University Policies and Protocols

By Cydney Coffey, GA Communications CSU

For incoming students keep in mind that there are various consequences for drug and alcohol offenses. The general consequences for students for drug and alcohol are as follows through Residential Life:

  • First offense:
    • Probation for up to a semester
    • Completing an online course that covers being under the influence of marijuana or alcohol depending on the students’ offense
  • Second offense:
    • Probation for up to a year
    • Completing an online course that covers risk reduction and involves talking with other students
  • Third offense:
    • The students housing contract is terminated


The more a student racks up offenses the longer their probation will be, the disciplinary sanctions will become more serious and the educational sanctions will become more expensive as well. Dr. Mary Dowd, Dean of Students and Director of Student Conduct stated “We try and make it an educational process.”


A couple of important things to keep in mind for incoming students:

  • The police provide the University with weekly lists of names of students who are cited for drug and alcohol uses off campus. This includes DUIs as well as students who were transported to detox.
  • Police are out in MASSES on campus during the first 8 weeks of school. Take into consideration that there have been situations where a student has been arrested 3 times in just one week!


Dr. Mary Dowd, stated “Bottom line, it’s all about safety.”


The University strives at having the student’s best interest at heart.




How the University Takes Disciplinary Action


Minnesota State University, Mankato has made many changes to its student disciplinary process. One of the major changes happened after the landmark case Dixon V. Alabama State Board of Education.


The 1961 case allowed the establishment of the rights of students to be given notice of the allegation and an opportunity to be heard prior to expulsion. Moreover, students are not entitled to the same degree of due process as afforded in criminal and civil actions meaning that students have a different protocol when their disciplinary action is being decided.


The University has adopted the philosophy of educational discipline that promotes personal growth and accountability. It strives for fair and consistent policies and practices. For parents this means that we want students to learn from a “teachable moment” to consider consequences of their actions before acting on impulse or acceding to peer pressure.


It is important for parents to know when and how to intervene. Intervention sends a message to your students that you don’t trust their ability to handle their own affairs. Helicopter parenting can hinder the development of independence, self-esteem, and self-confidence.


The college experience strives to provide opportunities for your students to grow in the following areas:

Developing an identity separate from parents

Developing interdependence and competency

Managing emotions

Strengthening integrity and personal accountability

Establishing meaningful friendships and connections


To access the school’s parents’ resources CLICK HERE.


Types of Drugs and their Consequences


The possession of Schedule Drugs has different consequences:

First Offense: Imprisonment of no more than 1 year and a minimum fine of $1000

1 previous drug/narcotic/chemical conviction will result in Imprisonment of 15 days-2 years, and a minimum fine of $2,500

2+ previous drug/narcotic/chemical conviction will result in imprisonment of 90 days-3 years, and a minimum fine of $5,000.


They are all illegal:

Drugs are illegal in the state of Minnesota. The only exception is medically prescribed marijuana; however, it is against University policy for students to possess any type pf drug including medically prescribed Marijuana.

The possession and use of Marijuana is a violation of federal law and since the University belongs to the State and accepts federal dollars for financial aid it must follow the Drug-Free Schools and Community Act.

There is no exception on the use of drugs and they are classified in five Schedules.


According to the DEA, these are the different schedules and drugs:

Schedule I.

These include drugs, substances, or chemicals are not currently accepted in any medical use and have a high potential for abuse.

Ex: Heroin, LSD, marijuana, ecstasy, methaqualone, and peyote.


Schedule II.

These include drugs, substances, or chemical that have a high potential for abuse potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence and are considered dangerous.

Ex: Vicodin, cocaine, methamphetamine, methadone, dilaudid, Demerol, oxycodone, fentanyl, Adderall, and Ritalin.


Schedule III.

These include drugs, substances, or chemicals with a moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence.

Ex: Tylenol with codeine, ketamine, anabolic steroids, testosterone.


Schedule IV.

These include drugs, substances, or chemicals with a low potential for abuse and low risk of dependence. Schedule III drugs have a higher risk of abuse.

Ex. Xanax, Soma, Darvon, Darvocet, Valium, Ativan, Ambien, Tramadol.


Schedule V.

These include drugs, substances, or chemicals with a lower potential for abuse than Schedule IV and consists of preparations containing limited quantities of certain narcotics. Schedule V drugs are generally used for antidiarrheal, antitussive, and analgesic purposes.

Ex. Lyrica, Parepectolin, Motofen, Lomotil.


The previously named drugs are just some examples, this is not by any means a full list of drugs that are considered illegal.




Alcohol and its Effects

by: Afure Adah

People often drink alcohol to celebrate, socialize or relax. But alcohol can often have strong effects. These effects vary from person to person and they depend on many different factors, including:

  • How much you drink
  • How often you drink
  • Age
  • Health status
  • Family history

The effects of alcohol can appear in about 10 minutes and as you continue to drink, your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level, increases. The higher your BAC, the more impaired you become. These effects include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Reduced inhibitions
  • Motor impairment
  • Confusion
  • Concentration problems
  • Breathing problems
  • Coma
  • Death

Some other risks can include:

  • Accidents and car crashes
  • Violent and risky behavior
  • Suicide and homicide

Long-term effects can include:

  • Alcohol use disorder
  • Health problems
  • Increased risk for certain cancers

REMEMBER: The legal minimum drinking age in the United States of America is age 21. In Minnesota, it is a misdemeanor violation punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and/or 90 days in jail.  The penalty typically starts out with a fine that is increased each time you get caught. Stay safe and make good choices!


Move-In Information


Move-in can be an exhausting and chaotic time. Hundreds of students and parents are all trying to move in at the same time. Most students will want to move in Thursday and we encourage them to do so, that way they can participate in Welcome Week.  So, what should you do?

Here are some helpful tricks and suggestions to make move-in go smoother:

  • Dress comfortably, it’s going to be a long day and you might have to carry a lot of stuff so try to be as comfortable as possible.
  • Prepare yourself for any weather, this is the Midwest and the weather can change quickly and easily, so it can either be hot and humid or cool and rainy.
  • Move-in what really is necessary, some things are not needed in the dorms right away. Some examples include winter jackets, formal wear, all your shoes, etc.
  • Keep a good sense of humor, hundreds of students and parents are going to be moving it at the same time so there will be lines in the elevators and the hallways will be crowded, so a good sense of humor will take you a long way and will make everyone’s day easier.


Traffic will be routed in a specific way and it will be heavy. Therefore, during move-in each specific residence community will have maps to inform on the route you should take as well as where you can unload your vehicle, and how to check-in.


Each residence community has designated areas for unloading, check-in, and shuttles. Follow the rules to prevent being ticketed and make the process smoother. It is important that vehicles should never be left unattended in an unloading zone, volunteers will be present to help unload belonging and watch them when necessary.


Here are the links to all the residence Community’s Move-In Information and their respective map:



McElroy Map



Preska Map



Crawford Map


Julia Sears

Julia Sears Map


Stadium Heights

Stadium Heights Map


Here is the link for the general move-in page:

Early Check-In on Aug. 22 for Learning Communities


Some students participate in Learning Communities as incoming students. Therefore, they have an early move-in which takes place August 22 between the hours of 11AM-3PM.

It is recommended that you do not arrive early since unloading zones are not going to be ready.

Pick-up your room key at the front desk of your residence community and receive additional information on parking to prevent parking tickets.

  • For students that live in McElroy or Preska, you will be unloading in Lot 15. To obtain your room key enter the main doors of McElroy.
  • For students that live in Crawford, you will unload in Lot 14. To obtain your room key enter the main doors of Crawford.

Plan ahead since the on-campus dining Hall will not be open on August 22.


After moving-in and settling in, learning community students can participate in the Ice Cream Social event at 7:00pm, but families should have said their goodbyes before then. Parents will not have any family dinner or event until Thursday when other incoming student’s parents have the family farewell dinner in which they are welcome to participate in.

During the Learning Community Dessert Reception (Ice Cream Social Event), students will have the chance to get to know other students, receive move-crew instructions, training and your shift assignment, along with the “Move Crew 2018” t-shirt.

After the reception, students will have the opportunity to go to the Otto Rec Center to interject with other students while playing games.

On Thursday, Learning Community students participate on their first Service Event.Learning Community Students, Leaning Community Coordinators, and Minnesota State Mankato faculty and staff will welcome and assist students moving into our residence communities. Students should plan ahead for dining option for Thursday as well since the Dining Hall will not be open for breakfast or lunch.


For information on First Year Student Opportunities:



For information on Incoming Students:



CAs and ResLife During Welcome Week

by AFURE ADAH, CSU PR Student Assistant

In preparation for school to start, Residential Life and our helpful resident hall CAs will be working to help students prepare and feel confident in their first days of school.

Floor Meetings

Every resident hall will have occasional, scheduled floor meetings with their CA. From what I can remember, the first meeting was held to meet our CA, introduce ourselves to each other in the hall and chat a bit about what our CA would expect from us, what we should expect from our CA, and the things our CA can help us with.

Class Tours

Class Tours will be given by the CAs on Sunday of Welcome Week. I remember as a freshman, my hall, Crawford A-1, had a floor meeting to discuss when we all would want to go. Some of us went with our CA, and some went with other CAs.

They took us to the different buildings on campus, to the major lecture halls, and even to some class rooms. Make sure to bring your class schedule on the tour so you can ask for directions if you need to. Don’t feel uncomfortable that the whole tour will be taken to your class, it is no problem at all! Plus, someone else might be in that class as well, you never know!



On Friday of Welcome Week there is a campus-wide scavenger hunt called the Choose-A-Palooza. CAs lead students to various offices around campus where students can collect giveaway tickets for prizes (in CSU220 new students get balsa planes for the Prize Flight event). It’s a great way for new students to get familiar with campus and services. Students gather in the CSU Hearth Lounge at 3pm, deposit their tickets in the prize basket of choice and await the selection of prize winners. The Prize Flight immediately following Choose-a-Palooza will have students launching their planes from the Hearth Lounge overlook for a chance at great prizes including a GoPro and $300 cash.  Choose-A-Palooza and Prize Flight offer lots of prize opportunities and goodies, so definitely check it out!

Where To Get Scholarships

Alejandro Reyes Vega



Earning higher education and a college degree is a financial commitment that can sometimes put a strain or a dent on a family’s economic situation or on oneself. There are many costs to consider. To start with their is the basic tuition and fees, as well as school supplies. Books and technology tend to be the most expensive school supplies for any student. Then there are the living expenses such groceries, utilities, and rent. If students live on campus then they have to carefully choose a dining plan that best fits their needs as well as a dormitory.

Students that are attending college cannot make as much money as students who are working full time. Therefore, they must use their savings, any help they can get from family and friends, and in many cases loans. However, Universities want students to succeed and they try to provide as many tools as they can.

Minnesota State University Mankato has various scholarships available for students. The requirements as well as the money available ranges. Therefore, the University has an easy tool that can be completed by students to make the application process easier.

The scholarship finder has a simple sign-in requirement and then questions to better understand the student and find the scholarships that the student qualifies for. It is important to note that it is not guaranteed that students who sign-in and fill the application in Scholarship Finder are guaranteed a scholarship.

The university has many students and many apply for scholarships, so their is competition. However, it is worth applying for and giving it a try. Most students need help to go through University and Scholarships are a great way to earn that needed financial help.

There are also additional scholarship opportunities that students should look into if they fulfill the the requirements. These are some of the merit-and need-based scholarships available for first-year students

  • The Presidential Scholar Awards is a $20,000 scholarship awarded over four years.
  • The Meredith Scholar Award is a $32,000 scholarship also awarded over four years.
  • The Graham Chemistry Scholarship is a one-year $2,500 scholarship.

Encourage students to find out more information and look into the various scholarship opportunities available at:





College Dorm Room Checklist

Afure Adah

by AFURE ADAH, CSU PR Student Assistant



When I moved into the dorms for the first time, this was similar to the shopping list I used, it’s actually better. This is a very helpful checklist for dorm room shopping and preparing to move to college for the first time! It gives a list of shopping items and even some small tips. This checklist is a printable PDF so you can print it and check off the list as you go!

If you are moving into the resident hall that is off campus, Stadium Heights, I have a link for you too! 

One thing I found that I never noticed going into my freshman year, is that the residential life page has a service linked that makes getting bed and bath supplies for your dorm very easy. It’s like a one stop shop! This Company has been providing linens to students since 1997 and every purchase sends dollars back to your school for campus and housing programs. They also donate to various local charities and non-profits. Take a look!

MNSU Campus Security: Familiarize Yourself with Our Security Services


Afure Adah

by AFURE ADAH, CSU PR Student Assistant



Safety has always been an issue but in today’s day and age, things like, theft, assault and even human trafficking are becoming more prevalent. So here I will give you some info for staying safe on campus.
To stay safe on campus it is important to know the school’s security services. Here at MSU Mankato the security services that are specifically aimed to keep you safe and comfortable are:

Emergency phones
• Safe walk service
• Patrol & EMT

Emergency Phones
All over campus are emergency phones for easy communications with university security. They are bright blue and well lit, so they are easy to spot. If you would like to see a map of all their locations, I have one linked.

Safe Walk Services
Our safe walk services provide a walking escort 24/7, year-round, to and from any university building, parking lot, or residence community. To request a Safe Walk, call University Security at (507)-389-2111.

I live off campus, about a 15-minute walk, and sometimes I am on campus super late and my bus isn’t running anymore, so I have to walk home. Not everyone has to walk all the way home, but there are students that park their cars in the lots that are a bit of a walk from the school and are often in a similar position as me.
I haven’t used this service yet, but during summer classes when my friends are not on campus or in town to walk with me or pick me up, I’ll probably give it a try. Better to be safe than sorry!

Patrol & EMT

As a student here, I have always noticed Security patrolling in the evenings, checking classrooms, and locked doors, making sure no one is where they are not supposed to be.
But the University Security Patrol unit is available 24/7, 365 days a year to perform the following duties:

• Provide 24/7, 365, vehicle and foot patrols
• Investigate theft, vandalism, and other crimes
• Security for campus events
• Help faculty, staff, students, and visitors
• Compile info for MSU incident reports
• Act as a liaison with the Mankato Department of Public Safety

EMTs and First Responders are employed by the University Security to respond and provide care for injuries, or illnesses on campus. In addition, they work closely with Health Services, and Gold Cross Ambulance Service.

If You would like more information, Campus Security’s page will be linked below.