approved by Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

Fire Regulations and Fire Alarms

Individuals are prohibited from tampering with any fire alarm mechanism or fire extinguisher, sign and designation of the overall fire alarm system in the building. Items must not be hung from sprinkler pipes or fixtures. Smoke detectors must not be covered or disabled. Candles and incense are prohibited and will be confiscated immediately and without warning. Halogen lights, candle warmers, lava lamps, or other devices that impose a fire hazard warning are not allowed. No live Christmas trees may have lights displayed upon them (with the exception of the University having one outside in a designated area).

Security Services or Residential Life staff must be notified immediately of any possible faulty smoke detectors.

Everyone is required to evacuate the building if a fire alarm sounds. Staff may have to enter rooms to ensure evacuation. Students and others cannot re-enter a building until permitted by appropriate staff.

Possession of Weapons

Individuals are prohibited from possessing guns, ammunition, making of bullets for any kind of weapon or weapons including but not limited to: paint, air-soft, pellet guns, darts, squirt guns, bows and arrows, toy guns, Taser guns, large knives and swords on campus except under the following conditions:

  • out of sight and safety stored in the trunk of a car or locked utility box of a truck;
  • a sworn officer of the law as required by their duty to carry; and
  • resident students when checking in/out a gun, bow and arrows, or other weapons into the Security Storage lockers in the Residential Life Office in Centennial Hall 1110. Weapons must be unloaded and have a trigger lock mechanism installed, when transporting weapons to and from a vehicle (complete guidelines are available from the Community Advisor or Residential Life Office.) Residents who violate this policy will have a fine imposed and possible immediate dismissal from the halls.

Tampering with Mechanical or Electrical Units

Students are prohibited from tampering with any mechanical or electrical units (such as surveillance cameras, computer, door locks, and security systems) on campus or on University property. Students who violate this policy will be appropriately sanctioned (e.g., imposed a fine in the resident halls.) The University reserves the right to call the Crookston Police Department.

Requests for Identification

Campus officials, in the performance of their duty, including authorized resident hall officials, have the authority to request identification from individuals on campus. Individuals who refuse to identify themselves or falsely identify themselves, are violating this policy. Non-students or individuals that cannot be identified as students will be asked to leave the campus. The Crookston Police Department may be called for assistance, if needed.

Note: Students who have been found to violate any of the above policies, will receive appropriate disciplinary sanctions, as well as possible legal action. Students living in the residence halls who violate any of these policies may also receive a fine and possible immediate dismissal from the hall.

Reason for Policy

The various health and safety policies above are partly addressed by Board of Regents Policy: Student Conduct Code, federal and state laws, local ordinances and UMC’s Residential Life policies. This campus-specific policy had been developed to clearly articulate details of these General Health and Safety polices on the UMC campus.


Primary Contact(s) Lisa Samuelson 218-281-8507 [email protected]
  Gary Willhite 218-281-8530 [email protected]

Policy History

July 2016

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